Game 38: Canadiens steal two points in Atlanta

Canadiens’ Andrei
Kostitsyn and Michael Cammalleri celebrate Kostitsyn’s goal in the second period.
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• At a Glance: The Canadiens were dominated from start to finish by the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night, but they can, once again, thank Jaroslav Halak and another defenceman, Marc-André Bergeron for a 4-3 overtime win. Halak was pelted with 50 shots by the Thrashers only two days after facing 40 against the New York Islanders. Ilya Kovalchuk scored once and Nik Antropov scored twice for the Thrashers, who beat the Canadiens 4-3 in overtime the last time the two teams met. The Canadiens made the most of their 23 shots, beating Johan Hedberg four times. Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn scored in the second period and Bergeron scored once in the third period and then the overtime winner. The Canadiens were 2-for-3 on the power play, while killing 5-of-6 Atlanta power plays. Plekanec added three assists for a four-point night. Plekanec now has 40 points, one more than all of last season, and sits eighth in the NHL scoring race, one pointe behind Alexander Ovechkin and three behind Sidney Crosby.

• Key Moments: At 18:15 of the third period, Bergeron’s power-play goal forced overtime after the Canadiens were outplayed and outgunned the entire game.

• What It Means: The Canadiens are now 2-0 on their seven-game road trip and saw their record on the season drop to 17-18-3.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are in Carolina on Wednesday before a few days off for Christmas. They are back at it on Dec. 26 in Toronto.

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