Bruins slam the Canadiens, 7-0

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Bruins slam the Canadiens, 7-0

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Stemming from the aftermath of Zdeno Charas hit on Max Pacioretty two weeks ago, the buzz leading up to Thursday nights game between the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens had many believing that it would be fight night at the TD Garden.

But it turned out to be much the opposite. Both teams stayed disciplined for the most part . . . and that worked in Bostons favor, as the Bs received two goals from Nathan Horton, two goals from Gregory Campbell, and three assists from Chara, David Krejci, and Milan Lucic each, as the Bruins defeated the Canadiens 7-0, in a game that was never really close.

Boston took a 3-0 lead in the first period. Johnny Boychuk opened the game with a slapper from the right half-wall that found the top-right corner of the net, thanks to a Lucic screen out front, just 1:01 into the game.

Campbell made it 2-0 with 6:17 left in the first period, after he somehow re-directed a Zdeno Chara shot from the left point through the pads of Carey Price.

Horton added the third Bruins goal, with 2:32 left in the first, after he caught Price off-guard by accepting a Lucic pass out front and putting it into an open net. Price was caught sliding to the left post on the pass, which he thought was going through the slot and all the way back to the point.

Horton also added the fourth goal, after he finished a nifty pass by David Krejci on a 2-on-1, and sniped the top-right corner, just over four minutes into the third period.

Adam McQuaid have the Bruins a 5-0 lead 26 seconds later when his shot from the right point re-directed off Montreal forward Lars Ellers stick and beat Price five-hole, ending his night.

Tomas Kaberle added the sixth Bruins goal with 8:33 left in the third, while Campbell made it 7-0 with his second goal of the night, two minutes later, while on a 5-on-3 penalty kill.

Tim Thomas finished the game with 24 saves and recorded his eighth shutout of the season. Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard. You can listen to Danny on his streaming radio show I'm Just Sayin' Monday-Friday from 9-10 a.m. on CSNNE.com.

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

CHICAGO – Don Sweeney said the Bruins knew and expected they were going to lose one of three players in the NHL expansion draft, and it’s pretty clear it was going to be Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller or Colin Miller leaving the team. The B’s took Kevan Miller out of the equation by leaving him on the protection list after a strong season while also playing some of his best hockey in the playoffs.

That left McQuaid and Miller with each of the two D-men standing an equal chance of getting selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, and the 24-year-old puck-moving Miller going to Vegas for the time being. It remains to be seen if Miller sticks with the Golden Knights, or if there is an eventual plan to flip him elsewhere like perhaps an interested party in Toronto.

Sweeney said the Bruins didn’t want to lose a player with potential like Miller, but it’s also true that he would have been stuck behind younger, better D-men on the depth chart with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo as better right-handed options.

“It was an interesting process to go through. It was hard at times because you felt like other teams were able to find deals to keep their team together while you felt vulnerable in that regard,” said Sweeney at the B’s team hotel in Chicago during a Thursday availability with the media. “You knew you were going to lose a good player. You knew they had targeted three players on our team that we felt they would target, and unfortunately we’re losing a good, young player.

“We thought highly of Colin. He was part of a big trade for us and we wish him well moving forward. We thank for him doing his part with the organization. We lost a good player.”

Clearly, the Bruins lost a defenseman with skills and youth on his side, but it’s also a young guy that hasn’t put it all together yet while never posting more than 16 points in each of his two seasons with the Black and Gold. Perhaps he will put together the offensive package at his next landing spot after showing flashes in Boston over the last two years, but that unknown factor while no longer being considered a prospect is the reason he didn’t find himself on the protected D list along with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.  

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days


The Bruins released their schedule for the 2017-18 season Thursday, with their campaign beginning at TD Garden on Oct. 5 against the Predators. 

Two things stand out in Boston’s schedule. Eleven of their final 15 games are on the road, and they don’t play the Canadiens until mid-January.  

Then, when the B’s and Habs do finally meet, they play three times in an eight-day span. The rivals face each other Jan. 13 in Montreal, Jan. 17 in Boston and Jan. 20 in Montreal. The Bruins’ final regular-season meeting with the Habs is March 3. 

To see the full schedule, click here.