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Sergei Kostitsyn caps late scoring surge, lifts Canadiens

Jan 11, 2009 - 4:27 AM
MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Sergei Kostitsyn provided Guy Carbonneau another game to coach at the Bell Centre.

The Belarussian snapped a tie with 22 seconds remaining in the third period as the Montreal Canadiens recorded four goals in the session en route to a 5-4 triumph over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Tomas Plekanec scored twice and Robert Lang and Andrei Kostitsyn netted power-play goals 43 seconds apart in the third for Montreal, which won its fourth straight and improved to 9-1-1 in its last 11 games.

"Games (like this) are fun to play, and everyone was in it. Our guys did a great job," Plekanec said. "We came back when they scored, and that was great for us. We got on a roll and kept at it."

Alexander Semin netted a pair of goals, Tomas Fleischmann and Michael Nylander also tallied and defenseman Mike Green notched two assists for Washington, which dropped its second in a row after posting a 12-1-0 mark in its previous 13 contests.

"We deserved to get at least a point tonight," reigning Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin said. "We had a lot of chances, but they're a good team and they have a good system when it comes to the power play. But it all came down to luck.

"It's tough to lose in the last 20 seconds. We were shorthanded when they scored two goals in the third, but we came back. We fought and we didn't give up. It's hockey, but they had more luck than us."

With the win, Carbonneau will serve as the assistant to Boston's Claude Julien for the Eastern Conference in the 57th All-Star Game, which will be played here on January 25.

"For me, it's something new. It will be a bit strange behind the bench (with Julien) during the game, but it will be fun," Carbonneau said. "It's always a privilege when you have a chance to be around superstars and people who make this league great.

"The best part is that they usually have different minds, different stories - why you do this, why you do that, how they prepare themselves. We're going to be five (Canadiens) at the All-Star Game. It's going to be a great experience because of that."

Carbonneau's gain came at the expense of Washington coach Bruce Boudreau, who would have been named the assistant had his team emerged victorious.

"You could see the players on both teams, everybody on both teams the way they celebrated (each goal)," Boudreau said. "They were well aware of what was going to happen for their coach if they were successful, and their (team) was."

In the waning moments of the game, Capitals defenseman Milan Jurcina could not locate the puck in his skates, and Sergei Kostitsyn alertly gained possession and wristed a shot that slid under the right pad of goaltender Brent Johnson for his eighth goal of the season.

After netting just one goal in his previous 16 games, Plekanec snapped a 3-3 tie at 4:31 of the third period with his ninth tally of the season.

The goal capped a scoring frenzy as the teams combined to tally four times in a span of 2:35. But Nylander evened the contest nearly eight minutes later, netting his fourth of the campaign during a power play.

With Montreal trailing, 2-1, Lang and Andrei Kostitsyn scored man-advantage goals 43 seconds apart to give the Canadiens a brief edge. But Fleischmann notched his 13th of the season just 96 seconds later to tie it at 3-3.

"They kind of got momentum after (the two power-play goals) and started playing better than they were (earlier)," Green said. "They kind of didn't take their foot off the gas after that, and we kind of had a hard time scoring goals."

Semin sandwiched tallies around Plekanec's first goal, which came with his team shorthanded at 9:20 of the first period.

Plekanec received a lead pass from All-Star defenseman Mike Komisarek in the neutral zone before skating in and wristing a shot past Johnson.

After opening the scoring at 7:59 of the first session by deflecting Green's blast from just inside the blue line past goaltender Jaroslav Halak, Semin restored Washington's lead with 6:56 remaining in the second, stripping the puck from defenseman Patrice Brisebois at the blue line before beating Halak with a wrist shot.

"Everyone is pushing in the same direction and everyone is staying with the game plan - we work hard," Brisebois said. "The leaders are doing their job, the rookies are playing well and our goalie Jaro is playing good.

"We have confidence, we have a good team and we know we have skills."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 1 1 2 4
    MONTREAL 1 0 4 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 15 (MIKE GREEN, TYLER SLOAN) 7:59
    MON - (SH) TOMAS PLEKANEC 8 (MIKE KOMISAREK, TOM
    KOSTOPOULOS) 9:20
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 16 (UNASSISTED) 13:04
    3RD PRD: MON - (PP) ROBERT LANG 16 (ANDR

    Jan 10 9:39 PM


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    WASHINGTON 4
    MONTREAL 5
    3RD PRD: MON - SERGEI KOSTITSYN 8 (UNASSISTED) 19:38

    Capitals 4, Canadiens 5  3rd - 0:22Jan 10 9:38 PM
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    WASHINGTON 4
    MONTREAL 4
    3RD PRD: WAS - (PP) MICHAEL NYLANDER 4 (ALEX OVECHKIN, MIKE GREEN)
    12:21

    Capitals 4, Canadiens 4  3rd - 7:39Jan 10 9:26 PM


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    WASHINGTON 3
    MONTREAL 4
    3RD PRD: MON - TOMAS PLEKANEC 9 (MAX PACIORETTY, ALEXEI KOVALEV) 4:31

    Capitals 3, Canadiens 4  3rd - 15:29Jan 10 9:18 PM


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    WASHINGTON 3
    MONTREAL 3
    3RD PRD: WAS - TOMAS FLEISCHMANN 13 (MATT BRADLEY, MICHAEL NYLANDER)
    4:15

    Capitals 3, Canadiens 3  3rd - 15:45Jan 10 9:13 PM


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    WASHINGTON 2
    MONTREAL 3
    3RD PRD: MON - (PP) ANDREI KOSTITSYN 13 (SERGEI KOSTITSYN, PATRICE
    BRISEBOIS) 2:39

    Capitals 2, Canadiens 3  3rd - 17:21Jan 10 9:09 PM


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    WASHINGTON 2
    MONTREAL 2
    3RD PRD: MON - (PP) ROBERT LANG 16 (ANDREI MARKOV, ANDREI KOSTITSYN)
    1:56

    Capitals 2, Canadiens 2  3rd - 18:04Jan 10 9:04 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 1 1 2
    MONTREAL 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 15 (MIKE GREEN, TYLER SLOAN) 7:59
    MON - (SH) TOMAS PLEKANEC 8 (MIKE KOMISAREK) 9:20
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 16 (UNASSISTED) 13:04
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    WASHINGTON 2
    MONTREAL 1
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 16 (UNASSISTED) 13:04

    Capitals 2, Canadiens 1  2nd - 6:56Jan 10 8:31 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 1 1
    MONTREAL 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 15 (MIKE GREEN, TYLER SLOAN) 7:59
    MON - (SH) TOMAS PLEKANEC 8 (MIKE KOMISAREK) 9:20
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    MON 1

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    MONTREAL 1
    1ST PRD: MON - (SH) TOMAS PLEKANEC 8 (MIKE KOMISAREK) 9:20

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    WASHINGTON 1
    MONTREAL 0
    1ST PRD: WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 15 (MIKE GREEN, TYLER SLOAN) 7:59

    Capitals 1, Canadiens 0  1st - 12:01Jan 10 7:31 PM
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