A crucial 5-on-3 penalty kill late in the third period allowed the Canadiens to leave Boston with a 2-1 win over the Bruins on Thursday night in the first game of a four-game road trip. With Mike Komisarek and Francis Bouillon in the box, the Habs were able to kill off a two-man disadvantage for 1:57 with about seven minutes remaining. Carey Price got the win for the Canadiens and stopped 28 of the 29 shots Boston fired his way, while Tomas Plekanec and Alex Kovalev beat Tim Thomas for all the goals Montreal would need. Linemate Andrei Kostitsyn had a pair of assists on the night.
After a slow start in the first period, the Canadiens got the game’s first goal when Plekanec slipped a puck between Thomas’s pads and Kovalev made sure it crossed the line with less than three minutes left in the period.
The same three players combined for the Canadiens’ second goal as Kostitsyn made a nice backhand pass to Plekanec, who made a nifty move to beat Thomas only seconds after a Boston penalty had ended to put the Habs up 2-0 nearly nine minutes into the second period.
Boston got their only goal before the second period was over when Marco Sturm slipped a rebound past Price 14:12 of the frame during a scramble in front of the net.
Bruins rookie Tuukka Rask was originally scheduled to start in nets, but coach Claude Julien changed his mind and went with No. 1 netminder Thomas, who stopped 30 of 32 Montreal shots.