Montreal 8, Boston 2: Final
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The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins, 8-2, Tuesday night in Montreal's Bell Centre. The Canadiens Andrei Kostitsyn scored two goals for the Habs to pace their offense, while Montreal netminder Christobal Huet made 29 saves.
|Montreal's Josh Gorges is taken down by Phil Kessel during first-period action. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
B's head coach Claude Julien, perhaps noting Thomas' 0-3 record versus Montreal this season, put Alex Auld (unbeaten in two career starts against the Habs) between the pipes for Boston to start the game against the Canadiens.
Unfortunately for the Bruins, the change in net didn't help the B's break their five game losing streak against the Habs this season, as Montreal's Tom Kostopolous netted one at just the 14-second mark of the first period and Michael Ryder
added another marker at 3:12.
With the score 2-0 Montreal, Julien took his one timeout early in a sure attempt to slow the game down and, for a while, it worked for Boston.
A few minutes later a nifty pass play by Boston's Phil Kessel made it possible for Bruins forward Marco Sturm
to finish off a 2-on-1 by sliding the puck in the back door behind Montreal's netminder Huet at 12:09.
|Jeremy Reich plays the puck against Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
However, a defensive breakdown in the Boston end put Boston down by two for the second time in the game when Andrei Kostitsyn again beat Auld at 16:44 and then Maxime Lapierre sent the Bruins to the locker room down by three when he beat the Bruins goalie at 19:57.
Thomas, the new Eastern Conference all-star, was in net to start the second stanza but he would fare no better than Auld.
Former Bruins forward Bryan Smolinski beat Thomas to make the score, 5-1, at 5:45. Then, Montreal's Mike Komisarek scored at 7:04 to make it a 6-1 game and close out the scoring in the middle session.
Boston's Chuck Kobasew took exception to a low check on David Krejci
by Sergei Kostitsyn in the third period and the two forwards engaged in a surprising round of fisticuffs.
On the ensuing power play, Alex Kovalev scored Montreal's seventh goal when he beat Thomas by banking a goal off a Boston defender.
Montreal's Kostopoulos didn't like a solid hit by Boston's Shane Hnidy on his teammate Steve Begin, but was wrestled to the ice by the Bruins defenseman when the Canadiens d-man picked a fight. Kostopolous was given an extra minor for instigation for his efforts.
Boston scored on the power play when rookie Petteri Nokelainen tipped in a Dennis Wideman shot from the point to make the score 7-2.
Andrei Kostitsyn scored his second on the evening when he beat Thomas to make the final score 8-2.
|Three star selections