The Montreal Canadiens bounced back from their deceiving 3-5 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers with a solid performance at the Bell Centre yesterday.
The Canadiens played well enough to collect a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins, a solid rival who was only two points behind Montreal in the standings before the game.
Michael Cammalleri opened the score early into the game when the referee awarded him a penalty shot. A first goal into these conditions for Cammalleri in career.
Still into the first period, Maxim Lapierre scored his fifth goal of the season when his shot went off the post before hitting goaltender Tim Thomas in the back to finally trickle into the net. Blake Wheeler pulled the Bruins within a goal but Max Pacioretty answered right back with his first goal of the season, making it 3-1 in favor of Montreal.
Boston refused to let go and during the second period, Marc Savard put one past goaltender Carey Price to make it a one goal game once again. But Brian Gionta added another goal for Montreal when he tipped Pacioretty's shot, beating Tim Thomas for a fourth time.
The Bruins did score once more, this time during the third frame, but it was too little, too late. The goal from Milan Lucic added some suspense but the Canadiens held on to win it by the score of 4-3.
It was a night of ''first timers'' for Michael Cammalleri. Aside from his successful penalty shot early into the game, he was involved in a fight with David Krejci during the second period.
P.K. Subban also made his presence felt in this game with a highlight reel of a body check on Brad Marchant. Marchant was skating hard towards the Canadiens territory when Subban checked him in an unusual way.
Montreal will play the next seven games on the road to finish 2010. An important sequence for the Habs who try to stay with the top teams in the conference. The Colorado Avalanche will be their next opponent Sunday.
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