Canadiens 3, Coyotes 2, OT
Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:38 PM
Each member of the Montreal Canadiens' top line scored, Carey Price made the key saves, and the Coyotes were once again denied a win at the Bell Centre.
Andrei Kostitsyn scored 1:25 into overtime after linemates Tomas Plekanec and Michael Cammalleri scored in regulation to give Montreal a 3-2 win over Phoenix on Monday night.
Kostitsyn, who assisted on Plekanec's goal in the second, put a rebound past Ilya Bryzgalov
for his third goal in two games as the Canadiens improved to 5-2-1. Cammalleri also had a goal and an assist. The line has combined to score 11 of Montreal's 20 goals.
Carey Price, who has started each of the Canadiens' games, made 27 saves for his second straight win.
and Derek Morris
scored for Phoenix (2-2-3), which opened a three-game trip.
Bryzgalov stopped 26 shots.
The Coyotes have not won in Montreal since a 5-4 victory on Oct. 28, 1996.
|The Coyotes celebrate a goal on Monday night. Photo by Getty Images.
"Well, you know what? It's a good rink, good fans," said Morris, who scored on a power play 1:01 into the third to draw Phoenix even at 2. "They probably have the best fans in the league. They do a real good job of creating momentum for their team. Even if the team doesn't really have a good play they're always oohing and ahhing on a play that's a close play and I think that they feed off of that. The team plays really well at home and they played well tonight."
Price stuck out his glove to get a piece of Adrian Aucoin
's slap shot from the right faceoff circle on another Coyotes power play later in the third.
"He was seeing pucks well, obviously," Aucoin said. "I think on a few of our chances we screened him pretty good and he still made the save. A couple of pucks just hit him without him seeing them and that's when you know your goalie is playing the way you want him to, he's just in the right spot. On my chance, there was a guy diving in front of me so I'm pretty sure he knew I was going upstairs and made the right save."
Turris gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead 2:49 into the second with his third goal in two games. He scored his first two goals of the season in a 4-3 overtime loss to Carolina on Saturday night.
Montreal scored twice within 2:09 later in the period to go up 2-1. Cammalleri assisted on Plekanec's goal at 7:14 before adding the Canadiens' second power-play goal of the season at 9:23.
Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com and Todd Walsh of Fox Sports Arizona contributed to this recap.
Montreal's Andrei Kostitsyn was on the ice without his linemates in overtime when Alexandre Picard got the puck to the net and rookie Lars Eller, who earned his first point since joining the Canadiens from St. Louis this summer, got a stick on the puck for Kostitsyn to bat out of the air past Coyotes goalie Ilya Byzgalov at 1:25.
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• Monday's game marked the second time brothers Taylor (Phoenix) and Tom (Montreal) Pyatt faced each other in an NHL game. Their parents traveled from Thunder Bay, Ont., to see them play together for the first time.
• Center Vernon Fiddler
won 10 of 14 faceoffs.
• Captain Shane Doan
served the third game of a three-game suspension. Defenseman Ed Jovanovski
, regularly an alternate captain, again wore the "C" on his sweater in Doan's absence.
• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette
, Shane Doan
, and David Schlemko
• The Coyotes flew to Ottawa immediately after the game. Phoenix's next game is on Tuesday vs. the Senators at the ScotiaBank Place. The puck drops at 4:30 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be heard on XTRA Sports 910.
||"I'm just trying to put everything on net and get open. (Wolski) and (Upshall) are playing great, we're feeding off each other and creating chances. We just have to keep it going."
||"We found a way to lose the game again tonight. We've had three overtime games and we've lost them all."
||"Our line is in top shape and we feel good with each other. We're making good plays and scoring goals."