NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Anaheim
(Monday, March 8)
Final Score: Montreal 5, Anaheim 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Saku Koivu, Richard Zednik and Michael Ryder each had a goal and an assist, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks at The Pond.
Pierre Dagenais and Steve Begin also scored for the Canadiens, who have won three straight and eight of their last nine games. Patrice Brisebois and Mike Ribeiro had two assists apiece in the win.
Jose Theodore was peppered with 38 shots and turned aside 36 of them for the victory.
"I thought their goaltender was phenomenal," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said after the game. "They could be scary in the playoffs if they get goaltending like that."
Petr Sykora had a goal and an assist for the Mighty Ducks, who have lost two in a row after a three-game winning streak. Rob Niedermayer also lit the lamp as Anaheim saw its three-game win streak at home come to an end.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 19 saves in a losing cause.
After Niedermayer opened the scoring with his 11th goal 4:53 into the first period, the Habs posted four straight goals for the decisive win.
Koivu tied the game at the 17:14 mark of the first period with his 13th goal of the season. He took a pass from Zednik, skated in on Giguere and pushed the puck through the goaltender's pads.
Zednik's 24th goal at 14:45 of the second period gave Montreal a 2-1 lead. The Canadiens then pushed their lead to 3-1 on Dagenais' goal 8:36 into the third period.
Ryder made it a three-goal game at the 14:43 mark when he cashed in a power play.
"We have to aim as high as we can," Theodore said. "The team has been playing well, and now we're in the final stretch, so the points are really important."
Anaheim stopped the bleeding on Sykora's 20th marker of the season with 3:52 remaining in the game. Begin's empty-net goal with 10 seconds on the clock completed the scoring.
Montreal was 1-for-2 on the power play and killed off each of Anaheim's three chances with the extra skater...Montreal is 28-3-0 when leading after two periods this season...The Habs have won five of their last six road games...Anaheim is 7-4-1-1 in its last 13 games.
03/09 02:14:06 ET