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Late noncall in loss angers Montreal

Mark Stuart clears Brendan Gallagher away from Jets goalie Al Montoya. Later, the Canadien is at the center of controversy.

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Mark Stuart clears Brendan Gallagher away from Jets goalie Al Montoya. Later, the Canadien is at the center of controversy.

MONTREAL — His team down by one goal to the Jets in the final minute Sunday, Canadiens wing Brendan Gallagher was cross-checked into the net by defenseman Zach Bogosian, punched and elbowed in the head by goaltender Al Montoya and elbowed by defenseman Jacob Trouba.

No penalty was called. Montreal couldn't bring the puck into the offensive zone for about 20 seconds without being called for offsides. And it didn't score, falling 2-1 to Winnipeg.

"There could have been five penalties there," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "We're definitely going to ask the league for explications. It's very frustrating. It could have given us the chance to tie the game."

Montoya said Gallagher didn't make a true effort to exit the zone and tried to draw a penalty.

"We were all caught up," he said. "The referees saw that. They were there. You know he was doing something for a reason."

Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges said Gallagher was too "heated" to comment. Gorges did say he believes the noncall didn't affect the outcome: "But it was a frustrating end to the game."

Game highlights: Alex Ovechkin scored his league-high 39th goal during a power play 2:37 into overtime to give the host Capitals a 6-5 win over the Red Wings.

Around the league: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward, out since Jan. 1 with a lower-body injury, was recalled after a conditioning stint in the AHL. The team did not say if will start Tuesday. … Buffalo wing Drew Stafford, out since Jan. 25 with an upper-body injury, is set to return tonight.

Jets 0 1 1 2
at Canadiens 0 1 0 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesJokinen, Wpg (tripping), 11:11.

Second Period1, Winnipeg, Enstrom 6 (Thorburn, Wheeler), 9:13. 2, Montreal, Gionta 10 (Plekanec, Markov), 17:06. PenaltiesMarkov, Mon (interference), :18; Stuart, Wpg (roughing), 16:27; Gallagher, Mon (roughing), 16:27; Gallagher, Mon (holding), 18:53; Byfuglien, Wpg (roughing), 19:33; Moen, Mon (roughing), 19:33.

Third Period3, Winnipeg, Frolik 12 (Ladd), 1:04. PenaltiesThorburn, Wpg (interference), 5:22; Byfuglien, Wpg (slashing), 12:58; Gallagher, Mon (tripping), 13:30; Montoya, Wpg (roughing), 20:00; Peluso, Wpg (roughing), 20:00; Briere, Mon (goaltender interference, roughing), 20:00; Pacioretty, Mon (roughing), 20:00. Shots on GoalWinnipeg 10-13-12—35. Montreal 12-9-10—31. Power-play opportunitiesWinnipeg 0 of 3; Montreal 0 of 3. GoaliesWinnipeg, Montoya 10-4-1 (31 shots-30 saves). Montreal, Price 23-17-5 (35-33). A21,273 (21,273).

at Capitals 3 1 1 1 6
Red Wings 1 2 2 0 5

First Period1, Washington, Chimera 12 (Ward, Carrick), 4:43. 2, Washington, Ward 16 (Johansson, Chimera), 7:20 (pp). 3, Detroit, Nyquist 11 (Alfredsson, Kronwall), 11:40 (pp). 4, Washington, Carlson 10 (Backstrom, Erat), 16:05 (pp). PenaltiesNyquist, Det (slashing), 7:02; Carrick, Was (cross-checking), 11:31; Volpatti, Was (hooking), 13:21; Quincey, Det (delay of game), 15:33; Kindl, Det (holding), 19:19.

Second Period5, Detroit, Tatar 13 (Sheahan, Jurco), 13:30. 6, Washington, Ward 17 (Chimera, Carrick), 13:49. 7, Detroit, Nyquist 12 (Zetterberg, Tatar), 18:49 (pp). PenaltiesBrouwer, Was (slashing), 16:52.

Third Period8, Detroit, Nyquist 13 (Zetterberg, Kronwall), :42. 9, Washington, Brouwer 11, 4:28. 10, Detroit, Abdelkader 6 (Nyquist, Zetterberg), 6:25. PenaltiesTatar, Det (tripping), 2:03; Zetterberg, Det (tripping), 9:56.

Overtime11, Washington, Ovechkin 39 (Carlson, Backstrom), 2:37 (pp). PenaltiesSmith, Det (tripping), 1:26. Shots on GoalDetroit 7-10-13-0—30. Washington 12-10-3-3—28. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 2 of 3; Washington 3 of 6. GoaliesDetroit, Howard 10-12-9 (28 shots-22 saves). Washington, Neuvirth 4-5-2 (30-25). A18,506 (18,506).

Late noncall in loss angers Montreal 02/02/14 [Last modified: Sunday, February 2, 2014 8:16pm]
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