ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Andrei Markov scored in the sixth round of the shootout, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks 4-3 Wednesday night for their sixth victory in eight games.
Wed, 5 Mar, 2014
Montreal 4 Final SO
Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, tying it late in the second period. Max Pacioretty got his 30th goal and captain Brian Gionta also scored in an impressive victory before the arrival of new acquisition Thomas Vanek.
Tim Jackman, Francois Beauchemin and Daniel Winnik scored early goals for the Ducks, who had won three straight. Jonas Hiller made 27 saves in Anaheim's first loss since the Olympic break.
Dustin Tokarski stopped 39 shots in his debut for the Canadiens, making several sharp saves in his eighth NHL appearance.
He also allowed a regrettable goal when Beauchemin's dump-in pass took a weird bounce and went into his open net while he waited behind it for the puck.
After a scoreless third period and overtime, Kyle Palmieri thought he had scored for Anaheim in the fifth round of the shootout, but his shot ricocheted off both posts and skittered along the goal line, never crossing it. The officials called it a goal on the ice, but reversed the ruling on video review.
Both playoff-bound teams' late-season acquisitions hadn't yet joined them at Honda Center.
The Ducks made no major moves on the trade deadline, but they acquired defenseman Stephane Robidas one day earlier. The injured Robidas won't be ready to play for two more weeks.
Montreal made one of the deadline's biggest acquisitions by snagging Vanek, the goal-scoring Austrian star from the New York Islanders. Vanek will become the Canadiens' top scorer when he suits up, likely for Thursday's game in Phoenix.
Teemu Selanne was a last-minute scratch with the flu for Anaheim. With the Finnish Flash out and Dustin Penner gone to Washington in a trade, defenseman Luca Sbisa played forward against Montreal.
Montreal went up 2-0 in the first period when Pacioretty then converted a slick cross-ice pass from David Desharnais, but the Ducks rallied in the second period with two goals 1:59 apart. Jackman scored on a smart tip of Sbisa's long shot, and Beauchemin tied it with that fluke goal into Tokarski's vacated net.
Anaheim went ahead on Winnik's midair swat of Matt Beleskey's shot for just his third goal of a hardworking season, but Gallagher evened it when Cam Fowler couldn't clear a loose puck in front of Hiller.
Late in the first period, the Honda Center paid tribute to Montreal forward George Parros with a video tribute and a standing ovation for the longtime Anaheim enforcer. The mustachioed brawler with an economics degree from Princeton and a clothing company in nearby Costa Mesa played six seasons for the Ducks before leaving as a free agent in 2012.
Parros, still the Anaheim franchise leader with 812 penalty minutes, acknowledged the cheers by waving and pounding his chest above his heart. Parros also fought Jackman in the first period.
NOTES: Anaheim hadn't been in a shootout since Dec. 6 or played an overtime game since Jan. 5. ... The 43-year-old Selanne hadn't missed a game because of injury or illness since Nov. 4. He has sat out eight games since then as a healthy scratch, but mostly on the back end of back-to-back games. ... Tokarski was recalled from the AHL after the Olympic break to back up Peter Budaj while gold medal winner Carey Price is out with an injury. Montreal acquired G Devan Dubnyk earlier Wednesday. ... The Ducks played without C Mathieu Perreault, who will be out at least one more game with an upper-body injury.
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