Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Montreal ends Bruins winning streak in shootout

Bruins Kevan Miller KOs Canadiens Travis Moen, on March 24, 2014.
Monday night we got to see the last meeting this season between the Bruins and Canadiens, aka the best rivalry in hockey, was another good one but definitely one that the refs tried to be a part of a little too much as both teams had six power-plays each.

The Bruins would tie the game in the third period and it went into overtime where Montreal looked like they tried running the clock out at times to get it to a shootout. In the shootout, Montreal would score the only goal to win the game and end the Bruins winning streak.

Quick game summary
In the first period, early in the game one of the many cheap Canadiens players, Alexei Emelin, hip-checked Bruins Milan Lucic and Bruins Zdeno Chara gave Emelin a few shots as Emelin made sure to stay down on the ice. Later, Bruins Kevan Miller hit Canadiens Dale Weise (you can remember him from his Canucks days when he bailed out against Shawn Thornton) and Weise went down easily and apparently was hurt as he didn't come back into the game. Canadiens Travis Moen came over and challenged Miller, they then dropped the gloves and went at it (watch the video above). Both guys landed some shots, with Moen going down first, then Miller going down and then Miller KO'ing Moen. Moen was woozy going off the ice and did not return to the game. Later, Canadiens Alexei Emelin scored a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Montreal.

In the second period, no scoring happened but it was a penalty-fest period.

In the third period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 23rd goal of the season, a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1.

In overtime, no scoring happened.

In the shootout, Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk was the only one who scored.

After the game
Bruins Milan Lucic had some words about Canadiens chicken Alexei Emelin after the game.
Lucic, who was upended with a low hip check from Emelin in the first period, was still upset about the hit after the game.

"Well I mean, whether it's fair, legal or whatever you want to call it, if he wasn't scared, he would stand up and hit me and not go after my knees," Lucic said after the Canadiens won 2-1 in a shootout. "It just shows how big of a chicken he is that he needs to go down like that to take me down."

Though the hit was clean in the sense that it was not a penalty, Lucic did not appreciate being taken out at the legs when a shoulder-to-shoulder hit might have been the norm. Hence, he hurled the safe-for-Nickelodeon insult at Emelin.

"It shows what kind of player he is, and on my end, you know you've got to keep your guard up at all times," Lucic said.

It appeared as though Lucic later retaliated, using his stick to catch Emelin with a shot between the legs from behind, but Lucic denied any intent on the play.

"I was just skating by him and that's all," Lucic said. "People are trying to say I speared him. I did not spear him, so that's it."
Source: CBS Boston

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 21 saves on 22 shots. Rask is now 32-14-5 with a 2.05 GAA and a .930 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 29-22, hits 36-24 and faceoff wins 34-29. The Canadiens led the game in blocked shots 20-15. Both teams went 1-for-6 on the power-play.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 7 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 49-17-6 with 104 points and are 1st place in the NHL/Eastern Conference/Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at 7pm ET.

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