The Bruins fell to the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 in tonight’s match, giving the team a 0-3 regular season record against the Habs.
Earlier in the day, the Bruins recalled forwards Matt Lindblad and Jordan Caron from Providence, while sending down Zach Trotman – alerting us to the fact that all six defensemen are healthy and able to play, while there is still some concern surrounding the health of some forwards. Caron ended up being the healthy scratch. While some speculation surrounded a potential injury to Milan Lucic earlier today, he took warmups, while Chris Kelly did not.
Jiri Sekac went to the box just over a minute into the first, called for boarding Simon Gagne. The Habs were able to make the kill without the B’s getting many, if any, shots on goal. A handful of chances in Boston’s defensive zone saw Tuukka Rask reading the puck well, staying calm and making the timely stops. With ten minutes left in the first, Torey Krug was called for interference, sending the Habs on their first power play of the game. Dale Weise and Gregory Campbell decided to tangle, with the fight not seeing many punches from either side. A quick release from Andrei Markov went through three bodies to beat Rask stick-side, putting Montreal up 1-0. A late chance for the B’s came from a pass across the crease from Gagne to Milan Lucic, but Lucic couldn’t get it past Carey Price. The first ended with the Habs still up 1-0.
The Bruins looked good to start the second, applying offensive pressure and getting a handful of chances. Carl Soderberg chose a backhand pass to Lucic rather than to shoot, turning the puck over and Tomas Plekanec put the Habs up 2-0. The page turned rather quickly, with the Habs dialing up the pressure and spending a significant amount of time in their offensive zone. Patrice Bergeron was left without a stick for much of a two-minute offensive presence from the Habs, and blocked a shot that lead to a penalty for delay of game by concealing the puck while the refs let a too many men call go against the Habs. The second period ended with Montreal up 2-0, and the B’s struggling to regain their footing.
The Bruins came out swinging to start the third, with the Lucic-Soderberg-Eriksson line seeing a chance almost immediately. Markov was called for cross-checking Gagne three minutes into the third, sending the B’s on their second power play of the night. The Habs were able to kill the penalty, making the Bruins 0-2 in the PP. Tension rose midway through the third, with Torey Krug and Alex Galchenyuk trading hands after a delayed penalty was called against the Bruins – prior to the whistle, Bergeron was called for slashing, putting the Habs on the PP. The Bruins made the kill with a little over eight and a half minutes left. Late offensive pressure didn’t do the Bruins any good, and the Habs won – giving them their third and final regular season victory facing the Bruins.