The Boston Bruins took on the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday evening, making it a three-game win streak. The Bruins won 5-1 and easily defeated the league’s 31st-ranked team in terms of points thanks to Brad Marchand. This B’s victory came as their 10th at TD Garden this season.
Marchand started off the scoring late in the first, scoring his 17th goal of the year 14:43 into the period on a one-timer right next to the goalie. The 33-year-old didn’t let his foot off the gas pedal after that goal, though. The team’s leading scorer added another tally for the Bruins just 15 seconds after his opening goal. Marchand swiped at a puck that bounced high and snuck it past Jake Allen.
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Right before the period ended, Curtis Lazar made it 3-0 with less than a minute remaining with a big thanks to Jake DeBrusk. DeBrusk shot the puck which hit Lazar’s skate and went in. With that goal, Lazar recorded two points that period since he assisted on Marchand’s first goal.
The second period came and went and it was still all Bruins. On the penalty kill because of an Erik Haula hooking minor, the Bruins still managed to score. Marchand scored a shorthanded goal on Sam Montembault which rewarded him with his fifth career hat trick. Michael Pezzetta ended up lighting the lamp for the Habs that period, but it was still 4-1 going into the third.
The third period didn’t make much of a difference even if the game had ended after the first. The Bruins held onto the lead and added an extra goal to put away Montreal. Urho Vaakanainen scored his first career goal halfway through the third which turned out to be the last goal of the game. The Bruins took Vaakanainen 18th overall in 2017 and the 23-year-old Finn played in his 19th NHL game in this one.
Linus Ullmark played great in net for the Bruins. Ullmark posted his second-best save percentage so far this season at .960. His season average also sits at .919 and he’s had a streak of three games with a .900 or better save percentage.
Allen started for the Habs but didn’t finish due to an injury. However, before the injury he hadn’t been off to a great start. He finished with a .714 save percentage after allowing two goals on seven shots. Montembault surprisingly held his own in net after being thrown into the fire. The 25-year-old finished with a respectable .912 save percentage, giving up three goals on 34 shots.
The B’s will look to continue their win streak the next day as they get ready to play the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers have only won a single game since their return from the COVID-19 break and it was against the Seattle Kraken. This should be a game that the Bruins win, however, the B’s are playing on back-to-back nights. Puck drop will take place at TD Garden at 7 p.m.