Recap: Boston vs. Montreal

The Sports NetworkJanuary 30, 2014 

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Gionta and Danny Briere scored crucial goals in the second period, helping Montreal take down Boston, 4-1, at TD Garden.

"This was close to a complete game for us," said Briere.

Alexei Emelin and Max Pacioretty also lit the lamp for the Canadiens, who have won two in a row after dropping four straight. Brendan Gallagher picked up a pair of assists, while Peter Budaj backed up his teammates with 34 saves.

Dougie Hamilton supplied the lone offense for the Bruins, who were denied a fifth straight win by their oldest rivals.

Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on 18 shots in 27-plus minutes. Chad Johnson filled in and gave up one score on 15 shots for the remainder of the contest.

The Habs picked up the game's first goal 2:16 in, as Emelin's right-point blast sailed over Rask's pad.

Pacioretty was allowed space on the left wing, beating Johnny Boychuk and then Rask on a backhander from atop the crease with 5:28 to play in the first.

Hamilton got one back for the hosts just over a minute later by tipping home a Loui Eriksson wrister, but Gionta's slight tip of a Tomas Plekanec offering on a power play made it 3-1 for Montreal at 11:54 of the second.

Johnson was greeted by a Briere breakaway, where the wily veteran outran three Bruins chasers up the middle to score cleanly for a 4-1 advantage less than two minutes later.

Boston's comeback bid was complicated by two minor penalties -- one each to Hamilton and Milan Lucic -- in the final 5:04 of regulation.

Budaj completed his victorious start by stopping all 10 shots he faced in the third period.

"It wasn't good enough from, I guess, an emotional standpoint and from a determination standpoint," said Lucic.

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