Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has been rather direct when answering questions from the media of late, and he once again pulled no punches last night when speaking about his team’s performance in Montreal. “That second period was atrocious and embarrassing, to say the least” said Julien, who also responded “everything” to the question of what went wrong. The Canadiens overtook first place in the Atlantic Division with a 2-1 victory at the Bell Centre last night, tallying both goals in a middle frame that also saw them outshoot the Bruins 18-7. Gregory Campbell scored Boston’s only goal, while Tuukka Rask took the loss in the Bruin net.
Well, it’s about that time of year again, nothing like ringing in the holidays with some good ol’ fashioned hate. We sit well past the quarter mark of the 2013-14 NHL season, but Thursday night will be the first meeting so far this year between the Bruins and their rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. Read on for the preview.
Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens
Thursday, December 5th – 7:30pm – Bell Centre, Montreal
TV: NESN, RDS Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
It’s a sad day today. Longtime NHLer Roman Hamrlik, the first overall pick in the 1992 draft, is retiring. The 39 year old called it quits after 20 NHL seasons, his most recent coming with the New York Rangers where he dressed for just 12 games. Hamrlik tallied a very respectable 635 points in 1,395 games while playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers. He’s also an Olympic gold medal winner as well, scoring the honor with the 1998 Czech team.
As a long time Bruins fan, I felt it only right to thank Hamrlik for all his contributions to the Bruins’ organization over the past few years. What contributions you might ask? Hamrlik never played for the Bruins you say?
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The saying goes that “it’s just one game” – a preseason one at that – but the Bruins’ top offensive line of David Krejci, Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic already have fans excited about the possibilities for the coming season after combining for six points to lead the black and gold to a 6-3 victory against the Canadiens tonight. Rookie Malcolm Subban also stopped all 12 shots he faced in his goaltending debut, and three third period goals by the Bruins put the nail in the Montreal coffin to get the new season started on the right foot.
With first place in the Northeast Division on the line and in enemy territory to face their archrival Canadiens, one would think that the Boston Bruins wouldn’t have a tough time getting energized for another important game. But instead a flat start and generally uninspired effort resulted in a 2-1 loss for Boston, with former Bruin Michael Ryder earning the game winner and goalie Carey Price making 26 (pretty easy) saves between the pipes. The loss was wrapped up with Boston failing to generate a shot on net in the final minute of the game, while on a 6-on-4 advantage with Tuukka Rask pulled and Montreal shorthanded on a Lars Eller penalty. While it was just the first loss in four games for the Bruins, there is still much to be desired with the playoffs rapidly approaching.