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MONTREAL (AP) _ Sergei Berezin scored the 10,000th home goal in Canadiens franchise history early in the third period, helping Montreal beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 Sunday.

Berezin, acquired from Phoenix on Friday, scored his eighth goal of the season on a power play 1:10 into the third period to make it 2-1.

Berezin took a cross-ice pass from Yanic Perreault in the neutral zone and carried the puck to the top of the right faceoff circle before driving a low slapshot off goalie Evgeni Nabokov's right skate and through his legs into the net.

The crowd of 20,817 rose to its feet for a sustained ovation as the scoreboard flashed ``10,000th goal.'' The Canadiens are the first team in NHL history with that many goals in home games.

Oleg Petrov tied his previous career high with his 17th goal at 14:58 to put the Canadiens up 3-1.

Matt Bradley got San Jose's goal in the first period after Montreal goalie Jose Theodore lost his stick in a goalmouth scramble. Theodore stopped 26 of 27 shots.

Doug Gilmour scored Montreal's first goal and assisted on Berezin's goal. Perreault and Richard Zednik both had two assists.

Gilmour scored his sixth goal on a power play 12:20 into the second as he tapped in a pass from Zednik from the edge of the crease to make it 1-1.

Notes: Sharks captain Owen Nolan missed his third straight game with a sore back. ... An original member of the NHL, the Canadiens have scored goals in five different home arenas _ plus at three neutral sites, which count toward home-game totals _ since the league's inaugural season of 1917-18. The team scored 8,880 goals in 2,320 regular season games at the Montreal Forum from 1924-96. ... Theodore stopped 35 of 36 shots in a 1-1 tie with Ottawa on Saturday.