NHL Game Summary - Boston at Montreal
(Tuesday, October 28th)
Final Score: Boston 2, Montreal 0
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Felix Potvin stopped all 23 shots he faced for his first shutout in a Bruins uniform, as Boston blanked Montreal, 2-0, at the Bell Centre.
Potvin, who signed with Boston as a free agent in September, turned aside three shots in the first period and 10 in both the second and third to notch his 29th career shutout.
Rookie Patrice Bergeron and Mike Knuble both scored for Boston, which has won six of its last seven contests.
The Canadiens have now been held scoreless in their last 137:46 of action and have lost three straight games. Their last goal came in the third period of a 6-2 loss to Ottawa on Saturday before they were upended on Monday in Philadelphia, 5-0.
Mathieu Garon posted 31 saves in the losing effort.
Boston opened the scoring midway through the first period. After a very long fight between Boston's Sandy McCarthy and Montreal's Darren Langdon, Canadiens' forward Richard Zednik took a high-sticking penalty 40 seconds later.
Skating 5-on-4, Bergeron gained control at the top of the left circle and passed it to Sergei Samsonov near the left post along the goal line. Samsonov held the puck, drew a defenseman in, and fed it back to a cutting Bergeron, who put home a rebound of his initial shot for a 1-0 lead at 10:27.
Knuble's fifth goal of the season staked Boston to a two-goal lead with 9:51 to go in the middle stanza. Garon made a nice shoulder save, but left the rebound at his skates and it eventually ended up in the right corner. Joe Thornton soon after took control behind the Montreal net and sent a beautiful pass to Knuble, who one-timed it home from in front near the right post.
Montreal mounted few scoring chances throughout, but started to buzz around Potvin in the third period. With under eight minutes to play, Potvin came out of the crease and whiffed on a clearing attempt, but was able to get back and stop a sweeping backhander. At the 14:40 mark, Zednik misfired on a one-timer from in close.
Boston cashed in on one of its two power-play chances, while the Canadiens failed to score on just one opportunity with the extra skater...The Canadiens continued to play without captain Saku Koivu, who suffered a knee injury during the preseason. He is listed as day-to-day...The Bruins snapped a three- game losing streak at Bell Centre.
10/28 21:41:31 ET