Markov ends Habs-Blackhawks goaltending duel in overtime

 

Canadiens 2, Blackhawks 1 (OT)

 
 
 
 
Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov, centre, tries to stop Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger from getting a wrap around shot on Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, left, during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
 
 

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov, centre, tries to stop Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger from getting a wrap around shot on Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, left, during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.

Photograph by: Allen McInnis, The Gazette

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MONTREAL - Here's the game report from Jan. 11, 2014. (Updated Jan. 12)

The skinny: Andrei Markov scored his second goal of the game at 1:28 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win over the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks and bring an end to a goaltending duel between the Canadiens’ Carey Price and Châteauguay’s Corey Crawford Saturday night at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens did a good job of holding the NHL’s highest-scoring team in check, but Marian Hossa tied the game 1-1 when he scored his 16th goal of the season at 9:22 of the third period.

Confidence builder for Emelin: Alexei Emelin had his best game in almost a month and it started with his physical game. Emelin did what he does best, which is to hit everyone who moves. The Russian Olympian was credited with six hits, blocked one shot and also chipped in offensively with an assist on Markov’s first goal.

The natives are restless: There was a chorus of boos after the Canadiens failed to get a shot on goal during a power play early in the second period. Montreal finished the night 0-for-3 on the power play. Over the past 10 games, the Canadiens have had 36 power-play opportunities, but have scored only three goals.

Killer defence: The Montreal penalty-killing unit, which ranks third in the NHL, turned in a strong effort after P.K. Subban was sent off for delay of game late in the second period. The Blackhawks failed to get a shot with the extra man, while the Canadiens tested Crawford four times. Tomas Plekanec had a rush that produced two shots. Crawford then stopped Brandon Prust on a breakaway and managed to get his leg up to deflect Lars Eller’s attempt on the rebound.

A little help from their friends: The Canadiens have had several goals waved off because of goaltender interference in recent weeks, but they had a decision go their way when Wes McCauley disallowed a goal on a deflected shot from the point at 2:04 of the third period. McCauley ruled that Michal Handzus made incidental contact with Price in the crease.

Chasing Lightning: The win left the Canadiens in third place in the Atlantic Division with 57 points, one point behind Tampa Bay and three back of division-leading Boston. The Lightning and the Bruins each hold a game in hand on Montreal. The Canadiens also maintained a seven-point lead over fourth-place Detroit in the Atlantic Division and are eight points up on Toronto with two games in hand.

What’s next: The Canadiens are home to the New Jersey Devils Tuesday (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690) and then go on the road to play the Ottawa Senators Thursday and the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday.

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Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov, centre, tries to stop Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger from getting a wrap around shot on Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, left, during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
 

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov, centre, tries to stop Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger from getting a wrap around shot on Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, left, during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.

Photograph by: Allen McInnis, The Gazette

 
Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov, centre, tries to stop Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger from getting a wrap around shot on Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, left, during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Canadiens centre Daniel Briere gets tripped by Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Mike Kostka during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. A penalty was called on the play.
Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty, centre, gets knocked to the ice by Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell, as Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith, right, and Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher scramble for the loose puck during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, rear, pushes Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw as Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais. left, Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Chicago Blackhawks centre Marcus Kruger, left, slides past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price as Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban looks for the loose puck during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens centre David Desharnais takes part in the pre game warmup skate during NHL action against the Chicago Blackhawks, not seen, in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty takes part in the pre game warmup skate during NHL action against the Chicago Blackhawks, not seen, in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens right wing Brandon Prust, right, struggles to stop Chicago Blackhawks centre Andrew Shaw during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens centre Daniel Briere, centre right, flips a puck to young fans, not seen, as Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj, left to right, Montreal Canadiens right wing George Parros and Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban warm up during the pre game skate during NHL action against the Chicago Blackhawks, not seen, in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell gets sent to the ice by Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin, right, during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens centre Daniel Briere, right, gets knocked to the lic by Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Johnny Oduya during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens defenceman Douglas Murray, centre, knocks Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw to the ice as Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, bottom, and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Bollig look on during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, right, grimaces as he is crowded by Chicago Blackhawks centre Michal Handzus during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
The puck sails between the legs of Montreal Canadiens defenceman Raphael Diaz, left to right, Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus and Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. The goal was called back by the referee.
Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty celebrates Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov, not seen, scoring the winning goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, not seen, during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens left wing Travis Moen, left to right, gets blocked by Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith and Chicago Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews as Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford  follows the play during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, left, and Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj celebrate with Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov, centre, after he scored the winning goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, not seen, during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Chicago Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews, right, grimaces as Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban tries to take the puck from him during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Montreal Canadiens right wing George Parros, centre, celebrates with his team mates after the Canadiens scored the opening goal against the Chicago Blackhawks, not seen, during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford kicks the puck away as he makes a stickless save against Montreal Canadiens centre Lars Eller during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a stickless save against Montreal Canadiens right wing Brandon Prust, top, as Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Nick Leddy tries to stop the shot during NHL action in Montreal on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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