Montreal's Koivu scores 100th career goal


MONTREAL (AP) -- Andreas Salomonsson chose the right time to
score his first goal for the Washington Capitals.

Salomonsson's goal lifted the Capitals to a 1-1 tie with the
Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Trailing 1-0 after Montreal captain Saku Koivu scored his 100th
career goal in the first period, the Capitals tied it 2:26 into the
third on Salomonsson's first goal in 30 games this season.

"It was good timing," Capitals right wing Jaromir Jagr said.
"He was waiting for the right time and then he got it."

Washington left wing Josh Green jumped on the puck after
Canadiens right wing Oleg Petrov fanned on his attempt clear
Dainius Zubrus' centering pass out of the zone. Green got the puck
to Salomonsson, who beat Jose Theodore from the edge of the crease
to tie the game.

"We were down 1-0 going into the third period and my goal gave
us the point, so that was good," Salomonsson said. "Hopefully,
there will be more to come."

Olaf Kolzig came up with two big saves in overtime for
Washington, stopping Doug Gilmour before denying Patrick Traverse
in the final minute of the extra frame.

"We play to win a lot in overtime," Capitals coach Bruce
Cassidy said. "We've got some offensive-minded guys, so I
certainly wasn't surprised we gave up a breakaway. We're happy with
a point, but the way we played, if we play like that a lot of
nights we're going to win our share of games."

Washington is 0-2-0-1 in three games.

Montreal remained undefeated in regulation through each of its
four games under new head coach Claude Julien. The Canadiens are
1-0-2-1 since Michel Therrien was fired Jan. 17.

"They have three very good lines that can score and they play
their system well,'' Koivu said. "There's not a lot of room out
there. I thought we played well. We got the point then we had good
chances in overtime."

Koivu got credit for the milestone goal -- his 15th of the season
-- on a power play 6:45 in. Montreal defenseman Patrice Brisebois'
slap shot struck Richard Zednik before it caromed off Koivu and
went floating past Kolzig and into the net.

"It was weird," Kolzig said. "Brisebois took the shot, our
defenseman blocked it and it went right across and hit Koivu. I was
looking off to the side and when I saw the puck it was kind of
right by my ear and I just couldn't swing my glove around to get

Salomonsson got behind the Montreal defense at the end of the
second period, but time expired as he drove toward Theodore on a

Game notes
Salomonsson was claimed off waivers from New Jersey on Oct.
16 and has had two brief stints in the minors this season. ...
Niklas Sundstrom made his debut for Montreal, which acquired him
from San Jose on Thursday as part of a three-team deal that saw
Canadiens backup goalie Jeff Hackett end up with Northeast Division
rival Boston. ... Canadiens center Yanic Perreault left because of
a pulled groin during the second period and did not return. ...
Goalie Mathieu Garon, recalled from Hamilton of the AHL on Friday,
dressed for the first time this season and served as Theodore's