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Canadiens 3, Blues 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 3, Blues 2, SO
Montréal Canadiens 3, St. Louis Blues 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) -With the game on the line, the Montreal Canadiens relied on Alexei Kovalev to put the finishing touches on a victory.

He did just that, too, scoring the lone goal in a shootout to give the Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.

Kovalev beat Manny Legace with a high backhander on Montreal's third shootout attempt after the Blues missed on all three of their shots in the tiebreaker.

"It was a pretty sweet deke," Montreal winger Christopher Higgins said. "I don't think anyone expects less from him right now because he's such a skilled player. "

Kovalev followed Koivu and Andrei Kostitsyn in the shootout. Kostitsyn, who scored a goal and assisted on another in regulation, hit the crossbar with his attempt.

Kovalev went to the forehand, then pulled the puck back to his backhand and lifted the shot high over Legace.


Keith Tkachuk was unable to score in the shootout, but the Blues still earned a point Sunday against one of the Eastern Conference's best teams. (Getty Images)

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"I knew he was going there, too," Legace said. "I was just slow to react to it. He's a good player and can put it where he put it, probably 2 feet over my pad. Not too many guys can pull it that quick and bang, in the back of the net."

The Blues used Brad Boyes, David Perron and Keith Tkachuk in the shootout, but Carey Price made saves on Perron and Tkachuk.

Robert Lang also scored in regulation for the Canadiens, who won for only the second time in six games after starting the season 8-1-1. Carey Price stopped 24 shots.

The Canadiens were 0-for-10 on the power play and have scored twice in their last 36 chances. St. Louis was 1-for-9 with the man advantage.

Steve Regier scored twice for the Blues, and Legace also stopped 24 shots.

"We're talking about a team that most experts picked to win the Eastern Conference this year," Blues coach Andy Murray said, "and we lose in the shootout to them.

"I'm proud of the way our team battled here tonight."

Price gave the Canadiens a chance to win it with a pad save on Keith Tkachuk's shootout attempt.

The Blues appeared on their way to a regulation victory until Lang tied it at 2 with 4:12 to play on an assist from Kostitsyn.

The Canadiens pounced on a Blues turnover, and Kostitsyn threaded a pass to Lang in the crease. Lang, whose initial shot was stopped by Legace, popped the rebound in out of the air.

"I thought tonight was one of our best games," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "We were able to battle back in the third and win it in a shootout, so we're really happy."

Regier, recalled earlier in the day from Peoria of the AHL, took a feed from David Perron in the low left slot and beat Price 3:24 into the final period to give the Blues a 2-1 lead.

The Blues' Cam Paddock won a faceoff to Cam Janssen, who collected the puck and snapped a shot from between the circles that deflected in off Regier in the crease past Price 3:48 into the opening period to give the Blues a 1-0 lead.

Kostitsyn's backhand that squirted through Legace's pads tied the game at 1 with 1:55 remaining after an outlet pass from Price.

Notes: Blues C Andy McDonald left the game late in the first period with what Murray described as a fractured left leg and is out indefinitely. McDonald went awkwardly into the corner boards in the Montreal end and was favoring his left leg and in obvious discomfort while being helped off the ice. ... Montreal D Mike Komisarek (strained shoulder) missed his second straight game after being injured during a fight Thursday night in Boston. ... Blues F Lee Stempniak has 10 points in his last six games after managing only one point in six games to begin the season. ... The assist for Price was his third career point. ... Montreal D Francis Bouillon took a shot to the mouth off in overtime and was immediately rushed off the ice.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:48
STL
Steve Regier (1) ASST: Cam Janssen (2), Cam Paddock (1)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
18:05
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn (2) ASST: Carey Price (1)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
03:24
STL
PPG - Steve Regier (2) ASST: David Perron (11), Jeff Woywitka (1)
2 - 1 STL
15:48
MTL
Robert Lang (5) ASST: Andrei Kostitsyn (4)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDSTLMTL
1B. BoyesS. Koivu
2D. PerronA. Kostitsyn
3K. TkachukA. Kovalev
penalty summary
1st Period
00:38
MTL
Andrei Markov  Tripping against  David Backes
01:32
STL
Brad Boyes  Tripping against  Chris Higgins
04:12
MTL
Robert Lang  Hooking against  Patrik Berglund
11:01
STL
David Backes  Interference against  Andrei Markov
15:49
STL
Andy McDonald  Holding against  Tom Kostopoulos
16:38
MTL
Alex Kovalev  Holding against  Barret Jackman
2nd Period
01:22
STL
David Backes  Hooking against  Alex Tanguay
02:13
MTL
Alex Tanguay  Holding against  Barret Jackman
06:51
STL
Roman Polak  Tripping against  Alex Tanguay
12:09
STL
Eric Brewer  Hooking against  Sergei Kostitsyn
17:04
STL
Cam Janssen  Elbowing against  Alex Kovalev
17:17
MTL
Patrice Brisebois  Holding against  Jay McClement
3rd Period
02:22
MTL
Chris Higgins  Hooking against  Barret Jackman
07:18
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn  Hi-sticking against  Patrik Berglund
08:51
STL
David Perron  Interference against  Francis Bouillon
16:49
MTL
Francis Bouillon  Interference against  Cam Paddock
17:59
STL
David Perron  Boarding against  Ryan O'Byrne
19:38
MTL
Saku Koivu  Interference on goalkeeper against  Manny Legace
OT Period
01:42
STL
Steve Regier  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Carey Price
Carey Price
8-3-1
SA: 26TOI: 64:58
Saves: 24EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .923SH: 3 - 3
Manny Legace
SA: 26TOI: 65:00
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0

 
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