Boston at Montreal

Rask, Bruins blank Canadiens to end 10-game skid

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MONTREAL -- Tuukka Rask was pretty much all that stood between Boston and a blown lead.

Not to mention a record the Bruins would have wanted no part of.

The goalie stopped 36 shots, including 15 in a frantic second period after Boston took an early lead, and the Bruins snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over Montreal on Sunday night.

"Our goaltender was unbelievable," coach Claude Julien said. "Whenever they had the great chances, he made the big saves."

Marco Sturm scored twice to help Boston win for the first time since a 2-1 shootout victory over San Jose on Jan. 14 and avoided tying the longest losing streak in franchise history set by the Bruins in their first season, 1924-25.

The Bruins scored a pair of goals 2:24 apart late in the first, including Adam McQuaid's first NHL goal and Sturm's first of two with 3.2 seconds remaining.

"It wasn't that big since they didn't score, I could say, but obviously it was a huge goal for us because we got the 2-0 lead," Rask said "And you think it gives you a confidence boost for the second period but I think we kind of slept through the first 10, 15 minutes of the second, but it's always easier to have a two-goal than a one-goal lead."

Rask, who recorded his fourth career shutout, made a number of big stops in the second period when Montreal outshot Boston 15-3.

"If I sleep, it's going to be on the scoreboard right away so you try be as sharp as possible," Rask said.

Sturm scored again midway through the third.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 24 shots in his fifth straight start for the Canadiens, who ended a three-game winning streak.

"We said before the game that we don't want to be the team that puts them back on their feet and start winning again, but that's pretty much what we did tonight," Montreal center Tomas Plekanec said.

Bruins center David Krejci left in the first after playing three shifts for a total of 1:34. He did not return.

McQuaid, who made his NHL debut on Dec. 19 in a 2-0 loss in Toronto, scored 17:32 in. The 6-foot-4 defenseman's shot deflected into the net off Canadiens right wing Ryan White's stick.

Halak stopped Zdeno Chara's shot late in the first, but Sturm put away the rebound to put Boston up by two at 19:56.

Solid in the opening period, Rask shined in the second.

The Finnish goalie stuck out his right pad to stop Tomas Plekanec's shot on a breakaway 11:19 into the second, moments after he made a spectacular glove save on the Montreal center's slap shot from the slot.

Rask also robbed Plekanec with another pad save late in the middle period.

Sturm made it a three-goal lead 9:49 into the third when his long shot struck Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges' stick on its way past Halak.

Notes

  • The Bruins lost 11 straight from Dec. 3, 1924-Jan. 5, 1925.
  • McQuaid was chosen 55th overall by Columbus in the second round of the 2005 draft. He had 10 points in 31 games with Providence of the AHL this season.
  • Canadiens RW Matt D'Agostini was a healthy scratch.
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Goalie Tuukka Rask turns away a Tomas Plekanec shot for one of his 36 blocks in the shutout.  (Getty Images)
Goalie Tuukka Rask turns away a Tomas Plekanec shot for one of his 36 blocks in the shutout. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Boston  (24-22-11) «2013
Montreal (28-26-6)0000
Three Stars
T. Rask
BOS


Saves: 36
Save Pct.: 1.000
M. Sturm
BOS


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
P. Bergeron
BOS


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
17:32Adam McQuaid (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Savard
19:56Marco Sturm (17), Snap Shot. Assist: Bergeron, Chara
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
09:49Marco Sturm (18), Wrist Shot. Assist: Bergeron
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
39.0Gomez, 2 min, Roughing
39.0Sturm, 2 min, Roughing
12:17O'Byrne, 5 min, Fighting
12:17Wheeler, 5 min, Fighting
2ND PERIOD
12:39Morris, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Boston1331127
Montreal10151136
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Tuukka Rask60:00360
Jaroslav Halak60:00243
Game Information
Attendance - 21273
Referees - Brad Meier, Marc Joannette
Linesmen - Jean Morin, Thor Nelson
 
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