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The Bruins came into the night 0-2 against Montreal this season and a chance to take the lead in the Northeast division. Boston looked hot riding an eight game winning streak, and Montreal failed to get back to back wins as the Bruins extended their winning streak to nine games with a 1-0 shutout win over Montreal.
Slow start to the game, but the pace soon picked up with heavy hits and end to end rushes. Boston had an early power play that didn’t look very good and only credited with one shot on goal.
The Bruins were going on a second power play when Andrew Ference picked a corner on Carey Price. The play happened because of great passing from Chris Kelly and Rich Peverly starting in the defensive zone working all the way to the back of the net. The Habs out shot the Bruins 10-5 in the first.
More of the same took place in the second period, with good checking and end-to-end play.
Carey Price and Tim Thomas both made big saves at big times for each team, keeping it a one goal game. A little more than half way through the period Benoit Pouliot put the Bruins on the penalty kill, Bruins handled the first Montreal power play. Five minutes later Pouliot put the Bruins on the penalty kill again, this time a double minor. Boston killed off a minute and a half of that power play and ended the period still up one but starting the third short-handed.
The Bruins didn’t look great in the third, giving Montreal a chance to hang around by playing not being able to clear the puck out of the defensive zone. Boston had great energy on defense and the penalty kill with several players diving on the ice to make plays. The Bruins were out shot by fifteen in a winning effort mainly because of too many giveaways in the defensive zone. Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand had great chances to put the game away late in the period but capitalize, Lucic had the better chance with a clear breakaway. The Habs went back on the power play for the final minute and a half and pulled the goalie making it six on four but couldn’t tie it up.
Thomas came up huge bailing out the Bruins more than once to earn his second shut out in a row. This shut out will get talked about seeing that the Bruins didn’t really bring the offense tonight. Thomas finished the night with 33 saves and might have earned a day off on Wednesday against the Sabres.
The Bruins extend the winning streak to nine games and now sit at the top of the division. Boston will look to make it ten games on Wednesday