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MTL@BOS: Postgame

The Canadiens' winless streak stands at eight games following Sunday night's defeat in Boston

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier. Translated by Matt Cudzinowski. @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

BOSTON - The Canadiens dropped a 3-1 decision to the Bruins on Sunday night at TD Garden.

As per usual, Habs fans aplenty made the trip to Boston to cheer on their club.

A few of those supporters took the opportunity to wish Tomas Tatar a happy 29th birthday.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Tatar c��l��bre son anniversaire en donnant des rondelles. 🎁Tatar is celebrating his birthday by handing out some pucks.#GoHabsGo | @TomasTatar90 pic.twitter.com/4kRBcmzC8U

It was also defenseman Gustav Olofsson's birthday. He turned 25, and was playing his second game of the season with Montreal.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: L'autre f��t��, Gustav Olofsson. 🎉Another birthday boy, @golofsson94.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/0YewDow5vn

For the second straight game, the Canadiens grabbed the early lead courtesy of Joel Armia.

Armia's backhander deflected past Boston starter Tuukka Rask just 1:58 into the first period.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Du calme, Armia! M��me pas le temps de s'assoir!Take it easy, Army! We hadn't even sat down yet!#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/SGUpB1p3zX

It marked the 26-year-old Finn's third goal in as many games. He joins assistant captain Brendan Gallagher for the team lead in that department with 10 goals thus far this season.

Through 20 minutes, the Canadiens were outshooting the Bruins 11-10.

Claude Julien's squad also led their opponents in puck possession in the offensive zone during the opening frame. The Habs spent 2:11 with the puck in Bruins territory, while Boston spent just 52 seconds with the puck in the Canadiens' end.

There were no goals to report in the second period.

The Canadiens managed to kill a penalty to captain Shea Weber during the middle frame to maintain their advantage.

The Bruins led 20-19 in shots after 40 minutes.

Sniper David Pastrnak finally got the Bruins on the board at the 6:16 mark of the third period.

The NHL's leading goal-scorer blasted a slap shot past goaltender Carey Price to tie things up 1-1.

Veteran David Backes gave Boston a 2-1 lead with 9:31 remaining in regulation time.

He beat Price with a one-timer from the slot on the power play. Nick Cousins was in the penalty box when Backes lit the lamp.

Then, Jake DeBrusk upped the Bruins' lead to 3-1.with 6:33 left before the final buzzer.

That's the way things finished up.

The Canadiens will be back in action on Tuesday night when they play host to the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre.

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