Bruins fall to Canadiens, 3-1
|11.11.10 at 9:37 pm ET|
The Bruins had plenty of momentum entering Thursday’s tilt with the rival Canadiens, but it wasn’t enough to propel them past the Habs in a 3-1 loss.
Carey Price was sensational for Montreal, allowing just a first-period goal to Zdeno Chara and stopping the rest of the 35 shots he faced. Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on 41 shots, including former Boston College star and current Canadiens captain Brian Gionta’s third of the year.
The two teams entreated the third period tied at one goal apiece, but the B’s were unable to flash the type of offense that yielded them five goals in the third a night before in Pittsburgh.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Given the rivalry, it was expected to be a physical game, but the Bruins generally seemed to get the short end of the stick when the penalties were handed out.
Tyler Seguin was called for a phantom trip in the first period on a play in which Travis Moen’s dive appeared to be rather apparent. In the second period, a scrum featuring multiple members of each squad yielded roughing calls for Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell, while Andrei Markov was the only one to head to the bin for the Habs.
The good news regarding penalties is that the Canadiens, who have been able to draw some iffy penalties in their time against the B’s, saw the other shoe drop when Maxim Lapierre was called for a dive in the second period.
- The best penalty kill in the league going against the worst power play in the league should generally achieve better results than the Bruins did on Thursday.
The Habs entered the contest with just four power play goals, and the B’s had killed off 90.9 of their penalties. That changed rather quickie, as Montreal was able to go 2-for-5 on the power play. It was the first game in which the B’s allowed multiple power play goals.
- Though they weren’t as heavily penalized as the Habs, the Bruins still had their chances on the power play. A night after going 1-for-3 on the man advantage in their come-from-behind victory over the Penguins, the B’s went 0-for-4 on the power play.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- The Bruins, for the second straight night, were able to answer in the first period after falling behind, 1-0. Following a power play goal by P.K. Subban, Zdeno Chara notched the equalizer for the B’s at 15:49 of the first.
- Milan Lucic picked up an assist on Chara’s goal and now has six points in his last seven games and 12 points this season. If healthy, he appears a safe bet to surpass his career 45 points in the 2008-09 season.
- Patrice Bergeron is continuing to produce following a bit of a slow start to the season. He has been a point-a-night player over the last seven games and has nine on the season.
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