NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, October 22nd
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (5-2-0) at Montreal Canadiens (3-2-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The streaking Boston Bruins will aim for their fifth
consecutive victory tonight, when they visit the rival Montreal Canadiens at
the Bell Centre.
Boston has won four in a row for the first time since February 17-23 of last
season. The Bruins haven't had a five-game winning streak since rattling off
six straight victories from January 29-February 10, 2004.
The Bruins latest triumph came in dramatic fashion against the visiting New
York Rangers on Saturday. Phil Kessel scored the lone goal of the shootout to
lift Boston to a 1-0 victory over New York at TD Banknorth Garden.
After Manny Fernandez stopped all three Rangers in the shootout, Kessel had a
chance to win it for Boston and delivered as he quickly skated in on Rangers
netminder Henrik Lundqvist and snapped the puck into the top right corner of
Fernandez ended with 26 saves for Bruins, who ended an eight-game losing
streak to New York.
After tonight's road tilt the Bruins will return home to Beantown for three
straight at TD Banknorth Garden.
Meanwhile, the Canadiens will have a chance to win back-to-back games for the
first time this season when they take the ice tonight.
Montreal is 3-2-2 on the year and ended a three-game slide (0-2-1) with a home
victory over Buffalo on Saturday. Roman Hamrlik got credit for the game-
winning tally and also had two assists, as the Canadiens defeated the Sabres,
Chris Higgins, Bryan Smolinski and Kyle Chipchura also lit the lamp for
Montreal. Cristobal Huet made 25 saves and has now stopped 84-of-89 shots in
his last three home games.
Tonight marks the end of a brief two-game homestand for the Habs, who are
1-1-1 at the Bell Centre this year.
Montreal went 5-3 against the Bruins last year and has taken 10 of 13 and 12
of the last 16 encounters. Boston has also been defeated in three straight and
seven of its last eight trips to the Bell Centre.
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