BOSTON (AP)—The Montreal Canadiens used determination and desperation to end their long goal-scoring drought.
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. Juneau exemplified 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.”
“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 on the road, 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.
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 Bergeronhas three goals and four assists over the last seven games for Boston.