Friday, December 15, 2017
Sports

Good mojo for Canadiens

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Wearing a mask decorated with a New England Patriots theme and autographed by their coach and quarterback, Mike Condon stopped 27 shots to help the Canadiens beat the Bruins 5-1 Friday in the Winter Classic, played at the home of the reigning NFL champions.

"I'm pretty sure anything Tom Brady touches turns to gold," said Condon, 25, from nearby Needham, Mass., and whose police officer father works a security detail at Gillette Stadium during Patriots games.

"Hopefully got some mojo on my helmet there. I'm a huge fan of (Brady's), huge fan of this organization."

Paul Byron scored twice and Brendan Gallagher returned from two broken fingers to score and add an assist for Montreal, which overtook the Panthers for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Boston's Matt Beleskey scored in the third period to avert the first Winter Classic shutout. The four-goal win was the largest since the New Year's Day outdoor game began in 2008.

Both goalies paid tribute to the Patriots on their masks. Condon's had pictures of quarterback Brady and coach Bill Belichick, New England's four Super Bowl trophies and the Patriots' motto: "Do your job." Brady and Belichick signed the backplate. Boston's Tuukka Rask had on his mask Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski and a scowling minuteman in black and gold rather than the red, white and blue colors the Patriots share with Montreal.

The Bruins gave a lackluster effort before a crowd of 67,246 with a chance to take over first place in the Atlantic.

"The unfortunate part is that I think we played one of our probably worst games at the worst time," coach Claude Julien said.

Around the league: Panthers GM Dale Tallon signed a multiyear extension through 2019. Financial details weren't disclosed. … Oilers forward Connor McDavid, the first overall pick in last year's draft, practiced for the first time since fracturing his clavicle Nov. 3. There is no timetable for his return.

 

Canadiens 1 2 2 5
at Bruins 0 0 1 1

 

First1, Mon, Desharnais 8 (Weise, Emelin), 1:14. PenaltiesTalbot, Bos (high-stick), 5:20; Desharnais, Mon, double minor (rough), 8:42; Krug, Bos, double minor (rough), 8:42; McQuaid, Bos (delay game), 18:27.

Second2, Mon, Byron 6 (Flynn, Barberio), 2:00. 3, Mon, Gallagher 10 (Pacioretty, Plekanec), 17:20. PenaltiesK.Miller, Bos (cross-check), 2:51; Eller, Mon (hook), 6:43; Beaulieu, Mon (hold), 10:41; Plekanec, Mon (delay game), 19:30.

Third4, Bos, Beleskey 8 (McQuaid, Spooner), 3:56. 5, Mon, Pacioretty 16 (Gallagher, Plekanec), 8:49. 6, Mon, Byron 7 (P.Subban, Beaulieu), 18:28. PenaltiesTalbot, Bos (hold), 9:24; Eller, Mon, double minor (rough), 18:18; Hayes, Bos, double minor (rough), 18:18. SOGMon 14-11-5—30. Bos 3-14-11—28. PP oppsMon 0 of 4; Bos 0 of 3. GoaliesMon, Condon 11-9-3 (28 shots-27 saves). Bos, Rask 14-10-3 (30-25).

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