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.
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).