Last night’s showdown against the Montreal Canadiens was one of the most anticipated games of the Bruins season thus far. Tension has continued to rise since Zdeno Chara’s controversial hit on Max Pacioretty on March 8th, which he received no punishment from the league for.
But with playoffs quickly approaching the Bruins knew they had to stay focused to gain a win, and they did just that.
Prior to Thursday’s contest, the Canadiens made it clear that they would seek revenge for the Pacioretty hit by gaining two points on the Bruins with a win. But in the opening moments, they discovered it might not be so easy.
Just one minute into the first period, defenseman Johnny Boychuck put the B’s on the board after a quick slap shot. Gregory Campbell and Nathan Horton finished the period with another two points, making it 3-0 Bruins at the end of the first.
After a quiet second period Montreal had a chance to bounce back, but neither team scored before the buzzer sounded. Horton, Campbell, Adam McQuaid and Tomas Kaberle (his first as a Bruin) all scored in the third, blowing the Habs away in their 7-0 victory.
Milan Lucic had three assists, a career high for him. Zdeno Chara and David Krejci both had three assists as well, tying their current career high. Mark Recchi’s assist on Kaberle’s goal landed him in 12th place on the all time points list with a whopping 1,531. This win was also the 25th shutout of goaltender Tim Thomas’ career and his eighth as a Boston Bruin. He described it as a “memorable one” and something he’ll remember forever.