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The Montreal Canadiens finished off a regular-season series sweep of the Boston Bruins on Sunday, marking the first time since 1944-45 that the Habs have swept Boston with all of the wins coming in regulation, per Sportsnet Stats.Sunday’s 3-1 victory moved the Canadiens’ record to 34-15-3 on the season, which places them two points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division, but with three games in hand.The archrival Bruins fell to 28-18-7, as the recent powerhouse surprisingly finds itself fighting just to qualify for the playoffs.Even more impressive, the Habs managed to keep Boston off the scoreboard for a stretch of 159 minutes and 25 seconds of game action this season before finally surrendering a goal to David Pastrnak in the third period of Sunday’s game, per Sportsnet Stats.While the stats were relatively even across the board Sunday night, Canadiens goaltender Carey Price slightly outperformed counterpart Tuukka Rask, stopping 34 of the 35 shots he faced, compared to 31 out of 33 for the Bruins’ netminder.Price earned the game’s first star, with forward Max Pacioretty getting the second star and defenseman P.K. Subban getting the third star. It was a rather fitting way to end the historic sweep, as Price, Subban and Pacioretty are arguably the Habs’ three most prominent players.Although there is still a long way to go in the season, things could be shaping up for a rematch between these two rivals in the playoffs. Boston currently slots into the final wild-card spot, while the Canadiens are tied with the Detroit Red Wings for most points per game (1.37) in the Eastern Conference, trailing only the Lightning for total points.
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