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Four different players score in Canadiens' win

12/14/2002

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins
keep fanning the flames on one of the NHL's most-enduring
rivalries.

Richard Zednik, Chad Kilger, Craig Rivet and Yanic Perreault
scored and Jose Theodore made 25 saves to lead Montreal to an
emotional 4-2 win over Boston on Saturday night.

"It felt like a playoff tonight,'' Zednik said after the
Canadiens -- who eliminated Boston in a first-round upset last
spring -- beat the Bruins for the second time in five days.

Boston, which got goals from Ivan Huml and Marty McInnis,
extended its season-high losing streak to three.

"We know that we have a big test every night when we play
Boston because they're full of firepower and you have to be ready
for them,'' Rivet said. "We played to our game plan and came out
with a huge victory.''

The Bruins hadn't lost consecutive games until they fell 4-2 to
Montreal on Tuesday, and 5-2 to Ottawa two nights later.

"It seems like we're pressing a little too much right now,''
Boston center Brian Rolston said. "We're trying to make plays and
they're turning them into scoring opportunities.''

A soldout crowd of 21,273 booed Bruins captain Joe Thornton
repeatedly.

Thornton was fined by the NHL -- though not suspended -- for
spearing Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov on Tuesday. He drew the
crowd's wrath when he took a swing at Montreal captain Saku Koivu
after drawing a pair of minor penalties on the same play late in
the second.

"I really don't know what happened,'' Koivu said. "He gave me
a cross check in front of the net and the puck went in the corner,
and I went to hit him and he came after me. I don't know why he got
frustrated.''

Thornton didn't speak to reporters following the game.

Theodore made his first start since allowing all seven goals in
the Canadiens' 7-6 loss in Colorado on Dec. 6.

"He really played well,'' Koivu said. "He was calm, he was
confident and he made some key saves.''

Montreal, which converted one of six power plays in the second,
won for the third time in four games.

"It just seemed that we were on the puck all night,'' Koivu
said.

Canadiens enforcer Sylvain Blouin drew a penalty just 15 seconds
in and Huml scored at 2:19 -- four seconds after the penalty expired
-- to put the Bruins up 1-0.

Zednik scored his 14th goal at 5:47 to tie the game, and
assisted on Kilger's go-ahead goal later in the first period.

Rivet made it 3-1 when he scored his third of the season 4:41
into the second, just four seconds after the Bruins' first of seven
minor penalties in the period expired.

Perreault put Montreal up by three with his 14th goal on a
5-on-3 advantage -- one of three the Canadiens' enjoyed in the
second -- at 8:04.

Bruins goalie John Grahame expressed his frustration at his
team's discipline problems by chopping his stick down on the
crossbar after the goal.

Grahame drew a roughing penalty just 59 seconds later when he
struck Montreal's Randy McKay in the head with his blocker after
losing his stick.

Thornton was going to be called for a delayed tripping penalty
late in the second when he threw Koivu to the ice.

Both referees had their arms raised as Thornton swung his left
arm at Koivu. The punch missed, and Rivet quickly interceded on
Koivu's behalf, drawing a roughing minor.

"You can't have any players taking liberties, especially on a
guy like Sak, who's one of our best players,'' Rivet said. "He had
intent to go after him and that's just somewhere where you just
have to be in there to support your players.''

McInnis scored his fifth 2:49 into the third to draw the Bruins
within two.

Game notes
Only two minor penalties were called in the first, both
against Montreal. ... Kilger has four goals in five games after
failing to score in his first 18.