Stop me if you have heard this one before. The Bruins lose their cool and the Canadiens come back to beat them. The Canadiens scored 3 goals in the third period, one on an empty net, to erase a 2-1 Bruins lead after two periods. The Bruins got a power play goal from Loui Eriksson in the first period. In the second period Frankie Vatrano scored on a snipe from the top of the circles for his first NHL goal in his first NHL game. The Bruins played a good road hockey game and deserved at least a point tonight. The Bruins had chances to put this game out of reach before the Montreal come back, but they did not capitalize. Krug missed a wide open net on the power play. Instead of tapping it in he shot it far side wide and Krejci had a nice chance in the third period. Plus there were two plays where the puck was sitting behind Montreal goalie, Condon, but no Bruins player could get to the loose puck.
1. I was waiting for it to happen
The Bruins were playing a great road game and they were out playing the Canadiens up until about 5 minutes left in the second period. It seems like it always happens against the Canadiens. It is like the Yankees vs Red Sox rivalry prior to 2004. Whenever the Bruins are playing the Canadiens the ghosts from the old Montreal Forum come out and something happens. Tonight David Krejci of all people lost his cool with a little over 2 minutes left in the game and the game tied 2-2. Krejci went after fellow country man Tomas Plekanec and cross checked him from behind. Not sure what Plekanec did, but Krejci lost his cool. It reminded me of the scene in Slap Shot when Reggie Dunlop told Hanrahan his wife was a lesbian. The Canadiens go ahead and score on the power play (what a surprise) to take the lead. I am sick and tired of this crap when the Bruins play the Canadiens. Hopefully Gillette Stadium will reverse the bad karma the Bruins have against the Canadiens when they play the Winter Classic there on New Years Day.
2. The Bruins PK is terrible
This is getting ridiculous. Montreal was 2-for-3 on the power play. When Krejci got the penalty with 2 minutes left you knew it was not going to end well. Tomorrow is a game day, but after that the Bruins do not play until Thursday at home. I do not care, they need to spend at least an entire practice on killing penalties. If the personnel is not working then change it. If it was not for Gustavsson the Canadiens could have been 3-for-3 on the power play. Enough is enough the penalty kill needs to be fixed before it is too late.
3. Frankie Vatrano looked good in his NHL debut
Frankie Vatrano displayed his great shot on his first NHL goal tonight. With his Father and Uncle in attendance, Frankie ripped a shot from the high slot the beat Montreal goalie, Condon. I did not think Vatrano looked out of place playing with Krejci and Eriksson. He made a great pass to Krejci in the third period, but Krejci got caught by a last second back check before he could the puck into the net.
- Gustavsson played well again – The “Monster” played very well tonight and made a lot of timely saves and gave the Bruins a chance to win the game. That is all you can ask for from your backup goalie and he continues to prove he’s a good one.
- Colin Miller continues to get better – Colin Miller had an assist on Vatrano’s goal giving him a point in the last 6 games. He also made a few nice defensive plays as well. One that sticks out in my mind is when Pacioretty was coming down the left wing and Chara could not stay with him. Miller came over to help and switched with Chara (Chara going to front of the net). Miller was able to contain Pacioretty and not allow him to make a play.
- Trotman was good in his first action in about a month – Zach Trotman has been patiently waiting to get another chance get in the lineup and he finally got in tonight instead of Joe Morrow. I thought he played well for being on the shelf for as long as he was. He was physical and moved the puck well.
- What was the 4th line doing on the ice for a power play at the end of the game? I know there was only 17 seconds left but that was odd to me.