NHL Game Summary - Boston at Montreal
(Saturday, March 22nd)
Final Score: Montreal 3, Boston 2 (SO)
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Saku Koivu scored in the last round of the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens completed the season-sweep of the Boston Bruins, 3-2, at Mellon Arena.
Koivu was the last skater of the shootout, and he slipped a backhander between the legs of Tim Thomas for the win.
Andrei Markov and Andrei Kostitsyn each lit the lamp in regulation for the Canadiens, who won all eight games against Boston this season and have been victorious in the past 11 contests against the Bruins, which is the longest streak in club history.
Carey Price stopped 33 shots and all three shooters in the shootout for Montreal, which now has 94 points and holds a five-point lead over Ottawa for the top spot in the Northeast Division. Also, Montreal holds a one-point lead over Pittsburgh for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We need to get every point we can," Price said. "Even though we had one point before the shootout, we needed to get that other point. Those are the points you'll need when it comes down to the last two games."
Marc Savard and Petteri Nokelainen each scored for the Bruins, who have dropped their last three games. Tim Thomas made 29 saves in the loss.
Boston, which got its first point against Montreal this season, has 84 points and is tied with Philadelphia for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of Washington.
"It sure tell us that we can hang with these guys," Thomas said. "I thought we were going to get over that hump tonight. It's kind of tough in the shootout. If you win, you're on top of the world. If you lose, we'll you're still down a point."
It was an exciting first period with a total of three goals and 28 shots on net, with Montreal holding a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
The Habs got on the board just 2:20 into the contest as Markov's huge slap shot from the left circle beat Thomas into the right corner.
The Bruins tied the game 6:16 later on Savard's first goal in 16 games. Zdeno Chara's blast from the left point missed the net, but Savard picked up the puck behind the goal and used a wraparound to get the disc past Price.
Montreal, though, again took the lead just 1:13 later as Mark Streit fired a wrister from the high slot that Thomas stopped, but Kostitsyn backhanded the rebound into the net for his 23rd goal of the year.
Boston tied the game halfway through the second period. Milan Lucic had the puck at the top of the left circle and sent it to down low to Mark Stuart, who immediately sent a hard pass to the slot where Nokelainen redirected it into the net for his seventh goal of the year.
Thomas stopped all seven Montreal shots in the second stanza.
Thomas was called upon several times in the third period to keep Montreal from taking the lead and stopped all nine shots he faced in the frame to force the overtime. Price stopped seven shots in the third period.
Montreal hosts Ottawa on Monday...Boston plays in Toronto on Tuesday...Neither team scored on the power play with Boston having five chances and Montreal three.
03/22 23:39:19 ET