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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Montreal



(Saturday, November 22nd)

Final Score: Boston 3, Montreal 2 (SO)

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Blake Wheeler scored the only goal of the shootout as the Boston Bruins spoiled Patrick Roy's night with a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

Wheeler was the first shooter and he lost control of the puck down low, but it found its way between the pads of Carey Price.

Tim Thomas then made saves on Alex Kovalev and Andrei Markov before stopping Saku Koivu, who tried to lift a backhander into the top of the net but Thomas kept it out.

Matt Hunwick and Milan Lucic each had a goal in regulation for the red-hot Bruins, who have won four straight and nine of 10 overall.

Thomas finished the game with 33 saves, including stopping all three shooters in the shootout, for Boston, which had lost 12 straight against the Canadiens, but has now won the last two and snapped an eight-game losing streak in Montreal.

"It feels good coming here and coming out with a win," said Thomas. "Which is really good, especially in a shootout. I seen Saku score on that last shot and him walking off the ice with his arms raised and all happy. I was happy to be the one with my arms raised and happy tonight."

Tom Kostopoulos had a goal and an assist while Andrei Kostitsyn also lit the lamp for the Canadiens, who have dropped two of their last three and four of six overall. Price finished the game with 25 saves.

"We played a good first period, but we let down in the second," said Koivu. "Too bad we didn't come up with a win at the end. Those points are big getting a goal late in the game. Right now we're trying to get that offensive spark we need to win the games. Sometimes we're not getting the bounces and maybe pass the puck when you're supposed to shoot it."

In a ceremony before the game, the Canadiens honored former goaltender Roy by retiring his No. 33 jersey. The all-time wins leader amongst goaltenders, Roy guided Montreal to two Stanley Cups (1986 and 1993) and won 289 games while wearing the Habs jersey before being traded to Colorado.

With the score tied in the third, Boston took the lead near the halfway mark. On the rush, David Krejci brought the puck into the zone and from the left circle centered it to Hunwick, who one-timed the puck between the pads of Price with 10:19 to play.

The Habs, though, tied the game with 3:05 to play as Patrice Brisebois fired a hard pass from the right point that was tipped past Thomas by Kostopoulos for his second goal of the season.

Neither side was able to net the winner in OT and the game went to the shootout.

Despite a spirited first period that saw both teams have quality scoring chances, neither side got on the board as Thomas made eight stops and Price made seven saves.

Montreal got on the board just 1:31 into the second period as Josh Gorges took a slap shot from the right point that popped into the air in front and Kostitsyn banged it in for his third goal of the year.

Boston, though, tied the game with 8:49 left in the second. Philip Kessel charged down the right wing and fought his way past the defense. From the right circle he dished the puck to the right side where Lucic tapped it in from the crease.

Game Notes

Montreal hosts the Islanders on Monday...Boston plays in Buffalo on Wednesday...The last time Boston won in Montreal was on December 4, 2006...Neither team scored on the power play with Montreal having four chances and Boston two.

11/22 23:08:55 ET


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