Thursday night’s matchup between the Boston Bruins and their hated rivals the Montreal Canadiens was a game of “haves” and “have nots”. The Bruins beat the Canadiens in a hard fought battle by a score of 3-2, making this their 19th win in their last 22 games. The Bruins earned their victory despite not having power forward Milan Lucic in the lineup, who was serving a one-game suspension for his hit from behind on Philadelphia Flyer’s forward Zac Rinaldo this past Saturday.
Former Canadien, Benoit Pouliot got the Bruins on the board first when he scored on a Rich Peverley pass off of a great faceoff win by Peverley. The lead was short lived as Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec tied the game only a 1:13 after Boston’s goal. The two teams went into the locker rooms tied at one apiece after the first period, which saw no penalties called on either team.
The Bruins went up early in the second when an Andrew Ference pass deflected off of David Krejci’s skate and past Montreal’s goalie Carey Price. The goal was reviewed briefly but was allowed when it was determined that Krejci did not deflect the puck in with a distinct kicking motion. This put Boston up 2-1 and the Bruins would not trail from here on out.
The third period saw Brad Marchand score a great backhand goal as he was falling to the ice. Tyler Seguin had made a nice little move past a Montreal defender and passed the puck to Marchand who deked out Price and scored. This goal would turn out to be the eventual game winner as Montreal’s Erik Cole would score on a tip in with 1:14 left in the game. Tim Thomas made 33 saves in the victory.
This loss was Montreal’s third straight and second under new coach Randy Cunneyworth who replaced Jacques Martin after he was fired this past Saturday. The Bruins have the next couple of days off and will face the Florida Panthers on the 23rd. The Bruins lost 2-0 the when they faced Florida earlier this month.