NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Boston
(Thursday, April 13th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Alex Kovalev tallied two goals and an assist as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-3, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Jan Bulis added a goal and two helpers for the Canadiens, who have won two of four since their eight-game winning streak. David Aebischer made 25 saves in the win.
The Canadiens, though, did not officially clinch a playoff spot due to Atlanta's 5-3 win over Washington on Thursday. Montreal, which sits in the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 93 points, leads idle Tampa Bay by four points. Montreal has just two games left on its schedule while the Lightning have three remaining, two against Carolina.
Atlanta, meanwhile, sits in the ninth spot with 87 points and three games to play.
Patrice Bergeron scored twice and Yan Stastny also netted a goal for the Bruins, who have lost four straight and have just one game remaining on the season. Tim Thomas allowed four goals on 26 shots faced in defeat.
Montreal wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Kovalev grabbed the puck in the top of the right circle before ripping a shot past Thomas' blocker side just 20 seconds into the game.
Bulis' 20th goal of the season staked the Canadiens to a 2-0 lead. On the power play, Andrei Markov fired a low shot from the point that Bulis tipped through Thomas' five hole from in front.
The Bruins cut it to 2-1 in the second. Brad Boyes kept the puck in the offensive zone along the right boards and then found Bergeron in the high slot and he quickly one-timed the puck in just 1:07 into the frame.
Richard Zednik's 16th tally of the season though, restored Montreal's two-goal lead at 6:52 of the second.
Kovalev's second tally of the game made it a 4-1 game at 6:36 of the third after the forward beat Thomas over his right shoulder from inside the right circle for his 22nd goal of the season.
Boston, though, came right back with a score just 22 seconds later as Stastny tallied his first-career NHL goal after ripping a shot from between the circles past Aebischer's glove.
The Bruins made things interesting on Bergeron's second goal of the game with 3:49 left to get within one and Thomas headed to the bench with just over one minute left in the game. Boston had some quality shots at the end, but Aebischer stood his ground and Montreal held on.
Boston's Glen Murray assisted on Stastny's goal, giving him points in six straight games...The Bruins have lost three in a row at home...Montreal finished the season series with the Bruins with seven wins in eight games...Montreal finished 1-for-3 on the power play while Boston failed to score on four power-play chances.
04/13 21:49:32 ET