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.
Photograph by: Allen McInnis, The Gazette
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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