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The Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-1 on Thursday night at the TD Banknorth Garden, ending a 12-game regular season losing streak to their Original Six rivals.
On a night most of New England was fixated on the New England Patriots – New York Jets matchup in Foxboro, the B’s played one of their best games of the young season, beating the Eastern Conference’s #1 seed from last year in style.
Shawn Thornton opened the scoring for the Bruins just 2:31 into the game. The rugged winger hopped on a Mike Komisarek turnover and beat Habs goaltender Carey Price five-hole to give the Bruins an early 1-0 lead. The Bruins would capitalize again later in the period, as Thornton’s linemate Stephane Yelle put a rebound past Price to put Boston ahead 2-0.
Canadiens winger Guillaume Latendresse would head to the penalty box for interference just seconds later, and the Boston power play would go to work, as Marc Savard found Marco Sturm wide open in the slot with just six seconds remaining in the frame. Sturm’s fifth tally of the year put the Bruins ahead 3-0 heading into the first intermission.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had a tough night, and was whistled for delay of game in the second, again allowing the Bruins to capitalize on the man advantage. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron fired a shot on net, and Sturm jumped on the loose rebound in front of the net and put it past Price to give the Bruins the 4-0 lead.
Montreal captain Saku Koivu would cut the deficit to 4-1 later in the frame, bouncing a shot off Bruins goaltender Manny Fernandez’s pad and into the net at 13:34.
The Canadiens would get no closer however, as the Bruins continued their dominance for the remainder of the game. Bruins winger Milan Lucic fired a shot past Price off a loose puck for his fifth goal of the year, and on his very next shift partook in a bout many Bruins fans have been waiting for. Lucic and Komisarek have been developing an intense rivalry ever since the young Boston winger entered the fold in ’07-’08, and before this game had yet to tangle. With his team down five goals however, Komisarek challenged Lucic, and an entertaining tilt ensued, with Lucic earning the decisive victory in front of a near-delirious crowd.
Stephane Yelle capped the scoring for the Bruins in the third, blasting a slapshot past Price to give the Bruins a 6-1 lead.
Boston heads to Madison Square Garden on Saturday to take on the Atlantic division-leading New York Rangers. The puck drops at 7:00 pm EST, with coverage beginning at 6:30 pm EST on NESN.