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For the first time in recent memory, the Bruins and Canadiens played a meaningless game. Why? Well, simply put, the Canadiens suck this season.
Montreal is 12th in the Eastern Conference and has a losing record. They entered the game 16 (!!!) points behind the Bruins in the East. Things are so bad, they traded one of their best players DURING Thursday night’s game against the Bruins.
Another example that things are bad for the Habs? Bruins youngster Jordan Caron scored less than two minutes into the first period after the puck took a strange bounce and rolled in front of the net while Carey Price was trying to retrieve it behind the net.
“It was an unfortunate bounce, but at the same time we have to find a way to rally behind it, bounce back from it,” Price said.
The lucky B’s then held that 1-0 lead all the way until the third period, when Milan Lucic made it 2-0. Credit David Krejci with one of the assists, giving him at least one point in 10 straight games, the longest such streak in the NHL this season.
So, with Krjeci one of the hottest players in the NHL, naturally PK Subban would make a run at him. Subban gave Krejci a semi-nasty elbow to the head midway through the third. When Andrew Ference rushed over to retaliate, Subban turtled on the ice.
Ference was given a 4-minute penalty, and Subban was given a 2-minute penalty, giving Montreal a power play. The Habs actually capitalized when Yannick Weber scored 15 feet from the net on a slapshot as Thomas was screened. That cut the deficit to 2-1, but Montreal was unable to make any more noise after that.
In the end, Thomas finished with 33 saves.
The Bruins, 8-2-0 in their last 10 games, next take on the Hurricanes on Saturday night.