Series (Game 3 of 8)

Montreal leads 7-1

Game 1: Wednesday, October 5th
Game 2: Tuesday, October 18th
Game 3: Thursday, February 2nd
Game 4: Saturday, February 4th
Game 5: Thursday, March 9th
Game 6: Saturday, April 1st
Game 7: Tuesday, April 4th
Game 8: Thursday, April 13th

Canadiens 1

(23-22-6, 52 pts)

Bruins 3

(23-22-8, 54 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 2, 2006

TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

1 2 3 T
MTL 1 0 01
BOS 0 2 13

P. Bergeron (Bruins - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

B. Boyes (Bruins - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

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

Bruins beat Canadiens for seventh win in nine

BOSTON (AP) -- Glen Murray and Patrice Bergeron scored power-play goals less than two minutes apart and the Boston Bruins won again behind new starting goalie Tim Thomas, beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Thursday night.

The Bruins are 7-1-2 in the last 10 games since Thomas became the starter. He made 16 saves for the Bruins, who are over .500 for the first time since Nov 12.

Brad Boyes put the game away with an empty net goal with 38 seconds remaining and has an eight-game point streak with five goals and eight assists in that span.

Murray and Bergeron scored to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead in the second period.

With Niklas Sundstrom and Chris Higgins both in the penalty box for tripping, Murray one-timed a pass from Brad Stuart and beat Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet.

Bergeron gave the Bruins the lead when he and Boyes combined on a perfect give and go.

Tomas Plekanec gave Montreal a 1-0 lead when he converted a feed from Sheldon Souray and beat Thomas inside the right post at 15:14 of the first period.

Montreal has lost six of its last eight games and has allowed 33 goals in that stretch.

Huet was making his third start in the last five games in place of the struggling Jose Theodore. Theodore has only four wins since Dec 13.

Boston's P.J. Axelsson missed a penalty shot with 12:57 remaining in the first period after he was tripped by Francis Bouillon on a breakaway.

Montreal had beaten Boston five straight times going back to the 2003-04 season. The Canadiens overcame a 3-1 deficit in the playoffs and had won the first two matchups this season.

Murray returned to the Bruins lineup after missing 10 games and scored only his third goal since Joe Thornton was traded three months ago.

Game notes

Plekanec has three goals and three assists in the last six games. ... Josh Langfeld played his first game for the Bruins after being claimed from San Jose. Langfeld scored his only two goals this season against Boston. ... Brian Leetch missed the game with a groin injury. ... Alex Kovalev has three goals in the last 19 games.

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