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CAR@MTL: Postgame

Habs rebound to beat Canes, avoid season sweep and snap two-game losing skid

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The Canadiens snapped a two-game losing skid and avoided a sweep in their season series with the Hurricanes with a 4-3 overtime win over Carolina at the Bell Centre on Saturday.

Charlie Lindgren was making his first start since February 4 in New Jersey, his fifth contest of the season with Montreal.

The Canadiens started the game off strong, sustaining pressure in the Hurricanes' end early in the contest. And the Tomas Tatar-Phillip Danault-Brendan Gallagher line got Montreal on the board at the 2:40 mark of the first off a beautiful cross-ice tic-tac-toe play that started with Gallagher and finished with Danault tapping it in past Carolina starter Anton Forsberg.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Danault ��gale son sommet personnel de buts, Tatar ��tablit un nouveau sommet personnel de points, avec 59!Danault matches his career high in goals, and Tatar sets a new personal best with 59 points!90-24-11 ������#GoHabsGo

It was Danault's 13th tally of the season, equalling the career best he set in 2016-17 with Montreal.

Both Gallagher and Tatar earned helpers on the play, allowing Gallagher to move into sole possession of 41st all-time on the Canadiens in points (331) and 57th in assists (160).

Tatar, meanwhile, set a new career high in points (59) with his 37th apple of 2019-20.

The Habs took a 1-0 lead to the room after 20, and were leading 16-11 in shots after the first.

Max Domi doubled the Canadiens' lead early in the second, picking the puck up in a goalmouth scramble and beating Forsberg for his 17th of the season.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Domi est en feu. Un point dans un 5e match de suite!Domi's on fire. Five-game point streak!#GoHabsGo

The marker helped Domi extend his points streak to five games.

Paul Byron and Jordan Weal got assists on the goal.

Just 17 seconds later, Gallagher wired it past Forsberg from the top of the faceoff circle for his 21st of the season.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le tir ��tait bon, la c��l��bration ��tait encore meilleure. Amazing shot, even better celly.#GoHabsGo

That goal moved him into a tie with Bobby Smith for 30th all-time on Montreal with the 172nd of his career.

Gallagher's linemates, Tatar and Danault, earned helpers on the play.

The Hurricanes made a goaltending change after Gallagher's tally, sending in Alex Nedeljkovic in to relieve Forsberg.

Haydn Fleury broke Lindgren's shutout bid at the 7:45 mark of the middle frame to make it a 3-1 game.

That's where the score would stand heading into the third, with the Canadiens leading 28-16 in shots.

Joel Edmunson scored to make it 3-2 just 1:14 into the final frame.

With Nedeljkovic pulled for an extra attacker, Justin Williams redirected Edmunson's shot from the point to tie the game with 1:17 remaining in regulation.

Lindgren made a last-second glove stop on Andrei Svechnikov as time expired.

Deadlocked at 3-3 after 60 minutes, the game headed to overtime.

Jeff Petry broke away to beat Nedeljkovic and seal the deal for Montreal in extra time.

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