Boston (5-2-0) at Montreal (5-4-0)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Tue Oct 28, 2003
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The Boston Bruins have been coming at their opponents in waves, especially on the road.

The Bruins will try for their sixth straight win away from the FleetCenter when they take on the Montreal Canadiens in the opener of a home-and-home series.

The Bruins extended their road win streak under rookie coach Mike Sullivan with a decisive 5-2 victory against the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Patrice Bergeron, Sergei Samsonov, Glen Murray and Joe Thornton tallied in the final period for Boston, which will return home for five of its next seven games, starting Thursday against Montreal.

In addition to the 18-year-old Bergeron, the youngest player in the league, scoring his second goal and registering his seventh point of the season on Saturday, rookie Sergei Zinovjev picked up an assist in his first NHL game.

“We do have some young guys who can play,” Thornton said after the Bruins extended their road unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1). “Nobody knew too much about them coming in. They’re making a big impact. The other teams realize now how many lines we have. They just can’t key on our line.”

Though the Bruins are proving they can play with anybody at even strength and on the power play, they have been sorely lacking on the penalty kill, allowing 11 power-play goals in nine games.

Since winning five of six, the Canadiens have been outscored 11-2 in losing their last two, including 5-0 in Philadelphia on Monday.

Jose Theodore has taken the brunt of the abuse during Montreal’s current slide, recording a woeful .843 save percentage (59-for-70), as opposed to .946 through his first six starts (140-for-148).

Montreal is currently without injured center Saku Koivu (sprained knee), left wing Darren Langdon (pulled groin), and left wing Chad Kilger (eye injury).

The Canadiens lead the all-time series with the Bruins 311-250-102.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 27): Bruins - 12 points, 1st place, Northeast Division. Canadiens - 10 points, 4th place (tied), 2 PB, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Brian Rolston, 5 goals; Thornton, 8 assists and 10 points; Nick Boynton, 28 PIM. Canadiens - Yanic Perreault, 4 goals; Mike Ribeiro, Andrei Markov, Michael Ryder and Joe Juneau, 4 assists; Ribeiro, 7 points; Jason Ward, 15 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 26): Bruins - Power play: 14.7 percent (5 for 34), 19th (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 76.6 percent (36 for 47), 29th. Canadiens - Power play: 17.6 percent (6 for 34), 12th. Penalty killing: 83.8 percent (31 for 37), 14th (tied).

GOALTENDERS: Bruins - Felix Potvin (2-1-1, 0 SO, 2.93 GAA); Andrew Raycroft (3-1-1, 1, 1.65). Canadiens - Theodore (4-4-0, 2, 2.38); Mathieu Garon (1-0-0, 0, 1.00).

2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Canadiens, 3-2.

LAST MEETING: Feb. 11; Canadiens, 3-1. At Montreal, Ribeiro, Nicklas Sundstrom and Jan Bulis scored, and Garon made 42 saves for the Canadiens. Don Sweeney scored for the Bruins.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 5-1-1-0 on the road; Canadiens - 4-2-0-0 at home.

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