Originally created 11/27/02

Montreal's skid ends in Atlanta



MONTREAL - Doug Gilmour, Jan Bulis and Saku Koivu scored to ruin Byron Dafoe's debut with Atlanta, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Thrashers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Montreal goalie Jose Theodore stopped 25 of 27 shots, including a glove save on Marc Savard's shot from the slot 51 seconds into the third to protect a 2-1 lead.

Koivu scored his ninth goal moments later as the Canadiens went on to win their fourth in six games to end a two-game losing streak.

Dafoe, an unrestricted free agent who signed with Atlanta on Nov. 20, held Montreal scoreless while facing six shots in the first period in his first game since the Canadiens eliminated Boston in the first round of the playoffs last spring.

Gilmour scored his second of the season 5:40 into the second to open the scoring and Bulis got his fourth goal at 9:07 to put Montreal up 2-0.

Atlanta's Vyacheslav Kozlov scored late in the second and assisted on Daniel Tjarnqvist's goal which cut the lead to one with 14:42 remaining. Savard assisted on both goals.

The Thrashers lost their third in a row, and fifth in six games.

After Atlanta outshot Montreal 7-6 in a scoreless first period, Dafoe stuck out his right leg to make a pad save on defenseman Craig Rivet's shot from the right point early in the second.

Unfortunately for the Thrashers' goalie, the rebound went right to Gilmour, who fired the puck into an open right side.

Dafoe also had little chance on Montreal's second goal 3:27 later as Bulis scored into a wide open net after Dafoe stopped Yanic Perreault's shot from the edge of the crease.

Kozlov drew Atlanta to within 2-1 with 3:11 left in the second as he scored his fifth of the season on a power play.

Koivu restored the Canadiens' two-goal lead moments after Theodore's save on Savard. The Montreal captain took Richard Zednik's pass and cut across the goalmouth past Dafoe's sprawling attempt before putting the puck into an open net 1:55 into the third.

Tjarnqvist scored his second of the season at 5:18 to draw the Thrashers to within one.

BRUINS 7, FLAMES 2 In Boston, Glen Murray scored his fourth career hat trick, Brian Rolston added a pair of goals and John Grahame stopped 29 shots as the streaking Boston Bruins defeated the Calgary Flames.

The Bruins won their third straight game and seventh in a row at home. Boston is 8-1-1-0 at the FleetCenter this season. The Flames lost for the seventh time in eight games.

The last time Murray scored three goals in a game was in last season's regular-season finale, a 7-1 home win against Pittsburgh.