Did you know yesterday was free penalty day at the TD Garden? We didn’t either until we saw the game! The first period the Bruins struggled to get the momentum going in their favor as they spent more time in the penalty box watching the game than actually being a part of it. Through twenty minutes of play they were down by a pair of goals from Stamkos and Killorn.
The new rule being implemented for interference didn’t seem to be the issue for the Bruins. No, boarding was the call of choice yesterday as three out of the ten penalties called on the Bruins were for boarding, many of them questionable. Despite a sloppy and slacking start in the first twenty, the Bruins attempted to strike back through the next frame. Their break would come from…wait for it… the power play! Dougie Hamilton was able to get a feed to Tyler Seguin who snapped the puck short-side just under the cross bar for his fourth of the season, a goal that Seguin has been looking for for quite some time. With the momentum starting to sway in their favor the Bruins kept hammering away at the back up goaltender Mathieu Garon and Rich Peverley found a way to light the lamp behind him to tie the game at two markers a piece.
Per usual the Bruins are a strong third period team, proving once again why they were Stanley Cup Champions in 2011 as they skated until the final buzzer and placed almost half of their shots on goal combined from the prior two periods. With hard work generally comes a pay off and that came from another power play goal thanks to big and bad Brad Marchand. Marchand netted his fourth game-winning goal of the season tying him among some of the leagues top names in the standings.
Today the Bruins are taking on their long tine rival Montreal Canadiens for the second meeting of the season. The last meeting between the two teams was at the Belle Centre in Montreal where the Bruins were able to skate by with a 2-1 victory. The Canadiens are coming off of a 7-6 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, scoring a high amount that is usually only spotted in an All Star Game. They have now managed to go ten games without losing a game in regulation time.
Carey Price got the time in net last night for the Canadiens opposite Tom Vokoun and faced 36 shots on goal through the four periods. For Boston Anton Khudobin got the nod and turned away 20 out of the 22 shots he faced. The expectation is that the Canaidens will keep Price in net against the Bruins tonight having such an offensive power house team, but expect Rask to be in net for the black and gold tonight.
Last night Shawn Thornton sat out as a healthy scratch to give Jay Pandolfo a shot in the line up, tonight we can only assume the lines will go back to normal and Claude will alternate the two forwards periodically throughout the remainder of the season. Aside from the healthy scratch there are no known injuries to the Bruins squad as they embark on their next victory.
The puck is set to drop at 7:30 tonight at the TD Garden and can be seen on NBCSN with Pierre McGuire…yay! But if you want some Jack Edwards commentary, give him a follow on Twitter, he’s going to be tweeting the game live all night.