NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Phoenix
(Friday, March 5th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Phoenix 3
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Saku Koivu and Richard Zednik each scored a goal and assisted on another in leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 win over Phoenix at Glendale Arena.
Pierre Dagenais and Jim Dowd tallied Montreal's other two markers, as the Canadiens won for the sixth time in the last seven games (6-1-0). Andrei Markov recorded two helpers and Jose Theodore stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced to earn the win.
Alexei Kovalev did not have a memorable debut for the Canadiens, as he left midway through the first period with a separated shoulder after getting checked into the boards. He will be out indefinitely.
"It's frustrating for sure," Theodore said. "You got one of the top guys in the league, and he gets hurt."
Daymond Langkow scored a tally and added an assist for the Coyotes, who fell to 0-3-0-2 in head coach Rick Bowness' first five games at the helm of the team. Mike Comrie and Chris Gratton notched Phoenix's other two tallies, while Brian Boucher faced 25 shots and made turned aside 21 in the loss.
Zednik staked the Canadiens to a three-goal advantage at 4-1 47 seconds into the third period with his 21st of the season. The Montreal forward gathered the puck in the slot and fired a wrister that beat Boucher gloveside.
Comrie started the comeback for Phoenix with his sixth goal of the season at the 2:58 mark of the period. Comrie skated in front of the crease and found a loose puck that he quickly buried in the back of the net with a wrist shot that beat Theodore over his glove.
Gratton brought the Coyotes within 4-3 a little more than 60 seconds later on the power play, as he took a crossing pass from Langkow and flipped the puck over Theodore's shoulder.
Phoenix nearly tied the game five minutes later, but Gratton just went wide with his slap shot attempt.
"For whatever reason, we seem to play desperate when we get down a couple of goals, and we need to play like that at the start," Langkow said.
Boucher was pulled with a minute remaining, but the Coyotes only managed one shot on net with the extra skater.
After a scoreless first period, Dagenais put Montreal on top 1-0 2:46 into the second stanza with a power-play goal.
Langkow tied it at 1-1 60 seconds later with his 20th of the campaign. Dowd put the Canadiens up 2-1 nearly three minutes later at the 6:29 mark with a short-handed tally.
Koivu made it 3-1 Montreal with 4:24 remaining in the second frame, as he parked at the left corner of the crease and flipped a wrister over Boucher's glove for the tally.
Phoenix fell to 2-12-2-3 in its last 19 games...Montreal improved to 4-0-3 in its last seven meetings versus the Coyotes.
03/06 01:56:45 ET