Canadiens 4, Bruins 1
Oct. 05, 1997
BOSTON (AP) _ Mark Recchi scored three goals and Saku Koivu assisted on four Saturday night as the Montreal Canadiens easily handled the Boston Bruins 4-1 for their first victory of the season.
Montreal goalie Andy Moog saved a penalty shot by Rob DiMaio at 16:39 of the third period. It was called against Koivu for throwing his stick at the puck.
Koivu had a hand in all three of Recchi's goals, two in the second period that propelled the Canadiens into a 3-0 lead.
It was the third career hat trick for Recchi, who is the ironman of the NHL, playing in 463 straight games since March 31, 1991 for Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Montreal.
Vladimir Malakhov gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead with a 50-foot power play drive that sailed under Boston goalie Jim Carey's arm.
Then Recchi slapped a 35-footer that eluded Carey's glove 27 seconds into the second period.
Koivu froze Boston defenseman Mattias Timander and threaded a pass to Recchi, who scored his second goal from the side of the net at 6:33 of the period.
The Canadiens forward completed his hat trick with a backhanded power-play goal at 3:34 of the third period, only 14 seconds after Don Sweeney went off for interference.
DiMaio spoiled a bid by former Bruins goalie Moog for a shutout with a goal late in the second period after he was sent in alone by Dimitri Khristich's pass.
Moog had 24 saves in beating his old club and Carey had 19 in the Boston net.