NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Boston
(Wednesday, October 5th)
Final Score: Montreal 2, Boston 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Michael Ryder scored a power-play goal with 12 seconds remaining to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins in the season opener at TD Banknorth Garden.
Jan Bulis scored the other Montreal goal and Saku Koivu was awarded the game- winning assist for the Canadiens, who improved to 47-26-15 on opening night.
Jose Theodore stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced in net for Montreal, including several high-quality Boston chances.
Patrice Bergeron tallied the lone goal and Patrick Leahy and Ian Moran had the assists for the Bruins, who went 0-for-7 on the power play.
With less than a minute to play, Tom Fitzgerald was called for hooking along the boards to put Montreal on the power play. A flurry of activity in front of the Boston net led to the game-winner, as Ryder reeled in a Koivu rebound and backhanded it past a fallen Andrew Raycroft 19:48 into the final period.
Raycroft finished with 19 saves on 21 shots for Boston.
The Canadiens took a 1-0 lead 10:50 into the first period, as Bulis took a feed from Radek Bonk, beat the Boston defenders into the zone, and lifted the puck into the top right corner of the net.
Bergeron evened the game a little over seven minutes later, releasing a wrister from the left circle that beat Theodore high and left.
The Bruins seized momentum in the second period, outshooting Montreal 12-3 in that span, but were unable to capitalize.
Niklas Sundstrom and Alex Kovalev also had assists for Montreal...Boston is now 34-31-16 in opening games...These two teams are 7-7-1 head-to-head in their last 15 meetings...Montreal finished 1-for-5 on the power play.
10/05 22:19:19 ET