BOSTON -- Glen Metropolit is officially a Bruin killer. The Montreal forward, who played in Boston in 2007-08, had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens scored four times in the third period to beat the Bruins 4-1 at TD Garden on Tuesday night.
Metropolit now has four goals in five games against his former team this season as he helped the Habs leapfrog the Bruins. The Canadiens moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 66 points, one more than the eighth-place Bruins. Boston's 65 points are the same total as the New York Rangers, but the Bruins have played two fewer games.
Metropolit and linemates Tom Pyatt (two assists) and Mathieu Darche (a goal and an assist) combined for six points and provided Montreal with some much-needed depth scoring.
"It was a big win for us tonight," Metropolit said. "Our line played well tonight, I thought. Our fourth line has to be able to go out there and create some energy, and we got some chances too, so that was key."
The Bruins led 1-0 after 40 minutes on a first-period power-play goal by Marco Sturm. But the goaltending of Carey Price (23 saves) kept it a one-goal game and gave the Canadiens a chance.
"We came back into the dressing room between intermissions and we kept wanting to play our game," Metropolit said. "Tuukka [Rask] was playing real well and we wanted to get some traffic on him and then a couple of breakdowns and we scored. It's a game of inches."
Metropolit tied the game 2:40 into the final period when he converted a pass from Pyatt. Maxim Lapierre, who seemed to be everywhere, then scored the go-ahead goal at 7:24, knocking in the rebound of Travis Moen's shot.
Darche got his second point of the night when he added an insurance goal with 2:30 remaining, and Benoit Pouliot iced it when he picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone just as Tuukka Rask was heading to the bench for an extra attacker. Pouliot shot the puck into the empty net left by Rask, who never even made it to the bench as he turned around to try and race back to the net, but couldn't get there in time.
With the trade deadline on Wednesday, Metropolit joked that his stock his rising.
"My stock rose, I guess," he said with a laugh. "Maybe they can get a seventh-rounder for me now; a bag of pucks and a seventh-rounder. Are there still seven rounds?"
The lone bright spot for the Bruins came when Sturm scored 12:11 into the game for a 1-0 lead. Fresh from the Olympics, where he played for Germany, Sturm somehow managed to reach around Price as he was knocked down by Habs defenseman Josh Gorges and knock in a loose puck that Price couldn't control off a Zdeno Chara blast from the point. Marc Savard got the secondary assist.
But the Bruins again got away from their game in the final period after not burying an opponent when they had the chance.
"I think we started to make some mistakes, especially on the blue lines-we didn't get pucks deep," Chara said. "You know when you're making turnover after turnover and we were just really sloppy. Then all of a sudden, we still had the lead but the other team is gaining momentum and more and more confident and the results are obviously."
Both teams were hoping healthier lineups could help them start the stretch run towards the playoffs on a positive note. Defenseman Andrei Markov (lower body), and forwards Andrei Kostitsyn (knee) and Pouliot all returned to action for the Habs. Mike Cammalleri and Marc-Andre Bergeron both remain out with knee injuries. The Bruins were without Canadian Olympian Patrice Bergeron, who injured his groin in the gold-medal game on Sunday.
The Bruins have lost all three home games in their season series with Montreal and fell to 1-2-2 against their longtime rivals with one game in Montreal remaining on March 13.
|PPG - Marco Sturm (19) ASST: Zdeno Chara (29), Marc Savard (23)|
1 - 0 BOS
|Glen Metropolit (14) ASST: Tom Pyatt (2), Mathieu Darche (4)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Maxim Lapierre (6) ASST: Travis Moen (8), Dominic Moore (10)|
2 - 1 MTL
|Mathieu Darche (3) ASST: Glen Metropolit (12), Tom Pyatt (3)|
3 - 1 MTL
|Benoit Pouliot (14) ASST: NONE|
4 - 1 MTL
|Power Play %||16.5%||17.8%|
|% on Road||10.7%||14.7%|
|% at Home||22.1%||21.2%|
|Dominic Moore Interference against Andrew Ference|
|Vladimir Sobotka Slashing against Benoit Pouliot|
|Jaroslav Spacek Hooking against Marco Sturm|
|Maxim Lapierre Slashing against Marc Savard|
|Michael Ryder Holding against Andrei Markov|
|Dominic Moore Slashing against Milan Lucic|