The Montreal Canadiens beat the Bruins for the second time in three nights to finish off October with three straight wins. The Bruins had trouble controlling their tempers and the Canadiens made them pay with two power play goals en route to a 4-2 victory.
Brian Gionta and Lars Eller scored one minute and sixteen seconds apart to send the Habs into the locker room with a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. Brian Gionta tipped a Tomas Plekanec shot from the point past Tukka Rask on the first of six power plays for the Canadiens. Just over a minute later Lars Eller, who had another strong performance, wristed a laser past Rask to extend the Habs’ lead to two. The Bruins rung two shots off the post early in the period but were unable to find the back of the net.
Boston resorted to their usual antics of post-whistle pushing and shoving trying to get the Canadiens off their game, but in the end it created more problems than it solved. P.K. Subban goaded Andrew Ference into taking a penalty midway through the second frame when Ference lost his cool and took a swing at Subban. David Desharnais potted his second goal of the season on the ensuing power play while Michael Cammalleri earned his second assist of the night on the goal. Subban also caused Milan Lucic to lose his cool and take a two minute slashing penalty at the end of the period but the Canadiens failed to capitalize on it.
Milan Lucic did pull the B’s to within two in the second, roofing a shot past Carey Price after a Lars Eller turnover in the Canadiens’ zone. The play was a blip in what was otherwise a great outing for the Danish forward.
The Bruins had their best chance to get back in the game early in the third when Eller and Brian Gionta were both called for tripping just over a minute apart. The Habs managed to kill off the five on three before Nathan Horton wiped the rest of his team’s advantage away by taking a needless crosschecking penalty in the offensive zone after being outworked by Hal Gill.
Tyler Seguin had the Bell Centre crowd biting their nails after squeaking the puck through Price’s legs with Rask on the Bruins bench and a hair over a minute to play. Plekanec restored peace and tranquility in the building when he skated the puck out of the defensive zone and shot it into an empty net.
With this win the Canadiens seem to have restored the city’s confidence in the team, and their own, after what could only be described as a disastrous start to the season. Boston on the other hand will have to find a way to get over their Stanley Cup hangover and crawl out of the Eastern Conference basement. The Big Bad Bruins cost themselves a chance to win tonight by losing their cool one too many times and spending too much time in the box.
My 3 Stars:
1. Carey Price – Montreal – 26 saves .929sv%
2. Tomas Plekanec – Montreal – 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Lars Eller – Montreal – 1 goal
The Canadiens will get the next five days off to rest before meeting the Ottawa Senators on Friday at Scotiabank Place. The Puck drops at 7:30pm.
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