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Canadiens, 6-1

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  October 22, 2007 11:19 PM

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The Bruins gave up two goals after losing defensive-zone draws. They allowed another two on the Montreal power play. And they gave up two more off odd-man rushes.

Obviously, not the way you want to play.

"I guess it was a laundry list that led to their goals," said Andrew Ference.

* Marc Savard lost only two draws, but both of them led to Montreal goals (Christopher Higgins in the first, Alexei Kovalev in the second). "The faceoffs cost us the first two goals and changed the momentum of the game," said Claude Julien. "We started backtracking and lost our composure."

* Zdeno Chara and Aaron Ward, Boston's top defensive pairing, were on the ice for both of Montreal's goal-scoring odd-man rushes (Steve Begin in the second period, Mikhail Grabovski in the third). Both Chara and Ward had a minus-3 rating. "I think we just lost our composure," Julien said. "Most of the time, that doesn't make things better. It makes things worse. That's a situation where we have to understand that we can't do that. You've got to climb back into the game slowly. When you're taking chances, 99 percent of the time it's going to cost you more than help."

* Manny Fernandez stopped only 14 shots, but he had little hope of making a difference tonight. "That's the game of hockey," said Fernandez, who made his fourth start in his hometown. "A couple of bad ones get in and you start to try and do a little more, little more. Offensively we tried to get some chances. Sometimes you have to gamble a little bit and end up giving them odd-man rushes. You have to open it up somehow to get something. But every time we seemed to do that tonight, it seemed to end up in the net. Just have to turn the page and get back to square one."

* Cristobal Huet made 31 saves, but he didn't have to face many second chances.

* The Bruins have scored only one goal in their last two games. They scored a shootout goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Rangers.

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