Habs almost sing the blues in Nashville

 

 
 
 
 
Predators goalie Carter Hutton blocks a shot deflected by Canadiens’ Travis Moen in the second period Saturday in Nashville.
 

Predators goalie Carter Hutton blocks a shot deflected by Canadiens’ Travis Moen in the second period Saturday in Nashville.

Photograph by: Mark Humphrey, AP

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NASHVILLE — David Desharnais scored at 1:43 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena. The Canadiens scored on three consecutive shots to take a 3-0 lead in the first period, but the Predators came back and tied the score on a power-play goal by Shea Weber at 13:40 of the third period. Andrei Markov felt he was tripped behind the net on the tying goal and received a 10-minute misconduct penalty.

Canadiens chase Mazanec: Rookie goaltender Marek Mazanec faced only five shots and was pulled after he gave up the third Montreal goal at 14:37. P.K. Subban scored on the Canadiens’ third shot, burying a slapshot at 11:30. Max Pacioretty scored his team-leading 15th goal with the Canadiens’ fourth shot. He took a stretch pass from Brendan Gallagher, went around defenceman Kevin Klein and scored on a breakaway at 13:20. Tomas Plekanec scored on Montreal’s next shot when he worked a give-and-go with Brian Gionta. It was Plekanec’s 12th goal this season. Carter Hutton stopped 17 of 18 shots in relief.

Leaving the door open: While the Canadiens scored in the first-period for the first time in nine games, they let the Predators back into the game in the second period when Nashville outshot Montreal 20-6 and scored twice. Patric Hornqvist spoiled Carey Price’s shutout at 11:51 and Nick Spaling redirected a shot by Shea Weber for a power-play goal at 18:01. The Canadiens rank No. 2 in penalty-killing, but Nashville scored on both of its power plays. Montreal was 0-for-2 on the power play.

Injury update: Josh Gorges was a game-time scratch because of a lower-body injury. He was injured when he blocked a shot Thursday in St. Louis. Nashville rookie defenceman Seth Jones left the game after he was struck in the face by a Markov one-timer late in the first period.

Stalberg snake-bitten: The Predators’ Viktor Stalberg had a breakaway at 2:29 of the first period, but hit a post. He had another chance at 13:55, but hit the crossbar.

What’s next: The Canadiens will have time to rest and enjoy the holidays before launching a four-game road trip Saturday in Tampa. They follow up with games against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, the Carolina Hurricanes on New Year’s Eve and the Dallas Stars on Jan. 2. The next home game at the Bell Centre is Jan. 4 against Ottawa.

phickey@montrealgazette.com

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Predators goalie Carter Hutton blocks a shot deflected by Canadiens’ Travis Moen in the second period Saturday in Nashville.
 

Predators goalie Carter Hutton blocks a shot deflected by Canadiens’ Travis Moen in the second period Saturday in Nashville.

Photograph by: Mark Humphrey, AP

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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