BOSTON (AP) _ Jose Theodore frustrated the Boston Bruins long enough to see
his team win in overtime.
Craig Rivet scored with one minute left in overtime and Theodore made 37
saves to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on
``Teams that have success have a great goaltender,'' Rivet said. ``Theo kept
us in the game and gave us a chance to win.''
Montreal is 4-1 in its last five games.
``We let other teams get back in the hunt after the All-Star break when we
lost four straight,'' Koivu said. ``But now we are gaining some confidence
against quality teams.''
Rivet scored the winner when he skated past the Boston defense and put a
shot from the slot past goalie Andrew Raycroft.
Travis Green tied the game when he knocked down Nick Boynton's shot from the
point and backhanded a shot past Theodore early in the second period. Boynton
assisted on both Boston goals.
``We had our chances, but we gave them chances,'' Raycroft said. ``You get a
little more fired up when you are trying to catch another team.''
Raycroft made 23 saves for Boston, which is 0-1-2-1 in its last four.
``As long as we are peaking for the playoffs, that's all that counts,''
Bruins captain Joe Thornton said. ``It is a test for us in the postseason to
play these overtime games.''
Boston leads the Eastern Conference with seven overtime losses.
Montreal took a 2-1 first-period lead courtesy of goals by Yanic Perreault
and Michael Ryder. Perreault's one-timer beat Raycroft, and Ryder tied Richard
Zednik for the team lead with 19 goals with a power-play score. Ryder has four
goals in the last four games.
``He's (Theodore) our leader,'' Ryder said. ``When he is on top of his game
and we aren't playing our best, we trust that he will pull it out for us.''
Martin Lapointe sandwiched in a power-play goal for Boston when he knocked
in a rebound off a shot by Brian Rolston. Lapointe's goal snapped a Bruins
scoreless drought of 152 minutes, 53 seconds, and it was Boston's second
power-play goal in its last 26 chances.
Perreault's goal ended a streak of 105:18 in which the Canadiens failed to
score against Boston.