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Edmonton at Montreal

Canadiens edge Oilers in shootout, extend win streak to four

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MONTREAL -- Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens took advantage of a timely game against the NHL's worst team.

Andrei Kostitsyn scored on Montreal's fifth shootout attempt, and Halak turned aside five shots in the tiebreaker to help the Canadiens extend their winning streak to four games with a 5-4 victory over Edmonton on Thursday night.

Halak, who stopped 21 shots in regulation and overtime, and Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk each turned aside the first four shooters they faced before Kostitsyn deked and shot past Dubnyk on the Canadiens' fifth attempt.

Sam Gagner, whose power-play goal 3:43 in gave Edmonton its only lead at 2-1, lost control of the puck on the Oilers' final attempt.

"I was pretty confident going into the shootout but it's all about luck, I think, in the shootout," Halak said. "It's 50-50 percent to the guy scoring or me stopping the puck. Lucky for us we scored the goal and he mishandled the last one."

Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Travis Moen and Sergei Kostitsyn scored for Montreal, which led three times during the game.

"We have the two points so we're happy but we have to play better," Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov said. "It's not easy against these teams because they have nothing to lose."

Montreal moved into a tie with Philadelphia for sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 74 points. The Flyers lost 5-1 to Boston, which is eighth in the East with 72 points. Both Philadelphia and the Bruins have played three less games than the Canadiens, who have won five of six since the Olympic break.

"We'll be happy if we make the playoffs," Markov said. "That's our goal. That's why we have to play hard every game."

Robert Nilsson, Andrew Cogliano and Shawn Horcoff also scored for Edmonton, which lost its second in a row.

Dubnyk made 22 saves. The 23-year-old rookie has yet to win in 11 NHL games, falling to 0-7-2.

"I thought our defense really worked hard tonight and they played a solid game, and Dubnyk did a good job," Oilers coach Pat Quinn said. "We're still having some problems with our down-low coverage but we fought back all night. I certainly would have liked a better result but it seems like we haven't got that as often as we'd like."

Edmonton is last overall in the NHL with a 21-39-6 record and 49 points.

Horcoff, who tied it at 4 with his 11th goal midway through the third, drove in on a short-handed breakaway late in overtime but was stopped by Halak after Andrew Cogliano was called for holding 3:28 into overtime.

"I told myself, 'I've got to stop it,"' Halak said. "That was the only way because otherwise I would be really disappointed with the game but right now we've got the two points. It wasn't my best game but the guys were there for me."

The final 45.6 seconds were played 3-on-3 when Plekanec was sent off for slashing Horcoff on the breakaway.

The Canadiens failed to take advantage of a 4-on-3 power-play for the first 1:43 of overtime after Edmonton was called for too many men with 17 seconds remaining in regulation.

Horcoff drove a slap shot past Halak from just inside the blue line 9:19 into the third as Edmonton drew even for the second time in the period and third time in the game.

"I touched it a little bit but it happens," Halak said. "Everybody has these types of nights."

Sergei Kostitsyn had given Montreal its third lead 1:14 earlier when he came out of the right corner to beat Dubnyk for an unassisted goal to make it 4-3.

Sergei Kostitsyn assisted on Moen's goal 15:25 into the second which put the Canadiens up 3-2.

Plekanec gave Montreal an early 1-0 lead with his 20th goal 1:20 in. Gionta added his 21st to tie the game at 2 at 9:45 of the first as the two teams combined to score four goals before the midpoint of the opening period.

Nilsson and Gagner scored 1:21 apart early in the first as Edmonton came back to take a 2-1 lead 3:43 in. The Oilers tied it at 3 when Cogliano scored 32 seconds into the third.

Halak stopped Gilbert Brule on a partial breakaway moments after the Canadiens were unable to take advantage of a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage early in the third.

Notes
  • The Oilers beat Montreal 3-2 in Edmonton on Oct. 10.
  • Oilers D Ryan Whitney left midway through the third period with a leg injury. He did not return.
  • Canadiens C Maxim Lapierre sat out the final game of his four-game suspension for his hit from behind on San Jose's Scott Nichol . Lapierre is eligible to return Saturday night against Boston.
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It takes five tries, but Andrei Kostitsyn finally gets the game winner past Devan Dubnyk. (Getty Images)
It takes five tries, but Andrei Kostitsyn finally gets the game winner past Devan Dubnyk. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Edmonton (21-39-7)20200 (0)4
Montreal  (34-29-6) «21101 (1)5
Three Stars
S. Kostitsyn
MON


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
S. Horcoff
EDM


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
A. Markov
MON


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:20Tomas Plekanec (20), Slap Shot. Assist: Kostitsyn, Markov
02:22Robert Nilsson (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Potulny, Gilbert
03:43Power Play - Sam Gagner (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Minard, Gilbert
09:45Brian Gionta (21), Wrist Shot. Assist: Markov, Pouliot
2ND PERIOD
15:25Travis Moen (8), Tip-In. Assist: Moore, Kostitsyn
3RD PERIOD
32.0Andrew Cogliano (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Penner, Brule
08:05Sergei Kostitsyn (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Moen, Gill
09:19Shawn Horcoff (11), Slap Shot. Assist: Pisani, Comrie
OT
None
2OT
 Andrei Kostitsyn (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:29Pouliot, 2 min, Holding
17:45Gilbert, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
09:04Moen, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
11:53Peckham, 2 min, Holding the Stick
15:50Peckham, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
01:16Gagner, 2 min, High-Sticking
01:59Horcoff, 2 min, Tripping
10:42Markov, 2 min, Hooking
19:43Nilsson, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
OT
03:28Cogliano, 2 min, Holding
04:14Plekanec, 2 min, Slashing
2OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Edmonton951024
Montreal99725
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Devan Dubnyk 65:0022451
Jaroslav Halak 64:5921450
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Referees - Dean Morton, Kerry Fraser
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Scott Cherrey
 
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