Series (Game 1 of 1)

Montreal leads 1-0

Game 1: Sunday, January 26th

Blackhawks 3

(21-18-3, 54 pts)

Canadiens 4

(20-19-5, 52 pts)

2:00 PM ET, January 26, 2003

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
CHI 2 0 13
MTL 0 3 14

A. Markov (Canadiens - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Bulis (Canadiens - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Gilmour (Canadiens - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Chicago winless in last six games

MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens felt they earned this victory.

Jan Bulis scored midway through the third period to lead Montreal to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Chicago rookie Tyler Arnason made it 3-3 early in the third period. Bulis restored the Canadiens' lead with 11 minutes left when he took a pass from Doug Gilmour and fired the puck over Jocelyn Thibault.

Montreal held a 31-19 advantage in shots, including a 12-5 margin in the second while scoring three straight goals. It was just the 10th time through 51 games the Canadiens have outshot opponents.

"We played 60 minutes for the first time -- we outshot the other team and that's what we've got to do in our next games,'' Bulis said.

The Blackhawks charged to a 2-0 lead in the first on goals by Chris Simon and Alexei Zhamnov. The Canadiens rallied with second-period goals by newcomer Niklas Sundstrom, Andrei Markov and Richard Zednik.

"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 the second.

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.''

Game notes

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 Washington.

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