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Recap: Bruins bounce back, bury Montreal 4-0

A great response after a lesser effort Sunday night.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

(Streamables from Chris tonight, so if you don’t see them below, you’re probably on mobile. Click the link in each score to directly view each highlight.)

Joakim Nordstrom got the Bruins on the board in the first with his fifth goal of the season. 1-0 Bruins.

It was his first, and it was a big one: Colby Cave beats Carey Price in the final minute of the first period to extend the lead to 2-0 Bruins.

David Krejci gets the 599th point of his NHL career and extends his point streak to seven games, making it 3-0 Bruins in the process.

A beautiful pass by Torey Krug was followed by a beautiful pass by David Pastrnak, and Brad Marchand didn’t miss. 4-0 Bruins.

That’s it! 4-0 final, as Jaroslav Halak makes 22 saves for the road shutout.

Some quick thoughts:

  • This was probably Charlie McAvoy’s best game of the season. He was a monster in all three zones tonight, finishing with two assists and a half-dozen great plays in the Bruins’ end. It may have taken him a couple games to shake off the rust, but he looks great.
  • Speaking of McAvoy, if you’re a Redditor, this was your Christmas: Jack Edwards making a Stallion reference.
  • David Pastrnak didn’t score, but was all over the offensive zone tonight. He finished with two assists, and was part of the prettiest passing play of the night on Marchand’s goal.
  • It’s good to see Cave get on the board. He was off to a hot start in Providence, but the goals weren’t coming in the NHL. The Bell Centre certainly isn’t a bad place to net your first.
  • The Canadiens did a ton of running around after the fourth Bruin goal. Steven Kampfer was hit high, Andrew Shaw was looking to leave his didn’t really work, but it was noticeable.
  • The Canadiens were an absolute disaster with the puck tonight, with brutal giveaways leading to at least two Bruin goals. For a coach like Claude Julien, who values defense-first hockey above all else, an effort like this is enough to make him lose his mind.
  • While the weekend was a lost cause, the Bruins are now 4-2-0 in their last six. Patrice Bergeron is looming on the horizon, as is Kevan Miller. If they can hold on through next weekend, they may enter the New Year in decent shape.