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What went wrong as Canadiens beat Bruins to retake division lead

Though the Bruins have gotten used to comeback wins, it was the Canadiens who came from behind to beat the B’s, 4-3, Sunday night at TD Garden.

Tomas Plekanec, Tyler Seguin [1] and David Desharnais all scored within a 1:06 span in the first period span, giving Montreal a 2-1 lead after one. The Bruins came back and took the lead with second period goals from Patrice Bergeron [2] and Dougie Hamilton, but the Canadiens got third period goals from Max Pacioretty [3] and Desharanais with Chara out of the game due to a 10-minute misconduct that accompanied a second-period fight with Alexei Emelin.

With the win, the Canadiens were able to move ahead of the Bruins atop the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference with 32 points (14-4-4) in 22 games this season. The loss, which was the third regulation defeat for the B’s this season, dropped Boston to 14-2-2. They remain at 30 points through 19 games.


– While Chara defended Seguin by going after and stomping Alexei Emelin after Emelin cross-checked Seguin in the neutral zone, it was costly. In addition to his fighting major, Chara was given an instigating minor and a 10-minute game-misconduct. Sticking up for a teammate is nice, but it stings when you lose your best player for 17 minutes defending a player who was ready to go after returning to the bench. The fact that the game-tying and go-ahead goals were scored by the opponent in that time makes it even worse.

Michael Ryder [4] made his return to Boston sting for the Bruins, as he centered the pass to Plekanec in front on the play that gave Montreal the 1-0 lead. Plekanec didn’t get much on it, but he was able to put beat Tuukka Rask [5] five-hole.

– Some bad luck for the Bruins on the Canadiens’ second goal, as David Desharnais sent the puck to the front of the net looking for Max Pacioretty [3]. Johnny Boychuk [6] was tangled up with Pacioretty in front, and his stick got a piece of the puck, redirecting it past Rask. The goal was reviewed to see if Pacioretty had potentially kicked it in, but replays showed it was Boychuk’s stick.

– David Krejci’s line was a bit too quiet Sunday, especially in comparison to how active the Bergeron trio was. All three members of the line were on the ice for Desharnais’ goal and Krejci went the entire game without a shot on goal.

– Bergeron nearly had a second goal shortly after he tied the game in the first period, as he took a feed from Seguin in front of the net and had Budaj deked, but the time it took him to go back to his forehand was enough for Budaj to adjust. The Bruins had a few golden opportunities early on that didn’t yield results, with Horton fanning with Budaj out of position earlier in the first period.


Brad Marchand [7] had the first three-assist game of his career, picking up helpers on goals from Tyler Seguin [1], Patrice Bergeron [2] and Dougie Hamilton. Marchand, who leads the Bruins with 11 goals, had only three assists entering the game, so he was able to double his season total in impressive fashion.

– Dougie Hamilton’s second career goal was the result of some impressive work from Marchand. The third-year forward took a pass from Bergeron entering the zone and wheeled around the top of the Canadiens zone before firing a shot that was deflected and bounced to Hamilton at the bottom of the left circle. Hamilton took a whack at it to send the fluttering puck past Peter Budaj to give the Bruins the lead.

– Maybe Seguin is finally getting it back. For the first time this season, Seguin now has goals in consecutive games, and he continues to show improvement as a two-way player. When Dennis Seidenberg [8] lost his footing and fell down with the Canadiens entering the zone, Seguin raced back in time to disrupt Ryder and knock the puck away.