NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Boston|
(Thursday, November 13th)
Final Score: Boston 6, Montreal 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Stephane Yelle scored twice while Manny
Fernandez stopped 27 shots as the Boston Bruins broke a 12-game losing streak
against Montreal with a 6-1 thrashing of the Canadiens at TD Banknorth Garden.
"(The fourth line) has worked hard all season, and we've had some chances,"
Yelle said. "On a night like tonight when you get a few goals, that's a big
Marco Sturm also lit the lamp twice for the Bruins, winners of five straight
and eight of nine. Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic also tallied once each for
Boston, which hadn't beaten their perennial rivals since a 3-1 victory on
March 3, 2007.
Saku Koivu picked up the lone goal for the Canadiens, who have dropped three
of four. Carey Price was shelled for all six goals on 31 shots.
"Usually we're known for being consistent, and after a bad effort we usually
get the streak going again," Koivu said. "There's no explanation why after
Tuesday's (win) we come back and play like we did tonight."
The Bruins got all the offense they needed in the opening 20 minutes, striking
Thornton put the B's on the board with a backhander at 2:31 and Yelle
made it 2-0 with three minutes left in the first.
Sturm's power-play marker gave Boston a three-goal edge with only seven
seconds to play in the period, then tacked on his second man-advantage score
of the game 3:44 into the second for a 4-0 lead.
Koivu finally answered for the Habs with 6:26 remaining in the second as
Fernandez misplayed a rebound right to the Montreal captain for a wraparound.
Lucic gave the home team a four-goal edge at 4:42 of the third and Yelle's
second of the game at 8:44 opened up a 6-1 margin for the Bruins, who coasted
the rest of the way.
Yelle also had an assist, giving him three points in a game for the first time
since recording three helpers in a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers on
February 18, 2000 when he was with the Colorado Avalanche...Bruins forward
Chuck Kobasew picked up a pair of assists...Canadiens forward Alex Tanguay was
credited with the lone assist on Koivu's goal...Former Canadien Michael Ryder
also earned a point for Boston...Fernandez improved to 4-0-1 in his last five
11/13 23:24:21 ET