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
After suffering their worst defeat of the season at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins vowed to improve their effort and get back to the consistent and hard working game that has earned them the top spot in the Eastern Conference this year. Back to back games with the Rangers and Blue Jackets provided the opportunity to do just that, and it was clear the black and gold meant business as they scored twice in the third period to down the Rangers on Friday afternoon before putting forth a dominant effort in a 3-1 win over Columbus last night. The twin victories closed out an eight games in fourteen days stretch that saw the Bruins go 6-1-1 to further secure their place atop the standings.
Between their heartbreaking loss in the final minute of last year’s Stanley Cup Final and their own last second win over the Sharks on Thursday night, the Boston Bruins know very well that every minute (and second) counts until the final buzzer sounds. You might say the Black and Gold got a taste of their own medicine tonight against the New Jersey Devils, as the visiting squad netted two goals in the final 1:08 of play to hand the Bruins their third loss of the season. Tuukka Rask allowed his highest goals against total of the year, while the ageless Marty Brodeur earned his first victory of the season in the New Jersey net.
Fresh off their last second win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, the Boston Bruins look to keep the good times rolling tonight at the Garden as they take on the now Kovalchuk-less New Jersey Devils and old friend Jaromir Jagr. While the Black and Gold will be looking to extend their current winning streak to five games, the Devils limp into town with just a single victory on the season.
The Boston Bruins did what they were supposed to do tonight in Buffalo, beating the bottom dwelling Sabres by a score of 5-2. Milan Lucic and Torey Krug each scored twice, while Chad Johnson made his debut in the Boston net and stopped 14 shots for the victory. Unfortunately, a third period cheap shot by John Scott on B’s forward Loui Eriksson will likely steal the headlines on the night, potentially a huge blow for the Black and Gold as they head home to take on the San Jose Sharks tomorrow night.