BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand set a club record by scoring his 20th goal for the 11th consecutive season, Danton Heinen got his first career hat trick and the Boston Bruins rolled to a 9-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.
David Pastrnak added his team-leading 30th goal, Pavel Zacha scored the 100th of his career and the Bruins beat their longtime rivals for the 12 time in 13 meetings. Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk also scored, and defenseman Brandon Carlo had a goal in his first game since being sidelined nearly two weeks with what he called a “little concussion.”
Marchand broke a tie with Hall of Famer Johnny Bucyk and Patrice Bergeron, who both had 20 goals in 10 straight seasons.
Playing for the first time since leaving a Jan. 9 game with an unspecified injury, Linus Ullmark made 17 saves for Boston, which improved to 9-1-3 in its last 13 games.
Brendan Gallagher, Cole Caufield, Joel Armia and Mike Matheson scored for Montreal, which has lost five of its last seven.
With the score tied 3-3, Heinen skated down the right wing and fired a wrister inside the far post for his second goal, pushing Boston ahead for good 10:46 into the second period.
Coyle then tipped Pastrnak’s pass into the net, making it 5-3 less than a minute later.
Gallagher’s score sliced it to 5-4 before Pastrnak scored on a partial breakaway early in the final period, just over 3 minutes before Marchand’s milestone goal.
Heinen completed his trick, Boston’s second in two games after Pastrnak did it in Thursday’s win over Colorado, with a power-play score midway into the third.
Boston has won two of three meetings between the Original Six rivals, with the season series finale coming March 14 at Montreal.
“It’s strange but I am thankful that we get to play the Canadians four times this year, last year we only got to play them three times,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said at the morning skate. “It’s a rivalry game. It doesn’t matter. Steep history here between the Bruins and Montreal for decades.”
Before the game, the Bruins held their fourth Centennial Era Night, honoring a period they called the “New Blood, New Beginnings” years from 1986-2000. The highlight was halting an 18-series playoff losing streak to the Canadiens in 1988.
TD Garden fans booed briefly when a video tribute started with the Canadiens skating with the Stanley Cup before shifting to cheers when it showed success against their rivals. Hall of Famers Ray Bourque and Cam Neely held a banner that read: “Broke the Jinx” along with some former teammates.
Boston’s defense was bolstered by the return of veterans Carlo and Derek Forbort, who missed 20 games with a an undisclosed lower-body injury.
Canadiens: Host Ottawa on Tuesday.
Bruins: Face Winnipeg Monday in their fourth of a five-game homestand.
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