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Winslow Townson, Associated Press
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais butt heads waiting for the puck to drop during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.

BOSTON — David Krejci scored off his skate to break a second-period tie, and Tim Thomas stopped 33 shots on Monday night to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens and give Boston its fifth consecutive win.

Benoit Pouliot and Brad Marchand also scored for the Bruins, who have won 19 of 22 since losing back-to-back games to Montreal at the end of October.

Carey Price made 28 saves and Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal, which lost its third straight game — its second in a row since coach Jacques Martin was fired and replaced by Randy Cunneyworth.

The Canadiens have lost nine of their last 12, a streak that cost one of the NHL's winningest coaches his job and left them in last place in the Northeast Division.