Winter Classic: Canadiens top Bruins 5-1 at home of Patriots
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 02, 2016 08:14 PM
Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask (40) clears the puck beside Montreal Canadiens' Paul Byron (41) during the third period of the NHL Winter Classic hockey game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. The Canadiens won 5-1. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston native Mike Condon stopped 27 shots to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday in the NHL Winter Classic at the home of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Paul Byron scored twice, and Brendan Gallagher returned from two broken fingers and had a goal and an assist for Montreal.
Matt Beleskey scored in the third period for the Bruins to prevent the first shutout in Winter Classic history. The four-goal win was the largest in the annual outdoor event since it began in 2008.
Condon wore a mask decorated with a Patriots theme and autographed by their coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, and helped the Canadiens pass Florida for first place in the Atlantic Division.
"I'm pretty sure anything Tom Brady touches turns to gold," said Condon, the Boston-bred goalie whose father is a policeman who works a security detail at Gillette Stadium during Patriots games. "Hopefully got some mojo on my helmet there. I'm a huge fan of his, huge fan of this organization, and I'm just happy to pay respect to them on the ice."
CANUCKS 2, DUCKS 1, SO
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alexandre Burrows scored in the first round of the shootout and Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves to help Vancouver beat Anaheim.
Burrows whipped a shot past Frederik Andersen, and then Markstrom stopped Ryan Kesler, Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry to end Anaheim's three-game win streak.
Christopher Tanev tied it with 9:36 left on a wrist shot from the blue line that slipped through traffic and past Andersen. Tanev had missed the previous two games with a foot injury.
Kesler, a former Canuck, put Anaheim ahead 7:24 into the second period on a power play. Kesler was checked down by Matt Bartkowski while taking in a feed from Chris Stewart atop the crease but still tipped the puck in past Markstrom.
The Canucks won for the first time this season when trailing after two periods.