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Bruins Score Three Unanswered Goals In Third Period, Beat Habs 3-1



While the city of Boston was enduring its first big snowstorm of the season outside, another game snowballed for the Montreal Canadiens inside TD Garden as the Boston Bruins scored three unanswered goals in the third period to erase a 1-0 deficit and win their seventh straight game with a 3-1 win over their arch rivals. The win also extended the Bruins point streak to eleven games as they’re now 8-0-3 over that stretch.

David Pastrnak, David Backes and Jake DeBrusk scored for the Bruins and Joel Armia had the lone goal for the Habs.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for his fifth straight win and his counterpart Canadiens goalie Carey Price stopped 31 Bruins shots in the loss.

This was the Bruins’ second win over Montreal in under a week and third this season. In their last two meetings, the Bruins have outscored the Habs 11-2.

This was the eighth straight loss for the Canadiens and whispers that head coach and former Bruins bench boss Claude Julien may be fired grew much louder as the game wound down.

The Habs struck fast Sunday as Armia beat Rask 1:58 into regulation for his tenth of the season. Armia pick-pocketed Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara and ripped a quick backhander that caught the Bruins goalie off the mask and bounced into the net and the Canadiens had an early 1-0 lead. This was the fifth time in the last six games that the Bruins have allowed the first goal.

As the scoreless second period wound down, Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher and Pastrnak got into it before a faceoff and then just prior to the next faceoff, there was a get together for some pushing, shoving and a few punches thrown as the two teams made sure to let each other know the bitterness was there.

The Canadiens almost made it 2-0 just under three minutes into the third period as Gallagher broke in alone but Rask stoned him to keep the deficit to one goal. Just over three minutes later, Pastrnak broke in and buried a slapper past Price to tie the game at 6:16. Bruins winger Anders Bjork made a beautiful bank pass off the boards at mid-ice to send the NHL’s leading goal scorer down the wing. Brandon Carlo got the secondary assist.

After that goal, the Habs, as they have done so many times during this streak, unraveled. Nick Cousins took a holding penalty at 8:38 of the period and Backes buried home the power play goal for the Bruins’ first lead of the season. David Krejci and Matt Grzelcyk got the helpers on the goal.

Just 2:58 later, DeBrusk took a Coyle feed and buried home his sixth of the season to pad the Bruins’ lead to 3-1 and leave the Canadiens wondering what happened to the perfect road game they were playing through the first two periods.

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