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Koivu keys Canadiens past Oilers

Mar 11, 2009 - 3:55 AM
MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Captain Saku Koivu scored his second goal of the game just 1:40 into overtime as the Montreal Canadiens presented Bob Gainey with a victory in his return to coaching, a 4-3 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

Alex Tanguay recorded a goal and an assist and Glen Metropolit also scored for Montreal, which played its first game after firing Guy Carbonneau as its coach on Monday.

Defenseman Mathieu Schneider notched two assists and All-Star Carey Price made 29 saves for the Canadiens, who improved to 7-4-1 in their last 12 games.

"It's coming along. The guys are playing real well in front of me, and that really helps my game," Price said. "When the guys are playing great, I can just sit back and relax a bit more back there."

All-Star defenseman Sheldon Souray registered a goal and an assist, Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano also scored and Dwayne Roloson turned aside 22 shots for Edmonton, which finished its four-game road trip with a 1-1-2 mark.

"It stings when you lose a game like that, when you are up with less than six minutes left," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "It was disappointing, but (there are) a lot of good positive signs the way we played, and now we have to build some momentum when we get back home."

"It's disappointing, but we will move on," Edmonton defenseman Steve Staios added. "We have to get comfortable playing with a lead in the third."

After Koivu leveled the contest with 4:35 remaining in the third period, the Canadiens gained an advantage in overtime when Edmonton's Patrick O'Sullivan was whistled for slashing just 50 seconds into the extra session.

With his team on the power play, Koivu sent the Bell Centre faithful home with a smile by deflecting Schneider's blast from just inside the blue line past Roloson for his 13th goal of the season.

"This is a huge win for us, for everybody, but obviously for a new coach coming in. It's not an easy situation," Koivu said. "But it's a lot easier to go from here, to wake up tomorrow morning and go to work, because we got these two points."

Koivu's tally made a winner of Gainey, who has served as the club's general manager since June 2003. The five-time Stanley Cup winner previously had been Montreal's interim coach for the final 41 regular-season games in 2005-06.

Gagner gave Edmonton a 3-2 lead and capped a three-goal second period by poking home a loose puck on the doorstep with 88 seconds remaining in the session.

"The second period, we had enough bonfires burning that we needed a couple of fire departments to put them out if we were going to go after all of them," Gainey said. "I thought we should just focus on one or two things and see if we could loosen up our players."

Souray did not play in the third period due to a lower body injury, but MacTavish does not believe the blue-liner will be sidelined for long.

"He'll be evaluated tomorrow, but we don't anticipate that it will be that long," MacTavish said. "It happened right at the very end of the second. He wanted to go out in the third, but we didn't think it was worth the risk."






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    fighting), 8:39; G Stewart, Mon (major fighting), 8:39; L Smid, Edm
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    EDMONTON 3
    MONTREAL 4
    OT: MON - (PP) SAKU KOIVU 13 (MATHIEU SCHNEIDER, ANDREI MARKOV)
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    MONTREAL 1 1 1 1 4 FINAL IN OT
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    1ST PRD: MON - ALEX TANGUAY 11 (MATHIEU SCHNEIDER, JOSH GORGES) 8:12
    2ND PRD: EDM - ANDREW COGLIANO 16 (STEVE STAIOS, SHELDON SOURAY)
    10:21
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    MONTREAL 4
    OT: MON - (PP) SAKU KOIVU 13 (MATHIEU SCHNEIDER, ANDREI MARKOV)
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    EDMONTON 0 3 0 3
    MONTREAL 1 1 1 3 GOING INTO OT
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    1ST PRD: MON - ALEX TANGUAY 11 (MATHIEU SCHNEIDER, JOSH GORGES) 8:12
    2ND PRD: EDM - ANDREW COGLIANO 16 (STEVE STAIOS, SHELDON SOURAY)
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    2ND PRD: MON - GLEN METROPOLIT 5 (MATHIEU DANDENAULT) 16:22

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    MONTREAL 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MON - ALEX TANGUAY 11 (MATHIEU SCHNEIDER, JOSH GORGES) 8:12
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    MON 7 7
    GOALIES: EDM - DWAYNE ROLOSO

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    1ST PRD: MON - ALEX TANGUAY 11 (MATHIEU SCHNEIDER, JOSH GORGES) 8:12

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