BostonBruins.com - The Bruins weren't about to let their strong play end in Montreal.
The Canadiens took it to them early on Wednesday night at the Bell Centre, but the Black & Gold flew back to Boston with a 4-1 win, a successful road trip and six-game winning streak in tow.
"It would be a shame to not give our best effort on this last game," Gregory Campbell had said prior to the matchup.
Boston had already picked up four points down in Florida against the Lightning and the Panthers.
"We talked about our mindset going into this game. It was just about focusing on what we've done well up until this point, especially on this road trip," Milan Lucic said postgame, after notching his 20th goal of the season.
"And we just wanted to play to our strengths and you don't forget, when you lose a game the way you did last time."
When Boston last played the Canadiens at TD Garden, they fell 4-1. They gave themselves trouble, and didn't play their game.
"I think that gave us some motivation as well, heading into this game and it's nice to finally get a result against these guys, because it's been a five-game losing streak before this one."
The Bruins had been 0-4-1 in their past five games against the Habs.
"If we play the way we’ve played lately, I think it’s going to be a great game, so we've just got to focus on that," Head Coach Claude Julien said pregame.
"We need to see our game. That's my message to our team, is we've got to go out there and play our game, and let's just continue to do the things well that we've done lately."
Montreal came out strong on Wednesday night, backed by their always intense and rowdy crowd.
Tuukka Rask had to make two big saves in the first 1:10 of the game. He stopped all 14 shots he faced through 20 minutes to keep the game scoreless heading to the second.
Boston had to kill off two penalties in the opening period, and the Bruins' netminder faced two breakaways, making a terrific right pad stop on Max Pacioretty breaking in.
The Bruins went on to score three goals in the second period from Carl Soderberg, Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic.
"Despite the start, I thought we played a pretty solid game," said Rask. "We took most of our opportunities away and then capitalized on ours in the second period, and it's a good road win, especially with the little cushion right there."
"And we're happy where our game's headed right now."
Zdeno Chara added his 15th goal of the season just 23 seconds into the third period to give his team a four-goal cushion.
The Habs would narrow their deficit to 4-1, after a scramble in front of Rask, with the Bruins' netminder in a snow angel in the crease. But it was the only goal the Bruins would let through. They had taken control after the opening frame.
"We had to put pucks deep and then grind it out," said Rask. "If you turn it over at the bluelines, and give them speed, they're going to make some plays and we noticed that in the first and just told ourselves, 'let's play in their end and hold on to that puck' and it helped, paid off."
"It seems like every time we're in this building, they come at us with that full court press, and we're in our zone and they get a lot of shots and obviously Tuukka kept us in there," said Lucic, whose timely goal came after the Bruins had been pinned in their own end for a minute and a half, facing waves of the Habs' top two lines. "And whenever we can withstand that pressure, it's always given us a chance to win."
"So I think if you look at the team effort, that's what gave us the big win here."