NHL Game Summary - Boston at Montreal|
(Tuesday, March 20th)
Final Score: Montreal 1, Boston 0
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Guillaume Latendresse scored the lone goal of
the contest, and Jaroslav Halak notched his first career shutout as the
Montreal Canadiens edged the Boston Bruins, 1-0, in the front end of a home-
and-home series at the Bell Centre.
Halak stopped 30 shots, including 14 in a busy third period, for Montreal,
which has won four of five. With 80 points, the Canadiens are now tied with
the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs for the eighth and final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The New York Rangers hold the seventh
spot with 81 points.
Tim Thomas finished with 31 saves for Boston, which has lost five of its last
"From my point of view it seemed like we were battling the whole game," said
Thomas. "We just weren't able to get the job done. The effort was there in my
mind. They did have the momentum for a few minutes in a row in the second, and
they ended up with a goal out of it. But the momentum didn't swing back our
way after that."
Both sides skated to a scoreless first period, with Thomas and Halak each
making seven saves in the effort. Montreal squandered two power play
opportunities, while Boston couldn't light the lamp on its one chance.
The Canadiens finally scored late in the middle stanza, as Latendresse nabbed
a forward pass from Andrei Kostsitsyn, made a nifty moved through traffic and
finished the play by wristing the shot past Halak with a minute remaining.
The Bruins battled through the third and had a couple of scoring chances
inside the final minute after pulling their netminder, but Halak stood tall
down the stretch for Montreal.
"The defense played really good in front of me," said Halak. "Most of the time
they were keeping the guys away so I could see the puck. It was great for me
so I could make the saves. I was trying to focus, shot by shot, and now I have
the puck for my first (NHL) shutout."
No team has swept a home-and-home set in this series since the Canadiens did
it on December 17 and 19, 1981. These clubs meet again Thursday in
Boston...The Bruins have lost in six of their last seven visits to
Montreal...Halak was making just his ninth start since being recalled from
Hamilton of the AHL...Montreal was 0-for-4 on the power play, while Boston
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