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NHL: Montreal 4, Minnesota 2

Nov. 23, 2006 at 2:01 AM

MONTREAL, Ontario, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Radek Bonk scored the game-winning goal Wednesday night as the Montreal Canadiens beat Minnesota, 4-2.

The goal came at 12:33 of the third period and put the Canadiens ahead for good at 3-2.

Alexei Kovalev and Steve Begin scored goals in the first period to put Montreal up, 2-0.

The Wild tied the contest, 2-2, on second-period goals by Stephane Veilleux and Pascal Dupuis.

Mike Komisarek scored an empty-net goal at 19:36 of the third period, and Cristobal Huet made 36 saves on 38 shots for the Canadiens, who have won four of their last five games.

Stephane Veilleux and Pascal Dupuis scored one goal each, Kim Johnsson had two assists, and Niklas Backstrom gave up three goals on 34 shots for the Wild, who have dropped five of their last six games.

On the power play, Montreal went 1-for-4, and Minnesota was scoreless on its four chances.

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