MONTREAL – They know how to win games, these Boston Bruins. In any case, they have the elements to score important goals. Tuesday, the captain Patrice Bergeron broke the tie with 2:55 remaining in the third period and the Bostonians defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 at the Bell Centre.
Bergeron showed young Nick Suzuki that he still has some crusts to eat before being his equal. The veteran center player beat Samuel Montembeault with a wrist shot from the slot after winning the face-off against Suzuki in CH territory.
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« It was a planned game that worked well, » explained Bergeron. The puck went to ‘Pasta’ for the shot. I was just trying to get rid of my roofer to get the puck. I was lucky. She swerved on a few skates before reaching me. The guard had obstructed vision. He must not have seen much. »
It was sweet revenge for Bergeron, who struggled on face-offs against Suzuki early in the game.
« It was the first game that I took all the face-offs on the other side, » explained Bergeron. I didn’t take one from my strong side. My pace wasn’t great. You have to give it (Suzuki) credit. I did not dwell on my difficulties. I was only thinking about the upcoming game. »
Feet on the ground
Bergeron therefore allowed the Bruins (38-5-4) to be the team that reached the mark of 80 points the earliest in regular season in the history of the NHL, that is to say in their 47th game.
« We stay in the moment and we are never satisfied, » said the captain. Tonight’s game is a good example. The Canadians gave us solid opposition, but we could have been better in some aspects of the game. We’ll work on that for our next outing.
« Having said that, I’m proud of the level of resilience we show from game to game and the ways we find to win games, » concluded Bergeron.
Video: The Bruins win late in the 3rd period
David Pastrnak was the spark plug for the Bruins offensively, with an empty-netter goal, his 37th this season, in addition to amassing three assists. Taylor Hall, his 14th this season, and David Krejci, his 12th, were the other winners contributors.
« It wasn’t magic that worked, » coach Jim Montgomery corrected when the suggestion was made to him.
“It’s more about desire and determination. The goals of Krejci and Bergeron, it’s because the two guys went close to the opposing goal. Those are the kind of goals we need to score in the playoffs. »
Kirby Dach, with his ninth and 10th this season, was the Habs’ lone scorer.
“He’s been showing a lot of consistency lately,” noted coach Martin St-Louis. “We see a player who is on his way to showing his potential. It takes consistency to convince the world of its potential. »
Goaltender Jeremy Swayman savored the win by stopping 20 shots. At the other end, Samuel Montembeault was very solid, blocking 25 shots.
“I’m proud of the guys. We battled,” said St-Louis. “The Bruins are tough, but we were in on it and involved. It’s not the desired outcome, but you have to measure success the right way. »
The CH (20-25-3) ends its five-game stay at the Bell Center by hosting the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN2, BSDETX).
It was tied 1-1 after two periods. The brilliance of Montembeault, author of 22 saves, was the reason the Canadians held on.
‘Monty’ stood guard early in the evening, allowing his team to get away with a 0-0 tie at the end of the first period. He made the best of his 11 saves against Trent Frederic, who shot from close range to the right of the net.
The Habs took the lead in the second period on a power play at 9:11. It was a breeze for Dach, after Mike Hoffman’s cross pass came to him to Swayman’s left.
In his 200th NHL game, Dach achieved a career-high in the regular season with a 30th point.
The Bruins came back with a massive attack at 2:12. Positioned near Montembeault, to his right, Hall completed the strategy of Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy. The Bruins therefore obtained at least one superiority goal in a 33rd game this season.
The third period was a game of chess. Thoughtful and orderly, the Bruins patiently awaited opportunities to attack.
The Canadians continued to defend well. However, they were unlucky to see Krejci break the tie at 9:46. The Czech veteran barely grazed Pastrnak’s long shot from the wrists.
Dach, however, would tie the game at 11:31, taking advantage of the relentlessness of Alex Belzile in front of the net.
It was before Bergeron came to settle the debate, with his 18th goal this season.
« I think it’s a satisfying performance for us, » commented Montembeault. It was a big test. I’m proud of the guys, they worked hard, sacrificing themselves and blocking shots. It would have been ‘fun’ if we were at least rewarded with a ranking point. »