The Boston Bruins came from behind with two third period goals, one of them shorthanded in the span of 42 seconds and added another five minutes later and defeated the Canadiens 3-1 Wednesday night at the Bell Centre. It ended a seven game regular season winning streak the Canadiens held over the Bruins.
Loui Eriksson scored the shorthanded goal to open the floodgates. Landon Ferraro scored less than a minute later and Patrice Bergeron finished things off with 6:18 remaining. For the Canadiens it was Paul Byron. Shots on goal favoured the Canadiens 33-23. The three stars were Bruins goaltender Tuuka Rask, Bergeron and Byron.
Adding It Up –
Over-Managing – Michel Therrien broke up almost every forward and defense combination he had with the exception of P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov. Based on what we saw, the only line that had any kind of impact was Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller and Paul Byron – especially Byron. The line was in the Bruins face right to the final whistle. Can’t be said for the rest of them which featured a night of peripheral play and bad puck management.
Still Waiting – We keep refering to Alex Galchenyuk as an emerging talent. Therrien thought it might be time to move him up to prime time by placing him on a line with Max Pacioretty. It simply didn’t work. It might come together eventually, but by my calculation Pacioretty had one scoring chance and that was because of a brilliant play by Sven Andrighetto. The rest of their night was a write-off. Will we have more shuffling before Detroit on Thursday.
Pree-Vent – The bane of the fan. Their team has a lead, no matter how narrow, and decides to sit on it. Offensively the Canadiens were nothing to write home about for the previously listed reasons but their defense through the first two/thirds of the game was outstanding. The corsi numbers were lopsidedly in their favour including a 26-14 shots advantage. Third period and the foot comes off the gas. When Loui Eriksson scored the shorthanded goal at 7:53 the Bruins already had a 6-3 edge in shots. They would score two goals on two shots and three on four. The shot that didn’t go in was prevented by a brilliant glove save by Mike Condon on Patrice Bergeron between the second and third goals.
The Goaltender – Condon was pretty good at times and not so pretty at others. Word is getting out around the league that the five hole is his weakness. The scouting reports aren’t going to change after this game. To be fair, he was brilliant when needed in the first two periods, most notably on Brett Connolly just before the Canadiens took their 1-0 lead and two Brad Marchand chances in the second. And let’s not forget that he’s a rookie with things to learn about the NHL.
Also Worth Noting –
….With the injuries, the Canadiens offense has dried up and their 2-3-1 record shows it. In each of their last six games the Canadiens have scored 2 goals or fewer. In today’s NHL you lose more often than not if a team doesn’t score three goals.
….This is the first time this season the Canadiens have lost three games in a row in regulation time.
Moving On – The Canadiens play their second in 24 hours Thursday in Detroit with Dustin Tokarski making his first start of the season. Then it’s back home against Ottawa on Saturday night; their third game in four nights.