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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Montreal



(Saturday, February 4th)

Final Score: Montreal 2, Boston 0

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Cristobal Huet made 35 saves to register his fifth career shutout and lead the Montreal Canadiens past the Boston Bruins, 2-0, in the back end of a home-and-home series at the Bell Centre.

"Obviously it's nice to win against a team that we are contending with," Huet said. "It was an important game. Everyone stepped up this afternoon for a tight game. I guess when you get a shutout, it's always that you did something good. That desperate shot at the end of the game was a little bit lucky, but it was important too."

Andrei Markov scored the eventual game-winning goal midway through the third period and Sheldon Souray tallied an empty-net goal for Montreal, which snapped a two-game skid. Alexei Kovalev notched his 23rd assist of the season for the Habs, who avenged a 3-1 loss at Boston on Thursday.

Tim Thomas stopped 27 of 28 shots for the Bruins, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.

"We had a lot of opportunities in the second to get a lead and build on it, but we weren't able to do that," Bruins' defenseman Brad Stuart said. "We have no one to blame but ourselves because we didn't capitalize on their six- straight penalties."

Montreal drew first blood with 9:38 left in regulation while on the power play after Markov one-timed a rebound past Thomas' right pad from inside the left circle for a 1-0 lead. Kovalev's wrister from the slot was stopped by Thomas, but the rebound kicked out to the left circle for Markov.

With 1:56 left in the third period, Montreal defenseman Craig Rivet was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after he picked up a loose stick and tried to throw it back to his teammate. This infraction gave Boston, which pulled Thomas for an extra attacker, a six-on-four power-play.

After helping Huet by making a diving save at the side of his own net, Souray one-timed a loose puck from below his own circle near the corner the full length of the ice for a shorthanded empty-net tally to seal the win for the Habs.

Game Notes

Boston center Brad Boyes had an eight-game point streak halted, while center Patrice Bergeron had a five-gamer snapped...Montreal is 3-1 against Boston this season...The Bruins were 0-for-7 on the power play, while Montreal was 1- for-4.

02/04 16:14:47 ET


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