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Montreal 8, Boston 2: Final

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

John Bishop - BostonBruins.com

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Montreal 8, Boston 2: Final
Boston Bruins 2, Montréal Canadiens 8
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As seen on VERSUS -- 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.
scoring summary
1st Period
00:14
MTL
Tom Kostopoulos (4) ASST: Steve Begin (2), Bryan Smolinski (12)
1 - 0 MTL
03:12
MTL
Michael Ryder (8) ASST: Saku Koivu (26), Mark Streit (23)
2 - 0 MTL
12:09
BOS
Marco Sturm (16) ASST: Phil Kessel (13), Marc Savard (42)
2 - 1 MTL
16:44
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn (13) ASST: Mike Komisarek (10)
3 - 1 MTL
19:57
MTL
Maxim Lapierre (3) ASST: Sergei Kostitsyn (6)
4 - 1 MTL
2nd Period
05:45
MTL
Bryan Smolinski (3) ASST: Steve Begin (3), Tom Kostopoulos (5)
5 - 1 MTL
07:04
MTL
Mike Komisarek (4) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (26), Andrei Kostitsyn (15)
6 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
07:10
MTL
PPG - Alex Kovalev (21) ASST: Mark Streit (24), Andrei Markov (22)
7 - 1 MTL
13:17
BOS
Petteri Nokelainen (5) ASST: Dennis Wideman (15), Marc Savard (43)
7 - 2 MTL
17:44
MTL
PPG - Andrei Kostitsyn (14) ASST: Sergei Kostitsyn (7), Mark Streit (25)
8 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:42
BOS
Marco Sturm  Hooking against  Tomas Plekanec
08:54
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Hooking against  Chuck Kobasew
17:11
MTL
Tom Kostopoulos  Hooking against  Petteri Nokelainen
2nd Period
09:15
MTL
Saku Koivu  Interference against  Andrew Ference
09:15
BOS
Andrew Ference  Diving against  Saku Koivu
13:52
MTL
Bryan Smolinski  Hooking against  Pascal Pelletier
14:51
BOS
Marc Savard  Cross checking against  Andrei Markov
3rd Period
06:26
BOS
Chuck Kobasew  Fighting (maj) against  Sergei Kostitsyn
06:26
MTL
Sergei Kostitsyn  Fighting (maj) against  Chuck Kobasew
06:26
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Cross checking against  Sergei Kostitsyn
11:16
MTL
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting (maj) against  Shane Hnidy
11:16
BOS
Shane Hnidy  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Kostopoulos
11:16
MTL
Tom Kostopoulos  Instigator against  Shane Hnidy
11:16
MTL
Tom Kostopoulos  Instigator - Misconduct
16:44
BOS
Marco Sturm  Slashing against  Sergei Kostitsyn
goalie stats
Alex Auld
SA: 7TOI: 19:57
Saves: 3EV: 2 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .429SH: 0 - 0
Tim Thomas
SA: 17TOI: 40:00
Saves: 13EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .765SH: 0 - 0
Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
SA: 31TOI: 59:54
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .935SH: 1 - 1