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Canadiens Romp Bruins in Winter Classic

Montreal’s Win Most Lopsided in Winter Classic History

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.-Since 2008, January 1 has not only marked the beginning of a new year, but it also marks the NHL’s marquee regular season event: the Winter Classic. The 2016 edition of the event saw an Original Six meeting between the game’s biggest rivals: the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins. Entering the game, both teams were headed in opposite directions. Montreal struggled in December, while Boston was surging up the division standings. Things were much different Friday afternoon.

The Canadiens got goals from four different players to take a 5-1 win over the Bruins before 67, 246 fans at Gillette Stadium.

After only getting three wins in December, Montreal didn’t waste a lot of time to grab a lead as center David Desharnais netted his eighth goal of the season 1:14 into the game to give the Canadiens an early 1-0 advantage. The visitors would end up with a 14-3 shots advantage in the first, but could only take a 1-0 lead into the second period.

Montreal would not need a lot of time in the second to extend their lead to 2-0 when Paul Byron scored his sixth of the year exactly two minutes into the middle frame. With 2:40 left in the second, the Canadiens went up 3-0 on the 10th goal of the season from forward Brendan Gallagher.

Boston attempted to make a comeback in the third when winger Matt Beleskey notched his eighth goal of the year 3:56 to get the game to 3-1. However, that would be as close as the Bruins would get.

Montreal would regain their three-goal lead less than five minutes later when captain Max Pacioretty scored his 16th of the season. Byron would then put the game away with 1:32 remaining when he scored his second of the game to seal the Canadiens’ 5-1 win.

The four-goal victory was the largest margin of victory in the history of the Winter Classic. Apart from getting the biggest win in Winter Classic history, the win also helped give Montreal the lead in the Atlantic Division again, jumping a point ahead of the surging Florida Panthers. The Bruins, meanwhile, remained in third place in the division, falling three points behind Montreal.

Three Stars of the Game:

1st Star: Brendan Gallagher, MTL (1 G, 1 A)

2nd Star: Mike Condon, MTL (28 SA, 1 GA)

3rd Star: Matt Beleskey, BOS (1 G)

Photo Credit: NHL Public Relations/via