Subban targets Krejci with head shot


Subban targets Krejci with head shot

A few hours before Thursday nights game P.K. Subban was ticking off the reasons he thought the Bruins aren't a dirty or dishonest team.

In the third period the Montreal defenseman pulled the most dishonest act of the game when he lined up David Krejci for a hit, and then threw a forearm and elbow right under Krejcis chin as the initial point of contact. Subban was whistled off for elbowing and greeted by a charging, ornery Andrew Ference immediately after the questionable hit.

Subban predictably pulled his turtle routine as Ference attempted to drop the gloves, looking for the flamboyant Habs blueliner to defend his actions, and both players were slapped with penalties. But, inexplicably, the referees gave Montreal a power play when Ference was slapped with a double-minor for roughing, and essentially rewarded Subban for the rat-like behavior many want out of hockey.

It also opened the door for Montreals only goal a Mathieu Darche power play strike in the third period of Bostons 2-1 victory at TD Garden. But Claude Julien said thats the price to pay for protecting your teammates.

It cost us a goal, and we certainly dont like that part of it. We cant just be happy when it turns out well, and then criticize them when it doesnt. Our guys are a group of guys that stick together. I like to see that, said Julien. I couldnt see it from where it was on the bench because it happened in front of theirs, and it was called elbowing. I dont know where he elbowed him.

But if it was a dangerous elbow, then youd hope, again, that Im going to go back to what I said less than a week ago -- were going to police ourselves as far as protecting ourselves. Thats the way weve decided to handle it. Sometimes it comes with consequences. But at the end of the day I think that everybody knows if theyre going to cross the line with us, theyre going to have to face the music.

The good news: Krejci appeared to be okay following the attempt to throw a knockout punch to Bostons hottest offensive player amidst a 10-game point streak. But Subban might just be hearing from Brendan Shanahan and the NHL Department of Player Safety after a pretty clear collision targeting Krejcis head that could have been a devastating body check if the Montreal defenseman had just kept it clean.

Further good news: Subban may face more music than simply getting rag-dolled all over the ice by Ference.

Talking Points: Price a problem for Bruins once again


Talking Points: Price a problem for Bruins once again

BOSTON -- GOLD STAR: The Bruins have a very hard time beating Carey Price, and that was proven once again on Saturday night in Boston. The best chances for the B’s probably came earlier in the game with Ryan Spooner getting a couple of quality scoring chances in the early going, and Price making a very solid stop on a spinning David Pastrnak surprise shot from the high slot through traffic in the closing seconds of the second period. In total, Price made only 19 saves but didn’t give in when the Bruins really needed a mistake to open the door and let them back in. It certainly won’t go down as Price’s best, but it was another great example of why the Montreal netminder is so important to the success of his Canadiens team.

BLACK EYE: Torey Krug had a rough night in 22:29 of ice time. He was on the ice for three goals against, he had five of his shots blocked throughout the game and he was beaten in a race to the puck by Paul Byron for a shorthanded goal during a key sequence in the third period. Krug was also on the ice for the crucial final goal scored by Torey Mitchell when both the D-man and David Krejci were prime culprits in the play developing as it did. It’s certainly not helping Krug that he’s playing on his “off” side with Joe Morrow right now, and that he’s doing all of this while also still ahead of when he was supposed to return from major offseason shoulder surgery. Krug has been “okay” through the season’s first two weeks, but he wasn’t good at all on Saturday night in the loss to Montreal.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins had a decent first period and played to a 2-2 draw in the third period, so it was the “terrible” second period, in the words of Claude Julien, which ended up sinking the Black and Gold’s battleship. The B’s made plenty of mistakes in managing the puck, had some very long shifts on the ice where they couldn’t get an easy change and started making mental mistakes as a result of the overextended shifts. That turned into some very soft defense on Montreal’s first goal of the game, and a bad decision by John-Michael Liles to pinch with skilled guys Alex Radulov and Phillip Danault ready to make the Bruins pay at the other end of the ice. The second period was Boston’s bugaboo plenty of times last season, and it was again on Saturday night vs. the Habs.

HONORABLE MENTION: It’s tough to pick out players from the losing side that really stood out, but Dominic Moore certainly deserves some consideration for the way things have started out for him in Boston. He and Tim Schaller executed a beauty of a give-and-go before Moore finished with a flourish against Carey Price, and that goal gives the fourth line center a pair of goals in his first five games with the B’s. Moore finished with the goal and four shot attempts in 13:02 of ice time along with 6-of-12 face-off wins, and earned a take-down, along with an extra two minutes, for grabbing Alexei Emelin in a headlock and driving him into the ice.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2-8-1 -- the Bruins overall record against the Canadiens in their last 11 meetings, and that doesn’t include nine straight home losses to the Habs dating back to 2012.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "There's no consistency in my game for whatever reason. I've gotta make sure I'm working to get better, so that my teammates can count on me every single shift. It’s not there right now, and I’ll take the blame for that. I’ve just got to work through it.” -- Torey Krug, who struggled with a minus-3 rating in Saturday’s loss to the Canadiens. 

Bruins 4-2 loss marks nine straight to the Habs at home


Bruins 4-2 loss marks nine straight to the Habs at home

BOSTON -- The Bruins made things interesting with a couple of goals in the third period to keep things close, but another home game against the Montreal Canadiens ended exactly the same way they have for the Black and Gold over the last four years.

This time the B’s dropped a 4-2 decision to the hated Habs at TD Garden on Saturday night despite a late push, and have now failed in nine straight home games versus their arch-rivals dating back to a Jan. 12, 2012 win. Some may remember that as the night Montreal traded Mike Cammalleri in between periods of the game, and unfortunately most others remember it as a period of time when Boston could still beat Montreal at home.

It didn’t look good with the Bruins down by a couple of goals entering the third period after earlier second period scores from Brendan Gallagher and Phillip Danault. But that’s when the Black and Gold once again attempted to engineer a comeback as have become commonplace for them in this young season.

Dominic Moore scored on a nice give-and-go with Tim Schaller to get the B’s on the board in the third period, and then the Bruins traded special teams’ goals with a Paul Byron shorthanded strike and a Ryan Spooner power play marker. It looked like the Bruins had some momentum to potentially tie things up in the third, but bad things happened once again with David Krejci and Torey Krug as they had for most of the night.

A turnover in the defensive zone allowed Torey Mitchell to score a backbreaking goal while simultaneously getting a high-stick to the face courtesy of Krejci. The Mitchell goal gave the Habs a two-goal cushion lead in the third period, and made the Bruins 2-8-1 in their last 11 overall games against their arch-rivals from Montreal.