NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Boston
(Thursday, December 6th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Christopher Higgins had a goal and two assists as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Boston Bruins, 4-2, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Kyle Chipchura, Tomas Plekanec and Mathieu Dandenault each had a goal for the Canadiens, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Carey Price made 24 saves for Montreal, which has won seven straight against Boston.
"We go into the game knowing it's a hard team to play against, especially in this building," said Higgins. "I can't really say what the reason for the success is. We play simple in this building and maybe that's the reason. It shows when we get away from our game. We're not skating, we're not moving the puck well but tonight, we did that for the most part."
Phil Kessel and P.J. Axelsson each had a goal for the Bruins, who have dropped three of their last four games. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves in a losing effort.
"Somehow, we got spread out (defensively)," said Boston coach Claude Julien. "Our guys didn't have a good start. Tonight, we were sluggish and weren't sharp and weren't a lot of things we should have been. It's easy to criticize a team that played like that against a team that's had our number. We went out in the third period with good intentions but our tank was empty at that point."
It was all Montreal in the first period as the team scored three goals to take a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The Habs got on the board just 3:03 in on the power play as Roman Hamrlik blasted a shot from the left circle that Rask saved, but Higgins slammed home the rebound.
At the 13:40 mark of the frame, Montreal got its second goal as Chipchura snapped a low shot from the slot between the pads of Rask for his third goal of the season.
With under two minutes to play, Plekanec skated down the ice on a 2-on-1 break and from the right circle let fly with a shot that hit off the stick of Zdeno Chara and went into the left corner of the net.
Boston bounced back from the tough first period and score twice in the middle stanza.
The Bruins got their first goal of the game on the power play as a shot from Dennis Wideman at the left point was tipped into the net by Kessel at the 6:10 mark of the period.
Just 2:31 later, Boston made it a one-goal game as Marc Savard sent a pass from the right side of the net across to the left side where Axelsson tapped it in.
Montreal, though, sealed the victory with a goal with just 6:45 to play. On a give-and-go play, Dandenault dished the puck from the right point down to Higgins at the right circle. Higgins held the puck for a moment and slid it back to Dandenault, who slid a backhander past Rask for a 4-2 lead.
The Bruins play in Toronto on Saturday...Montreal hosts Carolina on Saturday...Both teams went 1-for-3 on the power play...Before the game, the Bruins acquired goaltender Alex Auld from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Nate DiCasmirro and a fifth round draft choice in the 2009. After making the move, the Bruins placed goaltender Manny Fernandez on long-term injured reserve...Montreal suffered injuries to Bryan Smolinski and Steve Begin. Smolinski injured his knee and will have a MRI on Friday while Begin suffered an injury to his left arm.
12/06 23:35:44 ET