Brisebois’ goal and 2 assists lead Canadiens
MONTREAL (AP)—Patrice Brisebois had a goal and two assists as the Montreal Canadiens scored three power-play goals in the second period of a 3-1 preseason victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.
“I really think we moved the puck very well tonight and that’s what we want,” Brisebois said. “We want to create some movement and not make too many passes and get some good shots on net. Last year we had success on the power play because that’s what we were doing and we did the same thing tonight.”
“I signed a new deal so obviously I want to show that I deserved it,” said Halak, a 23-year-old Slovak who will battle 21-year-old starter Carey Price for playing time.
Brisebois drew an assist after Kovalev used Chara as a screen and drove a slap shot past Fernandez during a two-man advantage 26 seconds into the second.
With Boston’s Jeremy Reich still in the penalty box serving minors for hooking and holding late in the opening period, the 37-year-old Brisebois gave Montreal a 2-0 lead 42 seconds later when he scored off a rebound to the left of the goal at 1:08 after Fernandez stopped Yannick Weber’s shot from the point.
A veteran of 17 NHL seasons, including 15 with the Canadiens, Brisebois got his third power-play point with an assist on Latendresse’s goal at 11:25.
“We played all right in the first and third, but in the second we got into penalty trouble and obviously we didn’t play our special teams very good tonight so we have to work on that,” Chara said.
“There were a few shifts that we felt that we played the way we can but obviously we knew that this one was going to be more just to get the feel for it,” Koivu said.
Bruins right wing Michael Ryder was a frequent target of boos—along with Chara—as he made his first appearance at the Bell Centre since leaving the Canadiens in the offseason.
“I wouldn’t expect anything less,” said Ryder, a two-time 30-goal scorer with Montreal who signed a three-year, $12 million free agent contract with Boston on July 1.