BOSTON -- The Bruins evened up their regular season series against the Montreal Canadiens at two games apiece with a 3-2 win on Monday night at TD Garden.
Former Canadien Benoit Pouliot scored the games first goal, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead with an assist by Rich Peverley. It was Pouliots sixth goal of the season and Peverleys 19th assist. Just over a minute later in the first period, Tomas Plekanec tied the game at one. He was assisted by Michael Cammalleri and Travis Moen.
In the following period, David Krejci also scored his sixth goal of the season from Andrew Ferrence (11th assist). The Bruins out-shot the Canadiens, 11-9, in the second period.
Brad Marchand (12) added to the Bruins lead, 3-1, with just under six minutes to play. Tyler Seguin (15) and Patrice Bergeron (19) assisted on the goal. The Canadiens fought back with a last-minute goal by Erik Cole, but the B's held on for the win.
Tim Thomas had 33 saves for the Bruins whileCarey Price made 28 for the Canadiens.
Milan Lucic did not play, serving a one-game suspension for a hit against the Philadelphia Flyers Zac Rinaldo on Saturday. Obviously youve got to respect any decision that they make, whether you agree with it or not, he said prior to the game. But obviously it sucks to sit out a game for an incident like this, especially when were playing our rivals tonight, Montreal.
The Bruins had previously lost consecutive games to the Canadiens in October and edged out a 1-0 win against them in November. They will face off again in January and February.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was in attendance and received a loud ovation when shown on the JumboTron.