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Canadiens 2, Blackhawks 1 (OT)

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MONTREAL -- Defenseman Andrei Markov scored twice to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Left winger Max Pacioretty's shot towards the front of the net deflected towards Markov at the left circle, who made no mistake for his second of the night.

Right winger Marian Hossa scored the lone goal for Chicago.

Canadiens goalie Carey Price made 19 saves. Corey Crawford stopped 36 shots for the Blackhawks.

After a lengthy stretch of games in which the Canadiens struggled to put together a full 60 minutes, Montreal came out ready for the reigning Stanley Cup champions. They put the pressure on and drew a pair of penalties back-to-back but couldn't find the back of the net while outshooting the Blackhawks 11-5 in the opening frame.

The Canadiens continued to control the play in the second. The Blackhawks got a few chances of their own, including a three-on-one after a Chicago penalty that was broken up by Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz.

Markov broke the scoreless deadlock at 12:54 of the second period. Taking a feed from defense partner Alexei Emelin, the veteran blue-liner skated in from the left point to the circle and fired a shot past Crawford, who was screened by right winger George Parros. The goal was Markov's first at even strength this season.

The Canadiens nearly doubled their lead on the penalty kill late in the second on a quartet of chances from centers Tomas Plekanec (two) and Lars Eller and left winger Brandon Prust.

Hossa got the Blackhawks on the board at 9:22 of the third when he easily tipped center Jonathan Toews dish from the right circle. It was Chicago's second shot on goal of the period.

NOTES: The Blackhawks have an NHL-high 10 players named to Olympic teams, representing five different countries. ... The Canadiens will see eight of their players head to Sochi, tied for second-most, while the six different countries represented are the most of any team in the league. ... Montreal scratched D Francis Bouillon while C Ryan White and LW Alex Galchenyuk remained sidelined with injuries. ... Chicago scratched D Sheldon Brookbank and D Michal Roszival. ... The Blackhawks were making their first appearance at the Bell Centre since April 5, 2011.
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