Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Montreal leads 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, October 22nd
Game 2: Monday, November 18th
Game 3: Wednesday, November 20th
Game 4: Saturday, December 28th

Penguins 4

(7-5-2, 19 pts)

Canadiens 5

(8-6-0, 20 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 18, 2002

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
PIT 1 1 2 04
MTL 1 3 0 15

S. Koivu (Canadiens - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 1

M. Lemieux (Penguins - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

D. Audette (Canadiens - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Audette's OT winner neutralizes Lemieux, Pens

MONTREAL (AP) -- Saku Koivu's big offensive night was that much more impressive to another famous cancer survivor.

Mario Lemieux victimized Jose Theodore for one goal and two assists.

Donald Audette scored 1:12 into overtime for the Montreal Canadiens, who got a career-best three goals from Koivu in a 5-4 victory Monday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"He won the game for Montreal tonight,'' Pittsburgh captain Mario Lemieux said of Koivu's performance.

Koivu, who scored twice on the power play and got the Canadiens' first short-handed goal of the season, overcame cancer last season, returning for Montreal's final three regular-season games before leading the Canadiens in scoring during their surprising playoff run last spring.

"I'm a bit surprised to see him play the way he's playing,'' said Lemieux, who had a goal and two assists. "He's got a lot of energy for a guy who overcame cancer like he did. His was worse than mine so for him to come back the way he has, it shows a lot of courage on his part. It's fun to see him play like that.''

Audette, who ended a 23-game goal-scoring drought in his previous game, beat Pittsburgh goalie Johan Hedberg for the winner.

"I was looking for the five-hole but he shut it down, so I just went around him,'' Audette said.

None of the goals in the game came while the teams were skating 5-on-5. All eight goals in regulation were scored on special teams.

"I don't think hockey is what you saw tonight,'' Koivu said. "I think it's a good thing that they're trying to get away from the stickwork, or grabbing and holding, it'll create more room for all the players.

"But I don't think the way to do is to call 15 or 16 penalties a game, that totally takes the flow out of the game.''

Lemieux had two assists and scored his 10th goal with 8:49 left in the third period for the Penguins' fourth power-play goal to tie it at 4-4. Lemieux, who has 10 goals and 24 assists in 17 games, leads the NHL with 34 points.

Dick Tarnstrom, Alexsey Morozov and Jan Hrdina also scored with the man advantage for Pittsburgh, which lost its second in a row and remained winless in six (0-3-1-2).

The Penguins went 4-for-7 on the power-play. Montreal went 3-for-8 as 17 minor penalties were called in the game.

"Both sides deserved their penalties tonight,'' Lemieux said. "Until the players accept that hooking isn't allowed, it's going to be like that. And the players who can't adjust, they'll end up in the AHL.''

Koivu scored a power-play goal early in the first period and added a short-handed goal early in the second. He completed his first three-goal game in 364 regular-season appearances with another power-play score midway through the second.

"Let's hope the second one won't take that long,'' Koivu said.

Koivu, who also assisted on Patrice Brisebois' power-play goal, which put Montreal up 4-2 with 3:35 left in the second period, tied a career high with four points. It was his fourth four-point game, and first since he had two goals and two assists against Pittsburgh on Feb. 28, 2001.

Hrdina scored his fifth goal of the season 2:22 into the third to draw the Penguins within 4-3.

Pittsburgh tied it at 11:11 as a loose puck went in off Lemieux's right skate. A video review confirmed the goal.

Koivu opened the scoring 1:42 in, taking Audette's pass from behind the net at the edge of the crease and beating Johan Hedberg for his sixth of the season.

Tarnstrom's fourth of the season tied it at 11:37.

Montreal got its first short-handed goal of the season 0:51 into the second as Koivu's shot on a 2-on-1 pass from Richard Zednik bounced over a sprawling Hedberg.

Lemieux, who assisted on Tarnstrom's goal, set up Morozov's tying goal at 6:49. But Koivu restored the Canadiens' one-goal lead with his third of the game on a 5-on-3 power-play with 9:11 remaining in the second.

Game notes

The Penguins have allowed three short-handed goals this season. ... Koivu has eight career two-goal games. His last was on March 10, 2001 at Phoenix. ... Canadiens RW Oleg Petrov was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. Petrov had one point -- his fourth goal of the season -- in his five previous games.

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