The Boston Bruins scored four unanswered goals in the third period to top the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 in TD Garden.
Charlie Coyle and Charlie McAvoy scored two goals each. It was McAvoy’s first two-goal night of his career.
As the Bruins have struggled to score outside of their top line, they saw a much-needed boost of secondary contributions tonight. Nine different players picked up points on the five goals.
The goals were the fruit of a shot-first mindset tonight throughout the league. B’erens outshot Montreal 41-29. McAvoy and Taylor Hall led the team with seven shots each. Other shooters included Brad Marchand with six shots, Jake DeBrusk with five and Coyle with four. Only three attackers did not have a SOG.
The Bruins came back twice during the 60 minutes. Despite trailing in the second period, Boston had better puck control and an offensive zone presence.
They surpassed the Canadiens 20-10 in the second, and that shooting mentality was transferred to the third.
“In the second period, we had no puck luck,” Bruce Cassidy said. “In the third, we stuck to it and got a lot.”
They eventually took advantage of their fourth powerplay of the night in the third opening minute and gathered from that moment. Four goals on 10 shots. You can not complain about that.
Here is a period by period breakdown of the goals.
The Canadiens opened the scoring at 8:09 in the first period.
In a hurry after a turnover from a Bruins’ scoring attempt, the Habs went on a three-on-one race with Joel Armia carrying the puck up. Once in the Bruins’ zone and inside the right face-off circle, Armia threw a wrist shot at Jeremy Swayman, hitting his block. 1-0 Canadians.
The Bruins equalized the game to 8:27 in the second period.
Hall fired a wrist shot into the net. With traffic out front, McAvoy rushed the net to pick up rebound in the gap for a quick one-hour past Sam Montembeault’s stick. 1-1 match.
The Canadiens took the lead at 16:25 of the second period.
Michael Pezzetta threw a wrist shot into the net which Swayman saved, but the puck bounced off Connor Clifton’s skate in front and then past Swayman’s right skate. 2-1 Habs.
The Bruins equalized the game to 2:14 in the third period on power play.
Marchand handed over to McAvoy, who carried the puck to the high castle and fired a wrist shot over the net over Montembeault’s glove. 2-2 Bruins.
The Bruins took the lead at 5:58 of the third period.
Out of a breakout game, David Pastrnak sent a wrister at Montembeault. Jeff Petry tried to clear the rebound out of the castle and into the corner, but his clear deflected Coyle’s visor and past Montembeault. 3-2 Bruins.
The Bruins took a two-goal lead of 9:05 in the third period on Coyle’s second goal of the night.
DeBrusk pushed the puck into the offensive zone, where Coyle overtook Adams Brooks for it. Coyle drove the game to the net and came close to the short side, laying a wrist shot from the top shelf over Montembeault’s glove. 4-2 Bruins.
The Bruins closed the game 18:02 in the third period with an empty goal from Hall. Final score: 5-2 Bruins.
It’s another week without games for the Bruins, as they will not have a game until Saturday, Nov. 20, when they face the Philadelphia Flyers away at 7 p.m.