NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, February 1st (All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (36-8-6) at Montreal Canadiens (28-15-6), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - An Original Six rivalry is on tap today in Montreal, as the Canadiens host the first-place Boston Bruins in an afternoon battle at the Bell Centre.
This is a showdown between the first and second-place teams in the Northeast Division, but Boston, which also leads the Eastern Conference with 78 points, holds a comfortable 16-point lead over Montreal for the top spot.
Boston has won three of the four meetings with Habs this season, but Montreal has still taken 13 of the last 18 tilts in this historic series. The Bruins haven't fared well in Quebec recently, as they've dropped 12 out of 14 games at the Bell Centre.
The Bruins were in action Saturday afternoon against the New York Rangers and picked up a win in what turned out to be a defensive affair. Tuukka Rask stopped all 35 shots he faced to record his first NHL shutout and Marc Savard accounted for the lone goal of the contest as Boston edged the Rangers, 1-0, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Rask, who was playing in only his fifth NHL game, was sensational throughout, turning aside 15 shots in the third period alone for the Bruins, who rebounded from a 4-3 overtime loss at home against New Jersey on Thursday.
Boston has won three of four and finished January with an 8-3-2 record.
Savard's marker was his 19th of the campaign and the tally extended his point streak to seven games. He has five goals and three assists during the run.
Today's game marks the start of a three-game road trip for the Bruins, who have an excellent 17-5-3 mark as the guest this season. Boston's next stop on the swing will come Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
The Canadiens also played on Saturday afternoon and were able to halt a four- game losing streak with a dramatic victory against visiting Los Angeles.
Saku Koivu scored on the power play with 23 seconds remaining in the third period, as Montreal came back to edge the Kings, 4-3, at the Bell Centre.
Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Kostitsyn and Christopher Higgins also tallied for Montreal, which won for the first time since beating the Senators, 5-4, in a shootout at Ottawa on January 17.
Carey Price turned aside 29-of-32 shots to end a personal three-game losing streak.
The Canadiens are 16-4-4 as the host this year and have won five straight and seven of their last eight home games. The Habs will complete a three-game homestand Tuesday night against Pittsburgh.
02/01 10:43:02 ET