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Samsonov's two goals lift Canadiens over Bruins

Dec 13, 2006 - 3:20 AM
MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Sergei Samsonov awoke from his slump against his former team.

Samsonov broke a 19-game scoring drought with two goals to help the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins.

The left wing, who had not scored since netting two goals in an 5-4 shootout loss to Toronto on October 28, played seven-plus seasons with the Bruins after they selected him eighth overall in the 1997 draft.

"It's nice to have a goal on the scoresheet after you haven't scored for a while," said Samsonov, who has six goals this season. "And, it's nice to score against your old team as well. It's a relief, not for just me and the guys I'm playing with, everyone felt good to see it."

Samsonov's second goal broke a 2-2 tie at 12:49 of the third period when he took a pass from Tomas Plekanec from behind the net and poked the puck past goaltender Hannu Toivonen.

"That's kind of like the way it goes, you struggle for a while and then all of a sudden the bounces begin to go your way," Samsonov said. "Anyway, on the second one, Tomas (Plekanec) forechecked, took the puck and made a nice pass to me."

Guillaume Latendresse made it 4-2 with four minutes left when his shot from the slot beat Toivonen.

"It was a bit lucky, but I have to give a big heads up to Maxim Lapierre, who did a good forecheck on that goal," Latendresse said. "I don't think he (Toivonen) saw it (the shot), there was a defenseman in front of me, and it was a great shot in the corner."

Marc Savard scored two goals and had an assist for Boston, while Petr Tenkrat also tallied. Savard leads the Bruins, who fell to 5-2-0 in their last seven road games, with 35 points.

"You know Marc, he plays hard every night, and tonight he was fortunate to get a couple of goals and was really important for us, like he is every night," Boston coach Dave Lewis said.

With Boston trailing, 4-2, Tenkrat scored with 51 seconds left to slice the deficit to 4-3.

Blue-liner Andrei Markov scored Montreal's other goal, a power-play tally at 6:36 of the first period to give Montreal a 1-0 lead.

Toivonen recorded 36 saves while Montreal netminder David Aebischer made 31 saves to snap a personal five-game losing streak.

"It felt good, but I've been playing with confidence," Aebischer said. "I had a strong game in New Jersey. It was nice to get the win, but it was more important to get the two points for the team."

Lewis was impressed with Toivonen, who made his first start since November 4 after Tim Thomas was scratched due to the flu.

"I thought he really competed well, made some good saves, moved well, was big, was into the game, was tested a lot and responded well," Lewis said. "It was the best game I've seen him play this year."








  • ------------------------------------
    Boston
    0 2 1 --3
    Montreal 1 1 2 --4
    ------------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Montreal, Andrei Markov 3 (power play)
    (Alexei Kovalev, Saku Koivu), 6:36. Penalties: J York, Bos (hooking),
    5:05; A Alberts, Bos (interference), 8:44; A Perezhogin, Mon (double
    minor high sticking), 10:19; J York, Bos (hooking), 12

    Dec 12 11:01 PM


  • CORRECTION
    NHL BOSTON 3
    MONTREAL 4
    3RD PRD: BOS - (PP) PETR TENKRAT 3 (JASON YORK, MARC SAVARD) 19:09
    (WITH EXTRA ATTACKER)

    Dec 12 10:25 PM


  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 0 2 1 3
    MONTREAL 1 1 2 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MON - (PP) ANDREI MARKOV 3 (ALEXEI KOVALEV, SAKU KOIVU) 6:36
    2ND PRD: BOS - (PP) MARC SAVARD 8 (PATRICE BERGERON, ZDENO CHARA)
    2:09
    MON - SERGEI SAMSONOV 5 (JANNE NIINIMAA, MATHIEU DANDENAULT)
    6:52
    BOS - (PP) MARC SA

    Dec 12 10:06 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 3
    MONTREAL 4
    3RD PRD: BOS - (PP) JASON YORK 1 (MARC SAVARD, PAUL MARA) 19:09 (WITH
    EXTRA ATTACKER)

    Bruins vs. CanadiensDec 12 10:00 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 2
    MONTREAL 4 4:00 LEFT, 3RD PRD

    Bruins vs. CanadiensDec 12 9:57 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 2
    MONTREAL 3
    3RD PRD: MON - SERGEI SAMSONOV 6 (TOMAS PLEKANEC) 12:49

    Bruins vs. CanadiensDec 12 9:49 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 0 2 2
    MONTREAL 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MON - (PP) ANDREI MARKOV 3 (ALEXEI KOVALEV, SAKU KOIVU) 6:36
    2ND PRD: BOS - (PP) MARC SAVARD 8 (PATRICE BERGERON, ZDENO CHARA)
    2:09
    MON - SERGEI SAMSONOV 5 (JANNE NIINIMAA, MATHIEU DANDENAULT)
    6:52
    BOS -

    Dec 12 9:10 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 2
    MONTREAL 2
    2ND PRD: BOS - (PP) MARC SAVARD 9 (GLEN MURRAY) 7:34 (WITH EXTRA
    ATTACKER)

    Bruins vs. CanadiensDec 12 8:51 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 1
    MONTREAL 2
    2ND PRD: MON - SERGEI SAMSONOV 5 (JANNE NIINIMAA, MATHIEU DANDENAULT)
    6:52

    Bruins vs. CanadiensDec 12 8:48 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 1
    MONTREAL 1
    2ND PRD: BOS - (PP) MARC SAVARD 8 (PATRICE BERGERON, ZDENO CHARA) 2:09

    Bruins vs. CanadiensDec 12 8:40 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 0 0
    MONTREAL 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MON - (PP) ANDREI MARKOV 3 (ALEXEI KOVALEV, SAKU KOIVU) 6:36
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOS 12 12
    MON 10 10
    GOALIES: BOS - HANNU TOIVON

    Dec 12 8:17 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 0
    MONTREAL 1
    1ST PRD: MON - (PP) ANDREI MARKOV 3 (ALEXEI KOVALEV, SAKU KOIVU) 6:36
    (WITH EXTRA ATTACKER)

    Bruins vs. CanadiensDec 12 7:51 PM