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PAT HICKEY, The Gazette
Published: Friday, October 27, 2006


Sergei Samsonov's tenure on the fourth line was brief.

When the starting lineups for last night's game against the Bruins were announced, Samsonov was on the ice on the third line with Radek Bonk and Mike Johnson, while Alexander Perezhogin dropped down to the fourth line with Steve Begin and Garth Murray.

The bottom three lines received another shakeup after Alex Kovalev was tossed from the game when he complained about a non-call late in the second period.

Samsonov was on the ice for 13:40 and had a couple of shots on goal. Head coach Guy Carbonneau said he liked the way Samsonov played. But Kovalev's early departure put a crimp in Carbonneau's plans to roll four lines and the Canadiens are still relying on their No. 1 line of Chris Higgins, Saku Koivu and Michael Ryder for the offence. They were on the ice for all three Montreal goals.

Mixed reviews for Bruin's debut: Matt Lashoff had two pleasant surprises this week. On Tuesday, he learned that the Bruins had called him up from their American Hockey League farm club in Providence. Last night he found himself paired with Zdeno Chara.

But it wasn't all good news for Lashoff, who was a first-round draft choice in 2005. While he was plus-1 in his NHL debut, he took a penalty in the final minute and that led to Andrei Markov's winning goal with 1.2 seconds remaining.

The Bruins also recalled forward Nate Thompson, who played a less significant role on the Bruins' fourth line, although he did force Cristobal Huet to make a good save in the second period.

Late check-in: The three Canadiens play-by-play commentators - CJAD's Rick Moffatt, Pierre Houde of RDS and Martin McGuire of CKAC - found themselves stuck between a rock and, well, the next floor after checking into the Ritz Carlton Boston Common Hotel Wednesday.

The elevator that was supposed to whisk them to their rooms in the luxury hotel stopped dead in mid-journey.

"We were stuck in the elevator for an hour and 20 minutes," said Houde, noting that the passengers included Alain Gagnon, who is in charge of the Canadiens' travel arrangements.

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