A game they probably didn't deserve to win, but the Bruins still managed to emerge with a 2-1 win at Montreal. Tuukka Rask kept the Bruins in the game when they weren't playing well and held on as the Canadiens made a late surge.
The Bruins created only a few scoring chances throughout the first two period, rarely testing Carey Price. But a mid-period change instantly turned the Bruins fortunes around. Claude Julien moved Tyler Seguin to the top line, replacing Nathan Horton. Fourteen seconds into the third period, Seguin tied the game off a a beautiful feed from David Krejci.
Seguin returned the favor just under two minutes later. Seguin entered the Canadiens zone and feed Milan Lucic streaking down the left side. Lucic found Krejci at the back post for a tap in goal.
While the Bruins were able to pull out the win, it wasn't pretty. The Bruins were completely outplayed in the first period and turned it around a little bit in the second. Were it not for Julien's tinkering, I'm not sure the Bruins win this game. The Bruins once again took too many penalties, several coming in the offensive zone. In total, the Bruins were called for seven penalties, including three in the third period after they took the lead.
Were it not for the tremendous play of Rask, the Canadiens would have score more than just their one goal. And they were lucky to get that goal. P.K. Subban's shot was deflected by Rich Peverley and over Rask's glove. Other than Peverley's stick, there was no one in the way of Rask making the save. His play tonight certainly has to erase any doubt of Rask's ability to be the No. 1 goalie.
This was the first of four meetings between the two teams. As the season progresses, the hatred and emotions of this rivalry will boil over
The Bruins are now in first place in the Northeast Division and are first in the Eastern Conference. They host the Lightening on Saturday afternoon.
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