NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Boston|
(Thursday, November 8th)
Final Score: Montreal 2, Boston 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Tomas Plekanec tallied a goal and an assist to
lead the Montreal Canadiens to 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in a tight
contest between two Original Six and Northeast Division rivals at TD Banknorth
The forward line of Plekanec, Alex Kovalev and Andrei Kostitsyn produced both
goals for Montreal, which has won two straight and three of its last four
games overall. Kovalev notched his eighth goal while Carey Price made 28 saves
in the win.
"The guys played well in front of me and I had a chance to see all the shots
all night," said Price. "(Boston) plays a trapping system so I knew it would
be a low-scoring game."
Marco Sturm scored the lone goal for the Bruins, who are winless in their last
four games (0-2-2). Tim Thomas turned aside 30 shots in the losing effort.
Boston will host Buffalo and Toronto on the remainder of this brief three-game
homestand before the club faces these Canadiens again in Montreal on November
The Canadiens scored the game's first goal with under three minutes remaining
in the first period. Montreal blueliner Francis Bouillon knocked down a Boston
dump-in attempt inside his own blue line and quickly made a sharp outlet pass
to Kostitsyn in the neutral zone.
Kostitsyn picked up speed, crossed the blue line and streaked down the left-
wing side before he centered the puck from the outer rim of the circle.
Plekanec accepted the pass in the slot and sent a wrister toward the net.
Thomas made a partial save, but the puck trickled under his pads before
Kovalev tapped it over the goal line at 17:05.
The Plekanec-Kovalev-Kostitsyn trio struck again near the midpoint of the
middle session for a two-goal advantage. A nice backhand pass by Kostitsyn
from inside the right circle eluded the stick of Boston's Zdeno Chara and was
perfectly placed in the low slot for Plekanec, whose deke move forced Thomas
completely off balance and Plekanec slid home a backhander near the left post
with 11:13 remaining.
"We skated well and moved the puck to get our chances," said Kovalev. "Our
line was able to get to the puck when we needed to and score. We still could
have done a better job in many areas, but it was a good win."
At the 14:12 mark of the second, the Bruins sliced their deficit in half on
Sturm's sixth goal of the season. Amid a flurry of activity in their offensive
zone, the Bruins were buzzing and it was only a matter of time before it paid
off. Chuck Kobasew's wrist shot from the left slot caromed off of traffic in
the goal mouth before Sturm's backhander from between the circles lit the
With 22 seconds remaining before the second intermission, Price made a
brilliant save to keep the Habs ahead. Boston forward P.J. Axelsson was all
alone down low and had a good look with a wrist shot from near the goal line
to the left of the net. However, Price's paddle deflected the puck away.
Other than a scary moment for Boston defenseman Aaron Ward, the third period
was mostly uneventful. The Bruins produced 10 shots on goal, but the frame was
marked by a momentarily motionless Ward, who accidentally blindly collided
with Bouillon on a shift change. At first the stretcher was called for and was
carted onto the ice, but Ward eventually sat up on his own power and was
helped off the ice by teammates.
"When he left, he said he had a headache," said Dennis Wideman, who helped
Ward off the ice. Ward is considered day-to-day and will be evaluated on
This marked the fifth consecutive victory by Montreal over Boston dating back
to last season...The teams combined to go scoreless on five power-play
chances, four of which were awarded to Boston...This was the second time this
season that the stretcher has been wheeled onto the ice in this arena. On
October 27, Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones checked Bruins forward Patrice
Bergeron head-first into the glass. Bergeron was taken off on the stretcher
and has not returned to the ice as of yet. Jones received a two-game
suspension...Attendance was 15,183.
11/09 01:18:19 ET