Canadiens’ Andrei Kostitsyn plows into the crease of Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier Wednesday night as he scores Montreal’s second goal.
Allen McInnis, Gazette
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But Montreal wasted no time restoring
the two-goal lead. Tomas Plekanec beat Jonathan Bernier with a shot from
the high slot at 3:16. Bernier made the initial save on Andrei
Kostitsyn but Brian Gionta got to the rebound and set up Plekanec. It
was the eighth goal of the season for Plekanec and that tied him for the
team lead with Kostitsyn, who opened the scoring in the first period.
Lars Eller added some insurance when he potted a rebound at 18:07 of
the second period after Alexandre Picard hit a post. It was Eller’s
first goal as a Canadien.
The much-maligned Canadiens power play
provided Montreal with a 1-0 lead at 9:54 of the first period when
Kostitsyn scored off the rush, beating Bernier to the glove side. The
Canadiens went 1-for-3 with the extra man, and the No. 1 penalty-killing
unit in the NHL gave up one goal on three opportunities.
assists were significant on Kostitsyn’s goal. P.K. Subban rushed back to
break up a short-handed rush and started the play going in the other
direction. The first assist on the goal went to Mathieu Darche, who was
making a rare appearance on the power play. He took a pass from Subban
and pushed the puck ahead to Kostitsyn.
The Canadiens made it 2-0
at 17:37 of the opening period with the teams playing four aside. Scott
Gomez, who has been more maligned than the power play, was originally
credited with the goal, on a deflection of Michael Cammalleri’s shot
from the blueline. Gomez said he didn’t touch the puck but he received a
well-deserved assist because his pass to Roman Hamrlik set the play in
motion, then he went hard to the net. Gomez was draped all over Bernier
when Cammalleri’s shot appeared to go off Kings defenceman Drew Doughty.
The Canadiens will spend Thursday, United States Thanksgiving
Day, in Atlanta preparing for Friday night’s game against the Thrashers.
They are back home Saturday night to play the Buffalo Sabres.