Game 28: Canadiens snap losing streak

Bruin sandwich: Canadiens’ Maxim Lapierre crunches Bruins’ Glen Metropolit between goaltender Carey Price in Boston Thursday night.

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It could have been another case of déjà vu for the Canadiens on Thursday night in Boston but, thankfully, the Habs were able to change the finale against the Boston Bruins.

The Canadiens jumped out to a 3-0 lead
after the first period as Christopher Higgins, Kyle Chipchura and Tomas Plekanec beat Bruins rookie netminder Tuuka Rask. Ryan O’Byrne collected his first NHL point on the Chipchura goal, one of his two assists in his NHL debut.

But Boston came storming back in the second period with goals by Phil Kessel and P.J. Axelsson in the span of two and a half minutes. The Bruins peppered Carey Price with 13 shots in the second period, while Montreal could muster only three.

However, the Canadiens rebounded in the third frame and showed some resiliency, outshooting the Bruins 17-7 and getting a much-needed insurance goal by Mathieu Dandenault 13 minutes into the final frame.

Montreal has now won seven straight against the Bruins, going 4-0 this season. The Canadiens have outscored Boston 28-11 during that span.

The win could prove to be a costly one for the Canadiens as they lost two forwards to injury. Bryan Smolinski left with a right knee injury and Steve Begin injured his left arm. Both players will be re-evaluated on Friday.

The Canadiens and Bruins each went 1-for-3 on the power play. The win snapped Montreal’s three-game losing streak.

Michael Ryder was a healthy scratch for the Canadiens on Thursday night, a move intended to send the two-time 30-goal scorer and the rest
of the team a message, The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes.

The Canadiens return to action on Saturday night when the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Bell Centre.

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