John Kenney, The Gazette
Updated by Kevin Mio
The Canadiens and Bruins traded goals early in the game last night until the Habs scored three straight late in the second and early in the third period to take a 6-3 lead midway through the third before finally winning 7-4. Montreal pelted Tim Thomas with more than 50 shots and got goals from seven different players including Saku Koivu, Alex Kovalev – his 100th career power-play goal – and Andrei Kostitsyn.
The game turned chippy in the third period with several fights and a heated exchange between the coaches at the benches. Zdeno Chara was ejected for the game after elbowing Kovalev in the third period and instigating a fight with Guillaume Latendresse, who tried to come to Kovalev’s defence.
Rookie Carey Price was in the Montreal nets, but didn’t have his best performance, allowing four goals on 36 shots. Thomas allowed seven goals on 52 shots.
Montreal also got goals from Latendresse, Tom Kostopoulos, Roman Hamrlik and Mike Komisarek.
A selection of pre-game facts and figures, culled from the Canadiens media notes: