The Boston Bruins scored three unanswered third period goals to defeat the Canadiens 6-3 at the Bell Centre Monday night. Six of the game’s nine goals came on power plays, four of them by the Bruins. Jarome Iginla and Nick Johnson each scored twice for Boston. David Krejci and Zach Trotman scored the others. For the Canadiens it was Travis Moen, P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty. The Bruins outshot the Canadiens 40-20. The three stars were Iginla, defenceman Torey Krug and Pacioretty.
Understatement of the Night – “It was a tough night to evaluate players.” Michel Therrien in the post game news conference.
Out to Lunch – The Bruins had nine shots on goal before Louis Leblanc stole the puck and fired a shot at Boston starting goaltender Chad Johnson. The puck eventually wound up in the net off Travis Moen’s skate to tie the game at 1-1 twelve minutes into the game. The Canadiens third shot of the period came at in the 17th minute at which point the shots on goal were 13-3.
Sibling Rivalry – Call the much discussed meeting of the Subban brothers a wash. P.K. scored a goal on a power play early in the second period. Brother Malcolm came into the game at 9:09 of the second period and stopped all 12 shots directed his way, none of them by P.K.
Work in Progress – Therrien seems not to be totally sold on the idea that Daniel Briere is a good fit with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty but he’s giving them every chance to succeed as a unit. At times Briere appeared out of synch with his linemates which might be caused by a lack of ice time with them plus the fact that Briere is playing right wing. That said, the line produced the goal of the night, tic-tac-toe – Briere to Desharnais to Pacioretty to tie the game at 3-3 midway through the second period.
Quick on the Draw – The Canadiens won the battle of the faceoff circles, winning 62 percent. It was interesting to note that, that Briere and Desharnais alternated taking faceoffs, Briere winning 6 of 8 and Desharnais 9 of 13.
Style Change? Was it only a bad night or has he changed his approach? P.K. showed little interest in making those end to end rushes that fans love to see. In this game, the moment he got the puck, even when he had skating room, Subban was looking to make an immediate head-man pass. Something to watch for as training camp evolves.
Showing Promise – It’s been a difficult two years since former first round pick Louis Leblanc turned pro. First there was the shoulder surgery and last year that high ankle sprain derailed his season. If I were to pick one of the prospects who put in a good effort, it was Leblanc. He won a tough battle in the corner to produce what was the Canadiens first shot on goal, which in turn led to their first goal. He registered four hits and got into a feisty little shoving match with Milan Lucic in the opening seconds of the second period. None of this prevented the club from sending him to Hamilton after the game, but there were some positive signs.
Carey’s Night – He let in three. The second one was terrible. Shot by Nick Johnson that seemed to handcuff Price. Still, there wasn’t much help for him either. 13 of the game’s first 15 shots were on the Canadiens net. He faced two breakaways by Johnson. On the second one, Price stopped the initial shot but Johnson slipped in the rebound.
Rough Debut – It was an up and down night for defenceman Douglas Murray. He was on the ice for all three third period goals by the Bruins, two of them on their power play. Without benefit of power play time, Murray logged 19:09 in the game. He was paired with Francis Bouillon.
Up Next – Back to back games with the Carolina Hurricanes. Friday night at 7.30 in Quebec City and then at the Bell Centre Saturday at 7.00pm