Garon makes 42 saves for Montreal


MONTREAL (AP) -- Mathieu Garon feels quite comfortable in the

Garon stopped 42 shots to win his second straight start as Mike
Ribeiro, Niklas Sundstrom and Jan Bulis scored to lead the Montreal
Canadiens to a 3-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

In his season debut on Sunday, Garon made 25 saves for his third
career shutout in a 2-0 win in Washington.

"Right now, I'm feeling pretty good," Garon said. "I was
feeling pretty good before, but I was playing in the American
Hockey League."

Garon was 15-2-2 with a 1.77 goals-against-average and .937 save
percentage in 20 games with Hamilton of the AHL.

Ribeiro opened the scoring 6:27 into the second when he tipped a
shot past goalie Jeff Hackett, who made his first appearance in
Montreal since he was sent to Boston as part of a three-team deal
in which the Canadiens acquired Sundstrom from San Jose.

Sundstrom scored his fourth goal in nine games with Montreal
with less than two minutes left in the second period.

"I had a change of teams and sometimes you need that to get
yourself going," Sundstrom said.

Bruins defenseman Don Sweeney scored his first goal of the
season 2:25 into the third period, the only goal Garon has allowed
in Montreal's two straight wins.

Bulis closed out the scoring with 1:30 left to seal the
Canadiens' second straight win following a four-game losing streak.

Boston lost its second straight and has just one win in five
games (1-3-0-1). All-Star right wing Glen Murray had 10 of Boston's
43 shots, including four each in the first and third periods.

"Forty-some shots, I think (Garon) was a big factor for them,"
Murray said. "He made some big stops on our power play. I had a
lot of chances and I just didn't capitalize on them."

As the Canadiens were being outshot 11-5 in the first period,
Garon got a loud ovation from the sellout crowd of 21,273 after he
did the splits and stretched out his glove hand to stop Murray's
backhanded shot on a breakaway 13 minutes in.

"We threw a lot of pucks at Mathieu and he rose to the
challenge," Hackett said. "He played well."

Montreal opened the scoring 6:27 into the second period when
Ribeiro tipped defenseman Andrei Markov's point shot in midair and
redirected it past Hackett.

Sundstrom, who had just two goals in 47 games with San Jose, got
his sixth of the season when he backhanded a shot past Hackett with
1:41 left in the period.

Sweeney scored his first goal in 47 games this season to draw
the Bruins within one early in the third period.

Late in the game, Garon stopped Murray's shot from the slot with
just over two minutes left. Bulis put the game away with his 12th
goal, with 1:30 left.

Game notes
Hackett, who was 7-8-2 with Montreal this season, made his
sixth start in seven games since joining the Bruins. He is 3-3 with
Boston. ... ... Canadiens D Patrice Brisebois missed his third
straight game. He is expected to miss another week because of an
irregular heartbeat. He spent Saturday night in a Toronto hospital
because of the condition that forced him to miss the Canadiens' 3-1
loss to the Maple Leafs.