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David Desharnais scored two goals, including the game-winner, to help the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 at the TD Garden. With the loss, the Bruins fall to 14-3-2 and are now two points behind the Canadians in the Northeast Division.
Tomas Plekanec put Montreal on the board first with a power-play goal 9:57 into the first period. Plekanec was all alone in front of the Boston net and fanned on the one-timer, but it found its way into the back of the net for his ninth goal of the season. Tyler Seguin responded for the Bruins just 50 seconds later with his fifth goal of the season. Off the face off, Brad Marchand fought for the puck and gave it to Patrice Bergeron on the side of the net, who then found a cutting Seguin all alone in front of the net to finish off a pretty passing sequence.
But, the Canadiens responded even quicker, just 16 seconds later, when Desharnais threw a puck on net intended for Max Pacioretty. The puck deflected off of Johnny Boychuck’s stick and into the net to give Desharnais his first of the night.
Boston tied the game up 4:06 into the second period on a two-on-one with Seguin and Bergeron. Seguin fed Bergeron in front of the net and knocked in the puck past Montreal goalie Peter Budaj for his fifth of the season. Five minutes later, during a four-on-four, Dougie Hamilton gave the Bruins the lead with his second goal of the season. Hamilton skated behind the net and came out the other side, while Marchand’s shot was deflected and bounced right to him for a one timer. Towards the end of the second period and immediately after a fight between Milan Lucic and Brandon Prust (video here), Seguin received a crosscheck to the ribs from Alexei Emelin. Seguin would go down and leave the game temporarily, but Zdeno Chara immediately went after Emelin, who broke his stick during the crosscheck (video here). Chara received a two-minute instigator penalty, five minutes for fighting, and a 10-minute misconduct, totaling 17 penalty minutes.
The Canadiens took advantage of Chara being in the box. The game was tied 5:31 into the third period when Pacioretty ripped a shot through a screen to beat Tuukka Rask for his eighth goal of the season. And just under four minutes later, Desharnais found a lose puck in a scrum in the crease and knocked it in for his second goal of the night and seventh of the season. The Bruins only allowed four shots on net in the third period, but unfortunately two of them ended up in the back of the net.
The Bruins most impressive line of the night was the Bergeron-Seguin-Marchand line by far. The line had the most energy and it showed with their stats: Bergeron 1 Goal 2 Assists, Seguin 1 Goal 1 Assist, and Marchand 3 Assists.
The Bruins will look to avenge their first round knockout a season ago against the Washington Capitals Tuesday night. Puck drop is 7 p.m.
Tags: alexei emelin, Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, brandon prust, Claude Julien, david desharnis, Dougie Hamilton, Max Pacioretty, Milan Lucic, Montreal Canadiens, Patrice Bergeron, peter budaj, Tomas Plekanec, Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara