Boston comeback beats Montreal
The Boston Bruins staged an impressive comeback on Sunday night to beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 at TD Garden and extend their run of wins to seven.
David Pastrňák grabbed his 25th goal of the season to top the goalscoring charts, and Tuukka Rask contributed 28 saves for Boston, who impressively remain the only team in the NHL who have yet to record a home loss in regulation time.
This was also the third time in a row that the team had produced a comeback in the third period to win a game, and speaking to the media, Pastrňák said that they had to dig deep, but they had belief:
“You know they’re a really good team, to be honest. Really fast and played really well today. But we stuck with it. Obviously, we knew we were going to get one. We didn’t know we were going to get three in the third, but we knew … we were going to get the bounce at the net.”
For the Canadiens, who went into the game as outsiders with sports betting companies, the outcome was a disappointment and continues their defensive woes, as they have now conceded 24 times in their last four matches, despite the best efforts of Carey Price, who made 31 saves on the night.
They had the best possible start to the game when Joel Armia gave them the lead at 1:58 in the first, taking the puck from Zdeno Chára and then skating out to the front of the net and firing in a backhand that took a deflection from Charlie McAvoy’s skate.
Montreal held on to that lead until 6:16 in the third period when Pastrňák took advantage of a chipped clearance by Anders Bjork, taking the puck to the right and firing in a slap shot via the left post, levelling the game and making him the first player since Jaromír Jágr during the 1996-97 season to score 25 or more goals in the opening 27 games of a campaign.
Four minutes later, the Bruins were in front when David Backes, making his first appearance since 2nd November, registered his first goal of the campaign with a one-timer during a power play.
Montreal worked hard to get back into the game, but they were unable to find a way through and fell two goals behind on 10:29 when Jake DeBrusk scored to make it 3-1.
Words: Stijn Janssen