Patrice Bergeron made an important point in his career count for a lot more Tuesday.

Patrice Bergeron made an important point in his career count for a lot more Tuesday.

It wouldn’€™t have been fitting if Bergeron passed Cam Neely on the Bruins’€™ all-time points list with something like a secondary assist on an empty net goal. That he did so with a game-winning goal in an important game against the Canadiens seemed to suit the situation much better.

Bergeron scored at 16:49 of the second period Tuesday to break the 1-1 tie and set up the B’€™s for an eventual 4-1 victory against the reeling Habs. The goal was the 591st point of Bergeron’€™s career, surpassing Neely’€™s 590 and giving Bergeron sole possession of ninth on the Bruins’€™ all-time list.

The win was the Bruins’€™ third straight as they head back to Boston for home games against the Canucks on Thursday and the Blue Jackets Saturday. The Habs, meanwhile, could be nearing the end of Michel Therrien’€™s tenure as head coach given that Montreal has just nine points over its last 21 games dating back to Dec. 3.

Here are four more things we learned Tuesday:

RASK LOVES MONTREAL

Tuukka Rask may very well hate playing against the Canadiens just because he hates losing. The notion that he plays poorly against them, however, is overstated. Now, it appears Rask and the Bruins’€™ luck has turned this season in the last place they’€™d expect: Montreal.

While Rask allowed eight goals over two home games against the Canadiens this season (three on Oct. 10 at TD Garden, five in the Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium), he allowed just one goal in each of his two games at Bell Centre this season, both of which were Bruins victories. With 38 saves on Tuesday, Rask managed to stop 70 of the 72 shots he faced in Montreal this season.

PASTRNAK SCORES IN RETURN

David Pastrnak wasn’€™t given the most glamorous opportunity in his return from an upper-body injury, but he made the most of it.

Pastrnak skated on Boston’€™s fourth line with Zac Rinaldo and Max Talbot, taking just five shifts over the first two periods and not taking the ice in the third period until there was 8:02 to play.

His lack of ice time did not prevent him from making an impact, however, as he fired a shot on a second-period shift that went off a Montreal defender and was corralled by Bergeron, leading to a Boston goal. After a lengthy wait for his first shift of the third, Pastrnak scored to give him his second multi-point game of the season. Incidentally, both of Pastrnak’€™s multi-point games this season have come against the Canadiens.

KREJCI REMAINS OUT, FERRARO DAY-TO-DAY

David Krejci missed his 10th straight game with an upper-body injury, but the fact that he even traveled for a one-game road trip suggests he is indeed close to returning to game action. It goes without saying that the Bruins could use him sooner rather than later, but the team should be happy if he returns during the team’€™s two-game road trip.

Pastrnak replaced Landon Ferraro, whom the team said is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Colin Miller was scratched for the second straight game.

With the lineup changes, Boston’€™s lineup was as follows:

Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly
Beleskey-Spooner-Eriksson
Vatrano-Kemppainen-Hayes
Rinaldo-Talbot-Pastrnak

Chara-Trotman
Morrow-Seidenberg
Krug-Kevan Miller

Rask

BRUINS SURVIVE MORE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

A recent story has repeated itself of late for the Bruins: The team outplays their opponent early on (good news), but comes away with very little to show for it (that’€™s bad) and is eventually burned.

Such could have been the case again on Tuesday, as the B’€™s had far more scoring opportunities over the first period-plus, but they had only Talbot’€™s first-period goal to show for it. When the Habs pushed back as the second period progressed, Boston’€™s lack of scoring made the deficit easy to recover from. They did so when Mark Barberio tied the game nearly halfway through the second.

Unlike games past, when the Bruins squandered chances earlier and lost as a result (it happened in New York and Philadelphia last week), the Bruins survived just like they did Saturday against the Leafs.

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David Pastrnak hopes to put his recent injuries behind him. (Getty Images)WILMINGTON — Two years ago, a David Pastrnak injury actually proved to be a best-case scenario for the Bruins.



WILMINGTON — Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena saw a familiar face return, as injured center David Krejci practiced with Bruins teammates for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on Dec. 27.

WILMINGTON — Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena saw a familiar face return, as injured center David Krejci practiced with Bruins teammates for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on Dec. 27.

Krejci was wearing a green jersey, which is often worn in practice by players who are either injured or not on a line. Also in green was David Pastrnak, who has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury.

With Krejci and Pastrnak on the ice, Boston’s practice lines on Monday looked like this:

Bergeron-Marchand-Connolly
Beleskey-Spooner-Eriksson
Vatrano-Kemppainen-Hayes
Rinaldo-Talbot-Ferraro
Randell-Krejci-Pastrnak

Krejci is not expected to play when the B’s face the Canadiens Tuesday in Montreal, but Claude Julien said Saturday that the player’s status has changed from week-to-week to day-to-day.

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DJ Bean is joined by Pete Blackburn and Ken Laird as the guys talk all things Bruins during WEEI's weekly hockey show.

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Torey Krug

Torey Krug

The Bruins might be developing some third-period, killer-instinct.

On Saturday night – and for the fifth straight game – Boston entered the final period of play with the game score within a one-goal margin.

And for the second straight night – after having come away the loser in three previous sessions in Ottawa, New York, and Philadelphia – the Bruins emerged victorious in regulation time.

Brad Marchand‘€™s goal with just 47-seconds remaining snapped a 2-2 deadlock with Toronto, sending the Bruins to a 3-2 win at TD Garden. The night before, in Buffalo, a 1-1 tie entering period three ended up in the B’€™s favor 4-1 after a final 20-minute surge.

“That’€™s what we kind of lacked in the last few games that we lost, [where] we got back on our heels and we didn’€™t make plays,” said Patrice Bergeron, who scored twice Saturday to gave his squad 1-0 and 2-1 leads. “We got scared of making a mistake, and when you do that you’€™re thinking actually you’€™re not trusting your instincts. We got back to being on our toes for the whole game and it showed. It was a tough game to win, but still we found a way.”

Boston had some extra final-period adversity to overcome on Saturday, too.

First, what looked to be an earlier go-ahead goal from Marchand was disallowed after a lengthy video review due to an offsides infraction.

Then, Toronto got their fifth power play of the evening – to just one chance for the Bruins on the night – with just over seven minutes to play.

And, after a successful kill, a misplay by goalie Tuukka Rask in the corner with just three minutes remaining forced defenseman Torey Krug into the net on all-fours as an emergency netminder. Krug’€™s fearlessness paid off, as a shot from Toronto’€™s P.A. Parenteau was blocked away, keeping the game knotted up before Marchand’€™s late-game finisher.

“It’€™s always nice to see somebody come up big and put himself in front of a puck,” head coach Claude Julien said about Krug’€™s save. “There wasn’€™t much margin for error tonight. When you see the opportunities we had that we didn’€™t score on, you always fear that one little bad break is going to end up in your net. But Torey made sure that didn’€™t happen.”

“It was great, kind of reminded me of Michael Ryder in the playoffs a little bit,”€ Bergeron said with a chuckle. “I thought his butterfly [style] was a little better. No, it was a great save obviously and if you look at that it’€™s a big, big save for us to score that extra goal.”

“It’€™s about time,”€ joked Rask about Krug helping him out. “No, I was too late going out there [in the corner]. I still had a play to make but I just didn’€™t. Lucikly he saved it because that would’€™ve been very, very disappointing if that went in. But, I’€™m gonna buy him a juice.”

“€œHe’€™s bailed me out plenty of times over my career,” Krug said of Rask. “€œ[I was] right-place, right-time, nothing more than that. I actually thought it was a good decision for ‘€˜Tuuks’€™ to come out of the net. I just knew if the puck were to be turned over, someone would have to be in front there, and I did my best impression, taking the angle away and went down. Lucky enough, it hit me and it stayed out.”

Marchand took care of the rest, with his game-winning snipe from the left half-wall puntuating the complete-game effort for Boston, while also gave the Bruins’€™ their first multi-game winning streak since December 20th.

It also avoided more of the late-game pain that comes without banking two-points that seem to be within your grasp.

“We’€™ve been on both sides of that,” admitted Rask. “You have to stick with it. I thought we were the better team [tonight], scoring chances and shot-wise. We were moving the puck well in the offensive zone, creating chances. Finally we got rewarded. It feels good to win.”

“€œObviously we had to work extra hard to get it,” said Julien. “€œWe missed so many opportunities and their goaltender made some great saves. We didn’€™t seem to be getting any breaks at all during that whole game, so I thought it was important for us to stay composed and focused and control what we could, and that’€™s what we did. You hope the guys realize how important that is and what the end result turns out to be after that.”

“€œIt’€™s tough when a team scores on you late in a game like that,”€ said Marchand. “€œIt’€™s nice to be able to win games in regulation and not let teams’€™ climb up below you. I think we have to be happy knowing that we played a full sixty minutes, played great the whole way through, and it showed there at the end.”

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