Montreal at Boston

Canadiens beat Bruins seventh consecutive time, stops three-game slide

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BOSTON -- Christopher Higgins had a lot easier time scoring than trying to come up with an explanation for Montreal's winning streak against Boston.

Higgins had a goal and two assists to help the Canadiens beat the Bruins for the seventh consecutive time, 4-2 on Thursday.

"I can't explain it," Higgins said. "I don't know why we do so well against them. It was huge, we needed to get back on the winning side. We were down a little bit...the city and the fans were a little down on us."

Montreal, which also snapped a three-game losing streak, has outscored the Bruins 28-11 during the seven-game winning streak.

"Maybe we should play more games against them," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "We still have four more games against them and I'm sure they'll be ready."

Higgins, Kyle Chipchura and Tomas Plekanec scored goals on the first six shots of the game against goalie prospect Tuuka Rask, forced into the starting role with Tim Thomas sidelined by an apparent groin injury.

"It's hard to bounce back from 3-0 down," Rask said. "We weren't ready enough to play this game, but you can't hide behind it being the third game in four nights."

Mathieu Dandenault added a third-period goal for Montreal, and rookie Carey Price made 24 saves to improve to 7-4-1.

Phil Kessel and P.J. Axelsson scored for Boston, coming off a six-game road trip that ended Wednesday night with an overtime loss in New Jersey.

"You can't complain about the schedule," Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. "We are a better team than that but we have to put this behind us because we have another tough road trip ahead."

Kessel and Axelsson connected in the second period as Boston battled back while outshooting Montreal 13-3. Kessel scored at 6:10 after Dennis Wideman's slap shot deflected off Kessel's leg. Axelsson cut Montreal's lead to 3-2, tapping Marc Savard's cross-crease pass past Price 2:31 later.

"I think we played a pretty good game but we might have let it slide a little in the second," Price said.

Higgins opened the scoring off a rebound 3:03 into the game. It was his fourth goal in the past four games and snapped Montreal's 0-for-15 drought on the power play.

Notes

  • Boston's Marc Savard extended his career-high scoring streak to 12 games.
  • Montreal forwards Steve Begin and Bryan Smolinski left the game with injuries.
  • Boston acquired goalie Alex Auld from Phoenix on Thursday in exchange for a minor league player and a draft pick. Auld replaces Thomas, hurt Wednesday night in New Jersey.
  • Plekanec leads Montreal with six points this season against Boston.
  • Montreal's Ryan O'Byrne had two assists in his first NHL game.
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Christopher Higgins scores the opening tally and later adds assists on two goals for Montreal. (AP)
Christopher Higgins scores the opening tally and later adds assists on two goals for Montreal. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Montreal  (14-10-4) «3014
Boston (14-10-2)0202
Three Stars
C. Higgins
MON


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Savard
BOS


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
M. Komisarek
MON


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:03Power Play - Christopher Higgins (13), Snap Shot. Assist: Roman Hamrlik, Mark Streit
13:40Kyle Chipchura (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ryan O'Byrne, Christopher Higgins
18:18Tomas Plekanec (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Andrei Kostitsyn
2ND PERIOD
06:10Power Play - Phil Kessel (9), Tip-In. Assist: Dennis Wideman, Zdeno Chara
08:41P.J. Axelsson (3), Tip-In. Assist: Marc Savard, Glen Murray
3RD PERIOD
13:15Mathieu Dandenault (4), Backhand Shot. Assist: Christopher Higgins, Ryan O'Byrne
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:09Murray, 2 min, Hooking
18:39Bouillon, 5 min, Fighting
18:39Reich, 5 min, Fighting
18:39Reich, 10 min, Misconduct
2ND PERIOD
05:26Kostitsyn, 2 min, Hooking
06:32Kovalev, 2 min, Hooking
19:42Kostopoulos, 2 min, High-Sticking
3RD PERIOD
14:02Chara, 2 min, Holding
17:44Nokelainen, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Montreal1031730
Boston613726
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Carey Price60:00242
Tuukka Rask59:58264
Game Information
Attendance - 14977
Referees - Dean Morton, Dave Jackson
Linesmen - Mark Wheler, Jean Morin
 
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