So much for the Montreal Canadiens serving as a bad matchup for a Bruins team that can do no wrong.

The Black and Gold did very little wrong in serving a 4-1 beating to the hated Habs on their home ice at the Bell Centre that ended a five-game losing streak against their Original Six arch-rivals. It didn’t always look that way as the Canadiens actually carried the play in the scoreless first period while outshooting the Bruins by a 13-6 margin, and setting Boston off-balance with their speed.

But the Bruins came out looking much more like their strong selves in the second period, and started attacking a group of Montreal defenseman missing their warrior shot-blocker, Josh Gorges. Young blueliner Jarred Tinordi botched a puck retrieval attempt off a defensive zone face-off and gave Carl Soderberg a free shot at the Montreal net and goaltender Peter Budaj.

Soderberg easily beat Budaj for his 12th goal of the season at the 1:33 mark, and Boston was off and running. Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron followed with a nice two-man play that left Tinordi once again flailing as the last line of defense, and Bergeron firing his 19th goal into the open net.

The real back-breaking play occurred at the end of the second period. Thomas Vanek and Tomas Plekanec had the B’s defensemen pair of Johnny Boychuk and Matt Bartkowski hemmed into their own zone. The B’s managed to clear the puck, and Milan Lucic scorched a blast past Budaj to make it a three-goal advantage over Montreal.

Zdeno Chara tacked on another goal minutes into the third period, and David Desharnais finished off the scoring with the sole Habs strike that ruined Tuukka Rask’s bid (33 saves) for a shutout.