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