David Pastrnak and the Boston Bruins knocked off the Montreal Canadiens tonight for the third time over the last week, in a 4-1 win at the Bell Centre up in Canada.
Coming into the game, the Bruins were looking to get their 16th straight point in more than a month. And over this same stretch, the Bruins have racked up 26 points (12-0-4), marking their longest point streak since the 2013-2014 season.
In the first period, the Bruins had a few decent chances but came up unsuccessful after out-shooting the Canadiens 11-to-9. Throughout the period it was evident that the B’s had to be stronger on the puck, despite playing well defensively.
Each team completed a successful penalty kill during the period, helping to keep it a tied game heading into the first intermission.
The Canadiens were first to light the lamp after a Max Pacioretty goal almost halfway through the second period, giving them a 1-0 lead.
It was then Pastrnak, who hustled and grinded behind the Canadiens’ net, pushing the puck out to Torey Krug to keep the play alive in the offensive zone. He was then rewarded shortly after with a pass from Bergeron, which led to a five-hole goal off of Carey Price’s skate to tie things up at 1-1.
Almost two minutes later, Krug sniped one over Price’s shoulder from the left dot to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead late in the second period.
With nine minutes to play in the third, Bergeron put one in the back of the net, but it was taken off the board in no time following a successful coach’s challenge (offsides).
Pastrnak became the Bruins’ second 20-goal scorer of the season with his second of the game, giving the B’s a 3-1 lead with less than three minutes to play in the game.
Montreal pulled Price in the final minute of the game and left it to Riley Nash to put away an empty netter on a breakaway with less than 40 seconds to play in the game.
Tuukka Rask got the start in Montreal, and came up with more than a handful of big saves, as he finished the night with 20 total.
The penalty kill played well for both teams tonight, with Montreal successfully killing off three penalties and the Bruins killing off their lone penalty.
UP NEXT: The Bruins will look to make it 17 straight games with a point as they welcome the New Jersey Devils to the TD Garden Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Catch the call of the game with Judd Sirott and Bob Beers live on 98.5 The Sports Hub with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com