The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins both look to extend an impressive streak when the bitter "Original Six" and Northeast Division rivals face off at TD Garden on Sunday. Boston posted its sixth consecutive victory Saturday afternoon, rallying from a two-goal deficit to record a 3-2 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning. After Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley scored 77 seconds apart early in the middle period to forge a tie, Brad Marchand converted a power-play opportunity with 2:16 remaining in the third for his team-leading 11th goal.
Montreal is coming off a wild 7-6 overtime loss at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. The Canadiens held three one-goal leads and trailed twice before captain Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the night midway through the third period to forge a 6-6 tie. Despite the setback, Montreal extended its point streak to 10 games, as it has gone 7-0-3 since suffering a 6-0 home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 9. The Canadiens and Bruins are even in points atop the Eastern Conference, with Boston technically ahead with one more victory.
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ABOUT THE CANADIENS (13-4-4): Montreal has dropped each of its last five meetings with Boston, with all five losses being one-goal decisions. The Canadiens held a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes on Feb. 6 at the Bell Centre, but Seguin scored 14 seconds into the third period before setting up David Krejci's goal 1:51 later. Sunday's game begins a stretch of five in a row for Montreal on the road, where it is 5-1-2 this season. Left wing Brandon Prust celebrated his 300th game Saturday by scoring the opening goal 5:41 into the contest. Left wing Max Pacioretty has netted seven goals over his last seven games following a season-opening 10-game drought.
ABOUT THE BRUINS (14-2-2): Marchand pulled into a four-way tie for the league lead in game-winning goals. With his fourth of the season, Marchand drew even with Carolina captain Eric Staal, Pittsburgh's James Neal and Los Angeles' Jeff Carter. "Those are the goals you want to get, the important ones," he said. "Again, it's at the right time. I think one I scored in the second period. That's how it goes sometimes." Boston finished 2-for-5 with the man advantage on Saturday. Entering the game, it was 0-for-26 at home on the power play. Peverley's goal against Tampa Bay was his 199th career point.
1. Each of Marchand's last four goals have been game-winners.
2. The Bruins have not lost in regulation to a team other than the Buffalo Sabres.
3. Montreal's point streak is its longest since an 11-game run during the 1993-94 season.
PREDICTION: Bruins 4, Canadiens 2