NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 3rd
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (35-38-6) at Montreal Canadiens (41-32-6), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to move closer to a playoff
berth tonight, when they open the doors of the Bell Centre for the struggling
The Canadiens have 88 points are currently holding onto the eighth and final
postseason spot in the Eastern Conference. However, they are just one point
ahead of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs, with Carolina (86 points) and the New
York Islanders (84) also still in the mix.
Montreal has won six of its last seven contests and is coming off Saturday's
big win over the East-leading Buffalo Sabres. Saku Koivu scored early in the
third period to give the Canadiens a two-goal lead, and Montreal survived a
late score by Dainius Zubrus to hold on for the 4-3 home triumph.
Michael Ryder, Radek Bonk, and Maxim Lapierre also scored for Montreal, which
has won eight of its last 10 tilts as well. Jaroslav Halak stopped 22 shots to
earn the victory for the Habs.
Koivu pushed his point-scoring streak to five games and has one goal and eight
assists during that stretch.
Tonight marks the final regular-season game at home for the Canadiens, who are
a solid 25-12-3 at the Bell Centre this year.
The Bruins, meanwhile, have dropped eight of their last nine contests and are
coming off Sunday's setback in New Jersey. Jay Pandolfo scored twice as the
Devils posted a 3-1 win at the Meadowlands.
Petr Klaus scored the lone goal for Boston and Tim Thomas made 21 saves.
The Bruins, who are 17-20-2 as the visitor this year, are playing the middle
test of a three-game road trip tonight. Boston will finish the swing Thursday
in Buffalo before returning home for Saturday's regular-season finale against
Montreal has a slight 4-3 edge in this year's series with the Bruins, but the
Habs have taken nine of the last 12 overall meetings in the series. Boston has
also been defeated in six of its last seven trips to Montreal.
04/03 11:07:58 ET