|RADEK BONK Sent game to OT|
Radek Bonk and Martin Erat scored in the shootout after Nashville erased a three-goal deficit in the third period, and the Predators beat the host Montreal Canadiens, 5-4, last night.
Bonk, who spent the last two seasons with Montreal, tied the game with 46.8 seconds remaining in regulation. Making his first shootout attempt with Nashville, Bonk put a shot through Cristobal Huet's pads on Nashville's first round in the tiebreaker.
Erat put a shot over Huet's glove to convert the Predators' second shot.
Backup goalie Dan Ellis, beaten by Saku Koivu on Montreal's second attempt, poke-checked the puck away on Andrei Kostitsyn's attempt to clinch the win in which the Predators - who trailed, 3-0 and 4-1 - scored four times in the third.
"It was almost a desperation type of poke-check," Ellis said. "He had sold me a little bit on that hard fake and I was just trying to get something out there to try to get a piece of it and he lost the puck. I don't think I even touched it, and it went into the corner."
Nashville scored three straight after falling behind, 4-1, with 9:19 remaining to send the game to overtime.
Jed Ortmeyer scored a shorthanded goal 8:40 into the third to draw the Predators to 3-1 before Montreal's Guillaume Latendresse got his second of the game at 10:41 to restore the Canadiens' three-goal margin.
David Legwand made it 4-2 with his seventh goal at 12:26 and Greg de Vries cut the margin when he scored for the second straight game at 16:55.
Bonk tied it at 4 on a power play with Ellis pulled for an extra attacker.
Montreal has lost four of five, claiming its only standings points over that stretch in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win in Toronto.
"The players that are supposed to do it for us right now are not doing it, and we can't keep losing leads like that in the third period; that's not normal," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "I mean, it can happen once but it happens way too often right now."
Thrashers 4, Islanders 0 - Kari Lehtonen turned aside 33 shots in his first NHL appearance in six weeks, and Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and an assist in Atlanta's road win.
Lehtonen, who got his first shutout this season and eighth in his career, lost his first four decisions before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. He missed 16 games, dating to Oct. 18, before being recalled from AHL Chicago yesterday.
Blues 3, Blackhawks 1 - Lee Stempniak scored for the second straight night and Hannu Toivonen stopped 17 shots in St. Louis's victory over visiting Chicago.
Enforcer D.J. King and Mike Johnson also scored goals for St. Louis, which won its sixth straight at home and for the eighth time in 10 games (8-1-1) overall.
Rangers 5, Senators 2 - Brendan Shanahan scored two goals as New York won in Ottawa, handing the defending Eastern Conference champions their sixth straight loss. Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for his league-leading 14th win.
Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 2 - Mark Bell and Jason Blake scored and Mats Sundin extended his point streak in home games from the start of the season to a club-record 15 as Toronto beat Pittsburgh.
Capitals 2, Panthers 1 - Alexander Ovechkin scored the go-ahead goal from a severe angle, Brent Johnson stopped 24 shots, and Washington snapped a three-game skid with a win in Sunrise, Fla.
Red Wings 3, Coyotes 2 - Dan Cleary's power-play goal completed Detroit's third-period comeback, and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist to lift the host Red Wings.
Sabres 8, Hurricanes 1 - Ales Kotalik had two goals, and Jaroslav Spacek had a goal and two assists to lift host Buffalo, which has won six of seven.
Stars 4, Flyers 1 - Jussi Jokinen, Antti Miettinen, and Mike Ribeiro scored second-period goals to lead visiting Dallas over Philadelphia.