Montreal at Atlanta

Canadiens 4, Thrashers 3 (OT)


ATLANTA -- Marc-Andre Bergeron gave the Canadiens everything he had.

He scored late in the third period to tie it, then again in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.

On the winning goal, Bergeron hurt himself when his momentum carried him into the post after he scored.

"I think he will be all right. He ran into the goal post after scoring the goal," He wasn't cut. He'll be evaluated tomorrow," Montreal coach Jacques Martin said.

The goal was reviewed and upheld. Bergeron was unavailable after the game.

"I tried to get my leg over there but I couldn't reach. He ran into me and got pushed into the post," Atlanta goaltender Johan Hedberg said. "I felt like it was a good goal."

The Canadiens won their second in a row on a seven-game road trip after losing five consecutive at home.

Bergeron also scored on a power play with 1:45 left in regulation to tie the game and beat Hedberg after passes from Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Markov.

Nik Antropov and Rich Peverley scored in the third period to put the Thrashers up 3-2.

The Thrashers set a team record with 50 shots, more than double Montreal's 23.

"It was one of those nights again," Montreal goalie Jaroslav Halak said. "Many, many shots again. But we were able to win the game. That's all that matters."

Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn scored twice in the second period to give the Canadiens a 2-1 lead.

Michael Cammalleri assisted on both goals and Plekanec assisted on Kostitsyn's.

Ilya Kovalchuk 20th goal came with 17 seconds left in the first period to put Atlanta up 1-0. He beat Halak on a tip-in off a shot by Ron Hainsey. Atlanta outshot the Canadiens 18-3 in the period and 36-13 after two periods.

"We did exactly what we wanted to do the whole game. It was just one of those games," Atlanta coach John Anderson said. "The hockey gods weren't with us."


The Canadiens recalled LW Benoit Pouliot from Hamilton of the AHL. ... Atlanta GM Don Waddell spoke with Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman, during the weekend about a long-term deal, but nothing came of it and they said they will talk again after the holidays. "We hit a little snag right now," said Waddell, who remained optimistic about keeping Kovalchuk, scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. ... The Thrashers open a seven-game road trip on Wednesday in Boston.

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Montreal  (17-18-3) «02114
Atlanta (18-13-4)10203
Three Stars
M. Bergeron

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
T. Plekanec

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
N. Antropov

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
19:43Ilya Kovalchuk (20), Tip-In. Assist: Hainsey, Afinogenov
01:32Tomas Plekanec (7), Snap Shot. Assist: Cammalleri
10:23Power Play - Andrei Kostitsyn (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Cammalleri, Plekanec
22.0Nik Antropov (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kubina, Enstrom
01:42Power Play - Nik Antropov (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Enstrom, Kozlov
18:15Power Play - Marc-Andre Bergeron (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Markov, Plekanec
02:23Marc-Andre Bergeron (9), Backhand Shot. Assist: Plekanec, Gorges
Penalty Summary
10:40Gill, 2 min, Hooking
13:21Kane, 2 min, Boarding
09:52Slater, 2 min, Hooking
12:30Gorges, 2 min, Holding
16:02Bergeron, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
01:12Spacek, 2 min, Hooking
06:35Gomez, 2 min, Holding
15:28Kostitsyn, 2 min, Slashing
17:51Bogosian, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Jaroslav Halak 62:22473
Johan Hedberg 62:08194
Game Information
Attendance - 15075
Referees - Kevin Pollock, Dan O'Rourke
Linesmen - Shane Heyer, Jonny Murray
Other Games
Colu 2 Final
Pho 5
NJ 4 Final
Pitt 0
SJ 4 Final
Dal 2
NYR 3 Final
Car 1
Colo 4 Final
Min 3
TB 4 Final
StL 7 Final
Edm 2
Bos 2 Final
Ott 0
Fla 4 Final
Phi 1
Buf 3 Final
Tor 2