"Games like this are pretty dangerous,'' Canadiens captain Saku
Koivu said. "You're pressing and you get all kinds of chances but
you don't score, and then they come and take a 2-0 lead.
"The positive things was that we didn't quit. We played the
whole 60 minutes and all the lines played strong games, so I think
we deserved the two points and these were huge for us.''
Arnason drew Chicago even 4:40 into the third with a backhand
shot from the slot that went just inside the right post for his
13th goal of the season.
Bulis, who also assisted on Sundstrom's goal, got his eighth
goal 4:20 later as Montreal remained undefeated through regulation
(2-0-2-1) under new head coach Claude Julien.
"I like the effort. We've tried to make some adjustments and
the team is responding well,'' said Julien, who took over on Jan.
17 when Michel Therrien was fired after the Canadiens had won just
two of their previous 12 games.
The Blackhawks are winless in their last six (0-4-2), including
a 5-3 loss in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
"Today we had a couple of defensive breakdowns and a couple of
mistakes in my part, and that cost us,'' Thibault said. "I'm going
through a time in the last four or five games when I've made some
good saves but I've got to get better. I didn't make too many
mistakes today but I've still got to be better.''
Simon opened the scoring with his fourth goal 3:22 in, taking a
pass from Mike Eastwood and moving past defenseman Patrice
Brisebois before sliding a backhand shot through Theodore's legs.
Zhamnov got his ninth on a power play at 15:08 to make it 2-0.
Sundstrom, acquired from San Jose on Thursday, scored his third
of the season -- and first in two games with Montreal -- 6:16 into
Markov tied it with a power-play goal at 11:17, and Zednik gave
Montreal its first lead 1:44 later with his 22nd goal, tying his
career-high set last season.
"I think we felt that we could bounce back,'' Sundstrom said.
"We had a little talk between periods and we came back and got the
lead. We got two points out of it so we're happy.''
Blackhawks left wing Sergei Berezin missed the game because
of a shoulder injury sustained Saturday. ... Canadiens C Yanic
Perreault missed the game because of a strained groin that forced
him to leave the second period of Saturday's 1-1 tie with
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Arena: Bell Centre Location: Montreal, Quebec
Referees: Chris Rooney Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Gerard Gauthier
Attendance: 21,273 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Chris Simon (4)
Assist: Mike Eastwood
Alex Zhamnov (8)
(Power Play) Assists: Theo Fleury, Phil Housley
Niklas Sundstrom (3)
Assists: Joe Juneau, Jan Bulis
Andrei Markov (9)
Assist: Oleg Petrov
Richard Zednik (22)
(Power Play) Assists: Saku Koivu, Patrice Brisebois
Tyler Arnason (12)
Assist: Steve Thomas
Jan Bulis (8)
Assists: Doug Gilmour, Stephane Quintal