Tonight the Bruins faced their long-time division rivals Montreal Canadiens for the first of four meetings this season. After sixty minutes of play, the most solid being their last twenty, the Bruins were able to skate away with their fifth straight victory against Montreal dating back to last season, by a score of 2-1.
The Bruins were lucky to have the first period end scoreless after a very sloppy period that had the Habs leading the shots 11-4. Through twenty minutes the Bruins offense was suffering without Brad Marchand, managing to only post a shot every five minutes on average, despite being on the power play twice throughout the period. The defense from the Bruins loss to Buffalo made its’ second appearance of the season as they allowed several 2-on-1 opportunities, the best attempt at stopping coming from a charging Chris Bourque who then ran into the net and dislodged it. Thanks to outstanding athleticism by Tuukka Rask the Bruins were able to stay in the game and go into the locker room scoreless.
The second period provided the Bruins with more opportunities as they held Montreal to just five shots on goal, but penalties were their downfall as Lucic found himself in the box twice for useless minors. Just over the halfway marker PK Subban shot from the right point and Peverley got a stick on it that sent it past Tuukka’s glove and into the back of the net for a 1-0 Habs lead.
A rapid reaction came from the Bruins as Tyler Seguin went on a line with Lucic and Krejci and applied good pressure to the Habs defense and never stopped moving. He circled in front and backhanded a Krejci pass far side on Price just 14 seconds into the final frame to tie it at 1. It looked as though the Horton/Seguin line change was a good move by Claude as their next shift out Krejci netted his second of the season after burying the puck past Price. The Bruins earning their first lead of the game at 2:05 of the third.
The two goals would be the only goals of the period, but enough to hold off the Canadiens and earn the Bruins their seventh win on the season and put them in first place in the Eastern Conference.
After the game Tuukka Rask told Pierre McGuire:
“It was a great effort, we talked about it after the second we need to get better to win a game and we did that and got two quick goals and got the win so it’s a good win for us.”
The Bruins next game is Saturday, February 9 for a matinee game against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 12:30pm start time.