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Bruins Mostly Flat in Loss in Montreal

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) checks Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) into the boards during first-period NHL hockey game action on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

Boston’s highly disappointing start to the season continued Saturday in Montreal, as they fell 4-2 to the hated Habs. The Bruins had a few moments, though for the most part they were rather lackluster. After some early energy, Boston got sloppy with the puck. After some assistance from the referees on a questionable holding call late in the 1st, Montreal took advantage on a tip-in in front of Tuukka Rask for the 1-0 lead. Just 1:16 later, Rask was easily beaten to put Montreal up 2-0.

Boston continued their ineffective pattern into the 2nd, not able to get anything going against Montreal and Carey Price. The Canadiens made things even worse with their second power play goal of the night 12:24 into the period to go up 3-0, a formidable lead. With minutes to go in the period, though, Montreal gave up a defensive zone turnover. After some quick puck work, Milan Lucic put the puck into the net to get one of the goals back.

After another quick turnover gave Montreal a breakaway, Rask came very far out of the net in the absence of defenders to knock the puck right off Max Pacioretty’s stick for the save. Shortly thereafter, Lucic was called for slashing against the biggest flopper this side of soccer, P.K. Subban. Fortunately, nothing came from that.

Boston continued to flounder well into the 3rd, even squandering a golden 5-on-3 chance. With the goalie pulled and just when things looked bleakest, Tyler Seguin knocked in an off-balance shot to give Boston a fighting chance. Tim Thomas even came into the game for a couple seconds afterwards (to give Boston a de facto time out) before dashing to the net. However, Montreal took control of the puck long enough to put in the empty net goal to seal the victory once and for all.

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game:

The only fight of the game occurred at 7:45 of the 2nd period, though it was really only a couple of love taps between Shawn Thornton and Travis Moen.

Coach’s Corner:

“We got ourselves into some penalty troubles…. a lot of them were retaliation.” – Claude Julien on Boston’s reputation as a rough-and-tumble team.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period
15:26 MTL PPG – BRIAN GIONTA (2) TIP-IN – ASST: T. PLEKANEC (5) AND M. CAMMALLERI (1)
16:42 MTL LARS ELLER (1) WRIST – ASST: T. MOEN (2) AND A. KOSTITSYN (4)
2nd Period
12:24 MTL PPG – DAVID DESHARNAIS (2) WRIST – ASST: M. CAMMALLERI (2) AND Y. WEBER (3)
16:28 BOS MILAN LUCIC (3) SLAP – ASST: N. HORTON (3)
3rd Period
19:05 BOS TYLER SEGUIN (4) WRIST – ASST: P. BERGERON (4) AND Z. CHARA (3)
19:48 MTL EN – TOMAS PLEKANEC (4) WRIST – ASST: NONE

Penalty Summary:

1st Period
14:11 BOS JOHNNY BOYCHUK : HOLDING – 2 MIN
19:49 BOS ANDREW FERENCE : KNEEING – 2 MIN
2nd Period
7:45 BOS SHAWN THORNTON : FIGHTING (MAJ) – 5 MIN
7:45 MTL TRAVIS MOEN : FIGHTING (MAJ) – 5 MIN
8:41 BOS DENNIS SEIDENBERG : HOLDING – 2 MIN
10:25 BOS ANDREW FERENCE : ROUGHING – 2 MIN
18:51 BOS MILAN LUCIC : SLASHING – 2 MIN
3rd Period
1:05 MTL LARS ELLER : TRIPPING – 2 MIN
2:09 MTL BRIAN GIONTA : TRIPPING – 2 MIN
3:38 BOS NATHAN HORTON : CROSS CHECKING – 2 MIN
20:00 BOS JORDAN CARON : HI-STICKING – 2 MIN

Goalie Stats:

Goalie Save Total TOI
BOS Tuukka Rask 23/26 58:24
MTL Carey Price 26/28 60:00

Shots on Goal:

1st 2nd 3rd Total
BOS 8 8 12 28
MTL 12 12 3 27

Game Notes:

  • Boston is now 1-5-0 on the season when trailing after the 2nd.
  • Boston has trailed in every game this year, except against Tampa.
  • 3-7-0 is the worst start by a defending champion since 1994.
  • Boston is now the second worst team in the whole NHL, ahead of only Columbus.

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