PAT HICKEY, The Gazette
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Josh Gorges scored at 1:45 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday night. The Coyotes’ Raffi Torres sent the game into overtime when he scored on a rebound at 5:50 of the third period. Mikkel Boedker opened the scoring for the Coyotes in the first period, but the Canadiens took the lead on second-period goals by Brian Gionta and Travis Moen.
The captain’s on a roll: Gionta scored his fourth goal of the season and his cross-ice pass set up Moen for his goal. Gionta, who played through an injury over the first three weeks of the season, has three goals and three assists in the last six games. His goal showed his determination as he took the puck off Boyd Gordon’s stick behind the Phoenix net and then beat Mike Smith on a wraparound.
Price goes wandering: Carey Price stopped 32 shots to boost his season record to 6-6-2, but his penchant for leaving the crease proved costly as the Coyotes took a 1-0 lead. Price went almost to the sideboards to corral a loose puck. He failed to clear the puck when he fired it behind the net to the other side of the ice. He managed to get back into the crease, but was beaten by Boedker.
Moen sets hot pace: Moen’s goal was his fifth this season and he’s on pace for a career season. The veteran, who scored six goals in 78 games last season, had a career-high 11 goals with Anaheim in 2006-07. That was the year he also scored seven playoff goals, including the Stanley Cup winner against Ottawa.
Injury scare: The Canadiens, who can’t afford to lose any more players, survived a scare when Tomas Plekanec went hard into the boards after contact with Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the first period. Plekanec lay on the ice for several minutes before he was helped to the dressing room. He returned in the second period and collected an assist on Moen’s goal.
VIP bobbleheads: The above average crowd of 14,138 at Jobing.com Arena included a large number of U.S. armed forces personnel and one special veteran as the team commemorated Veterans’ Day. The VIP was John McCain, the U.S. Senator from Arizona and former presidential candidate. McCain, who was a highly decorated Navy pilot in the Vietnam War, was interviewed after the first period and the team handed out John McCain bobblehead dolls.
What’s next: The Canadiens had a practice scheduled for Friday morning in Phoenix before flying to Nashville where they will meet the Predators Saturday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio-990).