NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, October 30th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (5-5-0-0) at Boston Bruins (6-2-2-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins try to keep rolling tonight when they
welcome the Montreal Canadiens to the FleetCenter for the back end of a home-
Felix Potvin stopped all 23 shots he faced for his first shutout in a Bruins
uniform, as Boston blanked Montreal, 2-0, at the Bell Centre Tuesday.
Potvin, who signed with Boston as a free agent in September, turned aside
three shots in the first period and 10 in both the second and third to notch
his 29th career shutout.
Rookie Patrice Bergeron and Mike Knuble both scored for Boston, which has won
six of its last seven contests. Bergeron is off and running in his rookie
season, having scored three goals with five assists in 10 games. The 18-year-
old was the Bruins' second-round pick -- 45th overall -- at the NHL Entry
Draft in June.
The Bruins have been lighting the lamp frequently during their recent spurt,
tallying a combined 21 goals in the past seven games.
Boston will visit Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The Canadiens, meanwhile, have now been held scoreless in their last 137:46 of
action and have lost three straight games. Their last goal came in the third
period of a 6-2 loss to Ottawa on Saturday before they were upended on Monday
in Philadelphia, 5-0.
Montreal continued to play without captain Saku Koivu, who suffered a knee
injury during the preseason. Koivu was expected to return last week, but
remains on the shelf. He is with the team, though, and is slated to
participate in the morning skate.
The Habs will head back home after tonight, starting a brief homestand
Saturday against the NY Rangers.
Boston has won two of the last three meetings with Montreal, and five of the
last nine. The Canadiens have dropped six of their last seven in Beantown.
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