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Nashville Predators 4, Montréal Canadiens 5 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Nashville Predators 4, Montréal Canadiens 5 FINAL OT
Nashville Predators 4, Montréal Canadiens 5

MONTREAL (AP) -- Sheldon Souray's injured wrist is even better than before he was hurt.

Souray scored 35 seconds into overtime for his first career three-goal game, giving the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Souray has 11 goals this season since returning from four operations on his left wrist. The injury cost him all of last season and limited him to 34 games in 2001-02. He had never scored more than three goals in a season.

"I don't think I shoot harder than before, I'm just getting the puck on the net a lot and that's something the coaches here have worked on and I've tried to improve on," Souray said.

Souray scored power-play goals in the first and second periods for his fourth multigoal game of the season. He got the winner when he finished off a two-on-one by redirecting Jan Bulis' pass into a wide-open left side.

Saku Koivu scored a power-play goal with 5:08 left in the third period to draw Montreal even for the fourth time. Richard Zednik also scored a power-play goal earlier in the period as the Canadiens went 4-for-5 with the man advantage.

Mike Ribeiro had assists on all four of Montreal's man-advantage goals.

"I think we competed well, but some mental errors cost," Montreal coach Claude Julien said. "That's what cost us some goals."

Jason York, Scott Walker, Jeremy Stevenson and Rem Murray scored for Nashville, winless in five (0-2-1-2) since a franchise-record six-game winning streak from Nov. 24-Dec. 4.

"I'd say disappointing is an understatement," Predators defenseman Mark Eaton said. "When you have the lead four times you have to bear down, especially on the penalty kill. We didn't get the job done. These are games we have to have. You need to win if you have the lead once, let alone four times."

Nashville had killed 37 of its previous 38 penalties.

"We stood around and watched them shoot," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "We allowed them too many seam passes and Souray was blasting away."

Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore was struck on the collarbone by Pierre Dagenais' shot during the pregame warmup. Theodore started but left after allowing two goals on four shots in the first period.

"It's pretty close to the throat so it was just in a place where there's not too much padding, and it was like the third shot of the warmup so I wasn't expecting a high shot like that," Theodore said.

Theodore spoke with Dagenais, who expressed remorse.

"I think he's going to learn that the first couple of shots in warmup you keep them low, I guess," said Theodore, day-to-day with a bad bruise. He hopes to play Saturday in Toronto.

York ended his 61-game goal drought when he opened the scoring 1:34 in with a drive from the point past Theodore for his first goal since Jan 27.

Souray tied it at 7:09 with a power-play goal on a slap shot from the point.

Walker scored his eighth at 18:27 when he tucked a shot inside the right post to make it 2-1.

Mathieu Garon replaced Theodore to begin the second and caught a break early in the period. An apparent goal by Adam Hall was waved off because Garon was knocked down in a collision with Stevenson and Montreal defenseman Francis Bouillon.

Souray scored his second of the game on a power play at 5:18 to tie it at 2, but Stevenson gave Nashville another one-goal lead when he scored his first of the season at 11:55.

Zednik got his 11th goal 1:33 into the third as the Canadiens drew even for the third time.

Murray scored for the third straight game just 1:12 later to give the Predators their fourth one-goal lead at 2:45.

Murray got credit for his seventh goal when his shot deflected off Montreal defenseman Stephane Quintal and sailed over goalie Garon's left shoulder and into the net.

Koivu drove a slap shot past Tomas Vokoun into the right side of the net for his fifth goal 14:52 into the third to tie it again.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:34
NSH
Jason York (1) ASST: Vladimir Orszagh (9), Martin Erat (13)
1 - 0 NSH
07:09
MTL
PPG - Sheldon Souray (9) ASST: Richard Zednik (6), Mike Ribeiro (15)
1 - 1 Tie
18:27
NSH
Scott Walker (8) ASST: David Legwand (13), Andrew Hutchinson (1)
2 - 1 NSH
2nd Period
05:18
MTL
PPG - Sheldon Souray (10) ASST: Pierre Dagenais (4), Mike Ribeiro (16)
2 - 2 Tie
11:55
NSH
Jeremy Stevenson (1) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (7)
3 - 2 NSH
3rd Period
01:33
MTL
PPG - Richard Zednik (11) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (17), Michael Ryder (12)
3 - 3 Tie
02:45
NSH
Rem Murray (7) ASST: Andrew Hutchinson (2)
4 - 3 NSH
14:52
MTL
PPG - Saku Koivu (5) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (18), Sheldon Souray (9)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
00:35
MTL
Sheldon Souray (11) ASST: Jan Bulis (6), Saku Koivu (10)
5 - 4 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:29
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Slashing against  Michael Ryder
12:08
MTL
Darren Langdon  Roughing against  Jordin Tootoo
2nd Period
01:46
NSH
Vladimir Orszagh  Hi-sticking against  Richard Zednik
01:46
NSH
Vladimir Orszagh  Hi-sticking against  Richard Zednik
16:37
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Hi-sticking against  Martin Erat
16:37
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Hi-sticking against  Martin Erat
3rd Period
01:01
NSH
Greg Johnson  Hi-sticking against  Pierre Dagenais
04:09
MTL
Saku Koivu  Slashing against  Scottie Upshall
14:31
NSH
Mark Eaton  Interference against  Jan Bulis
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 36TOI: 60:35
Saves: 31EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 7
SV%: .861SH: 1 - 1
Mathieu Garon
SA: 18TOI: 40:35
Saves: 16EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
Jose Theodore
SA: 4TOI: 20:00
Saves: 2EV: 2 - 4
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0