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Chicago winless in last six games

1/26/2003

MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens felt they earned this
victory.

Jan Bulis scored midway through the third period to lead
Montreal to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Chicago rookie Tyler Arnason made it 3-3 early in the third
period. Bulis restored the Canadiens' lead with 11 minutes left
when he took a pass from Doug Gilmour and fired the puck over
Jocelyn Thibault.

Montreal held a 31-19 advantage in shots, including a 12-5
margin in the second while scoring three straight goals. It was
just the 10th time through 51 games the Canadiens have outshot
opponents.

"We played 60 minutes for the first time -- we outshot the other
team and that's what we've got to do in our next games,'' Bulis
said.

The Blackhawks charged to a 2-0 lead in the first on goals by
Chris Simon and Alexei Zhamnov. The Canadiens rallied with
second-period goals by newcomer Niklas Sundstrom, Andrei Markov and
Richard Zednik.

"Games like this are pretty dangerous,'' Canadiens captain Saku
Koivu said. "You're pressing and you get all kinds of chances but
you don't score, and then they come and take a 2-0 lead.

"The positive things was that we didn't quit. We played the
whole 60 minutes and all the lines played strong games, so I think
we deserved the two points and these were huge for us.''

Arnason drew Chicago even 4:40 into the third with a backhand
shot from the slot that went just inside the right post for his
13th goal of the season.

Bulis, who also assisted on Sundstrom's goal, got his eighth
goal 4:20 later as Montreal remained undefeated through regulation
(2-0-2-1) under new head coach Claude Julien.

"I like the effort. We've tried to make some adjustments and
the team is responding well,'' said Julien, who took over on Jan.
17 when Michel Therrien was fired after the Canadiens had won just
two of their previous 12 games.

The Blackhawks are winless in their last six (0-4-2), including
a 5-3 loss in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

"Today we had a couple of defensive breakdowns and a couple of
mistakes in my part, and that cost us,'' Thibault said. "I'm going
through a time in the last four or five games when I've made some
good saves but I've got to get better. I didn't make too many
mistakes today but I've still got to be better.''

Simon opened the scoring with his fourth goal 3:22 in, taking a
pass from Mike Eastwood and moving past defenseman Patrice
Brisebois before sliding a backhand shot through Theodore's legs.

Zhamnov got his ninth on a power play at 15:08 to make it 2-0.

Sundstrom, acquired from San Jose on Thursday, scored his third
of the season -- and first in two games with Montreal -- 6:16 into
the second.

Markov tied it with a power-play goal at 11:17, and Zednik gave
Montreal its first lead 1:44 later with his 22nd goal, tying his
career-high set last season.

"I think we felt that we could bounce back,'' Sundstrom said.
"We had a little talk between periods and we came back and got the
lead. We got two points out of it so we're happy.''

Game notes
Blackhawks left wing Sergei Berezin missed the game because
of a shoulder injury sustained Saturday. ... Canadiens C Yanic
Perreault missed the game because of a strained groin that forced
him to leave the second period of Saturday's 1-1 tie with
Washington.