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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Boston



(Saturday, December 23rd)

Final Score: Boston 4, Montreal 2

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Milan Jurcina and Stanislav Chistov scored in the final frame to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at TD Banknorth Garden.

Tim Thomas made 20 saves on the night, and Marc Savard added two assists for the Bruins, who have won three straight.

"This was such a big game to us," said Thomas. "It was a bigger game to us than Montreal probably. We wanted to get the job done and we just had to stick with the way we were playing."

Mike Komisarek and Michael Ryder scored for the Canadiens, who had their five- game winning streak come to an end. Cristobal Huet allowed four goals on 31 shots in the loss.

With the game knotted at 2-2, Boston reclaimed the lead at 6:11 of the third. From the left boards, Savard skated towards the slot and passed the puck to Jurcina at the right point. Jurcina then waited for a screen to develop in front of Huet and cranked a slap shot past the screened netminder.

The Bruins increased their lead to 4-2 a little over a minute later after a great individual effort from Chistov. The Russian forward received an outlet pass from Brad Boyes just outside the Montreal blueline and skated in on goal. Chistov then carried the puck inside on a defender and backhanded the disc past Huet.

Boston clamped down defensively the rest of the way, not allowing the Habs to generate many quality scoring chances down the stretch.

"Thomas played an unbelievable game and made some huge saves for them and kept them in the game early," said Komisarek. "It could have easily been a different story but he's been hot and playing well for them and we knew that coming in. We knew we had to test him."

The Bruins drew first blood when Zdeno Chara scored 8:29 into the opening period. From the left point, Andrew Alberts moved the puck across to Chara, who one-timed the feed past a screened Huet for his sixth goal of the season.

Marco Sturm gave Boston a 2-0 edge at the 12:43 mark of the first. On the power play, Sturm gathered a loose puck at the right side of the cage and rammed it past Huet for his 10th goal of the campaign.

Montreal then snapped to attention and rallied to tie the game. Komisarek made it a 2-1 contest on his fourth goal of the season at 16:06, and then Ryder evened the score at 2-2 with 7:52 left in the second stanza while the Habs were down a man.

Game Notes

The Bruins defeated the Canadiens at home for the first time in the last four meetings...Chara has a four-game point streak for Boston...Huet picked up an assist, his first of the season, on Ryder's short-handed goal...Savard's two assists give him a team-high 34 helpers on the season...The Bruins went 1-for-7 on the power play while the Habs failed to score in three chances with the man advantage...Sturm left the game in the third period with a lower body injury.

12/23 22:53:44 ET


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