Game #34

Canadiens vs. Boston

TD Garden – Dec. 19/2011 – 7:35pm


Game Notes –

…… Since posting a 3-7-0 record in October, Boston has been the League’s best team, following up a November in which they didn’t lose a game in regulation with a 6-2-0 record through the first two and a half weeks of December.

…… Boston coach Claude Julien’s recorded his 200th win behind the Bruins bench Saturday against the Flyers.

……The Canadiens meanwhile have failed to gain any real momentum and have hovered around the .500 mark much of the season. That record was considered mediocre enough for Montreal brass to relieve head coach Jacques Martin of his duties on Saturday.

….. The Canadiens lost to the Flyers 4-3 on Thursday ending their first two game win streak in a month.  It was also their first loss in regulation in December.

…..In eight games this month, the Canadiens have already blown two one-goal leads, a two-goal lead, and a three-goal lead, going 1-1-2 in those games.

…..The Canadiens start a six game road trip.  Before Christmas they’ll play in Boston, Chicago and Winnipeg; then after the holiday Ottawa and the traditional New Year’s games in Tampa Bay and Florida.The game in Boston marks the beginning of a season-long six-game road swing for the Canadiens. The Canadiens have a better record on the road (8-6-1) than at home (5-7-6).

…..Since consecutive losses to the Jets and Panthers earlier this month, the Bruins have posted four consecutive wins by a combined score of 19-5 winding up with the 6-0 win over the Flyers.  that saw the Flyers and Bruins combine for six fighting majors and three 10-minute game misconducts.

Boston Goaltender Tim Thomas

…..With his 6-0 win over the Flyers Saturday, Tim Thomas leads the league with four shutouts this season, one of them agains the Canadiens November 21st at the Bell Centre.

…..The Bruins are 19-0-0 when scoring at least three goals in a game. They have scored five or more goals in a game 11 times this season. Last year, they did it 13 times the entire regular season

……The Canadiens power play has scored a goal in each of the last four games probably a reflection of the acquisition of Tomas Kaberle and the return of Chris Campoli from the injury list.

…..The Boston penalty killing units killed all six Flyer chances Saturday and are 43-for-45 in the last 11 games.  They rank third overall in the league just behind the Canadiens.   Boston’s power play, which was struggling until recently, connected for three goals in the 6-0 win.

….The Canadiens league leading injury total reached  169 games against the Devils Saturday night.  They continue to have five players on the list, four of them on injury reserve.

……Randy Cunneyworth replaced Jacques Martin ten hours before the game against the Devils Saturday.  Martin has one year left on his contract and a severance package.  The golden handshake will be worth a reported 3.5 million dollars.

The Cold Hard Stats –

Season RecordsCanadiens – 33GP (13-13-7)  12th in Eastern Conference – 5th in Northeast Division.   Boston – 31GP (21-9-1) First in Eastern Conference and Northeast Division.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens  3-3-4    Boston   8-2-0.

Season Series: This is the fourth meeting of six this season.  Canadiens led 2 games to 1.   @ TD Garden Oct. 27/2011 Canadiens-2 Boston-1.  Bergeron credited with game’s first goal directly off a faceoff won by Pelanec.  Canadiens come back with Cole and Plekanec.  Desharnais/Cole/Cammalleri had 13 of the Canadiens 35 shots.  Marchand and Subban fight.  @Bell Centre Oct. 29/2011 –  Canadiens-4  Boston-2. Canadiens take 3-0 lead on goals by Gionta, Eller and Desharnais.  Bruins come back (Lucic and Seguin).  Plekanec into an empty net.  Canadiens block 29 Bruins shots. @Bell Centre Nov. 21  Boston-1 Canadiens-0.  Tim Thomas won the goaltenders battle against Carey Price.  Canadiens outshot the Bruins 33-18, including 15-5 in the third period.  Andrew Ference scored the lone goal in the 16th minute of the first period.

Recently – The Canadiens blew another late game lead and lost to New Jersey 3-2 Saturday night.  The Bruins shutout Philadelphia 6-0 Saturday afternoon.

Home/Road –  Canadiens on the road (8-6-1)      Boston at Home  – (11-6-1)

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price  29GP- (12-10-7) 2.38GAA  .915save%.    Boston – Tim Thomas  22GP (15-5-0) 1.83GAA   .943save%

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 28th in the league  12.5% (17/136).    Bruins ranked 9th    19.0%  (22/116)    Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 2nd   88.8%  (15/134)   Bruins ranked 3rd  88.5% (14/122)

Who’s Hot – Canadiens – Thomas Kaberle  five points in his four games sincejoining the Canadiens.  Including his final two games with Carolina he’s on a six-game point streak with nine assists.  David Desharnais 4 pointrs last three games.  Erik Cole-four goals last five games.  Boston – Rich  Peverley has six points in his last three games and 20 points in his last 19 games; Joe Corvo – five points in his last four games. Fourth line leftwinger Daniel Paille has three goals in the last two games.

The Missing –  Canadiens -LW-Travis Moen (foot); D- Andrei Markov (IR-arthroscopic knee surgery), RW-Ryan White (IR-sports hernia surgery), C-Scott Gomez (IR-groin), and RW-Brian Gionta (IR-lower body). … Boston – C-Gregory Camopbell (broken foot); C-Marc Savard (IR-post concussion syndrome)