6 out of 8.
The Montreal Canadiens finished a four game trip in Atlanta yesterday on a good note. A 3-2 victory versus the Atlanta Trashers allowed Montreal to head back home with 3 wins out of 4 games on the road.
Marian Hossa scored his 20th goal of the season to give the lead to Atlanta late in the first period. Montreal had many good scoring chances during the first frame but goaltender Kari Lehtonen was in good shape and held the Habs scoreless after one.
Andrei Kostitsyn tied the game at 1-1 with his 12th goal of the season. A highlight reel goal as he splitted the defense with great stickhandling to finally beat Lehtonen with a backhanded shot.
Montreal took a 2-1 lead when Michael Ryder deflected a pass from Guillaume Latendresse in Atlanta’s net. At this point, the Canadiens was in total control on their way to a win. But halfway into the third, a lack of communication between goaltender Christobal Huet and his defensemen allowed Atlanta to strip the puck from the goalie who was out of his net. Pascal Dupuis tied the game at 2-2 on the play. Nobody scored the winning goal during the overtime period, sending both teams in the shootout session.
Huet closed the door during the shootout while Kostitsyn and Koivu both lit the lamp behind Lehtonen, giving the victory to the Canadiens. For the first time this season, the Habs were able to win a game as they were trailing after the first period.
Montreal will host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins saturday.
(Picture: The Montreal Canadiens, Canadian Press.)