The Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to six games Wednesday night, dominating the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, 4-1. In victory, the Bruins earned their first win over the Canadiens this season, and snapped a five-game losing streak in the rivalry.
Boston got off to a slow start, yielding some quality scoring chances at the onset. The black-and-gold hunkered down, started playing their brand of hockey, and put the Canadiens away with a workmen-like effort in the second period.
Carl Soderberg (12), Patrice Bergeron (19), and Milan Lucic (20) all scored in the second period of play. Tuukka Rask stood tall in goal, stifling the Canadiens and holding them scoreless through two periods of play.
Brad Marchand hooked up with Bergeron on his goal. It was Boston’s signature play of the night. The two exchanged passes, rushing up the ice on an odd-man rush. After sending three passes back-and-forth between one another, Bergeron banged home a one-timer for the score.
Rask faced a total of 36 shots in the game and turned aside 35 of them, including first period breakaway bids by Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk. For Rask, the dominant showing will go a long way. Prior to Wednesday, Boston’s netminder held a dismal 2-10-2 record against Montreal. The brilliance Rask exhibited in the tilt renders that stat a distant memory.
Thomas Vanek tallied his first point against the Bruins in a Canadiens uniform, assisting on the Desharnais goal.
Boston upped their record to 43-17-5 on the year. They now sit one point behind the idle Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins have points in 11 of their last 12 games.
The Phoenix Coyotes are next up for the Bruins. Boston will host Phoenix on Thursday night at TD Garden. The two sides have yet to square-off this season.