[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Bruins traveled north of the border into Montreal on Wednesday night to reignite the oldest rivalry in NHL history for the first time this season. Both teams headed into a nationally televised Rivalry Wednesday game streaking, with the Bruins 6-1-1 and the Canadiens 6-2 to start the season.
The Habs came out flying and dominated the first period in their own building, holding the Bruins without a shot on net for nearly 12 minutes to start the game. On the other end, Montreal managed to rack up incredible scoring chances in abundance due to some sloppy defense from the B’s, yet couldn’t seem to put the puck in the back of the net to make Boston pay. Hint hint: This would continue for Montreal, and eventually come back to bite them in the ass.
But P.K. Subban did finally manage to net one for the Canadiens, his first of the season, in his third game after signing a new contract. Subban fired a slap shot from the point at 9:07 in the second and a deflection off the stick of Rich Peverley helped the puck find it’s way past the glove of Tuukka Rask. 1-0 Canadiens
The Bruins offense managed to gather a little bit of life in the second period, but it wasn’t until 14 seconds into the third when they found their first crooked number on the scoreboard. Tyler Seguin scored his first non-empty-net goal of the season after putting forth a strong defensive effort and receiving a great centering pass from new linemate David Krejci. 1-1
Just a minute and 51 seconds later, the new Seguin-Krejci-Milan Lucic first line connected once again for a silky smooth scoring play – this time David Krejci found the twine as a result of two great breakout passes from Seguin and then Lucic. Straight butter. 2-1 Bruins
And while some defensive lapses allowed the Canadiens to continue to find scoring chances, they also continued to struggle capitalizing on those chances – whiffing on shots and completely missing the net when an opening presents itself. Though the numbers indicate he made an underwhelming 20 saves, Tuukka Rask was also brilliant in net for the B’s, making up for the suspect defense in front of him and keeping the Bruins in the game…like he has a handful of times already this season.
Make no mistake about it, the Bruins stole this one from the Canadiens. The B’s certainly didn’t play their best hockey of the season but fortunately for them, neither did the Habs. Sometimes in hockey, and especially in an intense rivalry like this one, it just comes down to whether or not you can weather the storm.
1. Tuukka Rask - 20 saves, .952 S%
2. Tyler Seguin - 1 G, 1 A, +2
3. P.K. Subban - 1 G, 0 +/-