Tomas Plekanec scored for both teams Thursday at TD Garden, but it was his tally for his own team that secured a victory for the Canadiens over the Bruins. The Habs came out of the first game of the home-and-home series with a 2-1 victory, while the Bruins have dropped to 3-6-0 to begin the season.
Plekanec accidentally drew a puck past Carey Price and into his own net (the goal was credited to Patrice Bergeron) to give the B’s a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Erik Cole tied it in the second before Plekanec atoned for his error by beating Tim Thomas in the third period for his third goal of the season.
The game featured perhaps a long overdue fight between youngsters Brad Marchand and P.K. Subban, who fought in the second period after two unsuccessful attempts at squaring off.
The loss dropped the Bruins to last place in the Northeast division. The teams will meet again Saturday at Bell Centre.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins had a couple of injury scares that caused players to miss time during the game. Andrew Ference missed the last 13 minutes or so of the first period after getting slashed early on. He returned for the second period.
Gregory Campbell, meanwhile cut his leg on the play in which he went off for tripping Petteri Nokelainen at 3:35 of the second period. The fourth-line center returned in the third period.
– Not the greatest night for Tyler Seguin, who was silent for most of the night, though he had more opportunities later in the third period. Seguin finished with three shots on goal, but the 19-year-old ruined an odd-man rush in the second period by sending a pass behind Milan Lucic. Seguin has been among the Bruins’ best forwards this season and has nine points through nine games, and as long as expectations stay realistic he won’t disappoint.
– While on the subject of Marchand, he’s now gone five straight games without a point. That’s his longest slump since his seven-game drought in March of last season.
– Six points through nine games isn’t pretty any way you slice it. The Bruins dominated a generally sloppy first period and came away with only a goal off an opponents’ mistake, so this is one they definitely could have had.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Thanks to Plekanec, the Bruins scored first goal of the game for the first time in seven games. With the loss, the Bruins are now 1-2-0 in games in which they get on the board first.
– Good to finally see Marchand and Subban square off. The two tried fighting three times, and the third time proved to be the charm. The two tried going at 13:47 of the second period but were sent off for holding. Their second attempt saw them actually drop the gloves at 15:43 of the second, but it was broken up and they received matching delay of game penalties.
They finally got to fight when they dropped the gloves immediately after getting out of the box, and it proved to be a lengthy bout between two players who proved they aren’t in the league for their fighting chops. Marchand connected on more punches, though it was a pretty evenly matched fight overall.
The fight was just the second of Marchand’s NHL career.