Montreal Canadiens defeat Boston Bruins, 4-3

MONTREAL - In the exhibition opener Sept.

22, Shawn Thornton laid a beating on Steve Begin.

It was retaliation for two things: Begin's back-cracking of Marc Savard last March, and an earlier fight in the preseason match in which Jeremy Reich took a pounding from Montreal forward Ryan Flinn.

Last night, it was time for the Canadiens to answer.

For the first time this season, Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau tabbed Georges Laraque for game action. Laraque, considered o...

MONTREAL - A three-goal Montreal explosion in a little more than three minutes. A Boston rally capped by a bad-bounce dump-in. A shootout. Another Montreal victory.

The madness continues.

"It's always a wild one when we play them," said Milan Lucic, who continued his pleasantries with nemesis Mike Komisarek. "It's unfortunate we came out on the losing end again. But it feels like we never left. It feels like the series is still going."

The Bruins and Canadiens, wh...