NHL: Pittsburgh 5, Montreal 4

Feb. 21, 2008 at 11:07 PM

MONTREAL, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Sergei Gonchar scored the winning goal with 9:02 remaining in the third period Thursday, boosting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 decision over Montreal.

Pittsburgh won its third straight, with Ryan Whitney and Evgeni Malkin both providing a goal and an assist. Dany Sabourin got the win, even though he allowed four goals on 21 shots.

Montreal had a four-game winning streak halted.

The Canadiens overcame a 3-1 deficit with three straight goals, the last of which came from Roman Hamrlik on the power play 3:25 into the third period.

But Malkin and Gonchar scored 36 seconds apart to rally the Penguins.

Malkin delivered on a wrist shot for his 35th goal of the season and Gonchar won it with a power-play goal that came on a slapshot from the blue line. It was the 600th point of Gonchar's career.

The outcome tied the season series at 2-2.

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