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.
In a fashion reminiscent of pre-2011 matchups, the Montreal Canadiens rallied back from a two goal deficit in the third period before eventually winning the shootout on a Brendan Gallagher goal. The Bruins took a 4-2 lead into the second intermission after exploding for four unanswered goals in the middle frame, but once again couldn’t get the job done in the third period. Tuukka Rask took the loss for the Bruins, allowing five goals on 28 shots, and despite gaining a point the B’s relinquish the top spot in the Northeast Division to the Habs once again.
It’s become a rarity to see the Boston Bruins not come away with two points when leading after forty minutes of play, but that’s precisely what happened in front of a packed house at TD Garden last night. With captain Zdeno Chara in the box for 17 minutes after responding to an Alexei Emelin cross-check to Tyler Seguin’s rib cage, the Montreal Canadiens scored two goals in the first ten minutes of the third to earn a big victory over the Black and Gold, retaking first place in the Eastern Conference.
Game 19: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens
Sunday, March 3rd, 7:30 pm, TD Garden, Boston
TV: NBC Sports Network, RDS Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Fresh off their sixth straight win yesterday over the Lightning, the Bruins have another tough task waiting for them at the Garden tonight as the Montreal Canadiens are in town. Currently tied with Bruins atop the Northeast Division, the Habs are coming off an ugly 7-6 overtime loss last night to the Penguins, but do not have a regulation loss in their last ten games (7-0-3).
After sleepwalking through much of the first two periods, new linemates Tyler Seguin and David Krejci scored two minutes apart early in the third period to help the Bruins rally for a 2-1 win in Montreal last night. Tuukka Rask was nothing short of spectacular in between the pipes in the victory, stopping 20 of 21 Montreal shots, including 11 in the first period. The Bruins improve to 7-1-1 on the season, temporarily regaining the top spot in the Eastern Conference.