Canadiens 3, Coyotes 2, OT
Josh Gorges saw a puck rolling his way and an opportunity to
give the Montreal Canadiens a much-needed win.
Gorges scored 1:45 into overtime and the Canadiens edged the
Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 on Thursday night.
”The puck was squeezed out to me and I thought I’d try and put
it on net,” Gorges said. ”We knew it was going to be a battle.
You have to work against this team.”
Brian Gionta had a goal and an assist, and Travis Moen also
scored for the Canadiens, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Mikkel Boedker and Raffi Torres scored for the Coyotes, who lost
for the second time in three games, but have earned points in seven
”It’s disappointing when you felt like we had a pretty good
week and were feeling good about ourselves,” Phoenix coach Dave
Tippett said. ”It’s the desperation level that you need to win,
and that desperation level led to a lot of one-on-one battles that
The Canadiens were playing without left wing Michael Cammalleri,
who hurt his knee Tuesday against Edmonton.
”When you have guys out you have to have other guys chip in,”
Canadiens goalie Carey Price said. ”It was nice to see Josh
finally get rewarded.”
Torres tied it with 14:50 left, taking advantage of a convenient
bounce. Keith Yandle’s initial rebound shot dropped into the
crease, just to the left of Price’s leg, and Torres flipped the
puck into the open right side of the net to make it 2-2.
”We came out with a quick goal, but we didn’t build on it,”
Torres said. ”As a team, had we been more physical, we would have
been able to take the game away more.”
Boedker gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead at 5:43 of the first. Cal
O’Reilly passed the puck from behind the net to Boedker on the
doorstep in front of Price for an easy one-timed goal, his first
since Oct. 13.
Gionta made it 1-1 at 3:28 of the second, stealing the puck off
Boyd Gordon’s stick behind the net and beating Mike Smith on a
”Gionta got him from behind,” Montreal coach Jacques Martin
said. ”It was a surprise to him. He lifted his stick, took the
puck and scored.”
Moen made it 2-1 with 2:14 left in the period, taking a pass
from Gionta and scoring on a wrist shot from the left circle, just
inside the hash marks.
NOTES: The Canadiens are 12-2-4 against the Coyotes since the
team moved to Phoenix from Winnipeg, and haven’t lost to them since
1998. … Montreal C Tomas Plekanec was shaken up early in the
first when he was driven into the boards by Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
He returned and earned the second assist on Moen’s goal. …
Coyotes C Daymond Langkow left the team Thursday because of a death
in his family. His return date hasn’t been announced. … Coyotes
LW Radim Vrbata came back into the lineup after missing two games
with an undisclosed lower body injury. … Coyotes C Martin Hanzal
played in his 300th NHL game.