NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Montreal
(Saturday, December 1st)
Final Score: Nashville 5, Montreal 4 (SO)
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Radek Bonk tied the contest with a power-play goal with 47 seconds remaining in regulation, then scored in the shootout as the Nashville Predators came back to beat the Montreal Canadiens, 5-4, at Bell Centre.
After neither team was able to score in the overtime period, the game went to the shoo tout. Bonk and Martin Erat both scored for the Predators, but Saku Koivu lit the lamp for Montreal to keep the game alive. After Alexander Radulov was stopped by Cristobal Huet, Andrei Kastsitsyn needed to tally in order to keep the shootout going, but Dan Ellis poke checked the puck away and the Predators held on for the victory.
"The two points away from home are big points in the standings and we'll take it," Bonk said. "After we got a big goal from Ortmeyer, we felt we could come back."
David Legwand had a goal and two assists for the Predators, who have won two straight and six of nine overall. Jed Ortmeyer and Greg De Vries also tallied in the win.
Chris Mason started in net for the Predators but stopped only 2-of-6 shots, before being replaced by Ellis, who made 18 saves.
Guillaume Latendresse had a pair of goals, while Tomas Plekanec had one and an assist for Montreal, which has lost two in a row and five of its last seven. Huet made 40 saves in the loss.
With Montreal holding a 4-1 lead midway through the third period, Nashville was not finished as Legwand's backhander from in close with 7:34 left in the contest made it 4-2. Then, with a little over three minutes to play De Vries' long wrister got the Preds to within a goal.
Bryan Smolinski was whistled for a two-minute tripping penalty with 1:50 remaining in the third and Nashville went on the attack. Following a goal- mouth scramble the loose puck came out to Legwand on the right side of the net and he got it back to the right point to Marek Zidlicky, who found Bonk at the left circle. Bonk then made a shift move to the backhand and put the puck past Huet to tie the contest at 4-4 with 47 seconds left.
"The veteran players who are supposed to be doing it for us are not doing it," Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau said. "You can't keep losing leads like that in the third period. It's happening too often with this team."
Montreal got on the board 9:02 through the opening stanza when Chris Higgins lit the lamp on a wrist shot. Then, about four and a half minutes later, Plekanec took a pass from Alex Kovalev, skated down the right wing boards and into the Nashville zone, made a nice shift move around the defenseman and beat Mason between the pads with a soft backhander to put the Habs up 2-0 with 6:21 left in the period.
Mason was then pulled in favor of Ellis.
The Canadiens took a commanding 3-0 lead at 9:30 of the second period when Latendresse's backhander found the back of the cage.
Ortmeyer got the Predators on the board 8:40 into the third, while skating shorthanded to make it a 3-1 game, but Latendresse tallied his second of the contest two minutes later on a wrist shot while on the power play to give the Canadiens the three-goal advantage.
Nashville will play at Toronto on Tuesday night, while Montreal will host Detroit on Tuesday...Dan Hamhuis had two assists for Nashville, while Kyle Chipchura and Kovalev had a pair of helpers for the Canadiens.
12/01 23:12:10 ET