Last night at the Garden, the Bruins were looking to join their 1970-71 counterparts in the team record book by winning their 13th straight game. Instead, they joined them as another yet Bruins team that had a good run ended by the Montreal Canadiens. But the ‘loss’, which came after a four-round shootout, was hardly anything the Bs should hang their heads about.
In a highly entertaining, hard-hitting, chippy affair, fans got the usual shit when these two meet. Bruins take penalties (or not). They Habs make them pay. A Bruin pummels a Canadien. Montreal goalie plays great. A Canadien gets tough with a Bruins skill guy. Bruins make it a game. And Montreal gets them in the end.
The Habs took a 1-0 lead 6:39 into the game when Alexei Emelin’s shot hit Chris Kelly’s stick, changed direction, and beat Tuukka Rask. Just as it was starting to look like one goal might be all Montreal would need, the Bs came back late in the third when Patrice Bergeron’s power-play goal guaranteed his team at least a point. But four shootout skaters failed to solve Peter Budaj, who was once again excellent against the Bs while stopping 28 out of 29 shots. Alex Galchenyuk beat Rask on the last shot of the night to send the Habs home with the bonus point.
But the Bruins still have a healthy 17 point lead over the Habs in the division and the point earned gave them sole possession of first place in the NHL, one point ahead of the Blues who do have a game in hand. The streak was going to end at some point and it was almost too predictable that it ended against the Habs.
As noted last night, Kevan Miller pounded Travis Moen after Moen asked the Bs rookie if he wanted to go after Miller’s light shove sent an off-balance Dale Weise into the boards.
“What do you when you’re not detecting, Agent Starling? … Ever go out for cheeseburgers and beer? The amusing house wine?”
Milan Lucic wasn’t too thrilled about the hip check Emelin hit him with. By its very nature, a hip check is going to land somewhere on the lower extremities. And Emelin looked to catch Lucic’s thigh. But if you put yourself in Lucic’s shoes, you’re likely gonna get pissed at a guy for getting close to the knee. And though Zdeno Chara took a roughing penalty for burying Emelin from behind after the hit, it was good to see him sticking up for his teammate as well as making Emelin think twice next time.
Not sure how Greg Campbell didn’t get a penalty shot when he was held by Brendan Gallagher. Seemed like a textbook PS given the way they’ve been doled out the last couple seasons.
The Bs are back at it Thursday when the Blackhawks come to town. And despite what you’ll inevitably read/hear somewhere, the Bruins can not attain any semblance of revenge or redemption if they win the game—they’ll just get two points and the Hawks will still be the 2013 Cup champs.