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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.
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.
“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.
|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)|
|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)|
|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|
|14:11||BOS||JOHNNY BOYCHUK : HOLDING – 2 MIN|
|19:49||BOS||ANDREW FERENCE : KNEEING – 2 MIN|
|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|
|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|
Tags: Andrew Ference, Bruins, Claude Julien, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Caron, Milan Lucic, Montreal Canadiens, Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron, Shawn Thornton, Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara