After getting three shots despite only 2:42 of ice time,
Dagenais beat Steve Shields on Montreal's second shootout
opportunity after Michael Ryder missed high with the Canadiens'
"I made history? I played three shifts, and I got a star?"
said Dagenais, who had no interest in recovering the historic puck
as a keepsake.
Theodore, who stopped Kovalchuk on a breakaway in overtime, made
a glove save on Hossa on Atlanta's third attempt. The sellout crowd
cheered as the Canadiens goalie held his glove hand up ahead of the
goal line while sprawling back into the net.
"I was confident," Theodore said. "They are players who like
Shields acknowledged that his counterpart played well, though he
wished his talented snipers would have taken a different approach
in the shootout.
"I didn't like the way we shot the puck," the Thrashers goalie
said. "To be honest with you, I thought the guys should have shot
higher. Every shot at team practice is high, I don't know why those
Theodore drew a roar 3:27 into overtime and heard chants of
"Theo! Theo! Theo!" when he turned away a clear breakaway by
Kovalchuk, who scored his 15th goal in the second period.
"He played well all night. He looked like he was moving
quick," Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby said. "He made a real
quick save on me as well in the third period. I thought I'd taken a
step to get around him and a scramble happened and he saw his
reflex as he kicked out and got a toe on it."
Kovalchuk has 14 goals and 13 assists in 14 games since scoring
once in his first four games.
The Thrashers outshot Montreal 38-30, including 14-8 in the
Bondra also scored for Atlanta, which tied the game twice in the
Ryder scored his team-leading 10th goal to make it 1-0 early in
the second on the first of the Canadiens' two power-play goals.
Ryder also assisted on Andrei Markov's goal later in the period.
Theodore, bothered lately by a groin injury, stopped 36 shots in
regulation, including 14 in the third. Shields made 28 saves
Atlanta went 0-for-13 on the power play, including five
opportunities in the first period. The Thrashers also had five
power plays in the third, including one with 3:35 remaining when
Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek was penalized for hooking.
"Luckily, our penalty killing was outstanding," Canadiens
defenseman Craig Rivet said. "Jose was rock solid in there, no
rebounds at all. He saw a lot of the pucks and made some great
saves. The guys in front of him, our forwards to our (defense), did
a really, really solid job against a very good power play."
Ryder opened the scoring 1:36 into the second with the first of
two Montreal power-play goals in the period. Ryder got his
team-leading 10th goal when he drove a loose puck off a scramble
past Shields into a wide-open right side.
Kovalchuk tied it at 5:43. The speedy Russian winger received
countryman Slava Kozlov's pass and drove in on Theodore, flipping a
shot over the Canadiens goalie's pad to even it at 1.
Montreal had a great opportunity to take the lead again midway
through the period when Rivet hit the left post shortly after he
came out of the penalty box.
Another Canadiens defenseman made the most of his chance on
another power play later in the period as Markov drove a slap shot
past Shields from the left point to make it 2-1 at 15:35, just five
seconds after Montreal had a 5-on-3 advantage for 25 seconds.
Bondra drew the Thrashers even again, and this time it took just
The unassisted effort occurred when Canadiens forward Radek
Bonk's backhand clearing attempt was intercepted by Bondra, who
fired a quick shot past Theodore at 15:59.
Thrashers C Marc Savard ended a six-game point streak.
Savard, who has 23 assists this season, had one goal and 14 assists
during the run. ... Canadiens D Sheldon Souray didn't play because
of a groin injury. He is day to day. ... Montreal hasn't scored on
a 5-on-3 advantage this season. ... The Canadiens have sold out
each of their 13 home games this season.
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Arena: Bell Centre Location: Montreal, Quebec
Referees: Marc Joannette, Chris Lee Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Michel Cormier
Attendance: 21,273 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Michael Ryder (10)
(Power Play) Assists: Mike Ribeiro, Radek Bonk
Ilya Kovalchuk (15)
Assists: Slava Kozlov, Marian Hossa
Andrei Markov (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Craig Rivet, Michael Ryder
Peter Bondra (12)
No scoring this period
No scoring this period
Ilya Kovalchuk shootout attempt against Jose Theodore with a Wristshot results in a SAVE!
Peter Bondra shootout attempt against Jose Theodore with a Wristshot results in a SAVE!
Pierre Dagenais shootout attempt against Steve Shields with a Wristshot results in a GOAL!
Marian Hossa shootout attempt against Jose Theodore with a Wristshot results in a SAVE!