Jaroslav Halak stopped all 22 pictures he confronted for his third shutout of the season because the Boston Bruins blanked the Montreal Canadiens 4-Zero on Monday night time.
Joakim Nordstrom, Colby Cave, David Krejci and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins (18-12-4), who snapped a two-game dropping skid. Boston was on the second sport of a back-to-back after dropping 4-2 in Buffalo on Sunday.
Halak improved to 5-0-Zero when going through Carey Worth, his former teammate.
Worth did not earn his 300th profession NHL victory, stopping 31-of-35 pictures in defeat for the Canadiens (17-12-5), which had gained 5 of their earlier six video games.
Montreal was shut out for simply the second time this season, and first time since Oct. 11 versus the Los Angeles Kings.
Boston leapfrogged the Canadiens for the primary wild-card spot within the Japanese Convention.
Montreal seemed sloppy within the first interval, turning the puck over 11 instances after simply seven minutes.
The Bruins responded with their first purpose at 2:21 after a Michael Chaput turnover in his personal zone. What adopted was a give-and-go between Cave, David Backes and Nordstrom, who beat Worth from the slot for his fifth of the yr.
Boston made it 2-Zero late within the second interval when Cave scored his first NHL purpose at 19:34. The 23-year-old, enjoying his 16th profession sport, was left alone within the slot with the groups enjoying 4-on-Four hockey.
The guests picked up proper the place they left off within the third, scoring 46 seconds after the intermission. A defensive collapse by the Canadiens gave Krejci time and area together with the online for his sixth of the season. Krejci prolonged his level streak to seven video games.
The Bruins added to their lead when Marchand scored Boston’s fourth, on the facility play, at 5:06. David Pastrnak made a intelligent go on the purpose, his second of the sport.
Boston outshot Montreal 35-22.
The Canadiens did not capitalize on three energy performs, prolonging an 0-for-25 hunch that dates again to Dec. 1. The Canadiens haven’t scored a power-play purpose in 9 video games.