NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Anaheim
(Sunday, March 9th)
Final Score: Anaheim 3, Montreal 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Kunitz and Samuel Pahlsson tallied 33 seconds apart in the third period to lift Anaheim over Montreal, 3-1, at Honda Center.
Todd Marchant also tallied for the Ducks, who erased a two-game losing streak and won for the seventh time in the last nine games.
In addition, Anaheim broke a scoreless streak stretching back to the third period of last Monday's 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators, and put together a strong showing in its first game after losing leading goal scorer Corey Perry for at least the remainder of the regular season after right knee surgery.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere needed to make just 20 stops to earn the win.
Alex Kovalev scored for the Canadiens, who had won five of their last six games coming in to move into the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Carey Price allowed all three goals on 37 shots in the loss.
On the go-ahead goal, Ryan Getzlaf leaned around from the behind the goal line with a defender draped all over him, yet managed to slide a pass through the crease. The puck found Kunitz for an easy tap-in from the left side with 7:24 left in regulation.
Todd Bertuzzi was whistled for boarding 14 seconds later, and 19 seconds after that, Pahlsson added a short-handed goal, one-timing a feed from Scott Niedermayer in the slot.
"It was good to get a win, especially at home," Giguere said. "Scoring in that first minute gave us a lot of confidence."
Marchant picked up the game's first goal only 21 seconds in. The puck deflected off a body behind Price, floated in the air, and bounced over the goal line. A lengthy review determined that Marchant did not touch the disc with his stick above the crossbar before the puck crossed the goal line.
Kovalev notched his 30th goal of the season at 8:44 and the clubs were knotted after 20 minutes of play.
Giguere made seven stops and Price halted 16 shots in a scoreless second period.
"It was a close game. Both goalies played really well," said Habs forward Tom Kostopoulos. "Getting our top guys going was tough for us tonight. I thought 5-on-5 the teams matched up well, so hopefully we'll meet them in the finals."
Kunitz notched his team-leading sixth game-winning goal...The clubs had not met since December 10, 2005, a 5-3 Ducks win in Montreal, and had not played in Anaheim since a 5-2 Canadiens win on March 8, 2004...In a rare occurrence, Anaheim wore its white jerseys and Montreal its red ones...Kovalev reached the 30-goal plateau for the fourth time in his career and for the first time in three-plus seasons with the Canadiens.
03/09 23:59:37 ET