The Boston Bruins will look for their fifth straight win in their series with the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night at 7:30 pm ET.
Boston (6-1-1) lost 7-4 to Buffalo on Thursday after giving up four consecutive goals in the third period, but defeated Toronto 1-0 on Saturday. Chris Bourque scored and Tuukka Rask rebounded after giving up six goals against the Sabres to make 21 saves for his first shutout of the season.
The Bruins have given up two or fewer goals five times. They held a 34-21 shot advantage over the Maple Leafs and have outshot five straight opponents, though they are just 3 for 30 on the power play for the season, putting them near the bottom of the NHL.
Boston is averaging more than 32 shots.
As with their fast start to the season, the Bruins have fashioned their four-game winning streak versus the Canadiens without much help from their power play, going 1 for 15 in that span. Boston won each matchup by one goal, taking the most recent 4-3 on Feb. 15 for its second consecutive road victory in the series.
None of those games were played by Rask, whose recent results against Montreal have been the exact opposite of his team's in those four contests. Rask has lost five straight starts to the Canadiens with a 3.45 goals-against average, last facing them Oct. 29, 2011.
If he's in net Wednesday, he'll face a Montreal team that's won five in a row at the Bell Centre and will be closing out a three-game homestand. The
Canadiens (6-2-0) defeated Ottawa 2-1 on Sunday for their second straight victory overall, allowing one goal for the second consecutive game.
The Canadiens opened last season 1-5-2 and went 16-15-10 at home.
The Canadiens have allowed 17 goals, among the fewest in the league.