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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."

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."



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