The Boston Bruins now have five wins in a row, with their 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The game was not as close as the score may indicate, as the Habs did not score their second goal until one minute remaining and the Bruins controlled the momentum all night. Here are my five observations.
Number Five: Montreal Canadiens
This is not an observation about the game so much as the Montreal Canadiens. Fans are outraged because new head coach Randy Cunneyworth cannot speak French. I did not have many opinions about this, but many fans and media have commented on this issue and it has to make you think, what kind of a state are the Canadiens in right now?
Number Four- Defense from Offense
In this game, both Patrice Bergeron and Greg Campbell made fantastic plays to help the Bruins kill penalties, and just overall help the defense. The Bruins are known as one of the better defensive teams in the NHL, and Bruins play by play man Jack Edwards called Bergeron the best defensive offensive player in the game several times.
Number Three- Style of Play
This did not seem like a Bruins-Canadiens game. Like it says above, the Bruins seemed to dominate the night and the game was not as close as the score would indicate. The Canadiens have had a rough season, and it seemed tonight like they were not in the Bruins class on this night.
Number Two- Daniel Paille
With Milan Lucic suspended for the night thanks to a boarding against the Philadelphia Flyers, Claude Julien decided to play typical fourth liner Daniel Paille on the top line was David Krejci and Nathan Horton. Paille did have three goals in his previous two games, so he was the hot hand, and it is interesting to see the faith Julien has in Paille.
Number One- Benoit Pouliot
I think we all had it wrong with Pouliot, but I have said it before. Pouliot has been impressive with the Bruins, and impressed again tonight against his former team. He showed some snipe ability again and charged and camped in front of the net, just like the Bruins like. He has turned the Bruins third line with Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly into a dominant one.
The Bruins play again Friday night, against the Florida Panthers.