Saturday, April 6, 2013

Canadiens beat Bruins 2-1 in last season game against each other

Montreal scores on Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask
MONTREAL, CANADA - APRIL 6: Goaltender Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins looks over his shouler as the puck enters the net during the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on April 6, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)
It was another close game in the heated Bruins-Canadiens rivalry but the Canadiens showed they were more hungry and ended up beating the Bruins 2-1.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk scored, making it 1-0. Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski made a weak attempt to clear the puck from the zone, Montreal got the puck and the puck eventually goes off Bartkowski's skate and into the net. During the period, Bruins David Krejci laid out Canadiens Brendan Gallagher with a huge hit and Francis Bouillon tried to go after Krejci but Andrew Ference stepped in and ragdolled Bouillon down to the ice. Later, Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin took a run at Bruins Milan Lucic but Lucic saw him coming and Emelin wound up on the ice and injured.

In the second period, less than a minute in the period, Canadiens Michael Ryder scored a power-play goal off a deflection, making it 2-0 Montreal. Later, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 2-1.

In the third period, no scoring happened. The Bruins had a power-play in the final minute of the game and pulled goalie Tuukka Rask, but for whatever reason the Bruins players on the ice kept passing the puck around the perimeter in the Canadiens zone and had zero shots on net.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 27 saves on 29 shots. Rask is now 16-6-4 with a 1.95 GAA and a .927 save percentage this season.

The Canadiens led the game in shots 29-27, hits 25-23, faceoff wins 35-33 and blocked shots 23-13. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play and the Canadiens went 1-for-1 on the power-play.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 5 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 4 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 24-9-4 with 52 points and in 2nd place in the Northeast Division. Montreal leads the division with 55 points (with 1 more game played than the Bruins). The next game for the Bruins is on Monday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes in Boston at 7pm ET.

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