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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Montreal



(Saturday, November 17th)

Final Score: Montreal 7, Boston 4

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Roman Hamrlik, Mike Komisarek and Alex Kovalev notched third-period goals to break open a close game as Montreal outgunned Boston, 7-4, at Bell Centre.

Saku Koivu, Tom Kostopoulos, Andrei Kostistyn and Guillaume Latendresse also scored for the Canadiens, who have won four of six.

Carey Price made 32 stops to improve his record to 5-1-1 this season.

Glen Murray scored two goals and added one assist for the Bruins, whose two- game win streak came to a crashing halt against their oldest rival. Zdeno Chara and Marco Sturm also tallied and Marc Savard added three assists.

"I think we're all frustrated," said Murray. "When you have four or five huge mistakes in a game, you're not going to win, because good teams will capitalize on that. When it was 6-4, it was a long way back, and we took a lot of penalties out of frustration."

Tim Thomas allowed all seven goals, but managed to make 45 stops in defeat.

Hamrlik picked up his second goal of the season at 4:23 of the third on a delayed penalty call to give the Canadiens a 5-3 lead. The shot, taken as he fell backwards, deflected off Bruins forward Glen Metropolit and crossed the goal line.

Komisarek's tally at 10:15 provided a three-goal edge for the Habs, which proved valuable when Murray netted his second of the game 52 seconds later to bring the Bruins within 6-4.

Kovalev made it 7-4 on a 5-on-3 power play with 5:48 remaining, and the contest devolved into frustrated fisticuffs as the Canadiens rolled to the win.

"It was like I was trying to keep the game under control," Thomas said of his acrobatic saves in the late stages to keep the Bruins in the contest. "I almost killed part of that 5-on-3. It was 6-4, and I tried to hold it there."

Montreal notched the game's first goal 2:40 into the contest, as Koivu followed up a rebound chance in the slot by slipping the puck through Thomas' five-hole for a power-play tally.

Only 47 seconds later, the Bruins tied the game. Savard carried down the right wing and dished across to Murray, who fanned on his first shot, but buried his second chance off the far pipe.

The clubs combined for 35 shots in the opening 20 minutes, and the offensive fireworks continued in the second period.

Kostopoulos gave the Habs a 2-1 lead at 1:19 on a short-handed goal as he managed to poke a loose puck through bodies in the crease and past Thomas.

However, Chara netted his first of the season just after that Bruins' power play concluded, by launching a slapper from the right point to make it 2-2 at 3:11.

At 4:59 and with the man-advantage, Kostitsyn finished off a 2-on-1 break with a wrister under the crossbar, and Montreal regained a 3-2 edge.

Boston came right back with another power-play goal at 10:43, as Sturm finished a tic-tac-toe passing play from Chara and Murray with a tip-in from the edge of the crease.

The Habs had the last word in the stanza, gaining a 4-3 lead with 2:30 remaining when Latendresse roofed his own rebound at the side of the net.

"It's not something we haven't seen before," Koivu said about the intensity of the game between the two bitter rivals. "Sometimes the intensity goes a bit overboard, and that was the case in the game. It was good hockey for two periods and then we got a couple-goal lead and that's when the pressure got to them."

Game Notes

Montreal has won the last six meetings, including all three matchups this season...Murray's goal ended a 13-game goalless drought...Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward returned to the lineup after missing two games with a concussion...Twelve Canadiens recorded at least one point...There were 35 penalties in the game, 18 to Boston, and 11 of those in the third period alone...Sturm has scored in each of his last four games...The Bruins travel to Toronto on Tuesday, and the Canadiens host Ottawa on Monday.

11/18 01:17:19 ET


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