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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Montreal



(Tuesday, January 22nd)

Final Score: Montreal 8, Boston 2

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Cristobal Huet made 29 saves, and Andrei Kostitsyn scored twice and added an assist as the Canadiens mauled the Bruins, 8-2, defeating Boston for the ninth consecutive time.

This was the sixth clash of the season between the teams, with Montreal now boasting a 6-0-0 record, outscoring the Bruins 32-10 along the way. Boston's last win against Montreal was March 3, 2007, when the Bruins prevailed, 3-1, in Beantown.

Tom Kostopoulos, Bryan Smolinski and Michael Komisarek had a goal and an assist each as Montreal won for the third time in four games. Michael Ryder, Maxim Lapierre and Alex Kovalev also lit the lamp, while Mark Streit registered three assists and Steve Begin and Sergei Kostitsyn had two apiece.

"All four lines came out and all four lines had a goal in the first period," said Kostopoulos. "Our defense was so solid, and Huet has been our backbone all year. A good contribution from everyone."

Marco Sturm and Petteri Nokelainen both scored for Boston, which had a two- game winning streak snapped. Alex Auld started in net and allowed four goals on just seven shots in the first, while Tim Thomas yielded four goals on 17 shots the rest of the way.

"Eight goals on 24 shots. I think it explains a lot," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. "You're not going to win games by giving those types of goals. There were a lot of break downs and some lucky bounces off legs. It was one of those nights when you gotta be a little better, more resilient and (have) more concentration to win those games. It was a bad start, poor mistakes on that first goal and it got the other team rolling. There's nothing we can do about tonight except bounce back in our next game."

Montreal went ahead just 14 seconds in, as Kostopoulos found a loose puck that had deflected off a Boston player in front, and rammed it into a wide open net.

The offensive production continued less than three minutes later when Saku Koivu knocked a puck out of mid-air, then wristed it toward the net from the top of the right circle before it was deflected home by Ryder.

Sturm got the Bruins on the board at 12:09 when he knocked home a rebound that had kicked off the skate of Huet, but Montreal eventually restored its two- goal edge when Andrei Kostitsyn beat Auld with a shot through the five-hole at 16:44.

Lapierre continued the rout with 1.1 seconds remaining in the first when he collected a puck that had ricocheted off the endboards and rifled it past Auld.

Smolinski made it 5-1 at 5:45 of the second, ending a 19-game scoring drought, and Komisarek also chipped in with a goal just 1:19 later as Montreal continued to pour it on.

Kovalev added a power-play goal in the third, as he banked the puck into the net off the shin pad of Aaron Ward at 7:10.

Boston got its other tally on a slapshot by Nokelainen that beat Huet high on the stick-side with 6:43 remaining, but Andrei Kostitsyn got it back for the Canadiens with a power-play goal with 2:16 left.

Game Notes

Thomas was named to the Eastern Conference team in the 2008 NHL All-Star Game. It marks his first time as an All-Star selection...Montreal's Mathieu Dandenault was a healthy scratch for just the second time this season. He was replaced by Begin, who returned after missing 19 games with a shoulder injury...Smolinski's last goal was November 5 against Buffalo...Kostopoulos was given a game misconduct in the third period for instigating a fight...Montreal scored eight goals in a game for the first time since October 21, 2006.

01/22 23:22:56 ET


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