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Bruins Blank the Canadiens

December 18, 2018

By Steve Conroy

Boston Herald

MONTREAL -- With the way things had been going for the Bruins, they surely would have taken two points in any kind of packaging. But an easy win at the Bell Centre? Those things don’t happen very often for the B’s very often, but that’s exactly what they earned Monday night.

The Bruins got goals throughout the game and up in down the lineup, scoring in the first (Joakim Nordstrom), second (Colby Cave) and third periods (David Krejci, Brad Marchand) and cruising to 4-0 victory to snap a two-game losing streak.

The B’s dominated from the first drop of the puck, but it wasn’t until Cave scored on a 4-on-4 in the final minute of the second period until they got some breathing space. Then Krejci scored 46 seconds into the third period after a collision between two Habs and Marchand put the B’s in full control with a power-play goal after a Montreal defender checked David Pastrnak into Carey Price, giving Marchand an open net.The Bruins came into the game with an air of desperation. They left their games against Pittsburgh and Buffalo with nothing to show, despite being tied in the third period of both games. They entered the game in the second wild card spot, a point behind the Habs.

And the B’s played in the first period as if it was indeed a very important game for them. They dominated the period, outshooting the Habs 12-5 and taking an early 1-0 lead thanks to a bad turnover by Montreal center Michael Chaput.

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