MONTREAL (AP) -- Rookie Phil Kessel assisted on two of Boston's
three power-play goals in the first period and Zdeno Chara had a
goal and an assist in the Bruins' 5-2 victory over the Montreal
Canadiens on Tuesday night in a preseason game.
Marco Sturm had two goals and an assist, opening the scoring on
a two-man advantage midway through the first, and Mark Mowers and
newcomer Paul Mara added power-play goals for Boston (1-1) in the
Chara, who left Ottawa as a free agent to sign a five-year,
$37.5 million contract with the Bruins, assisted along with the
18-year-old Kessel on Sturm's 5-on-3 goal. The 6-foot-9 all-star
added his first goal in the second.
Canadiens captain Saku Koivu assisted on Michael Ryder's
power-play goal 1:32 into the second period. Koivu made his first
appearance for Montreal (0-1) since he sustained a serious injury
to his left eye in Game 3 of the Canadiens' first-round playoff
series against Stanley Cup champion Carolina.
Guillaume Latendresse scored Montreal's second goal in the third
before Sturm restored Boston's three-goal lead with his second goal
of the game later in the period.
Boston's Tim Thomas stopped 18 of 19 shots in the first two
periods -- including Latendresse's penalty shot 40 seconds after
Ryder's goal to protect a 3-1 lead -- before giving way to Brian
Montreal's Cristobal Huet made 12 saves, allowing four goals
before yielding to Carey Price midway through the second.
Both teams have new coaches this season. Dave Lewis earned his
first win with the Bruins, spoiling the debut of Montreal's Guy
Carbonneau, the Canadiens' captain during their 24th and last
Stanley Cup win in 1993.