The Boston Bruins rolled into Montreal tonight and stole the Habs girlfriends, their bikes, and their souls to the tune of a 4-1 pump show. Game, set, match, tell your friends. Tuukka Rask continued to be money in the bank with a 39 save performance and Patrice “I’ll Have A Statue In Front Of The Garden Someday” Bergeron scored the game winning goal. Oh, and that goal was point #591 for Bergy in a Bruins uniform, passing his boss Cam Neely for 9th all-time on the Bruins franchise scoring list:
Not sure what Montreal did tonight other than get away with a couple slew foots.
Here is BostonPucks.com 3 Thought from the game:
1) Max Talbot Was Deservedly Rewarded
1 goal, a plus-2, and 2:23 of penalty kill time that helped put the Habs at 0-5 on the power play tonight. What makes that Max Talbot performance all the more inspiring is he welcomed the birth of his daughter Lou on Sunday. Not a bad way for him to celebrate an incredible moment. Although it wasn’t completely the same fourth line we’ve seen grow so strong as of late, Talbot, Zac Rinaldo, and David Pastrnak (replacing Landon Ferraro tonight) accounted for 2 goals and 2 assists tonight. Essentially that unit was due, and they couldn’t have picked a better time to do it. As we know last year the Bruins 4th line was terrible. If the pairing of Talbot and Rinaldo, with a rotation of Tyler Randell, Joonas Kemppainen, or Ferraro as the third guy, can get continue this kind of play the Bruins will happily take the bonus points.
2) David Pastrnak Is Rust Free Now
It was kind of odd to see David Pastrnak on the fourth line tonight when the lineup rolled out, but considering he was a last minute addition and Claude Julien may not have been sure what he was going to get from the kid, it was a safe place to put him. He really hasn’t gotten fully back up to speed until tonight. He logged a measley 7:05 of ice-time, well below the top three units and even more than a minute less than Rinaldo. But he scored a beauty of a wrap around to ice the game, and popped an assist on the record setting Bergeron goal:
Judging by how he skated tonight I’d think we’re going to see him move up in the depth chart, and soon enough be shotgun next to David Krejci. Things are going to start getting wild.
3) Power play not as efficient without Krejci
David Krejci missed his 11th straight game tonight with an upper body injury. He is getting close to a return and I would not be surprised if he is back within the next two games. Krejci is so important to the success of the power play. Although the Bruins continue to score some goals on the power play it does not look as crisp. When you replace Krejci at the point with Zdeno Chara it is a huge difference. I don’t get why Claude Julien keeps putting Zdeno Chara out there on the power play. He’s continued to show he’s nothing but a liability up top handling the puck. If you’re going to put him out there, park him in front of the net and create chaos. Otherwise, like 3-on-3 hockey, get the high skill players out there and create like you have been. Tonight on the power play the Bruins had a few quality scoring chances on odd man rushes, but they were not able to settle the puck down and get any quality puck movement. It was all one and done. The return of David Krejci will help this part of the Bruins game.
- So Mike Condon likes to give up the wrap around goal huh? Both Bergeron and Pastrnak beat Condon clean to the far post on wraps and the kid couldn’t get there. It was borderline as automatic as the classic EA NHL glitch goal.
- Joe Morrow played a solid game tonight. He showed good puck moving skills and jumped up in the play a few times. The younger defensemen are going to make mistakes, but it is all about them gaining confidence, so they can up to their potential. We will have to see if Joe Morrow can build on his performance tonight and go on a good stretch.
- With the Bruins and New Jersey Devils wins tonight the Montreal Canadiens are officially outside the playoff picture. That 9-0 start seems a lifetime ago. The Canadiens have won 5 games since the beginning of December (22 games).