Ducks edge Canadiens after Koivu honored

Montreal, QC ( – Frederik Andersen made 23 saves and the
Anaheim Ducks beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Thursday night for their
eighth win in nine games.

Hampus Lindholm and Matt Beleskey scored for the Ducks, who were coming off a
6-2 loss to Toronto on Tuesday, which snapped their seven-game winning streak.

Beleskey’s winner came 8:33 into the third period, his 15th goal of the

David Desharnais scored for the Canadiens, who had a three-game winning streak
snapped. Carey Price gave up two goals on 23 shots.

The Canadiens lost after honoring longtime captain Saku Koivu with a tribute
before the game.

Koivu played his first 13 seasons with Montreal, missing almost all of the
2001-02 season while he battled non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He retired in September
after spending his last five seasons with the Ducks.

During a speech on the ice, he thanked fans, former teammates and the doctors
who helped him beat cancer and offered condolences to the family of Canadiens
legend Jean Beliveau, who died two weeks ago, saying Beliveau represented to
him what the captain of a hockey team should be.

Max Pacioretty, Montreal’s leading scorer, left the game in the third period
after he was checked from behind into the boards by Anaheim defenseman Clayton

Pacioretty was several feet from the boards in the Ducks zone when he was hit
from behind by Stoner after releasing a pass. The check sent Pacioretty flying
into the glass, with his head area appearing to strike first.

He was on the ice for a bit before skating slowly off the ice with 15:40
remaining in the period. Stoner was not whistled for a penalty on the play but
got a five-minute major a little later after fighting Brandon Prust.

Lindholm’s slap shot from the high left side gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead 8:16
into the game, beating Price into the top of the net.

After a scoreless second period, Desharnais tied the game for Montreal on a
power play at 5:27 of the third with a one-timer from the right side off
Andrei Markov’s pass.

The Ducks re-gained the lead four seconds after a power play expired when
Beleskey, moving through the right circle, swept a one-timer into the top of
the net off Rickard Rakell’s pass from behind the blue line.

Game Notes

The Ducks are 3-1 on a five-game road trip that finishes Friday in Ottawa …
Montreal’s next game is also against Ottawa on Saturday. The Canadiens are 3-1
on a five-game homestand.