NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Boston
(Thursday, October 26)
Final Score: Montreal 3, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Andrei Markov scored the game-winner with 1.2 seconds left in regulation as the Montreal Canadiens topped the Boston Bruins, 3-2, in a series of old foes at TD Banknorth Garden.
With the score tied, Matt Lashoff, who was Boston's first overall pick in the 2005 draft, got called for a holding penalty in his NHL debut with about 45 seconds left. Markov then sailed a wrister from the left circle through goaltender Tim Thomas' right armpit on the power play to win the game.
"I got enough of the shot and it got by him," said Markov.
Chris Higgins posted a goal and two assists for the Canadiens, who have won two of their last three. Michael Ryder also scored and Sheldon Souray added a pair of assists. Cristobal Huet blocked 34 shots in the victory.
Phil Kessel and Zdeno Chara scored for the Bruins, who lost their second straight. Patrice Bergeron and Glen Murray both added a pair of assists. Thomas made 27 saves.
Ryder scored a wrister from the slot glove side just 1:04 into the first for an early 1-0 Montreal lead.
Kessel tied the score, taking a feed at the left circle and tipping it in glove side just inside the left post with 9:28 left in the first.
Higgins put Montreal ahead, 2-1, picking up a loose puck and wristing it in through the five-hole on the power play with 13:31 left in the second.
Chara tied it for Boston on a slap shot from the right slot over the netminder's glove side 18:29 into the third.
Montreal finished 2-for-6 on the power play, while Boston was 1-for-7.
"There's no easy way or fun way to lose," said Bruins head coach Dave Lewis. "That's why you can lose at any moment in the hockey game or you can win at any moment in the hockey game. When you lose and the way we lost, it's tough, but saves have to be made."
Boston lost its final five meetings with Montreal last season and has dropped eight of the last nine clashes overall. Montreal is 10-3-1 (tie) in the last 14 meetings with the Bruins.
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