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Koivu leads Canadiens past Bruins

Apr 4, 2007 - 6:18 AM
MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Captain Saku Koivu made sure the Montreal Canadiens stayed in control of their own destiny.

Koivu had his sixth multi-goal game of the season as the Canadiens shutout the lowly Boston Bruins, 2-0.

Defensemen Sheldon Souray, Mark Streit and Michael Komisarek each had an assist as did rookie goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who also posted his second career shutout for Montreal (42-32-6), which remained in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, just two points behind the New York Rangers (41-29-10) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (44-32-4).

"Two more games to go, thats the way I look at it right now," Koivu said. We'll see how it goes and then we can think about the rest."

Koivu scored early in the first period on the power play, when he took a pass from Souray at center ice and and skated past two Bruins defenders towards the Boston goal. He deked Hannu Toivonen with his forehand before backhanding the puck past the sprawling goaltender at the 3:14 mark of the session.

"Saku is the leader of this club," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "He's been here for years, he plays with strong character and he battles."

In the third period, the Montreal captain forged a 2-0 lead when he took a pass from Streit, cut across the left faceoff dot and slipped a backhander through the pads of Toivonen for his 22nd goal of the season.

"Our guy drove the net and Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara thought I was going to pass and I was able to just go around him and get that backhand," Koivu said. "I think it went through the five-hole. I was surprised that I scored because I didn't get all of the shot."

"Koivu got two huge goals for us," Halak said. "When he scored the second one I was relieved and the pressure was lifted."

Halak stopped all 29 shots he faced to go along with his first official NHL point for Montreal, which has won seven of its last eight games.

"Everybody played good on defense," Halak said. "They cleared my rebounds and cleared my goal, I was able to see all the shots."

Toivonen made 28 saves for the Bruins, who have dropped four straight and will finish last in the Northeast Division for the second straight season.

"We played extremely hard, we battled, we fought and we hung together," Bruins coach Dave Lewis said. "We just couldn't buy a goal, we were snake bitten."








  • ------------------------------------
    Boston
    0 0 0 --0
    Montreal 1 0 1 --2
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    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Montreal, Saku Koivu 21 (power play)
    (Sheldon Souray, Jaroslav Halak), 16:46. Penalties: M Dandenault, Mon
    (slashing), 10:43; P Bergeron, Bos (hooking), 15:46; A Ward, Bos
    (roughing), 19:40; P Bergeron, Bos (hooking), 20:00.

    SECOND

    Apr 3 10:06 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 0
    MONTREAL 2
    3RD PRD: MON - SAKU KOIVU 22 (MARK STREIT, MIKE KOMISAREK) 14:42

    Bruins vs. CanadiensApr 3 9:55 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 0 0 0
    MONTREAL 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MON - (PP) SAKU KOIVU 21 (SHELDON SOURAY, JAROSLAV HALAK)
    16:46
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOS 11 4 15
    MON 8 14 22
    GOALIES:

    Apr 3 9:12 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) SAKU KOIVU 21 (SHELDON SOURAY, JAROSLAV HALAK)
    16:46
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOS 11 11
    MON 8 8
    GOALIES: BOS - HANNU TO

    Apr 3 8:20 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 0
    MONTREAL 1
    1ST PRD: MON - (PP) SAKU KOIVU 21 (SHELDON SOURAY, JAROSLAV HALAK)
    16:46

    Bruins vs. CanadiensApr 3 8:16 PM