For the second time this season, your Boston Bruins headed into the Bell Centre, otherwise known as the House of Horrors, and waltzed away with two points. It was no House of Horrors on Tuesday, though. I could’ve sworn this game was played in a library, it was so quiet.
The Bruins have now won three straight games, while the Habs have just FOUR wins in their last 21 games. Remember when everyone was saying that the Canadiens were the best team in the league?
Montreal actually got off to a solid start in the game, and pressured Rask early on. The Bruins pushed back, and momentum swung in their favor. The Habs quickly began to unravel and could not take care of the puck.
Late in the first, Brad Marchand sprung Max Talbot on a breakaway. He was stopped on the initial try, but Andrei Markov immediately gave the puck right back, and Talbot made him pay by burying a wrist shot.
Midway through the middle frame, the Canadiens tied the game at one. Subban froze Rask, who expected a shot, and fed Mark Barberio, who hammered a one-timer into a wide-open net.
The Habs had a glimmer of hope, but Mr. Perfect Patrice Bergeron was not having it. With just over three minutes remaining in the second, Bergy picked up a loose puck behind the net, and wrapped it around to beat a sprawled Mike Condon under the glove.
This goal gave the Bruins a 2-1 led and later proved to be the game-winning goal. Bergeron has a team-leading 18 goals and 41 points on the season. Oh yeah and by the way, this marked his 591st career point, passing Cam Neely for ninth place on the Bruins all-time scoring list. He has a pretty solid handle on this hockey thing.
No one brings the effort and intensity on a nightly basis quite like this man.
The Bruins added an insurance goal at 12:14 of the third period, sending many of the Habs’ faithful running for the exits.
Zac Rinaldo’s forecheck left a loose puck waiting for Pastrnak (yes, Pasta played on the fourth line with Rinaldo and Talbot) low in the right face-off circle, and his head fakes froze Condon long enough to allow him to slip in a wrap-around at the far post.
This was Pastrnak’s first game back after missing three straight with an upper body injury. He was placed on the fourth line to help ease him back in against the Canadiens’ bottom lines, and he finished the night with two points (assist on Bergeron’s goal).
I’ll give the Habs some credit. They had numerous flurries of scoring chances that put the Bruins on their heels, but Tuukka friggin Rask was a brick wall. He made 38 saves on 39 shots, including an impressive glove save on a puck that seemed destined to bounce over his glove and in.
Marchand put the nail in the coffin with an empty netter, as the sweet, sweet sound of booing rained down from the rafters.
Live look at the Habs trying to get their season back on track:
On the other hand, the B’s can head home with smiles on their faces, as they wait for the Vancouver Canucks to come to town on Thursday.
[Photo via bruins.nhl.com]