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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Boston

(Thursday, January 10th)

Final Score: Montreal 5, Boston 2

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Mathieu Dandenault's pair of third-period goals helped Montreal hold off Boston, 5-2, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Tomas Plekanec, Maxim Lapierre and Alex Kovalev also scored for the Canadiens, who have won all five games against their long-time rival this season.

Cristobal Huet stopped 23-of-25 shots to post his third straight win and 13th victory of the season.

Aaron Ward and Milan Lucic tallied for the Bruins, who have dropped two in a row after a three-game win streak. Tim Thomas allowed all five goals on 33 shots in defeat.

Having seen their three-goal lead reduced to one with some bad luck early in the third, the Canadiens continued to battle against a surging Boston offense and regained a two-goal cushion.

Dandenault chased down a lead pass from Andrei Markov in the slot, and poked the puck through Thomas' pads with 8:04 to play for a 4-2 game. He added his second of the contest, a tap in off a feed from Mark Streit, with 1:11 to play to ice the game for the Canadiens.

Montreal took a 1-0 lead at 10:36 of the first via the power play. Plekanec took a feed in the right circle and turned to pass to Streit, who was waiting across the crease. However, the dish hit a Bruins defenseman and deflected in.

54 seconds later, it was 2-0 for the Habs as Lapierre got behind Thomas to poke in the loose rebound of Chris Higgins' initial wrister from the right wing.

Kovalev made it a three-goal cushion on the power play with 6:42 left in the second, when he took a cross-ice pass from Streit, waited in the right circle, and beat Thomas short-side with a wrister.

Ward put the Bruins on the board 1:23 later, when his shot hit the right post, the back of Huet's pad and trickled home.

Boston capitalized on a bad clear and climbed back within a goal 2:01 into the third when Lucic snuck a shot between Huet's arm and body. Huet had played a puck behind the net, but his clearing attempt up the right side hit a glass support and bounced to Peter Schaefer, who fed Lucic.

Game Notes

The Habs have won the last eight matchups overall and 10 of 13...There were 13 penalties in the contest, eight to Boston...Attendance was 17,565.

01/10 22:31:37 ET

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