NHL Game Summary - Boston at Montreal|
(Monday, October 22nd)
Final Score: Montreal 6, Boston 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Cristobal Huet stopped 31-of-32 shots and
Montreal rode a three-goal third period to rip Boston, 6-1, at Bell Centre.
Alex Kovalev had a goal and one assist for the Canadiens, who have won two
straight after a three-game losing skid.
Mikhail Grabovski tallied his first NHL goal, Chris Higgins, Steve Begin,
Patrice Brisebois and Andrei Markov each scored once while Saku Koivu and
Tomas Plekanec picked up a pair of assists.
Dennis Wideman picked up the lone goal for the Bruins, whose four-game win
streak ended. Manny Fernandez allowed all six goals on just 20 shots in the
Brisebois picked up his first goal of his second Montreal stint on the power
play with 1:45 played in the third, one-timing a Kovalev pass for a 4-0 Habs
Wideman answered for the Bruins with a slapshot on the power play at 6:41, but
Grabovski tallied off another odd-man rush for a 5-1 Montreal lead less than
three minutes later.
Markov added another man-advantage tally with 7:21 left in regulation to
complete the rout.
"Obviously we need to take some more quality shots and get some rebounds to
the net, and tonight it wasn't the case," said Bruins forward Patrice
Bergeron. "We also gave up a lot of two-on-one's, more than in the
first seven games combined."
Midway through the first, the Bruins let a golden opportunity slip away as
Glen Murray whiffed with a half-open net on a 2-on-1, and Huet was able to
cover with his glove.
The Canadiens forged ahead with 7:46 left in the period. Koivu won a left-
circle draw back to Mike Komisarek for a shot, and after Fernandez kicked it
away, Higgins followed up with a wrister for his third goal of the season.
Montreal went up 2-0 at 6:28 of the second period when Plekanec won a left-
circle draw right to Kovalev, who one-timed a shot to the far side.
"There was some tough times before, but the cheers he got before the
game were great," said Koivu of the embattled Kovalev. "The goal he got
tonight lifted us and the response from the crowd was nice."
Begin made it 3-0 with 2:12 remaining when he finished off a 2-on-1 rush by
tapping in Tom Kostopoulos' cross-crease feed.
The Habs won five of the eight meetings last season, including three of four
in Montreal...Canadiens forward Bryan Smolinski played in his 1,000th NHL
game and registered an assist on Grabovski's goal...Montreal leads the all-
time series 326-257-103...Brisebois played for the Canadiens from
1990-2004...Kovalev played in his 999th career contest...The Canadiens
finished 2-of-7 on the power play, and the Bruins were 1-of-3.
10/22 23:09:32 ET