NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Boston|
(Thursday, April 9th)
Final Score: Boston 5, Montreal 4 (OT)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Mark Recchi scored two goals, including the
game-winner in overtime, and dished out two assists, as the Boston Bruins
outlasted the Montreal Canadiens, 5-4, in a battle between Northeast Division
rivals at TD Banknorth Garden.
Despite the loss, Montreal secured a playoff spot. The Canadiens needed just
one point coming into the tilt to secure a trip to their second straight
postseason. By forcing overtime on Thursday, Montreal did just that.
Patrice Bergeron stole the puck at the Montreal blue line and made his way
toward the net. He found an open Recchi in front of the net with a beautiful
pass. Recchi chipped the disc into an empty half of the net with 2:18 left in
OT for the win.
Boston, which has already clinched the top-seed in the Eastern Conference, won
the season series with the Canadiens, 5-0-1. The Bruins won their first season
series with Montreal since 2003-2004.
This was Boston's final home game of the regular season. The Bruins will close
their schedule with road tests against Buffalo and the New York Islanders.
Zdeno Chara, Bergeron, and Phil Kessel also lit the lamp for the Bruins, who
bounced back from a loss to Ottawa on Tuesday. Bergeron added two helpers and
Chara one. Tim Thomas stopped 35 shots to pick up his 35th win of the year.
Matt D'Agostini scored twice, while Alex Kovalev and Mathieu Schneider scored
once for the Canadiens, who have dropped three in a row. Carey Price turned
aside 28 shots in the loss.
Montreal (93 points) is tied with the Rangers for the final two spots in the
East. The Rangers beat Philadelphia on Thursday.
Montreal ends the regular season at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Trailing 4-3, Boston tied the game at four on a power-play goal from Chara at
the 5:27 mark of the third period. Chara lifted a backhander top shelf after
collecting a rebound in front of the net.
The Canadiens were given a golden opportunity when Steve Montador was whistled
for roughing with 1:01 to play. Montreal failed to capitalize on their power
play that extended into overtime.
The Bruins drew first blood just 2:02 into the tilt on a goal from Bergeron.
Matt Hunwick carried the puck into the Montreal zone and hit Recchi
with a cross-ice pass in front of the net. Recchi quickly dumped a pass to
Bergeron, who fired a shot into an open right side of the net.
Kovalev scored a power-play goal just 1:25 into the second frame to tie the
game at one. Mathieu Dandenault hit Kovalev with a pass at the right circle,
and Kovalev fired a shot from the bottom of the right circle to beat Thomas
Kessel lit the lamp for the 33rd time this season at the 3:12 mark to give
Boston a 2-1 edge. Kessel's shot from the right circle beat Price top shelf. A
power-play goal from Recchi just over two minutes later extended the Bruins'
margin to 3-1, but Montreal came roaring back.
The Canadiens cut the gap to 3-2 on a power-play goal from D'Agostini with
12:33 to go in the second. Schneider deadlocked the contest at three with 9:32
D'Agostini lit the lamp with 3:07 remaining in the second to give the
Canadiens their first lead of the game. D'Agostini won the puck at his own
blue line and charged down the left side of the ice before beating Thomas
There was a combined total of 76 penalty minutes in the game...Boston went 2-
for-4 on the power play, while Montreal went 3-for-7...The Bruins recalled
forward Vladimir Sobotka from Providence (AHL) on Thursday...Boston improved
to 29-6-6 at home.
04/09 22:46:33 ET