It took a bit more sweat than they would have liked after holding a three-goal edge through 40 minutes of action at the Bell Centre, but a 5-3 win Sunday night has given the Bruins a season sweep of the Canadiens.
Boston’s victory marked just the fourth time in the 94-season history of this rivalry that the B’s pulled off a full season sweep of their rivals, joining a list that also includes 1929-30, 1994-95, and 2017-18.
The B’s opened the scoring with Patrice Bergeron’s 21st goal of the season, scored at the 15:03 mark of the first period, and carried a 2-0 edge into the first intermission behind Erik Haula’s penalty-shot tally, which came with some confusion for all involved after Haula initially missed the puck on his stride towards the Montreal net.
The middle frame came with a pour-on from the Bruins, as they answered Josh Anderson’s power-play tally with goals from Haula and Charlie McAvoy, and carried that aforementioned three-goal edge into the third period.
And though the Canadiens made things interesting with third-period markers from Mike Hoffman and Nick Suzuki, B’s netminder Jeremy Swayman finished with 23 saves for his 23rd win of the season.
The Bruins played this game without winger David Pastrnak and Hampus Lindholm. Neither played suffered a setback in their return to action Saturday against the Rangers, but the Bruins did not want to put any unnecessary strain on either player by playing them in both games of a traveling back-to-back.
The B’s will return home for a Tuesday night head-to-head with the East-best Panthers.
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