NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 22nd
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (24-18-5) at Montreal Canadiens (24-15-8), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins will aim for their third consecutive
victory this evening, when they visit the rival Montreal Canadiens in a
Northeast Division battle at the Bell Centre.
The Bruins are coming off a home-and-home sweep of the New York Rangers.
Boston posted a shootout victory on its home ice on Saturday and then notched
Sunday's 3-1 decision at the Garden. Chuck Kobasew posted a goal and an assist
to lift the Bruins to the road win.
Glen Metropolit and Phil Kessel also scored for the Bruins, who have won three
of four overall.
Marc Savard collected two assists and Tim Thomas made 30 saves for Boston,
which recorded a regulation win for the first time since January 5.
Savard reached the scoresheet for the fifth consecutive game and has one goal
and seven assists during the tear. Savard leads Boston with 52 points on the
year and is tied for second in the NHL with 41 assists.
Boston is 12-10-2 as the visiting team this year and is wrapping up a brief
two-game swing tonight.
The Canadiens, meanwhile, had a two-game winning streak halted Saturday as
they were blanked by the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. Dany Sabourin made 31
saves for his second shutout of the season and the Pens won, 2-0, at the Bell
Cristobal Huet stopped 24-of-25 shots for Montreal, which was shut out for the
first time since Martin Brodeur and New Jersey blanked the Habs on November
Montreal is just 8-8-5 as the host club this year and is completing a two-game
The Canadiens are 5-0 against Boston this season and have won eight straight
and 15 of the last 18 meetings. The Bruins have also dropped five in a row and
nine of their previous 10 tests in Montreal.
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