Last night was one to forget for the Boston Bruins and their faithful, as almost nothing went right from the opening puck drop to the final horn. The Canadiens and Bruins is always an exciting matchup, due to the fact that neither team really likes one another, but last night the game was on life support after the injury to Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
Nearly five minutes had ticked off the clock in the 1st period, when Canadien Max Pacioretty checked Boychuk into the end boards in the Montreal offensive zone. Face first Boychuk went into the boards, and then fell face first into the ice. As most Bruin fans know, when a teammate gets hurt most of the time every other Bruin player is out for vengeance for their fallen teammate. This wasn’t the case last night, as the Bruins gave Pacioretty the benefit of the doubt. The hit wasn’t all that hard, and you could tell that he wasn’t intentionally trying to hurt Boychuk.
“I think they gave me the benefit of the doubt,” Pacioretty said “I felt terrible about it because I didn’t really know what happened. I was just battling for the puck. I’ve been in that situation before. I had no intent to injure anybody,” he echoed after the game.
The Bruins would head into the locker-room feeling lucky to have a one goal lead over the red-hot Canadiens, as they were outshot 10-3 in the opening frame. The only goal of the period came from Bruins Gregory Campbell; Andrei Markov would send the puck to Dennis Seidenberg, who would then move it forward to Milan Lucic. On a 2-on-1 break, Lucic would find Campbell who would slide it past Canadiens goaltender, Casey price for the go-ahead goal.
The second period wouldn’t be as kind to the Bruins, as the Canadiens would vamp up the pressure, and outshoot the B’s 18-7 in the period. Piekanec would tie things up at 9:16 mark of the second period, as he would send a beautiful wrist shot past Bruins Tuukka Rask. At the 17:42 mark of the period, Pacioretty would get what proved to be the game winner, as he sent a backhand rebound shot past Rask.
This win for the Canadiens would mark the first time they had beat the Bruins in the past four matchups. The bitter rivals will meet again in Boston on January 30th, 2014.
3. Gregory Campbell- Only goal for Bruins
2. Max Pacioretty- go ahead goal for Canadiens
*. Casey Price- 32 total saves for the game
The Montreal Canadiens extend their unbeaten streak to 9 games.
The Bruins, Johnny Boychuk was admitted into the hospital, and released; is expected to make the trip back with Boston.
The arena did hold a moment of silence (as many sports venues did) in the honor of Nelson Mandela.