NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Boston|
(Monday, December 19th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Montreal 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Brad Marchand's third-period goal proved to be
the difference, as the Boston Bruins held on to beat the Montreal Canadiens,
3-2, at TD Garden.
Benoit Pouliot and David Krejci also scored for the Bruins, who got 33 saves
from Tim Thomas.
Boston has won its last five games and 19 of 22 overall.
"It's a team effort here from start to finish," said Krejci. "We have a deep
enough roster that when we have injuries we can have guys step up and fit
Tomas Plekanec and Erik Cole lit the lamp for Montreal, which lost its second
straight game under interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth.
Carey Price stopped 28 shots in defeat.
"We need to find our game and play a full 60 minutes," said Plekanec. "We're
close, we just need to get some wins under our belt, especially with these
To start the sequence which led to the deciding tally, Patrice Bergeron forced
a turnover at the Montreal blue line. Tyler Seguin collected the puck and
dished to Marchand, who avoided Price's poke check and scored on a backhand to
put Boston up 3-1 with 5:46 remaining.
Montreal closed to within a goal when David Desharnais' shot deflected in off
the skate of Cole as he crashed the crease with 1:14 to play, but could not
find an equalizer.
The hosts started off well. Rich Peverley won a right-circle faceoff forward
and quickly fed Pouliot on the doorstep for a one-timer at the 12:13 mark of
the first period. The Canadiens responded 1:13 later as Plekanec converted a
pass from Michael Cammalleri.
The Bruins regained the lead less than three minutes into the second period,
when an Andrew Ference centering attempt from behind the Montreal net caromed
in off Krejci's left skate.
Boston forward Milan Lucic missed the game against Montreal while serving a
one-game suspension for his hit from behind on Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo on
Saturday...Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo played in his 600th career
game...Montreal began a six-game road trip.
12/20 01:10:40 ET