MONTREAL (AP) — Erik Haula scored two goals and the Boston Bruins beat Montreal 5-3 on Sunday night as the Canadiens paid tribute to the late Guy Lafleur.
The Canadiens celebrated the Hall of Famer, who died at the age of 70 on Friday, in a pregame ceremony.
Video of Lafleur scoring and lifting the Stanley Cup was played at the Bell Center before fans gave him a standing ovation that lasted over 10 minutes. The Canadiens players hailed Lafleur’s retired No. 10 after the final buzzer.
On the panels, the usual advertisements have been replaced by a simple tribute to Lafleur – mentioning his name, his number, his signature and the years of life: 1951 to 2022.
Boston’s Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, including one in an empty net, and an assist. Charlie McAvoy scored the overall winner. Jeremy Swayman made 23 saves.
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 and was fourth in career goals in Bruins history.
The Bruins earned a penalty shot at 18:03 of the first period when Mike Hoffman hit Erik Haula. The winger skated the puck too much, but managed to beat Montembeault.
The Canadians scored their first of the game at 1:51 of the second period on the power play. Anderson grabbed a loose puck in the slot and scored his 19th goal of the season.
Boston regained its two-goal lead when Tomas Nosek found Haula pressed for his second score of the game.
McAvoy gave Boston a three-point lead just before the second intermission with a shot from the point as the two teams played four-on-four.
Montreal recovered with two goals in the third period. Hoffman cut Montreal’s deficit to two on the power play with a one-time slap shot from the point.
Suzuki, left alone in the pocket, cut the Canadians’ deficit to one goal at 7:19.
Bergeron sealed Boston’s victory with an empty net with seven seconds left in the game.
Boston: Host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday in Game 1 of two home games.
Montreal: At the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
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