NHL Game Summary - Boston at Montreal
(Tuesday, April 3rd)
Final Score: Montreal 2, Boston 0
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Saku Koivu scored the lone pair of goals, including his career-high 22nd, as the Montreal Canadiens moved closer to a playoff berth with a 2-0 win over the struggling Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.
Sheldon Souray, Jaroslav Halak, Mark Streit and Michael Komisarek had assists for the Canadiens, who have 90 points and are currently holding onto the eighth and final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.
Halak stopped all 29 shots faced in his eighth straight start for Montreal, which has won seven of its last eight contests and was coming off Saturday's big win over the East-leading Buffalo Sabres.
Tonight marked the final regular season game at home for the Canadiens, who were a solid 26-12-3 at the Bell Centre this year.
Hannu Toivonen stopped 28 shots for the Bruins, who have dropped nine of their last 10 contests and were coming off Sunday's setback in New Jersey. Toivonen was recalled from Providence of the AHL on Monday.
Koivu got going 16:46 into the first period, as he beat four Bruins and Toivonen on a wrister on the power play.
"I'm calm at making the game look easy right now, but the defensemen are also helping out," Koivu said. "It was tough. We were leading 1-0 and Boston was pressing hard. It was kind of a relief to get the second goal and put them away."
Koivu got the second goal on a 2-on-1 fast break, scoring through the five- hole 14:42 into the third to seal the win for Montreal.
"It was an unfortunate event for us," Boston defenseman Aaron Ward said. "We got caught with four guys on the ice with a pass made up the middle."
Montreal has a slight 5-3 edge in this year's series with the Bruins, but the Habs have taken 10 of the last 13 overall meetings in the series...Boston has also been defeated in seven of its last eight trips to Montreal.
04/03 23:07:02 ET