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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Dallas



(Thursday, January 2nd)

Final Score: Montreal 6, Dallas 4

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Lars Eller scored the winner in the third period to help the Montreal Canadiens take down the Dallas Stars, 5-4, on Thursday.

Max Pacioretty had two goals and two assists, while P.K. Subban added a goal and three assists for the Canadiens, who had dropped their previous two coming in. Carey Price gave up four goals on 32 shots.

"That's what we need. We've been struggling scoring goals," said Pacioretty. "We've been struggling trying to put 60 minutes together. We came out slow but we found a way to bounce back after a bad start. Carey [Price] bailed us out early in the game and I think we took it from there."

Tyler Seguin, Valeri Nichushkin, Jamie Benn and Brenden Dillon all scored for the Stars, who had won five of seven and had registered at least a point in those seven games. Kari Lehtonen allowed five goals on 27 shots in the loss.

"You know it wasn't very good. Sloppy, execution wasn't very good at times," said Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff. "And then we found a way to battle back and then we didn't defend very well."

Montreal held a 3-2 lead going into the third and made it a two-goal game at 3:30 on the power play as Brendan Gallagher backhanded in a rebound from the left side.

Dallas, though, struck for a pair of goals separated by 47 seconds, with the first goal coming at 7:42 on the power play when Seguin muscled past a pair of defenders and blasted a shot from the top of the right circle for his 21st of the year.

Moments later, a one-timer from the top of the right circle by Dillon tied the game at 4-4, but Montreal took the lead back at the 10:39 mark.

Eller skated down to the low right circle and slammed on the breaks to get the defender out of position. Inching a littler closer, he used a quick shot to find the back of the net for a 5-4 lead.

Pacioretty sealed the win with an empty-netter with just over a minute to play.

Benn scored at 6:12 of the first period, but Pacioretty notched his first of the game at the 11-minute mark.

Just 1:35 into the second period, David Desharnais gave the Canadiens a lead, but Nichushkin was awarded a penalty shot at 5:23 when he was tripped up by Josh Gorges on a breakaway.

Nichushkin skated down the middle on the free chance and beat Price to the right side to tie the game.

Montreal, though, took the lead back just over a minute later as Subban buried a shot from the right side for his seventh of the season.

Game Notes

Montreal hosts Ottawa on Saturday ... Dallas hosts Detroit on Saturday ... Dallas was 1-for-3 on the power play while Montreal was 1-for-4 ... Montreal has won two straight and four of six over Dallas.

01/03 01:22:00 ET

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Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
2nd
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
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MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
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IND 105
NYK 82
 
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ORL 100
PHO 105
 
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
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TOR 110
CLE 119
 
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BOS 85
UTA 84
 
4th
MIN 68
DEN 83
 
3rd
NOP 73
DET 68
 
3rd
MIA 74
LAL 71
 
4th
HOU 82
MEM 89
 
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OKC 84
PHI 90
 
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SAN 54
SAC 38
 
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UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
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PSU 67
OSU 77
 
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USB 62
BING 57
 
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FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
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GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
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UNH 54
HART 52
 
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STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
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Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
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GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
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LOU 59
ND 71
 
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SHU 66
PROV 79
 
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BRY 91
SHU 85
 
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MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
 
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MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
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LSU 63
TENN 78
 
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SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
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VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
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RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
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UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
2nd
TULA 59
HOU 57
 
Final
YALE 71
HOW 62
 
2nd
PITT 61
MIAMI 64
 
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TXPA 48
NMST 66
 
2nd
MSU 56
PURD 44
 
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STLU 48
BONA 64
 
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DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
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CIN 27
 
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VANDY 32
MSST 36
 
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OKST 34
TCU 30
 
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UCLA 46
USC 35
 
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WYO 40
UTST 30
 
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STJ 24
 
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EILL 21
SIUE 19
 
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3rd
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DET 1
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