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
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
"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
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
"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
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