Bruins win 3rd straight, downing the slumping Canadiens 4-1
Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien and players Tomas Plekanec, left, Brian Flynn (32), Lars Eller (81) and David Desharnais, right, watch during the final minute an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins o Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
MONTREAL (AP) Patrice Bergeron broke a 1-all tie in the second period and the Boston Bruins downed slumping Montreal 4-1 on Tuesday night, leaving the Canadiens winless in five games.
Max Talbot, David Pasternak and Brad Marchand, with an empty-net goal, also scored for the Bruins, who won their third straight and avenged a 5-1 loss to Montreal in the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1. The teams wore their Winter Classic jerseys in the rematch.
Mark Barberio scored for the Canadiens, who led their division with a 19-4-3 record in early December, but are in a 4-16-1 funk. Montreal outshot the Bruins 39-24.
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A trade has been anticipated to shake Montreal out of its lethargy and coach Michel Therrien's job could be on the line.