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Bruins 4, Canadiens 3, SO

Wednesday, 02.15.2012 / 10:52 PM

Associated Press

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Bruins 4, Canadiens 3, SO
Boston Bruins 4, Montréal Canadiens 3
Three Stars of the Game
Tyler Seguin
1st
Tyler Seguin
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 20:42
Erik Cole
2nd
Erik Cole
LW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 5
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 19:46
Patrice Bergeron
3rd
Patrice Bergeron
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 23:23

MONTREAL (AP) - The Boston Bruins' competitive fire was stoked by the latest encounter with their longtime rivals, the Montreal Canadiens.

Tyler Seguin's shootout goal gave Boston a 4-3 victory over Montreal on Wednesday night after the Bruins squandered a two-goal lead in the third period.

Seguin hesitated as he drove in on Carey Price before firing a shot past the goalie. David Krejci had sent a shot off the post on Boston's first attempt.

Tim Thomas stopped Rene Bourque, Max Pacioretty and Lars Eller in the tiebreaker for his 24th win. He made 26 saves during regulation and overtime.

"It felt like a bit more passionate game than we've been playing recently," said Thomas, who improved to 5-0 in shootouts this season. "We brought the effort, and we had a better team energy than we've had lately. And part of that, I think, was the way Montreal came at us - but we responded, which is a good thing."

Andrew Ference, Benoit Pouliot and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston, which began a six-game trip - its longest of the season - on a winning note following a 2-4 skid.

Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole scored in the third for Montreal. Mathieu Darche had tied it 1-1 with a short-handed goal early in the second.

"It's hard to say it's a good game when we don't come up with two points at this time of the year, when we're on the outside looking in," Pacioretty said.

Price stopped 31 shots for the Canadiens, which had a four-game winning streak snapped on Monday with a 5-3 loss to Carolina.

Montreal is 12th in the Eastern Conference.

"It's unfortunate that because of that Carolina game, now we've lost two in a row and we're not where we could be," Darche said. "I think the last two weeks we've played the way we should have all year, and if we would have done that I don't think we'd be in this situation."

Pacioretty scored his team-leading 24th goal 3:34 into the third to draw the Canadiens within 3-2. Cole tied it with his 22nd goal at 11:12, deking around Thomas and beating him with a backhand.

"I don't know if we got caught off guard. We've got to be better," Bergeron said. "We know they're a team that never stops battling, and they showed that again. We found a way but we're not happy with our last period."

Bruins center Brad Marchand put a shot off the crossbar 2:41 into overtime.

Marchand was given a minor penalty for clipping for his low hit on Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin at the end of the second. He was suspended for five games last month after he was given a major for clipping and a game misconduct for his hit on Vancouver's Sami Salo on Jan. 7.

Pouliot restored Boston's lead at 2-1 with his ninth goal 5:07 into the second. The former Montreal left wing stick-handled past defenseman Chris Campoli to gain the slot before firing a shot past Price.

Bergeron scored his 17th goal on a power play 14:33 into the second to put Boston up 3-1. The tally came with 6 seconds left in a penalty to Cole, the second of two straight goalie interference calls against Montreal that gave the Bruins a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:12.

Ference scored his fifth goal 17:09 in. The defenseman beat Price with a shot from the top of right circle after Marchand intercepted the puck from defenseman Hal Gill along the boards behind the Canadiens' net.

Darche tied it with a short-handed goal 1:39 into the second, driving the net to direct P.K. Subban's centering pass inside the left post.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was struck on the chin when Tomas Plekanec attempted to clear the Canadiens' zone with a slap shot of a rolling puck at the end of the first. The sold-out crowd of 21,273 continued to cheer even as Chara was down on the ice for several moments before he made his way to the dressing room.

"It's very disappointing," Chara said. "You have a guy lying on the ice kind of hurt and they give a standing ovation for that. What can I say? There's nothing much I can say about that. I can't control that, and I moved on. I got up, I got stitched up, and I was back in the second."

Chara delivered a devastating hit on Pacioretty last March. The Canadiens forward sustained a broken vertebra in his neck and missed the rest of the regular season and Montreal's first-round playoff loss to the Bruins.

NOTES: Thomas has stopped 15 of 16 shootout attempts. ... Montreal RW Ryan White held Bruins D Adam McQuaid's jersey in his hand before tossing it onto the ice at the end of their spirited fight 14:15 into the first. ... Pacioretty was also called for goaltender interference in the first. ... The Canadiens are one win short of their 3,200th, dating to the franchise's days in the National Hockey Association.

scoring summary
1st Period
17:09
BOS
Andrew Ference (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Marchand (21)
1 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
01:39
MTL
SHG - Mathieu Darche (5) Tip-in - ASST: P.K. Subban (20)
1 - 1 Tie
05:07
BOS
Benoit Pouliot (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Kelly (12), Rich Peverley (29)
2 - 1 BOS
14:33
BOS
PPG - Patrice Bergeron (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Seguin (25), Zdeno Chara (24)
3 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
03:34
MTL
Max Pacioretty (24) Wrist shot - ASST: David Desharnais (31), Erik Cole (22)
3 - 2 BOS
11:12
MTL
Erik Cole (22) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDMTLBOSTOTAL
1R. Bourque
D. Krejci
0 - 0
2M. Pacioretty
T. Seguin
0 - 1
3L. Eller
0 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
09:11
BOS
Dennis Seidenberg  Cross checking against  Scott Gomez
14:15
BOS
Adam McQuaid  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan White
14:15
MTL
Ryan White  Fighting (maj) against  Adam McQuaid
15:16
BOS
Dennis Seidenberg  Tripping against  Erik Cole
15:43
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tim Thomas
17:59
MTL
Lars Eller  Hi stick - double minor against  David Krejci
2nd Period
05:27
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn  Interference against  Chris Kelly
11:52
BOS
Daniel Paille  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
11:52
MTL
Louis Leblanc  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tim Thomas
12:39
MTL
Erik Cole  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tim Thomas
20:00
BOS
Brad Marchand  Clipping against  Alexei Emelin
3rd Period
05:00
BOS
Johnny Boychuk  Interference against  Max Pacioretty
18:37
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
24-11-0
SA: 29TOI: 65:00
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .897SH: 1 - 2
Carey Price
SA: 34TOI: 64:33
Saves: 31EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .912SH: 0 - 0