Sundstrom had a goal and two assists, and the Montreal Canadiens
spoiled Sutter's 1,000th regular-season game with a 6-4 win Sunday.
Sundstrom, a checking-line winger who entered with 11 points in
45 games, assisted on first-period goals by defenseman Patrice
Brisebois and Sheldon Souray to help Montreal build a 4-1 lead
midway through the second.
Trailing by four going into the third, Chicago drew to 5-4
before Sundstrom thwarted the comeback bid when he scored into an
empty net with 50 seconds remaining.
"That's what I need to score," said Sundstrom, who had just
his third multi-point game of the season.
Sutter, who also coached St. Louis, Boston, and Calgary, became
the 10th coach in NHL history to reach 1,000 career games.
"Not too many coaches have come here, and not too many more
will come, and to see Brian coaching his 1,000th game, we wanted to
make sure that we put on a really good effort trying to get a win
for him, and we came extremely close to tying it," said Blackhawks
right wing Steve Sullivan, who closed it to 5-4 with his second
goal of the game.
"We played great for 40 minutes, and then in the third, I don't
really know what happened," Sundstrom said.
Although Sundstrom's empty-net goal spoiled the comeback, Sutter
appreciated the effort.
"It takes a lot of character and pride to play in this league
and you want to be associated with guys like that," Sutter said.
Jan Bulis, Steve Begin and Mike Ribeiro also scored for
Montreal, which won for the second time in three games following a
three-game losing streak.
"Even though we were up 5-1, it doesn't mean we played well,"
said Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore, who faced 41 shots, including
21 in the third.
Brisebois, who failed to score through his first 44 games of the
season, opened the scoring just 43 seconds in with his second goal
in three games.
Souray, who leads all NHL defensemen in goals scored, scored
with eight seconds left in the first, ending a nine-game points
drought since he registered six points in an 8-0 win in Pittsburgh
on Jan. 10.
Sullivan scored the first of his two goals just 31 seconds into
But the Canadiens added two more by the midway point of the
period to chase Blackhawks goalie Steve Passmore, who left trailing
After Ribeiro beat Craig Anderson -- who replaced Passmore -- for
Montreal's fifth goal late in the second, Chicago mounted a
comeback bid in the third.
Calder deflected Bryan Berard's shot past goalie Jose Theodore
for a power-play goal, and Zhamnov scored to make it 5-3.
Sutter coached his 218th game for Chicago. Of the 10
coaches in NHL history to reach the milestone, five coached the
Blackhawks at some point in their careers. ... Chicago recalled F
Matt Ellison from Norfolk of the AHL earlier in the day. Ellison
made his NHL debut in the game, assisting on Zhamnov's goal. ...
Theodore ended a personal four-game losing streak.
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Arena: Bell Centre Location: Montreal, Quebec
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Michael McGeough Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Steve Miller
Attendance: 21,273 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Patrice Brisebois (2)
Assist: Niklas Sundstrom
Sheldon Souray (14)
Assists: Niklas Sundstrom, Jason Ward
Steve Sullivan (12)
Assists: Mark Bell, Bryan Berard
Jan Bulis (11)
Assist: Saku Koivu
Steve Begin (2)
Assists: Darren Langdon, Craig Rivet
Mike Ribeiro (13)
(Power Play) Assists: Michael Ryder, Saku Koivu
Kyle Calder (16)
(Power Play) Assists: Bryan Berard, Alex Zhamnov
Alex Zhamnov (5)
Assists: Ed Olczyk, Jason Strudwick