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Sounds of the game… Bruins 3, Canadiens 1

The Bruins appear to have re-discovered their mojo and they can thank their captain, Zdeno Chara [1], in large part for it. After dropping two straight to Buffalo and Minnesota, the Bruins stood 1-2 on their season-long six-game homestand. But then they rebounded to win an uneven 6-4 decision against Ottawa. They put together a dominant effort in a  5-1 win over Carolina and capped it off with a 3-1 win in a playoff-like atmosphere Tuesday night at the Garden against the Canadiens.

With Marco Sturm [2] likely gone for the season with ACL surgery to his left knee and leading goal scorer Phil Kessel [3] out for at least three weeks with mono, someone had to step up. Chara not only scored his team’s first two goals, he was a physical force on the ice, playing over 32 minutes and covering Montreal’s best player, Alex Kovalev. Our own Joe Haggerty looks further into how Chara is earning his ‘C’ [4].

Add to the mix a boarding major called on Andrei Kostitsyn when he hit Aaron Ward [5] and Tim Thomas [6] coming out of the net to take out Kostitsyn, and you have all the makings of a regular season match-up between two ancient rivals that had everyone looking ahead toward the spring.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien said Chara showed why he’s a captain [7].

Julien on Kostitsyn’s hit on Aaron Ward [8].

Zdeno Chara said this was an exciting game [9].

Chara said everyone picked it up [10].

Chara said Thomas showed the code of loyalty to his teammates [11].

Tim Thomas said it was a fun game to play in [12].

Thomas explains why he took the hit on Kostitsyn [13].

Thomas said the game felt like the playoff meeting between the two teams last spring [14].