Five Observations: Bruins Top Habs

The Boston Bruins picked up their seventh win of the season on Wednesday night when they came from behind the defeat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 at the Belle Centre. Boston trailed going into the third period but scored two quick goals to win it.

Number Five: Hamilton

The last few games, Dougie Hamilton hasn’t been a focus here like he had been to start out the season. But last night he sure looked good in the 2-1 Boston win. He made an incredible save in the first period to save a goal, as an over aggressive Tuukka Rask appeared to have been beat. But Hamilton put his stick between the pipe and the puck to prevent the Montreal goal that would have given the Habs a first period advantage.

Number Four: Two U’s, Two K’s….

If not for Rask, the Bruins probably do not come close to winning this game. The Finnish netminder was fantastic, making 11 first period saves and overall made 20 saves. The only goal he allowed was a power play goal from the point where a PK Subban shot deflected off of Rich Peverley’s stick and above the catching glove of Rask and into the net.

Number Three: Providence Kids

At one point in the game there was an entire line of Providence Bruins players; Ryan Spooner, Jamie Tardiff and Lane McDermid. For his first NHL game, Spooner looked alright. His most memorable play came in a quick shot right behind the blueline on net where he took advantage of a closing shooting lane. Overall, this line was not bad, but it showed the team has some injuries and needed depth.

Number Two: Powerless Play

You know your power play is bad when Spooner, in his first NHL game and Chris Bourque with one goal in four years are on it. The PP unit once again struggled and at one point in the first period, completely lost all momentum that Boston had, as it has done so often in the past five seasons. If the team has one weakness, this is it right there.

Number One: Line Changing

To open the third period, Claude Julien made an interesting line change, placing Tyler Seguin on the “top” line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. To say it worked would be an understatement. A Krejci pass to Seguin led to a beautiful backhand goal in tight to Carey Price to give the Bruins a 1-1 tie just 14 seconds into the third. Just less than two minutes later, Krejci would score the game winner on the same line on a pass from Seguin.

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