The Boston Bruins are coming off a win yesterday and were looking for their seventh straight. To do so they would have to get passed their forever best friends aka rivals the Montreal Canadiens. The winner of tonight’s matchup would take over first place in the Northeast division.
Tuukka Rask would be in goal for the B’s, opposite the Canadien’s Peter Budaj.
The real story (at least to me) is tonights game was Michael Ryder‘s first as a Canadien against the Bruins. Ryder if you forgot was a part of the Stanley Cup winning team two seasons ago. From the B’s he went to the Dallas Stars and now he’s on the Habs.
First period brought A LOT of solid opportunities for goals from both sides. Andrew Ference on a holding call would give the Canadiens a power play and a goal. Tomas Plekanec would get the credit and Ryder would get the assist. But just 40 seconds later off of a face off, Tyler Seguin would notch his fifth goal of the season and we’d have a tied game. Montreal would follow that up with a goal from David Desharnais just nine seconds later. That goal was reviewed but stood much to the crowds dismay. Just so we’re clear that’s three goals in just one minute and six seconds. Bruins would end the first on a power play that would carry into the second.
Second period power play was a waste. But then at 15:54, Patrice Bergeron would tie the game! That’s Bergy’s fifth of the year and it’s another multiple point game for him. The Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line is once again having a ridiculously good night! So the B’s and Habs get penalties only seconds within each other making it a 4-on-4. This wouldn’t be considered an advantage but Dougie Hamilton would take advantage of it scoring his second goal of the season, and his first at home. Montreal would get a 5-on-3 power play opportunity for over a minute but the Bruins penalty killed isn’t ranked number 1 for nothing friends! If you remember the Bruins and the Habs do not like each other and as the game goes on this becomes clearer. Milan Lucic and Brandon Prust go at with Looch OBVIOUSLY coming out on top. Alexei Emelin cross checks Seguin hard in the ribs and Zdeno Chara unleashes at him. When I say that, I mean he went the length of the ice to get Emelin. And this is one of the many reasons I love my team! And with that the second period would come to a close.
Just 5:31 into the third period Max Pacioretty exacted revenge on the team who took him out two short years ago, netting the game-tying goal against Tuukka early on in the third. Desharnais was able to find the loose puck between the Bruins defense that was wide open in the crease and the Habs were able to regain the lead just before the halfway marker. Keep in mind both goals were scored while Bruins captain Zdeno Chara served a ten minute misconduct after sticking up for Seggy. After he came back to the game, it wasn’t so easy for the Habs to score. The Bruins tried to come back from the deficit and hammered Budaj until the final buzzer, but unfortunately fell short by a final score of 4-3, ending the Bruins win streak at 6. The Canadiens now sit in first place in the East with 2 points over the Bruins.
The B’s next game is Tuesday against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center with face off at 7:00PM on NESN.