Bruins rebound in third to topple Habs, 2-1

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Bruins rebound in third to topple Habs, 2-1

MONTREAL It looked like it was going to be another disappointing night in Montreal for the Bruins, but a little coaching magic changed all that.
Trailing 1-0 headed into the final period, Claude Julien scrambled up the top two lines and elevated Tyler Seguin to the right wing with David Krejci and Milan Lucic while placing Nathan Horton with Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell.
The SeguinKrejciLucic combo proceeded to crank two goals in their first two shifts on the ice together in the third period including Seguins first five-on-five goal of the season and handed the Habs only their second home loss of the season in a 2-1 Boston win at the Bell Centre.
The win allowed the Bruins to extend their Northeast Division lead over the Habs to three points with three future regular season meetings still on the docket.
The game-winner was a quick transition play with Seguin carrying the puck into the offensive zone with speed before floating a saucer pass to Lucic on the left wing. The power forward deftly controlled the pass and then flipped a pass that met a crashing David Krejci at the goal-mouth. Krejci redirected the puck past a sprawled Carey Price to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
The first goal was a nifty little play between Krejci and Seguin that No. 19 ended with a backhanded flip past Prices blocker side to get the Bruins on the board.Montreal had built up a one-goal lead after the first 40 minutes built on a P.K. Subban second period point shot that changed direction off the blade of Rich Peverleys stick en route to the back of the net.
Tuukka Rask had no shot at the Subban score and was otherwise outstanding for the Black and Gold finishing with 21 saves in the winning effort to improve him to 6-1-1 on the season.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.