NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, February 26th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (31-25-6-2) at Boston Bruins (30-15-13-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens seek their third consecutive win
tonight when they visit the Boston Bruins in an "Original Six" clash at the
Montreal enters the day seventh in the Eastern Conference with 70 points --
one ahead of the NY Islanders.
On Tuesday, Steve Begin scored the game-winning goal with 40 seconds left in
regulation, lifting the Canadiens to a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at
Frances Bouillon's blast from the point rebounded off Ottawa netminder Patrick
Lalime. Begin, who screened goalie Lalime on the play backhanded home the
rebound for the go-ahead goal.
Jose Theodore stopped 17 shots for the Canadiens, who have won two straight.
Michael Ryder added two goals and Joe Juneau tallied an empty-netter in the
Bouillon has recorded two goals and an assist in the last three games, after
going 12 consecutive contests without reaching the scoresheet.
The Habs, who have lost four of their last five road games, will host Carolina
Boston, meanwhile, is in the midst of a three-way battle for the Northeast
Division title. Ottawa leads the pack with 81 points, and Toronto is a point
behind. The Bruins sit third, two back.
Boston is 8-1-3-2 in its last 14 games, including Tuesday's scoreless tie on
Long Island. Felix Potvin made 19 of his 33 saves in the third period and
overtime to help Boston salvage the precious point.
Potvin earned his fourth shutout of the season for the Bruins, who suffered
their second straight shutout and are winless in their last three (0-1-2)
The start of the match was delayed 82 minutes due to an ice problem. Before
the game, a Zamboni blade cut the ice through to the cement in the crease in
front of one of the nets.
On the injury front, Boston center Travis Green is expected to play tonight
after missing 18 of the last 20 games due to torn cartilage in his ribs.
The B's, who have won three of their last four home games, will host
Philadelphia on Saturday.
Boston is 2-1-1 against Montreal this season, and the home team is 10-5-1 in
the last 16 meetings.
02/26 10:18:05 ET