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By dengdai on Apr 02, 2014 07:55 AM
BOSTON -- The Montreal Canadiens were struggling through their worst stretch of the season. http://www.heatteamofficialshop.com/Authentic-Tim-Hardaway-Jersey/ . Then they had to play two of the hottest teams in the NHL. They beat both -- decisively. Peter Budaj stopped 34 shots and the Canadiens ended the Boston Bruins four-game winning streak with a 4-1 win Thursday night. The victory came just two days after they stopped Carolinas four-game winning streak with a 3-0 win. "Its good for the confidence," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. "Even when things werent going our way, we tried to stay positive." The Canadiens had been outscored 19-5 in losing four consecutive games. The Bruins had won their previous four games by a combined score of 21-8. But Boston was outplayed from start to finish. "We didnt skate. We didnt execute, and we didnt make good decisions," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We werent very good." The Canadiens were outstanding. Their speed and emotion put them in front of the Bruins all night long. "This was close to a complete game for us," said Daniel Briere, who scored Montreals last goal while playing just 7 minutes, 39 seconds. "We needed that after spending the last week dropping some big games and by big scores as well." Alexei Emelin and Max Pacioretty scored before Dougie Hamiltons goal cut Montreals lead to 2-1 after one period. Brian Gionta made it 3-1 at 11:54 of the second, ending goalie Tuukka Rasks night. He was replaced by Chad Johnson, who allowed the first shot he faced, by Briere, to get past him less than two minutes later. Julien wouldnt say why he pulled Rask. And Rask said he felt OK. "I play as long as they tell me to play," he said. "Youd like to stop everything, right? But, today, I didnt." The Bruins had scored six goals in each of their previous three games. The Canadiens scored five times during their four-game slide. "Usually, when you go through tough stretches, people have a tendency to panic," Budaj said. "Tonight we played well against a really good team." The losing streak ended Tuesday night against Carolina when Carey Price stopped 36 shots in his third shutout of the season. Budaj was nearly as good while improving his career record in Boston to 4-0 with just five goals allowed. "We played well against a really, really good team," he said. "This building is always rocking. Its always exciting to play these type of games." Boston remained in first place in the Atlantic Division and second in the Eastern Conference but Montreal was aggressive from the start, quite a change from the Bruins previous two games. They outshot Florida 19-8 in the first period of a 6-2 win Tuesday night. That came one night after they took 18 of the first 20 shots in a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders. But they fell behind early Thursday night and never caught up. Emelin got his first goal in 32 games this season when he converted a slap shot from the right point with four players standing right in front of the crease just 2:16 into the game. Pacioretty scored his team-leading 23rd goal at 14:32. He received a pass along the left side in centre ice, skated behind the defence and put a short backhander behind Rask. But Hamilton scored his fifth goal just a minute later. Neither team had many good opportunities in the first half of the second period. But less than two minutes later, Tomas Plekanec took a power-play shot from the right circle and Gionta tipped it in for his ninth goal. Briere finished the scoring with a shot Johnson had little chance to stop. With three Bruins chasing him and only the goalie in front of him, Briere fired a 10-foot forehand shot over Johnsons shoulder. NOTES: Briere had a goal and an assist after getting just one assist in his previous 10 games. ... The Bruins fell to 12-3 in their last 15 home games. ... Budaj is 4-1 with one shutout in five career games against the Bruins. ... For the first time in the last 10 games between the teams, the final margin was more than one goal. The last time that happened was on Oct. 29, 2011, when Montreal won 4-2. http://www.heatteamofficialshop.com/Authentic-Mario-Chalmers-Jersey/ . -- On his second play of his first NFL practice with the Oakland Raiders, Terrelle Pryor fumbled the snap and had to fall on the ball. http://www.heatteamofficialshop.com/Authentic-Dwyane-Wade-Jersey/ . Sarah Reid and Mellisa Hollingsworth, along with Eric Neilson and John Fairbairn were named to the team, while a third racer for both men and ladies could be named depending on the remaining results on the intercontinental circuit.COLUMBUS – On the afternoon before his NHL debut, Ben Scrivens comfortably took a snooze before casually flipping through the pages of a book. The unusually calm pre-game tactics worked wonders. Scrivens made 38 saves in his first NHL start, backstopping the Leafs to a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Thursday night. Despite missing starting goaltender James Reimer for the sixth consecutive game, the Leafs managed to improve to 9-3-1 this season, largely behind the efforts of the 25-year-old in goal. "Any time you play your first game, you want to make a good impression," said Scrivens, who learned he would start from Ron Wilson that morning. "I was obviously excited, but I didnt want to get too excited. I want to just come in and try and play my game and for the most part I did that. Id like to control a few more rebounds next time, but we got the win and thats the most important part to me." The Blue Jackets (2-10-1) outshot the Leafs 39-18, controlling the pace of play throughout, but Scrivens was up to the task at all points. In the opening period, he robbed Rick Nash preying in the right circle and coming up with key stops on Cody Bass and Matt Calvert later in the frame. Midway through the third, he calmly turned aside R.J. Umberger, hard-charging to the crease on a partial break. All in all though, it was smooth, compact and economical saves that defined the night for the Spruce Grove, Alberta native. "He was really calm in there for his first game," said Clarke MacArthur, who scored twice, giving him six goals in the last five games. "If that was me, Id be really uptight and kicking the shots out into the slot everywhere. What a game he put together for his first one." The Leafs were hopeful that Reiimer would return from injury (whiplash) against Columbus, but he wasnt feeling up to par with his conditioning at the morning skate and sat yet again – hes been out since October 22nd. http://www.heatteamofficialshop.com/Authentic-Udonis-Haslem-Jersey/. Jonas Gustavsson performed capably in his absence (3-2-0) for five consecutive starts, but now has the younger Scrivens breathing down his neck for action. A former standout at Cornell University, Scrivens is briskly following the Reimer model to the NHL. Like the 23-year-old Leafs number one, Scrivens excelled in the ECHL with Reading (.938 save percentage last season), before wrestling hold of the Marlies top job in March (.924 save percentage). "Hes played well in the American League," concluded Wilson following the game, "and maybe somewhere along the line, I shouldve given him a start because we do believe hes going to be a big-time goalie and he showed that tonight." Most players claim to have trouble sleeping before their first game, struggling to shake the butterflies right up until puck-drop. But in the hours leading up to his debut, Scrivens composed himself rather methodically. There was a nap, followed by some light reading from Scorecasting, the work of L. Jon Wertheim and Tobias J. Moskowitz which details "loss aversion and the mentality that goes in behind decisions that happen in sports". "Im not a very superstitious guy," said Scrivens, who was recalled to back up Gustavsson on October 24th. "I kind of think that hurts guys and hurts goalies especially. I just try and relax. "For myself, getting all fired up doesnt do me any good. Ive played the game before. I was just trying to stick to my routine that worked in other leagues and hope that it translated into success up here." For one start at least, it worked magically. ' ' '
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