Phoenix
Coyotes
37-30-15
Montréal
Canadiens
46-28-8

27 SOG
28 SOG
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PHX
MTL
game recap

Recap: MTL 3, PHX 1

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 10:39 PM
Three Stars of the Game
Carey Price
1st
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 21-22
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .963SH: 0-0
Max Pacioretty
2nd
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 20:47
Mike Smith
3rd
Mike Smith
SA: 27TOI: 59:07
GA: 2EV: 22-22
PIM: 0PP: 3-5
SV%: .926SH: 0-0

MONTREAL - Max Pacioretty scored twice in the third period to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

Carey Price stopped 26 of 27 shots for Montreal (21-12-3), while Andrei Markov also scored in the third period.

Mikkel Boedker was the lone goal scorer for the Coyotes (18-10-5), while Mike Smith made 26 saves.

Pacioretty scored the winner for the Canadiens at 13:18 of the third, netting his 13th of the season by shooting the puck intro traffic in front of Smith's goal. The puck ricocheted off defenceman Michael Stone's skate and into the net.

Phoenix hasn't won in Montreal since 1996.

Boedker got the Coyotes on the board at 6:14 of the first period, banking his own rebound off his skate and into the net for his tenth goal of the year.

Price clearly wasn't expecting the puck to come back to him so quickly after the initial shot, and was out of position when it trickled past him. Former Hab Kyle Chipchura assisted on the goal.

The Coyotes outshot the Canadiens 15-3 in the first and had another 12 attempts blocked by Montreal players.

The Canadiens threatened the Phoenix net with more gusto in the second, but still couldn't put one past Smith. The home team came close to tying the game when Pacioretty fired a one-time shot off the crossbar late in the period.

The Canadiens finally found their equalizer to start the third. Markov scored his third of the year on the power play at 2:26, beating Smith between the legs with a slap shot from the point.

After Pacioretty made it 2-1, he added an empty-netter to seal the victory.

The win was Montreal's first when trailing after two periods (1-10-1).

Notes: Rene Bourque was in the lineup after missing the last seven games with a lower body injury. … Phoenix captain Shane Doan was absent (illness). … Smith entered the game with a .927 save percentage in six career games against the Habs. … Former Canadien Mike Ribeiro made his eighth career appearance versus Montreal since being traded in 2006. … The Coyotes' current road trip takes them to Toronto next. … The Canadiens and Coyotes meet once more this season on March 6, 2014, in Glendale, Arizona.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:14
PHX
Mikkel Boedker (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Kyle Chipchura (5), Connor Murphy (3)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:26
MTL
PPG - Andrei Markov (3) Slapshot - ASST: Max Pacioretty (4), David Desharnais (9)
1 - 1 Tie
13:18
MTL
PPG - Max Pacioretty (13) Wrist shot - ASST: David Desharnais (10), P.K. Subban (22)
2 - 1 MTL
19:57
MTL
EN - Max Pacioretty (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Brian Gionta (13)
3 - 1 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
03:07
MTL
Daniel Brière  Holding against  Connor Murphy
07:16
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Tripping against  Mike Smith
2nd Period
00:56
PHX
Martin Hanzal  Tripping against  Alexei Emelin
06:51
MTL
Brandon Prust  Roughing against  Connor Murphy
06:51
MTL
Brandon Prust  Unsportsmanlike conduct
16:04
PHX
Tim Kennedy  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
02:01
PHX
David Moss  Holding against  Lars Eller
11:43
PHX
Oliver Ekman-Larsson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
14-8-5
SA: 27TOI: 59:07
Saves: 25EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0
Carey Price
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .963SH: 0 - 0