Canadiens 5, Thrashers 1
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MONTREAL (AP) _ Richard Zednik scored two goals as the Montreal Canadiens extended their season-high winning streak to five games with a 5-1 victory Tuesday night over the Atlanta Thrashers.
Oleg Petrov, Andreas Dackell and Yanic Perreault also scored for the Canadiens, who won their sixth straight at home. Jose Theodore made 30 saves in his 10th straight start as Montreal extended its home unbeaten streak to seven.
Tomi Kallio scored the lone goal for Atlanta, which had won two of three after going winless in 10 games.
Petrov opened the scoring 7:01 in when he directed Chad Kilger’s pass behind Damian Rhodes at the right edge of the crease for his seventh goal.
Zednik made it 2-0 with his fourth goal on a power play 1:20 into the second as he took a pass from Donald Audette and fired a shot that beat Rhodes, just inside the left post.
Dackell scored a short-handed goal at 4:15 to put the Canadiens up by three.
Kallio cut it to 3-1 just 2:25 later when he beat Theodore at 6:40 for his fourth goal.
Atlanta, which held a 31-26 edge in shots, outshot Montreal 12-9 in the third but the Canadiens scored twice.
Perreault scored his team-leading 11th at 15:23 to make it 4-1 before Zednik closed out the scoring with his second of the game at 18:15.
Notes: Rhodes is 1-5-1 with a 3.81 goals-against-average. ... The Canadiens won three straight from Oct. 9-13 while going undefeated through their first five games. ... Audette has a goal and three assists and has registered a point in each of his three games for Montreal since he was acquired from Dallas on Nov. 21. ... Dackell has both of the Canadiens’ short-handed goals this season.