Game 77: Canadiens snap skid

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Canadiens defenceman Roman Hamrlik (left) scores Montreal’s first goal in more than three games during the first period on Tuesday night against the Thrashers. Allen McInnis, The Gazette

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AUDIO: Scott Gomez I and II | Carey Price | Roman Hamrlik | Brent Sopel | Brian Gionta | Mathieu Darche

• At a Glance: After more than 199 minutes without scoring a goal, the Canadiens once again found the back of the net on Tuesday night for a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers, snapping a three-game losing streak. Defenceman Roman Hamrlik was the one to break the goalless streak 12:56 into the opening period when he went to the net in support of his forwards and found a loose puck in the crease and tapped it aross the goal line. It took only 11 seconds for the Canadiens to score again, with Mathieu Darche accepting a Scott Gomez pass and sliding the puck between Ondrej Pavelec’s pads. Nik Antropov scored for the Thrashers 8:35 into the third period on a controversial play. Hal Gill was cut by a high stick, but the play went on and Antropov scored. The four on-ice officials consulted each other for several minutes after the goal,  but decided to let the goal stand and didn’t call a penalty. Andrei Kostitsyn put an end to some anxious moments when he scored an empty-net goal with a shot from the Canadiens’ side of the red line with 1:20 to play. Carey Price made 27 saves for his 35th win of the season.

• What It Means: The Canadiens earn their 41st win of the season, improving to 41-29-7 for 89 points, moving two points clear of the New York Rangers for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens are also four points ahead of the Buffalo Sabres, who lost to the Maple Leafs 4-3 on Tuesday night and remain seven points ahead of the Hurricanes, who sit in ninth place.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens play the Hurricanes on Wednesday night, then return home for a few days before heading to New Jersey to take on the Devils on Saturday night.

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