NHL Game Summary - Boston at Montreal
(Tuesday, April 4th)
Final Score: Montreal 5, Boston 3
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Chris Higgins scored the eventual game-winner and added an assist as the Montreal Canadiens scored twice late in the third period to fight past the Boston Bruins, 5-3, at the Bell Center.
Michael Ryder and Saku Koivu also had a goal and an assist for Montreal, which moved into a virtual tie with New Jersey for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Cristobal Huet, who had pitched three straight shutouts against Boston heading into this game, made 26 saves in the win.
"There are a lot of good things going on here," Koivu said. "We're not getting away from our game plan, and we're getting the bounces and the breaks."
Patrice Bergeron had two goals and added a helper for the Bruins, who have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight. Tim Thomas turned away 42 of the 47 shots he faced.
The Canadiens two scores late in the third period broke a 3-3 tie. The first came at the 14:31 mark, as Ryder moved out from behind the net and sent the disc out front, where Higgins one-timed it home to put Montreal in front.
Aaron Downey added an insurance goal 59 seconds later on a one-timer of his own from the right circle to ensure Montreal's seventh straight win.
The Bruins finally broke a 227-minute, 39-second scoring drought against Huet in the early moments of the second period. With his team skating on the power play, Brad Boyes burst into the zone and released a wrister from the left circle. Huet made the initial save but Boyes grabbed his own rebound and kicked it back out front, where Bergeron punched it home to make it 1-0 just 19 seconds into the stanza.
Montreal evened the score a little over two minutes later, as Jan Bulis finished off a crisp tic-tac-toe sequence with a one-timer tally into the wide- open right side of the net.
"They were throwing the puck across the net, side to side. Regardless of how many shots, you do that long enough and your legs are weary," Thomas said.
The Canadiens went up 2-1 with 6:36 to play in the second. Thomas turned away back-to-back Montreal shots during another man advantage, but Ryder gathered the second rebound between the circles and tucked it through the five-hole.
Bergeron scored his second of the night to even things up at 2-2 just 1:07 later, as his centering feed directed off a defender's skate and in.
The teams exchanged early third-period tallies to send the game into the latter stages knotted at 3-3. Marco Sturm lit the lamp 34 seconds into the frame with a wrister from the circle, and Koivu followed with his 16th of the year at the 3:48 mark.
The last Montreal goaltender to shut out the same team three times in a row was Charlie Hodge, who thrice blanked Toronto during the 1963-64 season...The Bruins are not in playoff contention...The seven-game win streak is a season high for Montreal, which travels to Ottawa Thursday before hosting the Devils on Saturday.
04/05 01:50:01 ET