Led by two goals from rookie Lars Eller, the Canadiens ran up a 4-0 lead on the Boston Bruins after two periods en route to their 4-1 win at the Bell Centre Tuesday night.

The game was marred by a violent Zdeno Chara check on Max Pacioretty that put the Canadiens forward in the hospital. Chara received a five minute major and game misconduct on the play. (video of the play below)

Also scoring for the Canadiens were Brian Gionta and James Wisniewski. Both of those goals came on the power play. Milan Lucic ruined Carey Price’s shutout bid with just over six minutes remaining. With the win, their fifth in a row, the Canadiens pulled to within three points of the Bruins in the Northeast division. The Bruins continue to hold a game in hand.

Summing It Up –

….The most startling statistic in this game was blocked shots. The Canadiens blocked 35 attempts to only 9 for Boston. I can’t remember a team’s defense putting itself on the line to that extent. Wisniewski, Mara, Hamrlik, and Gill blocked five each. Subban blocked four. It made life pretty easy for Carey Price.

… Whatever the Bruins intended as a followup to last month’s game in Boston it was diffused by Ryan White at 3:11 of the first period. Johnny Boychuk stuck a leg out to trip P.K. Subban and White jumped him. It was not Boychuk’s finest hour in the fight department. For the rest of the night, outside of that Chara/Pacioretty business, the night was very tame.

.. Lars Eller had a big night up front obviously. Not only did he score the first two goals of the game, he and his linemates (Moen-Kostitsyn) drew the job of checking the Bruins top line Krejci/Lucic/Horton through the final half of the game.

…Travis Moen may not be the most elegant of players but he drew the first assist on both of the Eller goals and backed away from no-one, registering six hits.

…The Bruins once again have to be questioning themselves. The only way they seem to be able to contain the Canadiens is to threaten them with physical harm. The Canadiens negate that by ignoring it and cranking up their speed game. And in this game, speed won the night. Going back to last year the Canadiens have beaten them nine of the last eleven games

… Questions have been raised about James Wisniewski’s play inside his own end. He was impeccable on this night and probably deserved one of the three stars. Then again, it was possible to put Gill and Hamrlik in the same category.

…Michael Cammalleri has some interesting things to say about facing a goaltender that is as deeply enmeshed in the “zone” as he is right now. A goaltender playing that way tends to get into a players head, making him want to make the perfect play or make the extra move.

…About the Chara hit on Pacioretty. It’s not very often you see a five minute major handed out for interference although the refereee got it exactly right. Pacioretty had sent the puck up ice long before the hit was made. While, I find it difficult to believe he intentionally ran Pacioretty into the stanchion at the end of the Bruins bench. The league, which will review the play because of the game misconduct, may see it differently. Jacques Martin in his post game news conference called it “a dangerous play”, which are strong words from him. Needless to say, the incident put a damper on what had been a festive night at the Bell Centre.

…All tolled, a very good night for the Canadiens. Now two more on the road, Thursday in St. Louis (we’re told Auld might be in goal against Halak) and then Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Video of Chara/Pacioretty Incident

 

The Fenwick/Corsi Numbers

Game Number Team Player Number Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
20996 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 0 0 7 7 5 1 4 1 7 -2
20996 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 0 0 4 8 2 4 -6 0 9 -15
20996 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 0 0 4 8 0 4 -8 0 9 -17
20996 MTL 15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF 0 0 4 8 0 4 -8 1 8 -15
20996 MTL 20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES 0 0 9 6 5 1 7 0 10 -3
20996 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 0 0 7 8 6 1 4 0 8 -4
20996 MTL 22 – D – MARA, PAUL 1 1 5 8 3 2 -2 1 7 -8
20996 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 2 1 19 21 10 8 1 3 26 -22
20996 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 2 1 6 4 2 2 3 2 9 -4
20996 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 1 0 8 8 5 1 5 2 9 -2
20996 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 2 1 7 5 1 3 1 2 8 -5
20996 MTL 53 – C – WHITE, RYAN 0 0 3 1 2 1 3 0 1 2
20996 MTL 55 – D – SOPEL, BRENT 2 1 4 10 3 2 -4 2 6 -8
20996 MTL 57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT 0 0 1 5 1 0 -3 0 2 -5
20996 MTL 58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID 0 0 1 2 4 1 2 0 2 0
20996 MTL 67 – L – PACIORETTY, MAX 0 0 6 3 6 1 8 1 7 2
20996 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 0 0 6 4 2 5 -1 0 10 -11
20996 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 0 0 6 6 2 5 -3 1 10 -12
20996 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 2 1 7 4 1 2 3 2 8 -3