MONTREAL (AP) — Patrice Bergeron broke a tie with 2:55 left and the NHL-leading Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.

Following a faceoff in the offensive zone, Bergeron hopped on a loose puck in the slot and beat Samuel Montembeault with a wrist shot.

“I grew up a Nordiques fan coming from Quebec City but I do understand and recognize the tradition, everything has been through, and all the legends that have been wearing that jersey,” Bergeron said.

“For me, it’s a lot of pride to play for the Bruins with that same kind of tradition and legends of the game and be a part of it. So, I always try to enjoy and make the most of it.”

Montreal Canadiens’ Josh Anderson checks Boston Bruins’ Hampus Lindholm, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Taylor Hall and David Krejci also scored for Boston in the first game of the season between the rivals. David Pastrnak had an empty-netter in the final minute and added three assists.

Jeremy Swayman made 19 saves to help the Bruins improve to 38-5-4.

Kirby Dach scored twice for Montreal, and Montembeault made 25 saves. The Canadiens dropped to 20-25-3.

“I’m proud of the guys tonight,” Montreal coach Martin St. Louis said. “We fought, we played a good game. They’re tough to play against but we were there, we were engaged. We didn’t get the result but you need to be careful with how you measure success.”

Montreal Canadiens’ Michael Pezzetta (55) collides with Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Canadiens opened the scoring on a power play at 9:11 of the second period, with Dach beating Swayman with a wrister.

Boston scored on a power-play goal of its own with 5:48 left in the second. Montembeault saved a shot that deflected off of David Savard, but Hall pounced on the rebound to tie it.

The Bruins took the lead midway through the third when Kreijci deflected in Pavel Zacha’s shot. Dach tied it at 2 with 8:29 left, banging in his career-high 10th goal.


Bruins: At Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

Canadiens: Host Detroit on Thursday night.


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