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Kovalev lifts Canadiens past Blues

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Mired in a recent slump, the Montreal

Canadiens needed more than regulation to snap out of it.

Alex Kovalev scored the lone goal in the third round of a

shootout as the Canadiens skated to a 3-2 victory over the St.

Louis Blues on Sunday.

"I just didn't think (Blues goaltender Manny Legace) would get

back over to the post, so I went for it, and got it over him,"

Kovalev said. "Somehow, we found a way tonight."

Carey Price made 24 saves and denied David Perron and Keith

Tkachuk in the bonus format as Montreal earned its second win in

the last six contests.

"(Perron and Tkachuk) both did what I thought they would do in

the shootout," Price said. "I'm just glad we had an opportunity

to get that point after the way the game went and as well as the

Blues played."

Andrei Kostitsyn recorded a goal and an assist and Robert Lang

scored with 4:12 remaining in the third period to forge a 2-2


"This was one of our best games of the season," Montreal coach

Guy Carbonneau said. "We didn't play so well in the first and

took a lot of penalties all night. But, we were able to battle

back in the third and win it in a shootout, so we're really


The Canadiens were 0-for-10 on the power play and have scored

twice in their last 36 chances.

Steve Regier netted his first career goal and later added a

power-play tally for the Blues, who have dropped seven of their

last eight.

The Blues snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-3 overtime

victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday behind two

goals from Andy McDonald. However, McDonald, the team's leader

with 18 points, left this contest in the first with a fractured

left leg.

"(He) will be out indefinitely," Blues coach Andy Murray said.

"We'll know more (Monday). Andy has been, to this point, our

best player."

The Blues got on the board first when Cam Janssen unleashed a

slap shot from the slot and Regier redirected the puck past

Price just 3:48 into the opening period.

Legace finished with 24 saves and was first exposed with 1:55

left in the second. Kostitsyn took a pass from Price and

charged down the ice before converting a backhander from the

right side to even the game at 1-1.

"The only thing that I was disappointed about was the second

period," Murray said. "After Andy's situation, we sat around

waiting to see what would happen, and wasted 20 minutes. Nobody

feels sorry for us, but, we did battle one of the league's

better teams to the end."

Regier struck again 3 1/2 minutes into the third, but Legace was

solved once again as Lang deflected Kostitsyn's pass across the

crease while sitting on the right doorstep with 4:12 left.

"Right as (Kostitsyn) shot it in, I lost my balance," Lang said.

"If I had kept my stick on the ice, I would never have been able

to react in time to get to the puck. Then, I just kept whacking

until it went in."

Blues veteran left wing Paul Kariya missed his fifth game with

an injured foot.



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