Rarely tested, Theodore notches 3rd shutout


BOSTON (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens used determination and desperation to end their long goal-scoring drought.

Joe Juneau ended Montreal's streak of over three games without a goal when he scored 1:39 into overtime to give the Canadiens a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

The Canadiens had not scored since last Saturday's game against
Ottawa, a span of 199 minutes, 25 seconds.

"They played hard for 60-to-65 minutes," Bruins defenseman Sean O'Donnell said. "They have been hard on themselves, the media
has been hard on them, the fans have been hard on them and they
were desperate."

Juneau broke in and slid the puck past goalie Felix Potvin, exemplifying the Canadiens' frustration when he threw his stick in the air after the goal.

"I was surprised," Juneau said. "We would have taken goals
any way we could tonight. When you go in alone, you don't think
about the goalie stopping you, you think about making the best
possible move you can."

Jose Theodore earned his third shutout of the season, making 21 saves for Montreal. He wasn't tested much, but Theodore denied Brian Rolston on a breakaway with 9:38 remaining with a glove save.

"The last couple of games we weren't playing that well and we
needed to refocus," Theodore said. "Felix was unbelievable. The
game would have been over after two periods if it wasn't for him."

Potvin, who shut out the Canadiens on Tuesday, made 37 saves and
allowed only his second goal in three games.

Boston, which has an NHL-leading six straight wins, is 0-2-1 at
home. The Bruins were also shut out at home last Thursday by
Carolina and were shut out in consecutive games for the first time
since 1999.

Montreal, which snapped a three-game losing streak, had four
power-play opportunities and is 1-for-24 with the man advantage
over the last seven games.

"Even if we struggle to score, we still play well defensively
and this should give us a big lift for next game," Canadiens
forward Donald Audette said.

The Canadiens were shut out in three straight games twice in
their history, most recently in 1949.

Boston had not allowed a goal in 163:37.

Game Notes: F Rob Zamuner returned to the Bruins lineup after missing 10 games with a hamstring strain. ... Montreal is 2-4 against teams in their division this season. ... Boston loaned P.J. Stock to the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL. ... The Canadiens were shut out
four straight games in 1928 and went a total of 320:57 without a goal during a six-game stretch. ... Rookie Patrice Bergeron has
three goals and four assists over the last seven games for Boston.