Laraque giving it the gas

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:51 PM ET

BOSTON -- Bob Gainey hopes Montreal's GAS Line -- Georges Laraque, Alexei Kovalev and Saku Koivu -- can continue to create havoc for the Boston Bruins.

Thrown together in the opening minutes of Game 1, the trio was especially effective in cycling the puck in the Bruins end and Laraque's physical presence created open ice for his two skilled offensively minded linemates.

The line will attempt to keep its momentum going tonight in Game 2 at the TD Banknorth Garden.

"We might not have the biggest team in terms of size, but this puts a big body in front of their net," Gainey said. "It sends the message that we will be a physical (force), too "

As for Laraque, he enjoyed the name GAS Line when it was suggested to him by Sun Media.

"That's funny," he said.

And so was Tomas Plekanec, the Canadiens forward who has not scored in 10 games, but found the lighter side of his predicament.

"Every time I think I can't get any lower, I play the next game and I do," he said.

While injured Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov will not play tonight, he has skated the past two days back in Montreal.

The Habs have not revealed Markov's injury but reports out of Montreal suggest it is a knee ailment. The injury was suffered earlier this month when he absorbed a controversial hit by the Maple Leafs' Mikhail Grabovski.

There are hopes Markov could be back if the series goes six or seven games.


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