NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Montreal
(Tuesday, November 7th)
Final Score: Montreal 3, Edmonton 2 (SO)
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Alexei Kovalev tallied the decisive goal in the shootout to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
With each team scoring a goal in the shootout, Fernando Pisani missed the net for Edmonton as the puck slid off his stick failing to give the Oilers the lead. Kovalev then raced in on goal and on his forehand, tucked the puck just inside the left post past the outstretched pads of Dwayne Roloson.
Jarret Stoll of the Oilers then had a chance to keep the shootout going, but David Aebischer closed his five hole up as Stoll's snap shot was stopped to give the Habs the extra point.
Craig Rivet and Guillaume Latendresse tallied regulation goals for the Canadiens, who have won three of their last four games. Aebischer finished with 26 saves.
Brad Winchester and Petr Sykora scored for the Oilers, who have lost three straight and five of their last six games overall. Roloson allowed two goals on 36 shots in regulation.
"We played really well for 65 minutes," admitted Roloson. "That's what we have to do on the road. It's positive to be ready for tomorrow night in Detroit."
The Oilers drew first blood scoring 13:54 into the opening period as Winchester tallied his first-career NHL goal. Marty Reasoner dashed into the Montreal zone up the right wing and centered the puck to Winchester in the slot and he re-directed the disc through the legs of Aebischer.
The Habs tied the contest at the 6:32 mark of the second stanza after Rivet fired a wrist shot from the right circle over the right shoulder of Roloson and just under the crossbar to make it 1-1.
Just 1:04 into the final frame, the Canadiens broke a 1-1 tie and took the lead. Saku Koivu ripped a slap shot from the high slot that Latendresse tipped past Roloson for his first-career goal in the NHL.
"Saku and Mike helped me so much," said Latendresse. "They showed confidence in me and that helped me a lot. It was really fun when Saku rushed over afterthe goal."
With 4:30 left in regulation, Sykora's ninth goal of the season tied the game at 2-2. From the right-half wall, Ryan Smyth centered the puck to Sykora, who quickly lifted a wrister past Aebischer high on his glove side.
In the extra session, Michael Ryder had the best chance to win it, as the Montreal forward controlled the puck behind the Edmonton net and almost tucked the disc past Aebischer on a wrap around.
Sergei Samsonov picked up an assist on Rivet's goal, giving him 400 career points in the NHL...Montreal forward Mike Johnson left the game in the second period with a knee injury and returned to the ice in the third period...The Canadiens announced on Tuesday that forward Chris Higgins will be out six weeks with a sprained left ankle...The Habs went 0-for-9 on the power play while the Oilers failed to score in four chances with the man advantage.
11/07 23:47:44 ET