Bruins shut out Habs for ninth straight win

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Bruins shut out Habs for ninth straight win

MONTREAL The Bruins didnt flash a big number on the scoreboard or beat the Canadiens into submission with their bloody fists, but they did beat the Habs at their own game.

The Bruins played solid lockdown defense, Tim Thomas put together his second straight shutout performance, and the Bruins gained a measure of revenge on the Habs with a 1-0 victory over Montreal at the Bell Centre. The victory makes it nine wins in a row for the Bruins, and gives them their longest winning streak since a 10-game roll from December 12, 2008 January 1, 2009.

The only goal arrived in the first period when Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley engaged in some pretty sweet interior passing, and Peverley found Andrew Ference all alone trailing the play. Ference snapped a shot into the top corner of the net as Carey Price moved from left to right. The goal marked the second straight game Ference has scored a goal. It's the first time in his career he's scored in two straight games.

It was a battle for the Bruins, however. The Habs outshot the Bs by a 32-18 margin throughout the game, and had six minutes of power play time in the second and third periods when Benoit Pouliot decided to start acting like the player that inspired chump comments during last years playoffs. Pouliot took a hooking call in the offensive zone during the second period, and then hooked P.K. Subban on his very next shift with a high stick that drew blood to earn four more minutes in the sin bin.

The Bruins were able to kill off Pouliots penalties, however, and Thomas was a certified brick wall while turning away every shot over the final 20 minutes.

Jacobs, Recchi, Andreychuk among HOF class of 2017

Jacobs, Recchi, Andreychuk among HOF class of 2017

New England has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, pretty much. 

The Bruins’ owner, two former Bruins players and one Hockey East legend are among those announced to be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017. The full list: Dave Andreychuk, Danielle Goyette, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi, Teemu Selanne, Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs.

Acquired from the Lightning at the 2009 trade deadline, Recchi played parts of three seasons with the Bruins, notably winning the Stanley Cup in his final season in 2011. Over 189 regular-season games for Boston, Recchi scored 42 of his 577 career goals. 

Andreychuk spent part of one season with in Boston, joining the B’s in 1999 but being moved to the Avalanche at the trade deadline of that season in the Ray Bourque trade. 

Kariya became the first freshman to ever win the Hobey Baker award, a feat he accomplished by putting up 100 points in his first of two years at the University of Maine. He got to triple digits again soon in the NHL, posting 50 goals and 58 assists in his second of nine seasons with the Ducks. He followed his Mighty Ducks tenure with stops with the Avalanche, Predators and Blues before retiring due to concussion issues in 2010. He finished with a point a game on the nose, putting up 989 points in 989 games.