Montreal at Boston

Price's 28 saves help Canadiens survive Bruins

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- The Montreal Canadiens have figured out how to win on the road.

Rookie Carey Price made 28 saves to lead the Canadiens to a 2-1 victory against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, helping Montreal improve to 5-1-1 on the road.

"That was pretty close to a perfect game," Price said. "We slowed the game down and limited their chances."

Bruins fans were left with an eeriee flashback of Patrice Bergeron's injury when defenseman Aaron Ward lay motionless on the ice late in the third period.

Five seconds after the Canadiens killed a two-man advantage late in the third period, Ward was hit with an elbow by Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon and was face down for about one minute before starting to move his feet while a stretcher was brought onto the ice. A groggy Ward slowly sat up and was helped off the ice by a pair of teammates. Ward was still being treated after the game but was not taken to a hospital.

When asked about Bouillon's intent, Bruins coach Claude Julien said: "I can't judge that and whatever we say doesn't matter anyway. We will let the people make that decision."

This came five games after Bergeron was knocked unconscious. He broke his nose and suffered a grade three concussion after a hit from behind by Flyers forward Randy Jones.

Montreal's line of Alex Kovalev, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kastsitsyn combined for six points, and the Canadiens beat Boston for the fifth consecutive time.

"These kinds of games put you to sleep," Kovalev said. "It's definitely not fun to play, but they like to trap you and force you into mistakes."

Boston had its best opportunity of the game with 6:48 remaining, when Mike Komisarek went off for tripping and two seconds later Bouillon went off for delay of game. The Bruins failed to mount any good scoring opportunities on the power play and actually gave up a 2-on-1 situation to Montreal.

"It's a really good feeling when those penalties happen and you see the entire bench get up and want to kill them," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said.

Kovalev put the Canadiens ahead 1-0 when he tipped the puck over the goal line after a Plekanec shot beating Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas with 2:55 remaining in the first period.

Plekanec increased Montreal's lead to 2-0 when he slid the puck past Thomas at the 8:47 mark of the second period.

Marco Sturm cut Montreal's lead in half with 5:48 left in the second when he backhanded a shot past Price.

Boston has dropped four straight and has scored only four goals in their past four games.

"Coach is trying to go with guys that are hot and he is searching for answers," Bruins forward Marc Savard said.

Thomas made 30 saves for Boston, which has scored two goals or fewer in 10 of 15 games this season.

Notes

  • Andrew Ference missed his third consecutive game because of an upper-body injury.
  • Glen Murray has one goal in 15 games for Boston.
  • Price made his third start in the past six games despite Cristobal Huet's 6-2-2 record and 2.08 GAA.
  • Kovalev assisted on Plekanec's goal and has five points in the past five games.
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Carey Price keeps the Bruins quiet, allowing just one goal while saving 28 shots.  (AP)
Carey Price keeps the Bruins quiet, allowing just one goal while saving 28 shots. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Montreal  (9-3-3) «1102
Boston (7-6-1)0101
Three Stars
T. Plekanec
MON


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
C. Kobasew
BOS


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
C. Price
MON


Saves: 28
Save Pct.: .966
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
17:05Alexei Kovalev (8), Snap Shot. Assist: Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Kostitsyn
2ND PERIOD
08:47Tomas Plekanec (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Andrei Kostitsyn, Alexei Kovalev
14:12Marco Sturm (6), Backhand Shot. Assist: Chuck Kobasew, Phil Kessel
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
02:53Reich, 5 min, Fighting
02:53Begin, 5 min, Fighting
06:36Savard, 2 min, Holding
09:39Komisarek, 2 min, Interference
19:58Kovalev, 2 min, Interference
3RD PERIOD
13:09Komisarek, 2 min, High-Sticking
13:12Bouillon, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
Shots On Goal
 123T
Montreal9121132
Boston9101029
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Carey Price60:00281
Tim Thomas58:43302
Game Information
Attendance - 15183
Referees - Gord Dwyer, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Jean Morin, Vaughan Rody
 
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