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Bruins tie it late, defeat Canadiens in OT

Marchand wins it at 2:06; Khudobin makes 27 saves for Boston

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

BOSTON -- Brad Marchand scored 2:06 into overtime, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 at TD Garden on Saturday.

Marchand started along the left wall and circled the net before scoring with a wrist shot from the right hash marks.

"Yeah, got a little lucky," Marchand said. "I think they were a little tired. They were definitely a little bit [tired], so nice to get the win though."


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Jake DeBrusk scored, Torey Krug had two assists, and Anton Khudobin made 27 saves for the Bruins (40-15-8), who have won three straight and are 11-4-0 in their past 15 games. Boston is six points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Brendan Gallagher scored, and Antti Niemi made 48 saves for the Canadiens (25-29-11), who had won two straight but extended their point streak to seven games (3-0-4). Montreal is eight points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes in the race for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Video: MTL@BOS: Gallagher picks off pass, snaps shot home

The Canadiens were playing the second half of a back-to-back and were without Max Pacioretty (lower body) and defenseman Victor Mete (hand).

"I'm not going to complain about our guys' effort," Montreal coach Claude Julien said. "You know, it's our fourth game in six nights and we've been traveling, and we know the circumstances from [Friday] as well. We tried to hang in there and we played a really good hockey club first and foremost.

"At the same time, our goaltender, who was fresh from not playing last night, was giving us that opportunity. When you take six penalties, whether they're deserved or whatever the case may be, it eventually catches up to you and we did our best and eventually the fresher team and the better team won."

Gallagher scored at 9:16 of the first period to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead. After he stole Kevan Miller's pass in the neutral zone, Gallagher skated in and beat Khudobin blocker side with a wrist shot from the high slot.

DeBrusk tied it with a power-play goal at 17:15 of the third period after he redirected Nick Holden's slap pass past Niemi.

"A guy [Montreal's Nicolas Deslauriers] lost his stick. I think that's a key part of it," Krug said. "No, I mean, it can be frustrating, you have so much time on the power play, you're not getting the goals. We had a lot of good looks. Ultimately it was just getting a shot into the slot and those guys do the work. Great job by those guys to stick with it."

Video: MTL@BOS: Khudobin goes into a split to rob L. Shaw

Rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who is second on the Bruins with an average of 22:29 of ice time, left in the first period with a lower-body injury.

"Yeah, it's never easy for sure," Miller said. "You want to make sure obviously that the guy who went down is OK, but you just have to manage your minutes and we've got a good group back there. You kind of pick each other up, so it was good tonight."


Goal of the game

Marchand's goal at 2:06 of overtime.

Video: MTL@BOS: Marchand wrists home OT winner from the slot


Save of the game

Khudobin's save on Gallagher at 19:02 of the third period.

Video: MTL@BOS: Khudobin denies Gallagher off the rush


Highlight of the game

DeBrusk's goal at 17:15 of the third period.

Video: MTL@BOS: DeBrusk scores on power play to tie game


They said it

"When we talk about our roster, and we've got a lot of young guys in there and they're battling and we're finding ways to get points, I think we're growing as a team. And we still have a long ways to go, but at least we're going in the right direction." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien


"We were talking about that in the room. [Assistant coach] Kevin [Dean] said that pound for pound he must be the strongest guy on the puck." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on forward Brad Marchand


Need to know

Marchand has three overtime goals this season. ... The Bruins have won their past six meetings with the Canadiens and swept the season series (4-0-0) for the first time since 1994-95. ... The Bruins' 50 shots were a season-high and their most in one game since they had 50 against the New York Islanders on Dec. 20, 2016. ... Cassidy said McAvoy would be re-evaluated Monday after a scheduled day off.


What's next

Canadiens: At the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV)

Bruins: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, NESN, NHL.TV)


Video: DeBrusk, Marchand lead Bruins to comeback win in OT

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