Montreal Canadiens defeat Boston Bruins, 3-2

For the second straight game, the Bruins hammered more than 40 pucks on the enemy goalie.

For the second straight game, the Bruins limited their opponent to 25 shots. For the second straight game, the Bruins looked at their fingers and toes to total up the number of Grade A scoring chances they had.

But for the second straight game, the Bruins failed to win.

Last night before 17,565 at TD Garden, the Bruins - after owning a 2-0 second-period lead - allowed two goals ...

If Jaroslav Halak had his way, he wouldn't have to face 40 shots. But when it happens, the Montreal goalie is tough to beat.

Halak is 7-0 in games he's faced 40 shots or more this season, making 45 saves and three more in the shootout Thursday night to carry the Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the free-falling Bruins, losers of nine straight.

"As long as we win, it doesn't matter how many shots they have and we have," Halak said. "It would be nice to get more shots o...

As the defending Vezina Trophy winner, Tim Thomas has been rightfully accorded every opportunity to recapture the magic touch that turned opposing pucks into harmless chunks of vulcanized rubber last season. Tuukka Rask, Thomas’s primary competitor for ice time, has had no problem with that approach.

“He’s the No. 1,’’ Rask said. “If you don’t play the No. 1, you get to thinking and it gets in your head. You really don’t want that for your No. 1 goalie. We want to be th...