Bruins beat Montreal; Canadians celebrate the late Guy Lafleur – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

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MONTREAL — (AP) — Erik Haula scored two goals, including a penalty, and the Boston Bruins beat Montreal 5-3 on Sunday night as the Canadians paid tribute to the late Guy Lafleur.

The Canadians celebrated the Hall of Famer, who passed away on Friday at the age of 70, with a pre-game ceremony.

A video of Lafleur scoring and of him winning the Stanley Cup was shown at the Bell Center before fans gave him a standing ovation that lasted more than 10 minutes.

On the plaques, the usual inscriptions have been replaced with a simple tribute to Lafleur – with his name, number, signature and years of life: 1951 to 2022.

“It was an emotional night in Guy’s honor. We felt like Guy was with us in the third game,” said interim Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis. “Like I’ve told my players, you play so many games in the league that you might remember a couple of regular season games, but you’ll remember this one.

“On a night like this, if (the players) didn’t know what Canadians are to the province of Quebec. I think they will know tonight.”

After last buzzer, Brendan Gallagher led his teammates back onto the ice to greet Lafleur’s retired No.10.

“It’s a great homage, I’m glad (Gallagher) did that. Guy deserves that respect,” St. Louis said. “It’s important to convey that to the next generation of players. The legacy is important.”

It was another memorable chapter in the historic rivalry between the Canadians and the Bruins.

“The rivalry has been there for years, so every time we play Montreal we want to make sure we’re doing our best,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “I’m sure they feel the same way, especially on a night like tonight at home. We had the upper hand early on and they didn’t have to give up their game, give them credit. They fought their way back to the last 30 seconds it took us to put them down.”

Boston’s Patrice Bergeron had two goals, including an empty net, and one assist. Charlie McAvoy scored the eventual winner. Jeremy Swayman made 23 saves.

Cassidy added that the Bruins considered giving Bergeron a night off, but he declined in order to play in front of the family.

“He’s obviously a legend in Boston. You know how (Jean) Beliveau was here or (Jacques) Lemaire,” Cassidy said. “Doing it here in his home province is good for Bergy. It’s a long year for him when you’re that old to play so many games. It’s Game 79 for him and back-to-back.”

Josh Anderson, Mike Hoffman and Nick Suzuki scored for Montreal. Jeff Petry had two assists and Samuel Montembeault made 37 saves.

Bergeron opened the scoring for Boston by tapping a loose puck into an open net. He passed Raymond Bourque to move up to fourth place in career goals in Bruins history.

The Bruins were awarded a penalty at 18:03 of the first period when Mike Hoffman beat Erik Haula. The winger rolled over the puck but managed to hit Montembeault.

“I had to bite my jersey because I didn’t really know how to react to that myself and the guys laughed,” said Haula, adding that Brad Marchand wanted him to fail. “He was hoping I touched it because he had done it before so he wouldn’t be alone in that boat but luckily I didn’t and ended up scoring but there was a lot of laughter. “

The Canadiens scored their first game at 1:51 of the second third on the power play. Anderson grabbed a loose puck in the slot and backhanded his 19th goal of the season.

Boston regained their two-goal lead when Tomas Nosek found Haula in a rush for his second goal of the game.

McAvoy put Boston ahead by three with a point shot just before the second break as both teams played four-for-four.

Montreal bounced back with two goals in the third period. Hoffman reduced Montreal’s power play deficit to two goals with a one-time slap shot from the point.

Suzuki, left alone in the slot, reduced the Canadians’ deficit to 7:19 on goal.

Bergeron sealed Boston’s win with an empty net seven seconds from time.

NEXT

Boston: Host the Florida Panthers in Tuesday’s opening game of a two-game home stand.

Montreal: On Wednesday at the New York Rangers.

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