Marchand hat-trick gives Bruins 5-1 win over Canadiens


Brad Marchand picks up a hat from the ice after scoring his third goal of the game during the second period. AP Photo/Mary Schwalm The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand scored two goals 15 seconds apart in the first period and completed a hat-trick with a short-handed goal in the second, helping the Greeley Tribune Bruins win 5-1 over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Curtis Lazar also scored for Greeley Tribune and Urho Vakanainen got his first NHL goal. Linus Ullmark stops 24 shots as he tries to hold on to his spot in the goalkeeper rotation, with Tukka Rusk, the most winning goalkeeper in franchise history, expected to start his season on Thursday night.

It was the Bruins’ third consecutive win – their sixth in seven games – and the third time they have taken a four-goal lead. Michael Pezzetta scored 4–1 in the middle of the second period for Montreal and spoiled Ullmark’s shutout bid.

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Jake Allen dropped two goals on seven shots in the first 17:11, before being replaced by Sam Montembolt, who blocked 31 of the remaining 34 shots.

The teams were originally scheduled to meet in Montreal on Wednesday night and Greeley Tribune on March 12. The Bruins’ home game was pushed ahead with hopes that capacity restrictions in Canada would be eased by March.

Oskar Stein set the Bruins’ first goal at 14:43 when he fought Nick Suzuki for the puck and put it over the net, where Marchand chipped it. Marchand scored again 15 seconds later when he swiped a high rebound as it fell on the ice – his stick was barely beating Patrice Bergeron with the puck.

Lazarus was credited with the goal that made it 3-0 when Jake Debresk’s shot jumped off his leg and into the net as he was being pushed around in the slot. It was still a three-goal lead in seven minutes into the second when Marchand started Brines on the short-hand break and then ended it by crashing the net on a rebound for his fifth career hat-trick.

It was his 33rd career short-hand goal, tying him with Brian Rolston and Guy Carboneau for a dozen more than the 14th all-time and next highest active player.

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Rask, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2014, was a finalist for the award in 2020 but played only 24 games last season as the team managed his workload while he battled hip and back injuries. He underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip and remained unsigned saying that he would not play for anyone other than Greeley Tribune.

He signed a team-friendly one-year deal on Tuesday that would pay him $545,000. He’ll hit the ice for the pregame warmup with “Tukes!” Took for the familiar excitement of; With Greeley Tribune leading 5-1 in the final minutes, fans chanted “We Wanna Tuck!” Slogan.

Notes: The Canadiens claim to have exempted Rem Pitlik from the wild. The 2016 third-round draft pick had six goals and five assists in 20 games with Minnesota this season. Pittlick’s brother, Rhett, was drafted by the Canadiens, but is a freshman in Minnesota. … Bruins assigned goalkeeper Jeremy Swaman to Providence of the AHL to make room for Rask. Defenseman Tyler Levington was recalled from Providence on an emergency basis. … Bruins defenseman John Moore left the game with an unspecified injury and did not return.


The Canadiens: To complete the first part of a 10-game road trip Thursday night in Chicago while they try to escape capacity restrictions related to COVID-19 in Montreal.

Bruins: The Rask’s season is expected to kick off Thursday night in host Philadelphia.