NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Boston
(Thursday, February 2nd)
Final Score: Boston 3, Montreal 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Brad Boyes and Patrice Bergeron each scored a goal and added an assist, as the Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, at TD Banknorth Garden in the first game of a home-and-home series.
Glen Murray returned to action for Boston and scored a goal after being activated from injured reserve prior to the game. Murray had not played since January 10 due to a bruised foot.
Tim Thomas made 16 saves for the Bruins, who have won two in a row and five of their last six games overall.
Tomas Plekanec scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, who have dropped their past two games and six of eight overall.
Cristobal Huet started in place of the struggling Jose Theodore and allowed two goals on 36 shots. Theodore had been pulled three times in his last four starting assignments and been replaced by Huet.
The Canadiens grabbed a 1-0 lead at 15:14 of the opening period. Sheldon Souray hit Plekanec with an outlet pass to spring him on a breakaway and his wrister from in close sailed into the top right corner of the net.
Boston netted two goals in the second period to take a 2-1 lead into the final frame.
"I think the players are doing a great job of forcing the issue with their relentless pressure up the middle of the ice and I think when we play that way, we're a difficult team to play against," said Boston head coach Mike Sullivan. "We certainly have shown that we can get results when we buy into it."
At the 11:00 mark of the second stanza, Murray scored his 15th goal of the season. On the power play, from the right point, Brad Stuart slid the puck down to Murray at the top of the left circle and he one-timed the disc past Huet for the 1-1 tie.
Just 1:13 later, Bergeron scored on a 2-on-1 with Boyes. With the man advantage, Boyes raced into the Montreal zone on the right side and slid the puck over to Bergeron who tapped it home for the 2-1 lead.
"It felt great just to get that goal to give the team the lead," said Bergeron. "It's always nice to have the ice open up in front of me and when you can catch the defense flat-footed because you're going with so much speed, it's tough for them to defend."
Montreal was unable to generate any consistent pressure in the final frame, firing only five shots on Thomas in the period. With 38 seconds left in the game, Boyes netted an empty-netter with Huet pulled for an extra skater.
Boyes extended his point streak to eight games, having tallied five goals and eight assists during the stretch...The Bruins improved to 11-10-4 at home this season...Boston went 2-for-7 on the power play while the Habs were scoreless in two chances with the man advantage...The Canadiens dropped to 9-15-4 on the road this season...P.J. Axelsson was stopped by Huet on a penalty shot in the first period.
02/02 23:12:05 ET