Backes back, gives Bos 7th win in row

Baltimore Sun - - SCOREBOARD -

David Backes scored the de­cid­ing goal in his first game in nearly a month, David Pas­tr­nak added his league-lead­ing 25th goal, and the Bru­ins won their sev­enth straight game, beat­ing the Cana­di­ens 3-1 on Sun­day night in Bos­ton.

Backes’ first goal of the season came off a feed from David Kre­jci, with 9:31 re­main­ing in the third.

Backes was in the lineup for the first time since be­ing in­jured dur­ing a scary col­li­sion with the Sen­a­tors’ Scott Sabourin on Nov. 2.

Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the Bru­ins.

The Bru­ins pushed their point streak to 11 games (8-0-3) and are the only team without a home reg­u­la­tion loss (11-0-4).

The Cana­di­ens ex­tended their season-high los­ing streak to eight games (0-5-3).

One-timers: Mikko Koivu scored the shootout win­ner in his 1,000th ca­reer game and reached 700th ca­reer points with a se­cond-pe­riod as­sist to lead the host Wild over the Stars. Koivu beat Ben Bishop with his trade­mark move, a back­hand over the goalie’s left shoul­der. Then Alex Stalock, who made 26 saves, stuffed Corey Perry to seal the vic­tory. ... Blue Jackets D Zach Weren­ski, the team’s third-lead­ing scorer, will be out four weeks with a shoul­der in­jury. ... Pen­guins D Brian Du­moulin will be out eight weeks af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery to re­pair lac­er­ated ten­dons in his left an­kle.

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