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Canadiens 2, Thrashers 1, SO

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:47 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 2, Thrashers 1, SO
Atlanta Thrashers 1, Montréal Canadiens 2

MONTREAL (AP) -Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta scored in the shootout, and the Montreal Canadiens snapped a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night.

Gionta, who scored late in the first period, sealed the win with a backhander past Ondrej Pavelec on Montreal's third attempt of the shootout. Gomez had put a shot from the slot past the Atlanta goalie's glove into the right side of the net.

Jaroslav Halak stopped Ilya Kovalchuk and Rich Peverley on the Thrashers' first two attempts.

The Canadiens (3-5) avoided their worst start in nearly 70 years. Montreal was 1-10-1 in the 1940-41 season.

Colby Armstrong brought Atlanta into a 1-1 tie at 6:06 of the third with his first goal. Armstrong took Peverley's pass from the left corner and put a wrist shot past Jaroslav Halak from the circle.

Halak made 22 saves in his second start of the season.

Pavelec stopped 34 shots for Atlanta (4-1-1), which tied its best start since joining the NHL in 1999.

Montreal, which won its first two games of the season in overtime, has been held to 10 goals in its last six contests.

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Dating to a 6-2 win at Toronto on April 4, the Canadiens have not won in regulation through 16 games, including their four-game loss to Boston in the opening round of last season's playoffs.

Peverley, who has eight points in six games, signed a multiyear contract extension earlier in the day. The 27-year-old center has four goals and four assists and leads the Thrashers with three power-play goals and two winning tallies.

The Canadiens held a 35-23 shots advantage, including 13-6 in the second and 7-0 in overtime.

Atlanta's Vyacheslav Kozlov got a boarding major and a game misconduct for his hit from behind on Gomez 2:25 into overtime.

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin used his timeout with 1:15 remaining in the extra period.

Gionta opened the scoring with 2:16 left in the first when he beat Pavelec with a wrist shot from the left side.

NOTES: The Thrashers also started 4-1-1 in the 2006-07 season. ... Peverley has 43 points in 45 games with Atlanta since he was claimed off waivers from Nashville in January. ... D Marc-Andre Bergeron made his Montreal debut. Bergeron, recalled from AHL Hamilton on Sunday, was called for hooking on his first shift. ... Carey Price's next appearance will be his 100th career game. The Canadiens' 22-year-old goalie is 2-4 in six starts this season with a 3.36 goals-against-average and a .886 save percentage.

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scoring summary
1st Period
17:44
MTL
Brian Gionta (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Cammalleri (5)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
06:06
ATL
Colby Armstrong (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Rich Peverley (4), Evander Kane (2)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDMTLATLTOTAL
1M. Cammalleri
I. Kovalchuk
0 - 0
2S. Gomez
R. Peverley
1 - 0
3B. Gionta
2 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
02:23
MTL
Marc-Andre Bergeron  Hooking against  Rich Peverley
02:58
ATL
Todd White  Tripping against  Roman Hamrlik
04:06
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Slashing against  Ilya Kovalchuk
06:12
ATL
Todd White  Hi-sticking against  Josh Gorges
11:32
ATL
Eric Boulton  Tripping against  Travis Moen
2nd Period
06:39
ATL
Christoph Schubert  Roughing against  Paul Mara
06:39
MTL
Paul Mara  Roughing against  Christoph Schubert
06:39
ATL
Colby Armstrong  Roughing against  Maxim Lapierre
06:39
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Roughing against  Colby Armstrong
06:39
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Roughing against  Colby Armstrong
13:52
ATL
Tobias Enstrom  Holding against  Travis Moen
19:23
MTL
Hal Gill  Holding against  Evander Kane
3rd Period
11:06
ATL
Evander Kane  Interference against  Max Pacioretty
OT Period
02:25
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov  Checking from behind (maj) against  Scott Gomez
02:25
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov  Game misconduct
02:25
MTL
Scott Gomez  Roughing against  Vyacheslav Kozlov
goalie stats
Ondrej Pavelec
Ondrej Pavelec
3-1-1
SA: 35TOI: 65:00
Saves: 34EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 15
SV%: .971SH: 3 - 3
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 23TOI: 65:00
Saves: 22EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .957SH: 0 - 0