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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Montreal

(Sunday, February 1st)

Final Score: Boston 3, Montreal 1

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Tim Thomas made 27 saves and the Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, in an Original Six matchup at the Bell Centre.

Dennis Wideman and Shawn Thornton scored for the Bruins, who have won four of their last five games.

"We did a great job killing penalties in the second period and got the lead," Thomas said. "We kept going at them and we didn't just sit back. We were playing to win and not to lose."

Robert Lang scored for the Canadiens before exiting in the third period with an apparent leg injury after absorbing a hard check along the boards. Carey Price allowed two goals on 22 shots for Montreal, which has lost five of six.

"I thought it was pretty even for both sides over the 60 minutes," said Canadiens captain Saku Koivu. "They have a lot of talent up front and they don't make a lot of mistakes."

This was a showdown between the top two clubs in the Northeast Division. With the victory, Boston now holds a comfortable 18-point lead over Montreal in the standings, and leads the league with 80 points.

Montreal grabbed the lead on the power play. Andrei Markov held the puck at the point and handed off to Lang, who drifted into the middle of the left faceoff circle and snapped a wrister that beat Thomas high on the short side with 1:42 remaining in the opening frame.

Wideman knotted the score in the final second of the first period , and Thornton put the Bruins up 2-1 at the 8:02 mark of the middle stanza, hammering a Byron Bitz feed from behind the cage past the glove of Price.

Marc Savard's empty-net tally with just under a minute remaining in the third period sealed the win and extended his goal-scoring streak to four games. Savard has also recorded a point in his last eight games (six goals, three assists).

Game Notes

After getting swept in the season series last year, Boston has won four of five against the Habs in 2008-09...Markov leads all defensemen with 33 assists and 40 points...The Bruins are an impressive 15-4-3 when surrendering the first goal of the game this season.

02/01 17:38:07 ET

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