By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Like California plates on 93, the first snow of the winter saw the Bruins sputter and stall to a painful degree on Sunday night.
With nothing to their name through 40 minutes, and down by a goal against Carey Price, the Bruins appeared stuck in a ditch and primed to see their six-game win streak come to an end, and in rather listless fashion. But then a pair of Davids came along with third-period tows to pull the Bruins out of their ditch and push the Bruins to a 3-1 victory at TD Garden.
Down by a goal in the third period, it was David Pastrnak who got the B’s on the board with his 25th goal of the season on an absolute (borderline video game) bullet through Price at the 6:16 mark of the period.
And on the power play with a chance to take the lead, David Backes, skating in his first game since Nov. 2 due to “concussion-like symptoms,” struck for his first goal of the season, giving the B’s a one-goal edge in a matter of just 4:13.
David Backes picks a great time to score his first goal of the year.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) December 2, 2019
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The Canadiens needed just one minute and 58 to get on the board in this contest, as Joel Armia capitalized on a brutal Zdeno Chara turnover to whistle a puck through Tuukka Rask for his 10th goal of the year and his third in as many games.
And similar to Friday’s meeting with the Rangers, which featured too many ‘passengers’ for Bruce Cassidy’s liking, the Bruins struggled to match Montreal’s tempo out of the gate, and finished the opening frame with just 10 shots on goal, but none of the truly high-danger variety outside of a missed empty-cage chance from Pastrnak.
And skating without much juice to their game, the Bruins didn’t seem to truly wake up until Pastrnak drew a penalty on Montreal captain Shea Weber towards the end of the second period, and had something to build off following a strong pair of looks from Matt Grzelcyk.
But juiced up and still hungry after those Pastrnak and Backes strikes, the Bruins put this one away behind a Jake DeBrusk one-timer tucked through Price at 13:27 mark of the final period, and just 2:58 after Backes’ goal for DeBrusk’s sixth tally of the year.
Rask finished the night with 28 saves in the Boston crease, while Price took the loss on a 31-of-34 effort.
With the win, the Bruins improved to 11-0-4 at home in 2019-20, which is good for the second-longest point streak to begin a season since the 1973-74 season opened up with an absurd 19-0-2 start on Garden ice.
Overall, this was Montreal’s eighth straight loss, dropping them to 0-5-3 over that eight-game slide. (Yikes.)
The Bruins will have Monday off before hosting the Hurricanes on Tuesday night.