Bergeron scores twice to give Canadiens OT win
On the winning goal, Bergeron hurt himself when his momentum carried him into the post after he scored.
“I think he will be all right. He ran into the goal post after scoring the goal,” He wasn’t cut. He’ll be evaluated tomorrow,” Montreal coach Jacques Martin said.
The goal was reviewed and upheld. Bergeron was unavailable after the game.
The Canadiens won their second straight on a seven-game road trip after losing five in a row at home.
The Thrashers set a team record with 50 shots, more than double Montreal’s 23.
Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) 20th goal came with 17 seconds left in the first period to put Atlanta up 1-0. He beat Halak on a tip-in off a shot by Ron Hainsey(notes). Atlanta outshot the Canadiens 18-3 in the period and 36-13 after two periods.
“We did exactly what we wanted to do the whole game. It was just one of those games,” Atlanta coach John Anderson said. “The hockey gods weren’t with us.”
NOTES: The Canadiens recalled LW Benoit Pouliot(notes) from Hamilton of the AHL. … Atlanta GM Don Waddell spoke with Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, during the weekend about a long-term deal, but nothing came of it and they said they will talk again after the holidays. “We hit a little snag right now,” said Waddell, who remained optimistic about keeping Kovalchuk, scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. … The Thrashers open a 7-game road trip on Wednesday in Boston.