Habs nip Pens in OT

Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2002

MONTREAL (AP) -- Donald Audette scored 1:12 into overtime for the Montreal Canadiens, who got a career-best three goals from Saku Koivu in a 5-4 victory Monday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Audette, who ended a 23-game goal-scoring drought in his previous game, beat Pittsburgh goalie Johan Hedberg for the winner. None of the nine goals in the game came while the teams were skating 5-on-5.

Koivu scored twice on the power play and got the Canadiens' first short-handed goal of the season. All eight goals in regulation were scored on special teams.

Mario Lemieux had two assists and scored his 10th goal with 8:49 left in the third period for the Penguins' fourth power-play goal to tie it at 4-4.

Lemieux, who has 10 goals and 24 assists in 17 games, leads the NHL with 34 points.

Dick Tarnstrom, Alexsey Morozov and Jan Hrdina also scored with the man advantage for Pittsburgh, which lost its second in a row and remained winless in six (0-3-1-2).

The Penguins went 4-for-7 on the power-play. Montreal went 3-for-8.

Koivu scored on the power-play goal early in the first period and added a short-handed goal early in the second. He completed his first three-goal game in 348 regular-season appearances with another power-play score midway through the second.

Koivu, who also assisted on Patrice Brisebois' power-play goal, which put Montreal up 4-2 with 3:35 left in the second period, tied a career high with four points. It was his fourth four-point game, and first since he had two goals and two assists against Pittsburgh on Feb. 28, 2001.

Hrdina scored his fifth goal of the season 2:22 into the third to draw the Penguins within 4-3.

Pittsburgh tied it at 11:11 as a loose puck went in off Lemieux's right skate. A video review confirmed the goal.

Koivu opened the scoring 1:42 in, taking Audette's pass from behind the net at the edge of the crease and beating Johan Hedberg for his sixth of the season.

Tarnstrom's fourth of the season tied it at 11:37.

Montreal got its first short-handed goal of the season 0:51 into the second as Koivu's shot on a 2-on-1 pass from Richard Zednik bounced over a sprawling Hedberg.

Lemieux, who assisted on Tarnstrom's goal, set up Morozov's tying goal at 6:49. But Koivu restored the Canadiens' one-goal lead with his third of the game on a 5-on-3 power-play with 9:11 remaining in the second.

Notes: The Penguins have allowed three short-handed goals this season. ... Koivu has eight career two-goal games. His last was on March 10, 2001 at Phoenix. ... Canadiens RW Oleg Petrov was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. Petrov had one point -- his fourth goal of the season -- in his five previous games.



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