The Montreal Canadiens did not give up against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden and their efforts rewarded them.
In the battle of former (and current) Habs coaches, Michel Therrien’s team beat the Claude Julien’s Bruins 4-3, therefore keeping their undefeated in regulation streak going at 11 games.
Tomas Plekanec opened the scoring on the power play at 9:57 of the first period, however their lead did not last for long as less than a minute later, Tyler Seguin rips one past Budaj and it’s a tie game. But that tie didn’t last for long either, as only 16 seconds later, David Desharnais gives the Habs the lead again. Going into the second period leading 2-1, Patrice Bergeron equalizes it at 4:06, and at 9:20 of the same period, Dougie Hamilton gets his second of the season off a fumble by Peter Budaj and the Bruins pick up their first lead of the game at 3-2. However once again, the Canadiens showed their strength of character in coming from behind in this game, trailing 3-2 going into the third period, and two quick goals from David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty got them up 4-3 for the win.
“When you’re losing after two periods in Boston, it’s not an ideal situation. We showed a lot of character,” said David Desharnais. Michel Therrien also praised one player in particular, Brandon Prust. “It took a lot of courage to do what Brandon (Prust) did,” Over the last two seasons, the Bruins have a record of 37-14-2 when there is at least one fight in the game. This one involved Prust and Milan Lucic.
The Habs left Boston with a record of 14-4-4 and a total of 32 points in the standings, regaining their lead as first in the Eastern Conference. They play their next game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.