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Canadiens 5, Coyotes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 5, Coyotes 2
Phoenix Coyotes 2, Montréal Canadiens 5

MONTREAL (AP) - Whether he was auditioning for the Olympics or not, Jose Theodore was good enough for the Montreal Canadiens to claim a much-needed win.

Andrei Kostsitsyn scored his first NHL goal, Michael Ryder scored his team-high 13th and Theodore made 27 saves, leading Montreal to a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.

Tomas Plekanec, Niklas Sundstrom and Jan Bulis also scored for the Canadiens, who had lost nine of 12 (3-5-4) after falling 5-3 on Saturday night to Los Angeles in their first game in a week.

The Coyotes ended a season-high three-game winning streak. With Phoenix down 4-0, Boyd Devereaux scored midway through the third to ruin Theodore's shutout bid. Mike Ricci scored on a scramble at 18:49.

"They came out strong," Theodore said. "They had three great scoring chances right off the bat and that seemed to give everybody confidence and we dominated the first period. After that, they tried to come back but it was too late."

With Coyotes coach and Team Canada general manager Wayne Gretzky looking on, Theodore outplayed Phoenix's Curtis Joseph, another competitor for one of the three goalie spots on Canada's Olympic squad.

"Theodore was very good tonight," Gretzky said. "... Listen, I've said it many times, the pressure he faces every day playing in Montreal, he handles it extremely well. I have the utmost respect for him as a player."

Canadiens coach Claude Julien acknowledged that his star goalie had no lack of motivation going into the game.

"There's no doubt with the Olympics coming and Gretzky in town, and Cujo being talked about as a potential candidate, (Theodore) wanted to showcase his stuff, and we just hope that Wayne Gretzky is in Edmonton on Thursday," Julien joked.

Joseph, chosen by Gretzky for Canada's 2002 gold medal-winning Olympic team, stopped 23 shots.

"I'm thinking about our team winning the hockey game and that's my only thought, and certainly we didn't put our best effort in," Joseph said. "They were much hungrier than we were and it showed. They deserved to win."

Coyotes captain Shayne Doan was assessed a gross misconduct following the game for arguing with refereee Stephane Auger.

Canadiens captain Saku Koivu and defenseman Mark Streit were out of the lineup with the flu. Koivu had hoped to return after missing three games because of a groin injury.

Recalled from Hamilton of the AHL earlier in the day, Kostsitsyn made his third appearance of the season. Limited to 34 seconds of play overall in his previous two games, the 20-year-old from Belarus made the most of a rare opportunity when he put his first career shot past Joseph 6:39 in on his second and final shift of the period.

"He's filled a tough role," Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray said. "He's been sitting on the bench a little bit, probably not getting as much ice time as he's used to, but when he got out there he made the most of it for his first goal and we sure needed it, so good for him."

Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek made a costly giveaway on Plekanec's power-play goal at 10:55. Michalek threw the puck up the middle from behind his own net, directly to Plekanec, who drove the slot unmarked and beat Joseph with a backhand to put the Canadiens up 2-0.

Sundstrom made it 3-0 11:44 into the second when his deflection of Souray's shot past Joseph stood after a lengthy video review determined he made contact with the puck no higher than the level of the crossbar.

Ryder scored for the second straight game, beating Joseph 6:29 into the third to increase the lead to 4-0.

Theodore lost his bid for his first shutout of the season moments later as Canadiens defenseman Mike Komisarek got his stick on Devereaux's shot. The puck fluttered and changed speeds, and Theodore misjudged its flight as it slipped under his right arm and dropped behind him into the net.

The Montreal goalie made two stops before surrendering Phoenix's second goal as Ricci swatted the puck under the sprawled Theodore with 1:11 remaining.

Bulis finished off a 2-on-1 with Richard Zednik at 19:05.

Notes: Coyotes RW Mike Johnson ended a six-game point streak. Johnson had five goals and four assists during the streak. ... Kostsitsyn, limited to 0:54 of ice time in the first, finished with 6:49 in eight shifts overall. ... Montreal has sold out each of its 17 home games this season. ... Canadiens C Radek Bonk missed his third straight game with a groin injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:39
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn (1) ASST: Chris Higgins (3), Garth Murray (1)
1 - 0 MTL
10:55
MTL
PPG - Tomas Plekanec (4) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
11:44
MTL
Niklas Sundstrom (4) ASST: Sheldon Souray (7), Jan Bulis (5)
3 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
06:29
MTL
Michael Ryder (13) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (16), Andrei Markov (12)
4 - 0 MTL
07:26
PHX
Boyd Devereaux (4) ASST: Dave Scatchard (8), Sean O'Donnell (4)
4 - 1 MTL
18:49
PHX
Mike Ricci (3) ASST: Geoff Sanderson (7), Mike Johnson (11)
4 - 2 MTL
19:05
MTL
PPG - Jan Bulis (4) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (8), Richard Zednik (5)
5 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:56
MTL
Craig Rivet  Hooking against  Ladislav Nagy
03:50
PHX
Sean O'Donnell  Holding
09:14
PHX
Geoff Sanderson  Hooking against  Mike Komisarek
12:54
MTL
Jan Bulis  Tripping against  Mike Comrie
15:34
MTL
Alexander Perezhogin  Hooking
18:16
PHX
Denis Gauthier  Hi-sticking against  Mike Ribeiro
19:28
PHX
Mike Johnson  Hooking against  Craig Rivet
2nd Period
02:20
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Holding against  David Leneveu
12:30
MTL
Alexander Perezhogin  Broken stick
13:37
PHX
Mike Comrie  Roughing against  Andrei Markov
13:37
MTL
Andrei Markov  Roughing against  Mike Comrie
19:41
MTL
Richard Zednik  Hi-sticking against  Ladislav Nagy
3rd Period
12:42
MTL
Francis Bouillon  Tripping against  Ladislav Nagy
12:42
PHX
Ladislav Nagy  Tripping against  Francis Bouillon
19:00
MTL
Steve Begin  Roughing against  Ladislav Nagy
19:00
PHX
Paul Mara  Roughing against  Steve Begin
19:00
PHX
Ladislav Nagy  Roughing against  Steve Begin
20:00
PHX
Shane Doan  Gross misconduct
goalie stats
Curtis Joseph
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .821SH: 3 - 3
Jose Theodore
SA: 29TOI: 59:44
Saves: 27EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .931SH: 0 - 0