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Streaking Bruins beat Canadiens 4-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 12, 2014 at 10:44 pm •  Published: March 12, 2014

MONTREAL (AP) — Tuukka Rask didn't look like a goalie who has had fits trying to beat the Montreal Canadiens.

Rask stopped Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk on first-period breakaways and the Boston Bruins stretched their winning streak to six with a 4-1 victory Wednesday night.

Rask made 35 saves for his third win in 15 games against Montreal.

"They had a couple of breakaways, but we kept it on the outside pretty good," said Rask, who ended Boston's five-game losing run against the Canadiens dating to last season.

Carl Soderberg, Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic scored in the second, and Zdeno Chara added a goal. The Bruins (43-17-5) improved to 9-1-2 in their last dozen games and extended their run without a regulation loss on the road to 11 games.

"He's been great all year," winger Brad Marchand said about Rask. "He's the guy we look to be big for us. We didn't worry about anything that's happened in the past. It's more about how we've been playing lately. We focused on how we have to play."

With 91 points, the Bruins moved within one point of idle Pittsburgh for the Eastern Conference lead. They return to Boston to face the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

"We're in this building and they come at us with a full court press," Lucic said. "Tukka kept us in there. Whenever we can withstand that pressure it gives us a chance to win. We did that and we were able to get a few good shifts in at the end of the first that carried over into the second period."

David Desharnais scored for Montreal. The Canadiens have lost three in a row and are 3-4-1 without injured No. 1 goalie Carey Price since the Olympic break.

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