Markov’s goal helps Canadiens win wild game

MONTREAL (Ticker) — Defenseman Andrei Markov scored the lone
goal in the third round of the shootout and Jaroslav Halak
stopped 30 shots as the Montreal Canadiens outlasted the Florida
Panthers, 6-5, on Sunday.

Andrei Kostitsyn had a pair of goals for the Canadiens, who
rallied from a two-goal deficit and promptly relinquished a pair
of two-goal leads.

Defenseman Francis Bouillon, Tom Kostopoulos and Robert Lang
each scored for Montreal, which outshot Florida, 19-5, in a
four-goal second period.

In the shootout, the first five shooters were unsuccessful
before Markov beat goaltender Craig Anderson with a backhand to
seal the win.

“We definitely made it interesting at the end,” said Montreal
defenseman Mike Komisarek, who assisted on Lang’s tally.

“I only have the one move and that’s what I did,” Markov said.
“What we have to do is to focus on playing a full 60 minutes.”

Radek Dvorak scored twice for Florida – including the game-tying
goal with 98 seconds left in regulation. The Panthers nearly
won it in the extra session, but defenseman Keith Ballard hit
the near post on a breakaway with less than a minute to play.

Defenseman Jassen Cullimore, Brett McLean and David Booth also
scored for the Panthers.

“It was our second game in 24 hours, and I thought we got off to
a real good start,” Florida coach Peter DeBoer said. “In the
second period, Montreal came out and threw a lot of speed at us,
a lot of forechecks and I don’t think we handled it real well.”

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It was a hard-fought win for the Canadiens, who took a 4-2 lead
into the final period thanks to the dominating second session.
Kostitsyn’s second tally made it 5-3 at 3:58 of the third, but
Florida would not go quietly.

The Panthers pulled to within 5-4 after Cullimore’s drive from
the left point beat Halak at 9:22 of the third. Dvorak’s second
goal tied the game at 5-5 with 98 seconds to play. Dvorak
knocked in a loose puck in the crease with several players
crowding the area.

“In the third period we thought we had them, but we started
making plays that we shouldn’t,” Montreal left wing Steve Begin

“The same mistakes that happen over and over, but at least we
came out with the two points. It’s something we have to look at.
It’s not the kind of game we want to play.”

Anderson stopped 40 shots for Florida, which went 1-for-6 with a
man advantage.

“It was one of those nights where they score in one round in the
shootout and come out with two points,” Anderson said.

“It was tough (the second) we missed some scoring chances and
they’re a good scoring team and they’re going to bury a few. We
lost momentum and couldn’t get it back. The guys battled really
hard to get back into the game and get us a point.”