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Canadiens 6, Predators 5, SO

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:39 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 6, Predators 5, SO
Montréal Canadiens 6, Nashville Predators 5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -A two-goal deficit was not too much for the Montreal Canadiens to overcome. It just took them a few tries.

Montreal fell behind by two less than four minutes after the opening faceoff Tuesday night and trailed by that margin two other times before the Canadiens rallied for a 6-5 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators.

"Obviously not the start we wanted, to be down by two," rookie goalie Jaroslav Halak said. "But we battled back. ... Big game for us."

Sergei Samsonov forced overtime when he scored with 47.1 seconds to play in regulation, and Saku Koivu's shootout goal provided the difference in a shootout which extended to four skaters per side.

Peter Forsberg, acquired by Nashville in a trade last week, had a chance to answer Koivu's goal, but slipped to the ice on his attempt against Halak.

"We kept letting them back in," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Full credit, they stayed in it (and) ... in a shootout, anything can happen."

Samsonov had a goal and an assist, and Koivu had two assists for the Canadiens, who won their third straight after a six-game losing streak. Halak remained unbeaten in the NHL with his third straight victory since being called up and making his debut last week.

Nashville regained a share of first place in the Central Division and Western Conference standings despite the loss. The Predators are tied with Detroit with 84 points, but the Red Wings have one game in hand. The teams will play five times in the next four weeks, beginning with a game Saturday at Nashville.

Michael Ryder, Mark Streit, Garth Murray and Alexander Perezhogin scored for Montreal. Ryder became the second Canadiens player with 20 goals this season when he one-timed a pass through the crease by Koivu and made it 2-1 with 5 seconds remaining on a 5-on-3 advantage in the first period.

After Perezhogin made it 4-4 with a power-play goal 4:08 into the third period, David Legwand put Nashville back in front less than two minutes later when his shot from behind the goal line deflected in off the legs of Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray.

"Sometimes you need games like this to build the confidence," Koivu said. "Hopefully, from here on, it will be a little easier to win games."

The Predators snapped an 0-for-19 power-play drought when they converted three times in the first 22:28. J.P. Dumont got the last of those with one-timer from the right wing which made it 4-2.

Scott Hartnell and Steve Sullivan also scored with the man-advantage, and Legwand and Shea Weber scored even-strength goals. Dumont finished with a goal and two assists, and Hartnell and Sullivan each had a goal and an assist.

Sullivan missed the final minutes of overtime and the shootout with an undisclosed injury.

"We did exactly what we wanted to, like having good power plays, good chances, playing well five-on-five," Dumont said. "They got back in the game every time."

Notes: Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun had an assist on the first goal. It was his second assist in as many games. ... Koivu has three straight multipoint games. He has one goal and six assists in that span. ... Peter Forsberg, acquired by the Predators in a trade with Philadelphia last week, failed for the third time to record his first point for Nashville. ... Montreal has scored seven power-play goals in the last three games, its best stretch since it had eight over three games from Dec. 14-19. ... This was Nashville's final game against an Eastern Conference opponent. The Predators went 7-2-1 against the East.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:22
NSH
PPG - Steve Sullivan (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Suter (13), Tomas Vokoun (2)
1 - 0 NSH
03:57
NSH
Shea Weber (11) Wrist shot - ASST: J-P Dumont (34), Jason Arnott (24)
2 - 0 NSH
10:43
MTL
PPG - Michael Ryder (20) Slapshot - ASST: Saku Koivu (34), Sheldon Souray (31)
2 - 1 NSH
13:49
NSH
PPG - Scott Hartnell (22) Tip-in - ASST: J-P Dumont (35), Steve Sullivan (38)
3 - 1 NSH
16:27
MTL
Mark Streit (7) Tip-in - ASST: Sergei Samsonov (16), Andrei Kostitsyn (1)
3 - 2 NSH
2nd Period
02:28
NSH
PPG - J-P Dumont (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Arnott (25), Ryan Suter (14)
4 - 2 NSH
12:57
MTL
Garth Murray (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Mike Komisarek (9), Mike Johnson (17)
4 - 3 NSH
3rd Period
04:08
MTL
PPG - Alexander Perezhogin (6) Snap shot - ASST: Saku Koivu (35), Mark Streit (19)
4 - 4 Tie
05:55
NSH
David Legwand (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Hartnell (15), Vitaly Vishnevski (10)
5 - 4 NSH
19:12
MTL
Sergei Samsonov (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Plekanec (20), Mathieu Dandenault (4)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDMTLNSHTOTAL
1A. Kostitsyn
J. Dumont
0 - 0
2A. Perezhogin
P. Kariya
0 - 1
3T. Plekanec
M. Erat
1 - 1
4S. Koivu
P. Forsberg
2 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
00:47
MTL
Andrei Markov  Interference against  Martin Erat
08:48
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Tripping against  Mike Komisarek
09:59
NSH
Greg Zanon  Hooking against  Saku Koivu
12:11
MTL
Guillaume Latendresse  Hooking against  Steve Sullivan
17:33
MTL
Andrei Markov  Tripping against  Scott Nichol
2nd Period
00:58
MTL
Guillaume Latendresse  Tripping against  Martin Erat
05:22
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Holding against  Steve Sullivan
09:50
NSH
Ryan Suter  Hooking against  Andrei Kostitsyn
14:39
MTL
Mathieu Dandenault  Hi-sticking against  Vernon Fiddler
14:39
MTL
Mathieu Dandenault  Hi-sticking against  Vernon Fiddler
3rd Period
02:35
NSH
David Legwand  Interference
10:29
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Holding the stick against  J-P Dumont
10:29
NSH
J-P Dumont  Interference against  Maxim Lapierre
13:10
NSH
J-P Dumont  Hooking
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 31TOI: 64:27
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 8
SV%: .839SH: 1 - 1
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 27TOI: 64:50
Saves: 22EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .815SH: 3 - 3