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Bruins erupt to blow out rival Canadiens 7-0

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BOSTON — Zdeno Chara, a bete noire in Montreal since the hit that sent Max Pacioretty to the hospital, had three assists on Thursday night as the Boston Bruins turned a grudge match into a blowout and beat the Canadiens 7-0.

The win left Boston five points ahead of second-place Montreal in the Northeast Division.

Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell scored twice, and David Krejci and Milan Lucic also had three assists for the Bruins as they beat Montreal for just the second time in time in six games this season. Tim Thomas stopped 24 shots for his career-high eighth shutout of the season and the 25th of his career.

Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid and Tomas Kaberle also scored for Boston.