Marchand gets hat trick in Bruins win against Canadiens


BOSTON — Brad Marchand scored his fifth NHL hat trick for the Boston Bruins in a 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on Wednesday.

Marchand has scored eight goals in his past four games.

Curtis Lazar had two goals and an assist, Patrice Bergeron had two assists, and Linus Ullmark made 24 saves for Boston (20-11-2), which has won three straight and six of its past seven.

Michael Pezzetta scored for Montreal (7-24-4), which was playing its first game since Jan. 1 because of a COVID-19 pause. Jake Allen allowed two goals on seven shots before leaving with an undisclosed injury in the first period. He was replaced by Sam Montembeault, who made 31 saves.

Marchand gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 14:43 of the first. Tomas Nosek kept the puck in at the point before sending a backdoor pass to Marchand, who skated in from off the bench to the right post.

Marchand scored again 15 seconds later to make it 2-0. Canadiens defenseman David Savard blocked Craig Smith‘s one-timer, and the puck ricocheted off the glass behind the net before Marchand batted it five-hole on Allen.

During the final media timeout of the first period, Allen appeared to be in some discomfort and was pulled from the game.

Lazar extended the lead to 3-0 at 19:10 of the first when Jake DeBrusk‘s shot from the top of the right circle deflected in off his left shin while he was battling with Christian Dvorak for position in front.

Marchand completed the hat trick with a shorthanded goal to make it 4-0 at 7:10 of the second, scoring on the rebound John Moore‘s initial shot.

Pezzetta made it 4-1 at 10:46 with a turnaround shot after Brett Kulak‘s shot from the point hit him in front. Moore left the game after sustaining an upper-body injury on the play and did not return.

Lazar was credited with the goal that made it 5-1 at 10:19 of the third period when Urho Vaakanainen‘s shot from the right point deflected off him in front. 

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