Kostitsyn Koivu score as Canadiens final

ATLANTA - On their third try, the Montreal Canadiens finally figured out how to Kevin Pamphile Jersey win a shootout against the Thrashers.Andrei Kostitsyn and Saku Koivu scored in the tiebreaker after Cristobal Huet handed Atlanta a gift goal in the third period, allowing the Canadiens to escape with a 3-2 victory Thursday night.In their two previous meetings this season, the teams also went to the shootout tied 2-2. Atlanta came out on top in those games, but the Canadiens survived this one for their fourth win in five games."You're never too confident in a shootout," Koivu said.Huet was eager to make up for his blunder in the third, which squandered DeSean Jackson Jersey a 2-1 lead.As a Montreal power play was ending, he ventured into the corner to play the puck. But Huet froze when trying to decide whether to give it up to teammate Roman William Gholston Jersey Hamrlik or simply clear the zone.Eric Perrin sneaked in to poke the puck away, and it skidded right in front of the unguarded net to Pascal Dupuis. He buried it for his ninth goal with 10:58 left in regulation.But the Thrashers went 0-for-2 in the shootout. Slava Kozlov shot wide and Marian Ho sa's attempt to go five-hole was blocked by Huet, who squeezed his pads together in the nick of time."It Kwon Alexander Jersey was a good chance to redeem myself," the goalie said.Huet wasn't too thrilled about Atlanta's first goal, either. Ho sa attempted a pa s acro s the crease, but the puck struck Huet in the arm and wound up behind him to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead on the power play late in the first.
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