|CHI||0||0||1||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|MTL||0||1||0||1||(0 - 0)||2|
MONTREAL (CP) -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Saturday morning he would like his team to learn to play more like the Chicago Blackhawks.
A few hours later, Therrien's Canadiens went out and showed they may not need the lesson.
Andrei Markov's second goal of the game came at 1:28 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win against the Blackhawks at Bell Centre.
Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook had his pass to Duncan Keith behind the Blackhawks net cut off by Max Pacioretty, whose centering pass was deflected out to the point to Markov. The defenseman's wrist shot to the far top corner beat Corey Crawford for his fifth goal of the season.
Crawford had made a tremendous pad save on a Tomas Plekanec breakaway the shift prior to allowing Markov's goal.
Carey Price made 19 saves for the Canadiens (26-15-5), who won for the second time in three games.
Marian Hossa scored for the Blackhawks (29-8-10), who lost their second straight and have won twice in their past seven games (2-1-4), their worst stretch of the season.
Therrien tasked the line of Plekanec, Brian Gionta and Travis Moen with facing the Blackhawks' top line of Jonathan Toews, Hossa and Patrick Sharp. Sharp and Toews entered the game each riding four-game point streaks and the duo had combined for 12 goals and 13 assists in their previous eight games.
The Plekanec line and the defensive pair of P.K. Subban and Josh Gorges were effective in limiting the line's chances through 49 minutes, but couldn't do it all night; Sharp and Toews set up Hossa's tying goal at 9:22 of the third period to make it 1-1.
The Blackhawks had two tremendous chances to win the game late in regulation. Bryan Bickell hit the post with 1:40 to play in the third. Moments later, Toews drove the net hard against Price and a loose puck came to Sharp on the lip of the crease, but he missed the open side of the net.
Crawford has not won in his past six starts (0-3-3), and he was denied his first victory in his second career start in his hometown, but the loss Saturday was not his fault. He made 36 saves, including one that should be a save of the year candidate late in the second period to allow the Blackhawks to enter the third period down 1-0.
With the Blackhawks on a power play, Plekanec took a shot on Crawford and as he skated through the Chicago crease on his way back to his zone, he knocked Crawford's stick out of his hands and into the corner.
The Canadiens came quickly back up ice with Brandon Prust coming in on a partial break that Crawford stopped with a pad-stack save. But Lars Eller was following up for the rebound and appeared to have an empty net, except Crawford made a desperate kick with his left leg and got the blade of his skate on the puck, deflecting it wide with a little more than a minute remaining in the period.
The Blackhawks came out of the gates flying early on and were controlling the play right off the opening faceoff until a pair of penalties to defensemen Michel Kostka and Niklas Hjalmarsson, both for tripping Daniel Briere, in a span of 1:58 midway through the first switched the momentum in the Canadiens' favor.
Montreal was unable to capitalize on it, however, entering the second intermission in a scoreless tie despite outshooting Chicago 11-6.
The Canadiens continued to carry the play in the second, holding a 17-10 advantage in shots when Markov scored on Montreal's 18th shot through a George Parros screen at 12:54.
Crawford and Price traded saves over the next few minutes until Subban took a delay of game penalty at 17:17 of the second, which ultimately led to Crawford's highlight reel stop on Eller that maintained Chicago's one-goal deficit heading to the third.
The Numbers Game – January 11, 2014
|Michael Kostka Tripping against Daniel Briere|
|Niklas Hjalmarsson Tripping against Daniel Briere|
|Brendan Gallagher Fighting (maj) against Kris Versteeg|
|Kris Versteeg Fighting (maj) against Brendan Gallagher|
|Michal Handzus Tripping against Lars Eller|
|P.K. Subban Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|SA: 38||TOI: 61:28|
|Saves: 36||EV: 30 - 32|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .947||SH: 4 - 4|
|SA: 20||TOI: 61:28|
|Saves: 19||EV: 18 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 0|
|SV%: .950||SH: 1 - 1|