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.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Brad Marchand scored on a breakaway with 2:24 left in overtime and the Boston Bruins picked up where they left off before their six-day bye with a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
Ryan Spooner also scored for the Bruins, who improved to 4-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves.
Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal for the Sharks, who have lost six of eight games heading into their bye week. Four of those losses came in overtime and another in a shootout, giving San Jose nine points during the span. Martin Jones made 25 saves.
The winning play started on a faceoff in the Bruins' defensive zone. Patrice Bergeron won the faceoff back to Torey Krug, who sent a stretch pass up ice that Marchand retrieved behind the Sharks defense. He skated in all alone on Jones and beat him for his 25th goal of the season.
While teams coming out of the bye week have struggled this season with a 3-12-4 record coming into Sunday, the Bruins opened the game with much more energy than the Sharks, who were playing for the second straight night after a win in Arizona on Saturday.
Frank Vatrano had a good chance early that Jones stopped but the third line cashed in later in the opening period when Jimmy Hayes took a pass from Adam McQuaid at the point and shot it wide. Spooner recovered the puck off the back boards and tucked it into the open net for the first goal of the game.
The Sharks found their legs in the second period and nearly tied it when Brent Burns hit the post before finally getting the equalizer thanks to a fortunate bounce during 4-on-4 play. Burns' point shot was blocked by Krug and the puck went straight to Marleau, who shot it into the open net for his 21st goal of the season late in the second.
The Bruins are ready to give it their best crack coming out of the NHL’s five day bye despite some evidence that it’s not going to be easy on Sunday night.
Teams in their first game back from the five day vacation were sporting a 3-10-3 record entering Sunday’s action, and the coast-to-coast flight from Boston to San Jose for a date with the Sharks wasn’t likely to do them any favors. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t make any mystery of his Sunday night lineup against the Sharks, and will scratch hard-nosed left winger Matt Beleskey along with Joe Morrow and John-Michael Liles. Beleskey was healthy scratched from last weekend’s win against Vancouver as well, and had no points along with a minus-1 rating in the two games he played under Cassidy ahead of the five day break.
Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sharks on Sunday night according to the Boston Bruins twitter feed:
K. Miller-C. Miller