Series (Game 1 of 6)

Boston leads 3-2

Game 1: Tuesday, October 28th
Game 2: Thursday, October 30th
Game 3: Tuesday, December 16th
Game 4: Saturday, January 31st
Game 5: Thursday, February 26th
Game 6: Saturday, March 27th

Bruins 2

(6-2-0, 14 pts)

Canadiens 0

(5-5-0, 10 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 28, 2003

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
BOS 1 1 02
MTL 0 0 00

Top Skaters

Boston: G. Murray - 1 A, 4 SOG, +1

Montreal: C. Rivet - 5 SOG, Even

Potvin stops 25 shots in victory

MONTREAL (AP) -- Felix Potvin has put his life on the West Coast behind him, as well as the knee injury that cost him his job there.

Potvin made 23 saves for his first shutout in more than 10 months, and Patrice Bergeron and Mike Knuble scored to lead the Boston Bruins over the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 Tuesday night.

Potvin, who signed as a free agent on Sept. 3, got his third straight win and 29th career shutout -- his first since Dec. 10 with Los Angeles at Nashville.

"I felt really good the three years I had in L.A.," Potvin said. "It was unfortunate that I got hurt and I missed the last three months last year, but I'm just happy to have a chance to play on a good team and do my job."

Bergeron, the youngest player in the NHL at 18 years, three months and four days, scored on a power play in the first period for his third goal. Bergeron, who grew up in a Quebec City suburb, said about 25-30 family and friends attended the game.

"When I was young, I didn't really cheer for Montreal -- I was a Nordiques fan -- so to score against them was a lot of fun for me," he said.

Bergeron has eight points while playing in each of Boston's first 10 games.

"We were happy for him," said Bruins captain Joe Thornton, who set up Knuble's goal midway through the second. "Obviously, he's been playing great for us and to do it here in Montreal, where all his family and friends are, we're excited for him."

Boston won for the sixth time in seven games, improving to 6-2-2. The Bruins lead the Northeast Division with 14 points.

Montreal lost its third straight and has been outscored 13-2 since winning five of six.

"When things were going well and we were on a roll, one of the things we didn't want to do is get too high, and we wanted to keep improving," Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray said.

"I think in this little streak where we've been losing we're kind of sitting back and not being very aggressive and kind of getting away from our game plan, trying to maybe be a little more individual than a team, and that's not going to work."

Canadiens backup goaltender Mathieu Garon made his second start of the season, stopping 31 shots.

Bergeron, chosen 45th overall in the June entry draft in Nashville, scored for the second straight game on a power play 10:27 in.

Montreal's Richard Zednik was sent off for high-sticking at 9:08 moments after Jason Ward batted a rebound of defenseman Francis Bouillon's shot over the net.

Bergeron -- who said he never played baseball -- got the same kind of opportunity on the ensuing man advantage, only he connected squarely with his rebound in midair, swatting a shot past Garon.

"It was a little bit lucky, but I'll take it," Bergeron said.

After being outshot 10-3 in the first, Montreal pressured early in the second with four shots and a few good scoring chances in the first two minutes. Potvin kept the Canadiens scoreless, coming up with big stops on Marcel Hossa and Donald Audette.

Knuble made it 2-0 at 10:09 when he took Thornton's pass from behind the net and beat Garon with a quick shot from the right edge of the crease for his fifth of the season.

Game notes

Bergeron had 23 goals and 50 assists in 70 games with Acadie-Bathurst last season, his second in junior hockey. ... Canadiens F Darren Langdon made his Montreal debut and promptly fought with Bruins RW Sandy McCarthy. Langdon, who had a pulled groin when he was acquired from Vancouver in the Oct. 3 waiver draft, missed the Canadiens' final two exhibition games and first nine games of the regular season. ... Langdon and McCarthy's minute-long, sweater-grabbing tussle 8:28 into the first was broadcast close-up, and in its entirety on the arena's video board.

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