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David Backes scores deciding goal for Bruins in first game in nearly a month

BOSTON -- David Backes couldn't help but smile after scoring his first goal of the season in his first game in nearly a month.

The Bruins right wing picked a big moment against a big-time rival to accomplish the feat.

Backes scored the deciding goal with 9 minutes, 31 seconds left in the third period, David Pastrnak added his league-leading 25th goal, and Boston won its seventh consecutive game, beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Sunday night.

"You could see [the emotion] it on my face. That was elation,'' Backes said.