After 20: Bruins 1 – Habs 0
by Tim Rosenthal http://www.bruinsdaily.com
BOSTON — Courtesy of Tomas Plekanec and Carey Price, Patrice Bergeron gets credit for his second goal of the season on the second Bruins’ power play — which is 1-for-3 — as the Black and Gold take a 1-0 lead after one.
- To break down tonight’s goaltending matchup would be an interesting task in it of itself. On one hand Price is looking like a goaltender who is a little sluggish on the second night of a back to back, but is still getting the job done with nine first period saves. On the other end, Tim Thomas is looking like he is auditioning for Dancing with the Stars early making an early save on the first shot of the game while also trying to get out of the way a few minutes later after some sloppy puck handling during a Habs line change. Strange indeed.
- Give the Habs credit. Even though they are being outshot 10-6 and have only generated three scoring chances, the defense has been active with 10 blocked shots.
- Despite being outhit 8-6, the Bruins are using their size against a smaller, speedier Montreal squad to their advantage and drew three first period penalties, converting on one power play too. Again, they can thank Plekanec and Price for the goal, which should also make the Sportscenter “Not Top 10″ plays of the week on both ESPN and TSN.
- Defensively, the Bruins are playing solid in front of Thomas allowing just six shots on goal. They are jumping on every loose puck in front of Thomas and beating the Habs to the corner. Again, this is partly due to Montreal’s second game of a back to back.
- With Bergeron’s first period goal, the Bruins have snapped a six-game skid in which they allowed their opponent to score first.
- As expected, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban got the most boo’s from the TD Garden faithful. Even ex-Bruin Hal Gill got a mixed reaction when he was acknowledged for his 1000th game during his TV timeout. To put that in retrospect, another ex-Bruin, Joe Thornton, got a nice ovation Saturday night when he was acknowledged for the same feat.