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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Montreal



(Saturday, January 31st)

Final Score: Boston 1, Montreal 0

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Andrew Raycroft made 34 saves for his third shutout of the season, leading the Boston Bruins to a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

Glen Murray scored for the Bruins, who have won two straight and are unbeaten in their last three (2-0-1). Boston finished January at 10-3-2 after a 3-7-5 month of December.

"It's been a great month for us since December," Raycroft said.

The Canadiens, coming off a 3-2 overtime win at Minnesota on Thursday, have lost four of their last five. Montreal has been blanked twice and has scored just five goals in that span.

Jose Theodore made only 15 saves in defeat, as his teammates outshot Boston 34-16.

The Canadiens were shut out for the fifth time this season and for the second time by Boston at home. Felix Potvin made 23 saves in a 2-0 Boston victory at the Bell Centre on October 28.

The Bruins hadn't posted a 1-0 victory at Montreal since October 27, 1956.

Raycroft stopped just five shots in the first period, then turned aside 14 in the second and 15 in the third for his third career shutout. The rookie came up especially big in the third, when Montreal tallied the first 14 shots of the period.

"This is a nice high for me," Raycroft added. "Montreal had shots from the circle and the dots. I saw 99 percent of them."

The Canadiens nearly scored with 12:20 left in the stanza on a power play, but an almost-perfect deflection by Yanic Perreault from the right side of the crease hit the post.

Raycroft came up with four sprawling saves in just under a minute moments later. He stopped a wrister from the slot by Mike Ribeiro and turned aside the rebound by Richard Zednik, then blocked another point shot and got a piece of Stephane Quintal's rebound with just over eight minutes remaining.

Boston's first shot of the period came with just over four minutes to play.

Theodore left the ice for an extra attacker with just over a minute left and the Canadiens were given a power play with 26 seconds remaining when Joe Thornton was whistled off for high-sticking.

Montreal, with a 6-on-4 skating advantage, couldn't score the equalizer and Michael Ryder's chance from the right circle was deflected wide just before time expired.

The Bruins scored the game's only goal just 57 seconds into the second period on a power play.

Nick Boynton led the rush at center ice and neatly backhanded a pass between the stick and skate of a Montreal defender to the right circle for Murray, who then beat Theodore with a high shot to the short side for his 18th goal of the season.

"Boynton gave it to me on the backhand and I shot it upstairs," Murray said. "We're getting back to playing our game. We're playing as a team now."

The remainder of the second period and the entire third belonged to Raycroft.

A scoreless first period featured a couple of good chances for each team.

The Bruins had a two-man advantage for 1:43 midway through the stanza, but the Canadiens killed it off thanks to Theodore. He caught a break when Sergei Samsonov hit the post on a shot from the left circle, but made a great glove save on Thornton moments later.

Thornton had another chance with Boston still on a power play less than a minute later, but Theodore slid across the crease to deny the one-timer from below the right circle.

Montreal managed only five shots in the first period, but nearly took the lead in the closing seconds when Ryder's shot from the left circle rang off the crossbar.

Game Notes

The Canadiens were 0-for-5 on the power play, while Boston cashed in once on its four chances with the extra skater...The Bruins lead the season series, 2-1-1. The teams have combined for just six goals in the four games.

01/31 17:01:54 ET


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