NHL Game Summary - Boston at Montreal |
(Tuesday, December 12th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Boston 3
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Sergei Samsonov's two goals lifted the
Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins at Bell Centre.
Andrei Markov and Guillaume Latendresse also tallied for the Canadiens,
winners in two of their last three games. David Aebischer made 31 saves in his
second straight home start against Boston.
Marc Savard scored twice and had an assist, while Jason York picked up the
other goal for the Bruins, who have lost two in a row and three of their last
five. Hannu Toivonen stopped 36 shots in the loss.
Tied at 2-2 late in the third, Tomas Plekanec fought off his man behind the
Bruins net and shoveled a pass as he was falling to the ice to Samsonov. The
former Bruin one-timed the pass from just outside the left circle just under
the crossbar, and the Canadiens led, 3-2 with 7:11 remaining in regulation.
"It's been something special to get goals against your former team," Samsonov
said. "I've been going through a dry spell, but it's always nice to be on the
scoreboard. It's still pressure to do something, and when things aren't going
your way, you try to press more. Sometimes it's good to step away a little
Latendresse then provided insurance on his turnaround shot from the slot with
four minutes left, and even though York scored on a tip-in with 50.7 seconds
on the clock to bring the Bruins within 4-3, Montreal hung on for the win.
It was an emotional win after a long day for all of us," said Canadiens head
coach Guy Carbonneau. "In fact, it wasn't an easy game for either team, but
they responded well tonight -- concentration and focus was easy. They did it
all by themselves."
It was a solemn night in the Crescent City, as the Canadiens were dealing with
the turmoil of recent days. General manager Bob Gainey is mourning his
daughter Laura, missing and presumed lost at sea after being swept into the
North Atlantic last Friday.
The Canadiens rode that wave of emotion, jumping out to a 1-0 advantage at
6:36 on the power play. Alexei Kovalev made a perfect saucer pass across the
goalmouth to Markov, who had all day to settle the puck and flip it over
Savard drew the Bruins even at 2:09 of the second on the man advantage,
rifling home Patrice Bergeron's cross-ice feed from the right circle.
Samsonov put the Habs up 2-1 at 6:52 on a 4-on-4 situation with an excellent
individual effort. Samsonov took the puck from the blue line all the way to
the net, scoring on the backhand from his own rebound chance as Toivonen was
caught up with two players in the crease. It was his first goal in 20 games.
Boston knotted the game just 42 seconds later, as Glen Murray stripped Kovalev
in his own zone, and dished to Savard, who made one fake and lifted a shot
over Aebischer's blocker. The power-play goal came seconds after Bruins
defenseman Paul Mara exited the box after a holding penalty.
Each of the three games between these teams this year has been decided by one
goal, and Montreal's win was the first for either team on home ice...The
Canadiens have won nine of 11 games in the series dating back to the start of
last season...Toivonen had not started a game since November 4, and this was
the first time he started and played all 60 minutes since October 19...Bruins
forward Phil Kessel also missed the game after what team officials called
successful surgery for a cancer-like illness.
12/12 22:58:32 ET