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Instant analysis: 2016 Winter Classic

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Montreal Canadiens scored twice in the second period and added two in the third to give the visitors a 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins in the 2016 NHL Winter Classic.

The Canadiens got goals from David Desharnais, Paul Byron with two, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty. The Bruins' goal was scored by Matt Beleskey.

Road teams are now 12-3-1 in outdoor games, including a 7-2-0 record since the start of the 2013-14 season.

Here are a few quick points from the third period:

  • It looked like the Bruins were going to make a game out of it when Beleskey scored 3:56 into the period, bringing the score to 3-1 with plenty of time left off a beautiful tip off a slap shot from the point in front of hometown Canadiens goalie Mike Condon. The largely Boston crowd erupted and seemingly could have turned the momentum.

  • But it wasn't to last, as Pacioretty's goal -- off a great saucer pass by Gallagher during an odd-man break -- almost five minutes later took the momentum away from the home crowd and seemed to equally deflate the Bruins, especially goaltender Tuukka Rask, who shortly afterward batted the puck away in frustration. Bryon's second goal seconds after a Jimmy Hayes-Lars Eller scruffle sealed the deal.

    Here are a few quick points from the second period:

    • After missing 17 games due to a broken hand, Gallagher returned to the lineup and scored a highlight-reel goal 17:20 into the second period to give Montreal a 3-0 advantage. The puck was in the air when he batted it in for his 10th goal of the season.

    • It appeared the Bruins finally scored 8:20 into the second period when Matt Beleskey poked the puck through a scramble in front of Montreal goalie Mike Condon and it trickled in. However, the referee blew the whistle and the play was dead before the puck went in and did not result in a goal.

    • With 1.3 seconds remaining in the period, the Bruins' Ryan Spooner had a golden opportunity, but his quality scoring chance was snubbed by Montreal netminder Mike Condon, who flashed a terrific glove save.

    • With one period to go, and the Bruins trailing by three goals, history does not favor Boston. Road teams are 11-3-1 in outdoor games, including a 6-2-0 record since the start of the 2013-14 season.

    • The Canadiens’ Dale Weise suffered an injury in the second period and did not return to the game.

    Here are a few quick points from the opening 20 minutes, where the Canadiens ended the first period with a 1-0 lead:

    • In his first game since Nov. 22, the Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher hasn’t skipped a beat. He’s already bugging the heck out of the Bruins and nearly had his head taken off by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara after making contact with Tuukka Rask.

    • Speaking of physicality, Bruins’ Matt Beleskey has brought that aspect to his game today. Already, he has five hits, including a couple of big ones.

    • Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is playing fantastic in the first period. He made 14 saves in the opening 20 minutes and looks sharp. Overall, he has a 4-14-3 career record against Montreal.