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Boston vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – March 12, 2014 – 7:35pm

 

 

Game Notes –

 

…The Canadiens have won five straight games overall against Boston (5-0-0). At the Bell Centre they are 7-2-1 over the last ten regular season Boston meetings.

 

.In their two wins this season they have outscored the Bruins 6-2. They have held the Bruins to one goal in three straight games.

 

.Prior to the January 30th 4-1 Canadiens win, nine straight Canadiens/Bruins games were decided by one goal.

 

….The Canadiens have not won a game in the seven games since the Olympic break ended (3-3-1)

 

.…Boston is on a five game winning streak, their longest of the season.   They have points in their last 10 road games (7-0-3), their longest such streak since 2003-04.  Going back to before the Olympic break, the Bruins are  13-2-3.  .

 

The Canadiens have lost three of their last four.

 

On December 3rd the Canadiens power play was operating at 24.0% (24 for 100) and was ranked third in the league. Since then it has been one of the worst in the league at 14.2% (17 for 120)

 

Including this game, the Canadiens play four of the next five games at home. After that, 7 of the remaining 11 games will be on the road.

 

The Bruins rank third in the league in goals per game and 2nd in goals against. The Canadiens are the 23rd ranked goal scoring team and are 9th in goals against.

 

.….The Bruins have averaged the most shots in the NHL since the Olympic break at 37.1 per game. They have outshot their last four opponents 156-82.

 

.….In 53 games against Boston, Thomas Vanek has scored 30 goals and 31 assists , in both categories his most against any NHL team.  While with the Islanders this season he has 1 goal and 3 assists in three games.

 

….Vanek is plus-21 in 53 games against Boston.

 

….Tomas Plekanec has 2 goals and 6 assists his last six games against Boston.

 

….Jarome Iginla has failed to score one seven shots against the Canadiens this season but in his last nine games he has 6 goals and three assists vs. the Habs.

 

…..Patrice Bergeron has 40 points in 49 career games against Montreal

 

.Peter Budaj has won two of six starts with a 3.42 GAA and .867 SV% since taking over for the Price after the Olympics.

 

..Budaj started the Canadiens last game against Boston January 30th stopping 24 of 35 shots in a 4-1 win.

 

.Budaj has a career 4-1-0 record against Boston. All of his wins have been in Boston.

 

.In his January 30th start against the Canadiens, Tuukka Rask was pulled after giving up three goals on 18 shots.

 

..Rask is 0-2-0 with a 3.31 GAA and .889 SV% in his previous two starts against the Canadiens. Healso has a career 2-10-2 vs. Montreal, his worst showing against any NHL team.

 

 

 

…..Centre Marc Savard remains on the Bruins long-term injury reserve list with post concussion syndrome.  He has not played a game for them in over three years (January 2011)

 

Bruins Line Combinations

 

17-Milan Lucic 46-David Krejci 12-Jarome Iginla
63-Brad Marchand 37-Patrice Bergeron 18-Reilly Smith
21-Chris Kelly 34-Carl Soderberg 21-Loui Eriksson
38-Jordan Caron 11-Gregory Campbell 22-Shawn Thornton

 

33-Zdeno Chara 41-Andrej Meszaros
43-Matt Bartkowski 55-Johnny Boychuk
47-Torey Krug 80-Kevan Miller

 

40-Tuukka Rask

 

Game Statistics –  Carey rice stopped 32 of 33 shots

 

Season Record – Boston – 64GP (42-17-5) Canadiens 66GP – (35-24-7)

 

Last Ten Games – Boston (7-2-1) Canadiens (6-3-1)

 

Last Time Out – Boston defeated Florida 5-2 Sunday. Canadiens shut out in San Jose 4-0 Saturday.

 

Season Series – Third of four games.  @Bell Centre Dec.5  Canadiens-2  Boston-1  Canadiens trailed 1-0.  Plekanec and Pacioretty scored.  @Boston Jan. 30 Canadiens-4 Boston-1  Emelin, Pacioretty, Gionta and Briere for Montreal.  Hamilton for Boston.  Budaj pulled after allowing 3 goals on18 shots.

 

Home/Road – Boston on the Road – (17-10-3) Canadiens at Home (18-10-5)

 

Special Teams – Power Play – Boston ranked 3rd 39/185 21.1%. Canadiens ranked 13th 42/223 18.8% Penalty Killing – Boston ranked 12th 36/211 82.9% Canadiens ranked 4th 35/228 84.6%.

 

Goaltending – Boston – Tuukka Rask – 47GP (28-14-4) 2.42GAA .926save%    Canadiens – Peter Budaj 20GP (8-7-2) 2.42GAA .909save%

 

Who’s Hot – Boston – Jarome Iginla – 3g, 2 assists last 5 games. Canadiens – P.K. Subban Andrei Markov combine for three goals, 10 assists last seven games.

 

From the Clinic – Boston – LW-Daniel Paille (concussion); D-Dennis Seidenberg (IR-knee surgery); D-Adam McQuaid (IR-strained quadriceps); C-Marc Savard (IR-post concussion syndrome) Canadiens – G-Carey Price (IR-lower body); LW-Michael Bournival (IR-concussion);; D-Josh Gorges (IR-thumb surgery)

 

Boston

Montreal

3.16

Goals Per Game

2.44

2.19

Goals Against Per Game

2.47

32.28

Shots on Goal Per Game

28.17

28.84

Shots Against Per Game

30.45

11.2

Penalty Minutes Per Game

12.47

39

Power Play Goals

42

21.1%

Power Play %

18.8%

36

Power Play Goals Allowed

35

82.9%

Penalty Kill %

84.6%

8

Shorthanded Goals

6

6

Shorthanded Goals Allowed

6