BOSTON -- The Bruins evened up their regular season series against the Montreal Canadiens at two games apiece with a 3-2 win on Monday night at TD Garden.
Former Canadien Benoit Pouliot scored the games first goal, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead with an assist by Rich Peverley. It was Pouliots sixth goal of the season and Peverleys 19th assist. Just over a minute later in the first period, Tomas Plekanec tied the game at one. He was assisted by Michael Cammalleri and Travis Moen.
In the following period, David Krejci also scored his sixth goal of the season from Andrew Ferrence (11th assist). The Bruins out-shot the Canadiens, 11-9, in the second period.
Brad Marchand (12) added to the Bruins lead, 3-1, with just under six minutes to play. Tyler Seguin (15) and Patrice Bergeron (19) assisted on the goal. The Canadiens fought back with a last-minute goal by Erik Cole, but the B's held on for the win.
Tim Thomas had 33 saves for the Bruins whileCarey Price made 28 for the Canadiens.
Milan Lucic did not play, serving a one-game suspension for a hit against the Philadelphia Flyers Zac Rinaldo on Saturday. Obviously youve got to respect any decision that they make, whether you agree with it or not, he said prior to the game. But obviously it sucks to sit out a game for an incident like this, especially when were playing our rivals tonight, Montreal.
The Bruins had previously lost consecutive games to the Canadiens in October and edged out a 1-0 win against them in November. They will face off again in January and February.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was in attendance and received a loud ovation when shown on the JumboTron.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the proud ownership of this year’s Christmas tree in the Haggerty household some fifty bucks later.
*Down Goes Brown provides a list of the five most confusing players in the NHL this season, and none of them are Boston Bruins. Hooray.
*Bruce Boudreau makes the case to the Hockey News that Devan Dubnyk is more deserving of a Vezina Trophy this season than Carey Price. How about Tuukka Rask being more deserving than either one of them?
*An interesting look at the rough state of Maple Leafs goaltending right around the Tuukka Rask trade to Boston and the Vesa Toskala/Andrew Raycroft years.
*A fun video piece with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Freidman and Wild coach Bruce Boudreau as they took a tour of Toronto together.
*Speaking of trades, the Philadelphia Flyers hit the jackpot with the Wayne Simmonds trade as he’s been a proud part of the Broad Street Bullies tradition.
*Gord Miller is an excellent play-by-play man, and he tells some great stories of his life on the road whether it’s the NHL season or the World Junior tournament.
*While the Boston University hockey team is a star-studded group with an amazing freshman recruiting class, Patrick Curry has been a player that’s quietly had an excellent season.
*A few minutes with Pittsburgh Penguins D-man Kris Letang about a wide array of subjects including Mike Sullivan and concussion spotters.
*For something completely different: good interview with the former Flash, John Wesley Shipp, about his role in the newer Flash TV series, and the coolness of bringing back Shipp and Mark Hamill as their former characters.