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Bruins Open Preseason With 4-2 Win Over Montreal

Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his first period goal with team mates Matt Bartkowski #43 and Tyler Seguin #19 during an NHL pre-season game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on September 22, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Bruins kicked off their preseason slate of games Wednesday night in grand fashion, as they took down the hated Habs of Montreal up at the Bell Centre, 4-2.

It didn’t take long for newcomer Nathan Horton to light the lamp for the B’s. Horton scored on his very first shot of the game, less than two minutes into the contest, lifting a wrister past Canadiens goalie Carey Price for the early Bruins lead.

The B’s added two more goals in the first period, with defenseman Johnny Boychuk slamming a one-timer by Price for a power play goal, and center Patrice Bergeron added a backhander to extend the Boston lead to 3-0 by period’s end.

Montreal fell behind 4-0 early in the second when Bergeron scored his second goal on the night, a shorthanded goal at that. The Habs finally got on the board with a pair of special teams goals of their own in the middle frame, shorthanded from Maxim Lapierre and on the power play from Tomas Plekanec.

Tuukka Rask ended up with 36 saves on the night for Boston, and highly touted rookie Tyler Seguin, playing in his first official NHL preseason game, notched an assist on the Boychuk goal.

The B’s will continue their preseason schedule Thursday night in Rochester, NY, taking on old friend Dennis Wideman’s Florida Panthers. Boston will return home for another matchup with Florida on Saturday night at the TD Garden. Saturday night’s game is the only preseason one that will be televised on NESN.

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