NHL Northeast Division: Boston Beats Montreal 3-1

Francois GendronSenior Writer IJanuary 14, 2009

The Boston Bruins hosted the Montreal Canadiens for a meeting atop of the NHL Northeast division.

The Bruins, with a ten points lead over the Canadiens before the game, are screaming for revenge this season, especially after their 0-8 record at the hands of the Canadiens during last season. And of course for their seven game elimination in the first round of last season's playoffs.

Andrei Kostitsyn opened the score during the second period and gave the lead to the visitors, but the celebrations were short. Zdeno Chara scored his first goal of the evening and tied the game at one before scoring another one while playing five-on-three.

The turning point of the evening is in fact a five minute penalty for boarding to Sergei Kostitsyn. The Habs player deserved a penalty, but certainly not a major penalty. During Kostitsyn's major, a second player went to the penalty box opening the door to Chara's second goal of the evening.

David Krejci completed the score for Boston. The Bruins are twelve points ahead of Montreal and sit on top of the Eastern conference.

Final score: Boston Bruins 3 - Montreal Canadiens 1.

(Picture: Zdeno Chara, Getty Images.)