Eriksson sparks third-period comeback as Bruins beat Habs
Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015 10:32PM EST Last Updated Thursday, December 10, 2015 8:16AM EST
MONTREAL -- Loui Eriksson and Landon Ferraro scored less than a minute apart in the third period as the Boston Bruins came from behind to beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Wednesday.
Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins (15-9-3) in the third while Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for his 10th victory of the season.
Paul Byron scored for the Canadiens (19-7-3) in the first period. Mike Condon stopped 20-of-23 shots in defeat.
Montreal has now lost three consecutive games for the first this season after dropping contests versus Carolina and Washington last week.
Down 1-0 in the third period, the Bruins mounted their comeback -- scoring two goals in 42 seconds to turn the game on its head.
After trailing for nearly 40 minutes of play, Boston tied things up when Eriksson beat Condon five-hole on a short-handed breakaway at 7:53.
Ferraro silenced the Bell Centre crowd once more when his snap shot blew by Condon's blocker to make it 2-1.
With less than seven minutes on the clock, Bergeron doubled Boston's lead when he out waited Condon for his ninth goal of the year.
Boston had not beaten Montreal in seven straight regular-season meetings dating back to March 12, 2014.
Things looked good for the home side to start the game.
Byron was credited with his fourth goal of the season after his centring pass to Tomas Plekanec went off Bruins defenceman Zach Trotman and in. Byron now has points in three of his last four games.
Montreal repeatedly tested Rask in the first two periods, outshooting Boston 26-14 after 40 minutes, but the Bruins netminder kept his team in the game going into the third.
Boston outshot Montreal 9-7 in the final period of play.
Condon, in his sixth consecutive start, also made big stops throughout to keep the Bruins at bay before the third-period collapse.
In the first, Condon reacted quickly to make the pad save on Brett Connolly, who was alone in front of goal. In the second, Condon stopped a puck through traffic off the long stick of Zdeno Chara.
Notes: Montreal is now 11-2-2 when leading after two periodsΓÇª The Bruins' league-best power play finished 0-for-2ΓÇª The Canadiens won both previous games versus the Bruins this season by a score of 4-2ΓÇª The Habs will play Boston in the 2016 Winter Classic on Jan. 1...Earlier in the day, the Canadiens put Alexander Semin on unconditional waivers in order to terminate his contract, while 21-year-old forward Charles Hudon was recalled from Montreal's AHL affiliate.