BOSTON -- The Montreal Canadiens took the air out of the TD Garden midway through the third period on Thursday night, when Tomas Plekanec made up for his "own-goal" in the first period and put the Habs up 2-1 with a snap shot on his own rebound. It was enough to give Montreal a 2-1 win, and hand Tim Thomas his fourth loss of the season in the process.
The Bruins and Canadiens entered the third period tied at 1-1, after Erik Cole re-directed a Jaroslav Spacek shot past Thomas midway through the second period.
Cole was standing all alone in the slot, and batted down Spacek's seemingly harmless shot from the left point. He got enough of it to send it into the back of the net to tie the game.
Patrice Bergeron --kind of -- gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead with 5:55 left in the first period. Bergeron was credited with the goal, but as it turns out, he never even got a piece of the puck as Montreal center man Plekanec cleanly won a face off draw in his own zone, to Carey Price's right.
The face off win -- to begin a Boston power play -- was apparently won too cleanly for Price, who was caught snoozing, and allowed the puck to hit the inside of his right skate and sail into the net for a 1-0 Bruins lead.
But the B's couldn't come up with anything more than that.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.
*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.
*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.
*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.
*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.
*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.
*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.
*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.
*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.
Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty is profiling players who will be on, or have a chance to be on, the 2016-17 Bruins. Today: Jake DeBrusk.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, after a busy morning celebrating my 3-year-old’s birthday at the trampoline park. Yee-ha.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that adding toughness was a big offseason priority for the Montreal Canadiens.
*There’s at least one big fan of the Edmonton Oilers trade that brought defenseman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, and that fan’s name is Mark Letestu.
*Here’s everything you need to know about the Ice Guardians movie premiering this fall that takes a long, balanced look at the NHL enforcers.
*Roberto Luongo has an alibi for the robbery in Winnipeg with one suspect getting away in goalie equipment, and it’s funny as you would expect it to be.
*CSN Washington takes a look at the New York Rangers in their season previews for the Metro Division.
*I’m not entirely sure whether this “RIP Harambe” thing is genuine or meant to be ironic by the largely millenial group that seem so enamored with it, but I think it’s just stupid. I think the same with the crying Jordan meme…also stupid.
*For something completely different: a look at how Triumph the Insult Comic Dog learned how to poop on Trump’s politics.