Series (Game 5 of 5)

Montreal leads 3-2

Game 1: Friday, November 29th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 10th
Game 3: Saturday, December 14th
Game 4: Thursday, February 6th
Game 5: Tuesday, February 11th

Bruins 1

(27-21-2, 61 pts)

Canadiens 3

(23-23-5, 58 pts)

7:30 PM ET, February 11, 2003

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
BOS 0 0 11
MTL 0 2 13

M. Garon (Canadiens - G): Saves: 42, Save Pct.: .977

J. Juneau (Canadiens - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

N. Boynton (Bruins - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Garon makes 42 saves for Montreal

MONTREAL (AP) -- Mathieu Garon feels quite comfortable in the NHL.

 Mathieu Garon

Garon stopped 42 shots to win his second straight start as Mike Ribeiro, Niklas Sundstrom and Jan Bulis scored to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

In his season debut on Sunday, Garon made 25 saves for his third career shutout in a 2-0 win in Washington.

"Right now, I'm feeling pretty good," Garon said. "I was feeling pretty good before, but I was playing in the American Hockey League."

Garon was 15-2-2 with a 1.77 goals-against-average and .937 save percentage in 20 games with Hamilton of the AHL.

Ribeiro opened the scoring 6:27 into the second when he tipped a shot past goalie Jeff Hackett, who made his first appearance in Montreal since he was sent to Boston as part of a three-team deal in which the Canadiens acquired Sundstrom from San Jose.

Sundstrom scored his fourth goal in nine games with Montreal with less than two minutes left in the second period.

"I had a change of teams and sometimes you need that to get yourself going," Sundstrom said.

Bruins defenseman Don Sweeney scored his first goal of the season 2:25 into the third period, the only goal Garon has allowed in Montreal's two straight wins.

Bulis closed out the scoring with 1:30 left to seal the Canadiens' second straight win following a four-game losing streak.

Boston lost its second straight and has just one win in five games (1-3-0-1). All-Star right wing Glen Murray had 10 of Boston's 43 shots, including four each in the first and third periods.

"Forty-some shots, I think (Garon) was a big factor for them," Murray said. "He made some big stops on our power play. I had a lot of chances and I just didn't capitalize on them."

As the Canadiens were being outshot 11-5 in the first period, Garon got a loud ovation from the sellout crowd of 21,273 after he did the splits and stretched out his glove hand to stop Murray's backhanded shot on a breakaway 13 minutes in.

"We threw a lot of pucks at Mathieu and he rose to the challenge," Hackett said. "He played well."

Montreal opened the scoring 6:27 into the second period when Ribeiro tipped defenseman Andrei Markov's point shot in midair and redirected it past Hackett.

Sundstrom, who had just two goals in 47 games with San Jose, got his sixth of the season when he backhanded a shot past Hackett with 1:41 left in the period.

Sweeney scored his first goal in 47 games this season to draw the Bruins within one early in the third period.

Late in the game, Garon stopped Murray's shot from the slot with just over two minutes left. Bulis put the game away with his 12th goal, with 1:30 left.

Game notes
Hackett, who was 7-8-2 with Montreal this season, made his sixth start in seven games since joining the Bruins. He is 3-3 with Boston. ... ... Canadiens D Patrice Brisebois missed his third straight game. He is expected to miss another week because of an irregular heartbeat. He spent Saturday night in a Toronto hospital because of the condition that forced him to miss the Canadiens' 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.

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