NHL: Montreal 5, Columbus 3

Nov. 24, 2009 at 11:23 PM
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MONTREAL, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Marc-Andre Bergeron scored his second goal of the game with 4:56 to go Tuesday, giving the Montreal Canadiens the lead en route to a 5-3 win over Columbus.

Mike Cammalleri, Glen Metropolit and Maxim Lapierre also scored for the Canadiens, who got two assists from Tomas Plekanec. Carey Price stopped 33 of 36 shots in net.

Metropolit's rebound goal 2:18 into the third period pulled the Habs into a 3-3 tie with the Blue Jackets, and Bergeron found the net a bit more than 2 minutes later for Montreal's first lead. Bergeron's first goal had tied the game 2-2 at 9:30 of the second period.

Columbus, which dropped its third straight game, got a pair of goals from Antoine Vermette while Anton Stralman added a goal and an assist.

Mathieu Garon looked shaky in the Blue Jackets' net, letting in five goals on 29 shots. He surrendered a two-on-one goal to Lapierre with 4:35 remaining in the game, allowing the Canadiens establishing a two-goal cushion in the late going.

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