NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Montreal
(Saturday, December 10th)
Final Score: Anaheim 5, Montreal 3
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Petr Sykora tallied a goal and an assist and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 21 saves as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 5-3, at the Bell Centre.
Zenon Konopka, Jonathan Hedstrom and Rob Niedermayer notched a goal apiece, while both Andy McDonald and Teemu Selanne had two assists each for Anaheim, which snapped a two-game skid.
"We need a player of his (Sykora's) caliber," Selanne said. "I'm glad he broke out tonight."
Alexander Perezhogin had a goal and an assist and both Richard Zednik and Michael Ryder had a goal for Montreal, which has lost five of its last six contests. Jose Theodore stopped 32 shots for the Canadiens.
"The way we played tonight was disgusting," Montreal defenseman Craig Rivet said. "Right now we've got guys that basically don't know where they are. Their heads are in the clouds and they are not working together. They are not playing the way they should. It's not fun to play these games."
Anaheim got on the scoreboard midway through the first period after Konopka beat Theodore glove-side with a wrist shot from the left circle to make it 1-0.
Montreal tied the game with 8:19 remaining in the first period while on the power play after Zednik knocked the puck into the net while being hauled down on the doorstep.
However, the Mighty Ducks tallied the next three goals to take a 4-1 lead.
First, Sykora stuffed a rebound past Theodore from below the right circle with 14:29 gone in the first period. Then, Ruslan Salei netted his first of the year after a rebound kicked out to the blue line. Salei rifled a slap shot through a screen and into the net to make it 3-1.
Anaheim continued its onslaught after Hedstrom got his own rebound and poked the second shot past Theodore's glove side to make it 4-1 with 7:32 gone in the second period.
The Canadiens answered back just over a minute later after Perezhogin found a rebound sitting on the doorstep for an easy backhand tap-in. Pierre Dagenais took a shot from the side of the net that got through Giguere's pads, but caromed off the post to the other side of the net for the easy goal.
The Mighty Ducks regained their three-goal advantage with 6:19 left in the second period after Niedermayer redirected a shot from Sykora on the doorstep past Theodore to make it 5-2.
Montreal drew back within two with 6:38 left in the game after Ryder dunked the puck into an open net for a power-play goal to make it 5-3. Andrei Markov blasted a slap shot from the top of the right circle that caromed right to Ryder at the side of the net.
While on the power play, the Canadiens pulled Theodore with well over two minutes left in the game to try to get back within one. But Giguere kept the Habs at bay and held on for the win.
Anaheim snapped a four-game winless streak in Montreal. The Ducks were 0-3-1 in their last four visits to Montreal..Montreal fell to 2-2-1 in the last five meetings with Anaheim...Selanne tallied his first point in three games. The Ducks improved to 11-0 when he collects a point...The Canadiens were without captain Saku Koivu for the third straight game due to a groin injury...Markov, who has served a three-game suspension for shoving an official, and Mike Komisarek, who missed three games after the death of his mother, both returned to the Montreal lineup Saturday.
12/10 22:15:54 ET