MONTREAL (AP) – Sergei Samsonov scored twice and David Aebischer made 31 saves, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

Andrei Markov and Guillaume Latendresse also scored for Montreal, which has not lost in regulation in four games (2-0-2).

Marc Savard scored two power-play goals 5:25 apart in the second period, drawing the Bruins even each time. Savard assisted on Paul Mara’s goal

Samsonov put Montreal ahead twice. His second goal at 12:49 of the third gave the Canadiens their third and final lead of the game. Latendresse scored his seventh of the season at 16:00 to give Montreal a 4-2 lead.

Both teams played while also dealing with off-ice concerns.

The sellout crowd of 21,273 gave a standing ovation before the game in honor of Laura Gainey, the daughter of Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey who was lost at sea Friday when she was swept off a sailing ship into the Atlantic Ocean by a rogue wave.

The Bruins played without 19-year-old rookie Phil Kessel, who had cancer-related surgery Monday in Boston and is out indefinitely.

Savard, who scored his eighth of the season 2:09 into the middle period to tie it at 1, got the Bruins even again with his ninth goal at 7:34.

Samsonov had given Montreal its second lead with a spectacular 4-on-4 goal moments earlier.

The former Bruins left wing gave the Canadiens a short-lived 2-1 lead when he stick-handled through Boston’s zone before putting his own rebound past Hannu Toivonen for his fifth goal at 6:52. Markov opened the scoring on a power play 6:36 into the first.

The Russian defenseman took Alex Kovalev’s pass with his right skate and kicked the puck ahead, onto his stick before flipping a shot over Toivonen’s outstretched right pad.

Bruins left wing went Marco Sturm to the dressing room in the first period after he was struck on the forehead and cut by Alexander Perezhogin’s high stick. Perezhogin got a 4-minute penalty.

Moments later, Bruins right wing Glen Murray also went to the dressing room after he was bloodied by the left ear after he attempted to block Mike Johnson’s slap shot from the point with his stick. He was struck squarely on the side of his head by the deflection.

Both players returned later in the period.

Notes: Gainey has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the team. Canadiens assistant general manager Pierre Gauthier is handling Gainey’s duties. … Canadiens D Sheldon Souray missed the game because of a right wrist injury. He is day to day. … Toivonen made 37 saves.

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