NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Montreal
(Sunday, February 1st)
Final Score: Montreal 6, Chicago 4
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Jose Theodore stopped 37 shots as the Montreal Canadiens held off a furious Chicago rally to beat the Blackhawks 6-4 at Bell Centre.
Patrice Brisebois, Sheldon Souray, Jan Bulis, Steve Begin, Mike Ribeiro and Niklas Sundstrom each scored goals for the Canadiens, who won for just the second time in their last six contests. Sundstrom also added two assists.
Steve Sullivan tallied twice for Chicago, which was looking to win two straight on the road following a 19-game losing streak on opposition ice.
Kyle Calder and Alexei Zhamnov added goals for the Blackhawks, while Craig Anderson stopped 13 shots. Anderson replaced netminder Steve Passmore at the 10:17 mark of the second after Passmore allowed four goals on just 12 shots.
Down 5-1 heading into the third, Chicago scored three straight times to make it a game.
"It's an interesting game when you can play like we did (Saturday) and lose, then come out today and play like we did and win," said Canadiens coach Claude Julien. "I hope we learned something from this. The important thing is that we got two points, and now we can move on."
The Blackhawks' first goal of the third period made it 5-2 when Calder tipped in a shot. Bryan Berard blasted a shot from the point, allowing Calder to redirect the puck past Theodore at the 3:00 mark of the third.
Zhamnov's goal brought the Blackhawks to within 5-3 with around 13 minutes left. Zhamnov muscled his way towards the slot and shoved the puck past a sprawling Theodore.
Chicago made it interesting late in the third as Sullivan lit the lamp for the second time in the contest to make it a 5-4 contest with under five minutes left.
However, Theodore was tough in the final stanza as he was peppered with 21 shots in the period. The Canadiens netminder, though, stood up to the task, helping Montreal emerge victorious. Sundstrom added an empty-netter with under 50 seconds left to seal the win.
Montreal took control of the contest early by scoring two first period goals. Brisebois lit the lamp just 43 seconds into the game when his blast from the point beat Passmore glove-side for the 1-0 lead.
Souray then staked the Canadiens to a 2-0 edge after he netted his 15th tally of the season. Souray ripped a blast from the point that beat Passmore glove side.
Chicago's Sullivan then netted a goal just 31 seconds into the second stanza to make it a 2-1 game. The Canadiens, though, scored three unanswered tallies to gain a 5-1 margin heading into the final stanza.
Bulis' goal at the 4:51 mark came on a low wrister from the left faceoff circle that beat Passmore five-hole for a 3-1 edge.
Begin's tip-in from the slot off a shot by Darren Langdon midway through the period made it 4-1. Following Begin's tally, Chicago pulled Passmore in favor of Anderson.
It didn't make much difference, as Ribeiro's power play tally on a backhander from the side of the net slipped by Anderson at the 19:19 mark of the second stanza.
Chicago head coach Brian Sutter coached his 1,000th NHL game...Michael Ryder dished out his 24th assist for Montreal this season...Montreal has won five of the last six meetings with Chicago...Souray leads all NHL defenseman with 15 goals...Sutter coached his 218th game with Chicago...Theodore ended a personal four-game losing streak...The Habs dropped a 1-0 decision to Boston on Saturday despite outshooting the Bruins, 34-16.
02/01 18:12:14 ET