NHL Game Summary - Montreal at San Jose
(Wednesday, March 3rd)
Final Score: San Jose 4, Montreal 3
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Marco Sturm and Niko Dimitrakos ended the second period with consecutive goals to snap a tie and lead San Jose to a 4-3 win over Montreal at HP Pavilion.
Brad Stuart and Vincent Damphousse both finished with a goal and two assists for the Sharks, who earned their eighth straight home win and posted their third straight victory overall. Evgeni Nabokov made 25 saves.
"We clicked very well tonight," Damphousse said. "We wanted to get the puck on Theodore. We wanted to get back to basics, not try to be too fancy."
Yanic Perreault posted a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who had a five- game winning streak snapped. Andrei Markov and Mike Ribeiro both scored.
Goals by Sturm and Dimitrakos snapped a 2-2 tie and capped a three-goal flurry in the second for San Jose.
Sturm, positioned near the right post, tipped in a pass by Damphousse from behind the net with 5:54 to play in the period. Dimitrakos scored on a one- timer from the left circle 1:01 later.
Ribeiro got Montreal within 4-3 on the power play at 8:33 of the third period. He picked up a loose puck behind the net and fired a shot off Nabokov's pads into the net.
Nabokov registered 10 saves in the third to secure the victory.
Stuart's power-play goal at 6:51 of the first period put the Sharks ahead 1-0. Positioned in the right faceoff circle, he gathered a rebound of a shot from the left wing and beat Jose Theodore with a high wrist shot.
Just over three minutes into the second period, Theodore stopped a breakaway by San Jose center Patrick Marleau.
Theodore stopped 25 shots for the Canadiens.
Then Montreal forced a 1-1 tie at 7:45 of the second. Skating through the right faceoff circle, Richard Zednik slid a backhand pass to Perreault, who converted on a high wrist shot between the circles.
The Sharks responded with three of the next four goals, including two on the power play to lead 4-2 at the end of the second.
"Three power-play goals [allowed] on the road and that will always come back to haunt you," Canadiens head coach Claude Julien said. "At this stage of the season we have to be better than that. Some of the penalties we took weren't very good."
Damphousse converted with the extra man for San Jose with 8:08 left in the period. He tipped in a shot by Stuart from the right point.
Less than a minute later, Markov forged a 2-2 tie for the Canadiens with a shot from the left point.
Marleau registered two assists for the Sharks, who captured their third straight win in the series. They have also won 10 of their last 11 at home overall...Montreal fell for the third time in eight trips to San Jose (4-3-1).
03/04 02:07:53 ET