Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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MONTREAL - Alex Tanguay had two goals and three assists and the Montreal Canadiens snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night.
Alex Kovalev had two goals and an assist and Saku Koivu had a goal and two assists as they teamed up with Tanguay - who enjoyed the third five-point game of his career - on a newly formed line that produced 11 points.
Glen Metropolit also scored for Montreal, which won for just the second time in seven games (2-3-2) since general manager Bob Gainey took over behind the bench after firing head coach Guy Carbonneau on March 9.
The Canadiens regained sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 83 points, two more than Florida. Both teams have nine games remaining.
Carey Price stopped 22 shots, including a glove save on Ilya Kovalchuk's shot from the left side on a 2-on-1 break in the second period.
Kovalchuk's 38th goal drew Atlanta even at 2 on a power play 2:41 into the second after Metropolit scored 32 seconds into the middle period.
Joseph Crabb and Zach Bogosian also scored for the Thrashers, who have lost three of four following a six-game winning streak.
Kari Lehtonen made 16 saves.
The Thrashers, who allowed three power-play goals in five opportunities, have the lowest ranked penalty killing unit in the league.
Atlanta has allowed 79 goals in 318 power-play opportunities.