Bruce Crowder got two goals and an assist in the opening nine minutes and Barry Pederson continued his scoring surge with two goals last night to power the Boston Bruins to an 8-5 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
The victory was Boston's second in five days over Montreal but its first in Boston Garden in eight meetings, dating to the 1980-81 season. The victory also moved the Bruins within two points of the Canadiens in the Adams Division after Montreal lost its second straight.
Crowder opened the scoring at 1:44 when he deflected Marty Howe's shot past goalie Richard Sevigny.
Montreal's Ron Delorme tied the game for the final time on a power play at 6:49 before Crowder gave Boston a 2-1 lead on a backhander at 8:16 and then assisted on a Tom Fergus goal 33 seconds later.
After the teams swapped goals early in the second period, Pederson made it 5-2 on a power play. His other goal closed Boston's scoring at 6:23 of the final period when he converted a rebound in front. That goal was his ninth in his last four games. The streak began last Saturday night, when he scored three goals against the Canadiens.
Boston goalie Mike Moffat, filling in for the injured Pete Peeters, had 19 saves in his 10th appearance.