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Canadiens' win streak in Boston continues

Third-period goals help Montreal make it nine in row at Bruins

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Paul Byron and Torrey Mitchell's third-period goals proved to be the difference and the Montreal Canadiens continued their dominance of the Boston Bruins at TD Garden with a 4-2 win on Saturday.

The Canadiens (4-0-1) have won nine straight regular-season games here; Boston hasn't defeated Montreal at TD Garden since Jan. 12, 2012.

Brendan Gallagher and Phillip Danault scored and goaltender Carey Price made 19 saves. The Canadiens have scored 20 goals this season and had 13 different scorers.

"We need that," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. "Tonight we knew it was a character game, and it really was outstanding tonight."

After Boston got within 2-1, Byron stopped the Bruins' momentum by scoring a shorthanded goal at 7:32, 11 seconds after Boston's power play had started, for a 3-1 lead. Byron beat Anton Khudobin on a breakaway after a clearing pass by Shea Weber took a weird bounce off the glass.

During the same power play, the Bruins pulled back within one goal when Ryan Spooner cashed in on a backdoor cut after a feed from David Backes at 8:09 to make it 4-2.

Mitchell made it 4-2 at 12:47. He intercepted David Krejci's attempted pass to Joe Morrow and then beat Khudobin with a backhand while crossing the slot and taking a high stick in the face by Morrow.

Video: MTL@BOS: Mitchell nets backhander after turnover

Khudobin made 25 saves for the Bruins (3-2-0), who had won their previous two games.

After outshooting Boston 13-6 during a scoreless first period, the Canadiens carried their momentum into the second and dominated possession. Montreal scored first when Gallagher beat Khudobin with a one-timer from the top of the right circle at 11:41.

Montreal took a 2-0 lead when John-Michael Liles missed the puck on a pinch down the left wall and Alexander Radulov led a 2-on-1, which was capped by Danault's first goal of the season at 17:44.

Bruins coach Claude Julien was not pleased by the second period.

"I thought the first period, I thought we played well. The only thing for me in the first period is the amount of shots that missed the net and the amount of shots that were blocked," Julien said. "But the second period came back to haunt us. We were flat coming out, we didn't make good outlet passes and we spent way too much time in our own end. And because of that, [we] gave them some momentum. And then by the end of it, we cheated ourselves a little bit and pucks ended up in the back of our net."

The Bruins got within 2-1 after Noel Acciari cleared the puck out of the defensive zone and sent Dominic Moore on a 2-on-1 with Tim Schaller. Moore took Schaller's return pass and beat Price to the stick side at 5:34.

Video: MTL@BOS: Gallagher hammers one-timer to open scoring

 

Goal of the game

Danault scored his first goal of the season on a 2-on-1 with Radulov by beating Khudobin high to the short side at 17:44 of the second period for a 2-0 lead.

Video: MTL@BOS: Danault, Radulov combine for great goal

 

Save of the game

Price made sure the Bruins didn't get any late-period momentum in the second when he made a save on David Pastrnak's shot from between the circles at 19:57.

 

Highlight of the game

After Weber and Jeff Petry were called for minor penalties 1:05 apart, the Canadiens killed off a 6-on-3 in the final 56 seconds and protected their two-goal lead.

 

Unsung moment of the game

Mitchell won a faceoff against Patrice Bergeron at the right dot and Andrei Markov won a battle and passed to Weber, who sent Byron for his breakaway goal.

Video: MTL@BOS: Byron scores awesome solo goal shorthanded

 

They said it

"You know what? When you go to those dirty areas you might get whacked at times, but you get rewarded and certainly the guy's getting rewarded." -- Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on Torrey Mitchell, who sustained a cut over his eye when he took a high stick while scoring his goal

 

"Listen, Anton gave us a chance to win for the longest of time. I don't think we helped him at the other end of it. He made the saves that he had to make. Some of the mistakes, breakaways and that kind of stuff, we know better than to give those." -- Bruins coach Claude Julien on goaltender Anton Khudobin

 

Video: MTL@BOS: Spooner scores PPG off Backes' sweet feed

 

Need to know

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid missed his fifth straight game because of an upper-body injury. He's been practicing and Julien said it could take a few more practices before McQuaid is ready to play. ... Zane McIntyre was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League to serve as the backup goalie with Khudobin starting for the injured Tuukka Rask. McIntyre, a second-year pro, has never played a NHL game. ... The Canadiens scratched rookie Mikhail Sergachev on defense after he played their past two games.

 

What's next

Canadiens: Home against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, RDS, CSN-PH, NHL.TV).

Bruins: Home against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NESN, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV).

 

Video: Price, Canadiens hold off Bruins in 4-2 win

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