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Patrice Bergeron broke a tie in the 2nd period and the Boston Bruins downed slumping Montreal 4-1, leaving the Canadiens winless in 5 games

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MONTREAL — Coach 's frustration is starting to boil over.

Once again, his Montreal Canadiens came out on the losing end despite outshooting their opponent and the rival Boston Bruins pulled out a 4-1 victory Tuesday night before a booing crowd at the Bell Centre.

After starting the season with a division-leading 19-4-3 record, the Canadiens have fallen into a 4-16-1 funk. The loss to Boston dropped them out of a playoff position.

"I honestly hope that not one person will criticize the effort," said the embattled coach, his voice cracking with emotion. "That has to stop. These guys are giving everything they have. Is the execution there? No, but that will come."

The Canadiens outshot Boston 39-24, but managed only a second-period goal from defenseman .

broke a 1-1 tie in second period as the Bruins won their third in a row. , David Pasternak and , with an empty-net goal, also scored for the Bruins, who avenged a 5-1 loss to Montreal in the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1. The teams wore their Winter Classic jerseys in the rematch.

Star goalie likely will return from a lower-body injury after the Jan. 31 All-Star game and the team could be waiting to make any moves to right the ship until after he's back.

Back-up has played reasonably well in Price's place, but it is clear the team skates with more confidence with the 2014-15 Hart and Vezina Trophy winner in goal.

After a day off, the team will resume practice Thursday to get ready for its next contest Saturday night in Toronto.

Captain said the squad's troubles can't be blamed on Therrien, whose job could be on the line.

"He's been absolutely phenomenal through all this and that's what makes it so hard," said Pacioretty. "I can't believe how well he's handled this and how positive he's been with us.

"Night after night we haven't been able to step up for him and that's frustrating because we all believe. We're all on board. We believe this is the way the game is supposed to be played."

It was a tough night for the top line of Pacioretty, and and for defenseman , who was benched — and booed — after some giveaways.

Therrien leapt to the 37-year-old's defense.

"It happens to every player at a certain age. He isn't done, but sometimes it's tougher. We just played four games in six nights."

Markov was the goat on Boston's opening goal in the first period as Condon stopped Talbot on a breakaway, but 's weak pass went straight back to Talbot for a shot in off the goalie's glove.

Barberio tied it 8:48 into the second frame with a one-timer of a feed from a tight angle that beat , who usually struggles against the Canadiens and even with the win is only 5-15-3 against them in his career.

Condon was bowled over by teammate as his clearing pass was picked off by Pasternak and fed to Bergeron for a goal at 16:49. Bergeron moved past Cam Neely into eighth place in Bruins history with his 591th career point.

Condon was slow to get to the far post as Pasternak circled the net and tucked one in at 12:14 of the third.

Montreal lost defenseman to a lower-body injury in the first period and winger to a lower-body injury in the third.

Notes: Denna Laing, the Boston Pride player who suffered a severe spine injury in the women's game at the Winter Classic, was honored in a pre-game scoreboard montage. Jerseys signed by players from both teams will be auctioned to raise funds for her. ... Boston's (upper body) missed a 10th game. Pasternak returned after missing three.

PHOTO: Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien and players Tomas Plekanec, left, Brian Flynn (32), Lars Eller (81) and David Desharnais, right, watch during the final minute an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins o Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien and players Tomas Plekanec, left, Brian Flynn (32), Lars Eller (81) and David Desharnais, right, watch during the final minute an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins o Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

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PHOTO: Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) scores against Montreal Canadiens goalie Mike Condon (39) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
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