B's win, 2-1, take back-to-back games vs. Habs

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B's win, 2-1, take back-to-back games vs. Habs

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

MONTREAL Its no playoff series win, but the smiling Bruins leave Montreal with wins in back-to-back preseason games against the Habs.

A Max Sauve dish to Chris Clark for a guy midway through the third period snapped a 1-1 tie, and handed the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens at a Bell Centre environment bent on playoff revenge.

After a scoreless first period, a familiar foe from the Habs did the damage against the Bruins. Former University of New Hampshire standout Phil DeSimone carried the puck toward the net from the right wing with Milan Lucic on his back, and fired a puck on Tuukka Rask that caused a rebound. Bs killer Mike Cammalleri jumped to the front of the net and popped in the loose puck to account for the games first goal.

The Bruins fought back with their own dirty goal in the third. Matt Bartkowski snapped a shot on net with Jordan Caron and David Krejci providing plenty of traffic in front, and Carey Price kicked a rebound directly out to Tyler Seguin. The Bs rookie made it two goals in two games when he flipped the loose puck into the net, and tied things up for the Black and Gold.

Tuukka Rask was impregnable between the pipes and made 31 saves en route to the victory in Montreals raucous barn.

GOLD STAR: Jordan Caron. The Bruins winger won himself a job on the Bs final roster with a strong performance at the Bell Centre last year, and Caron was again dominant in his home Province of Quebec. Caron managed an assist, had four shots on net and four registered hits while fore-checking, back-checking, creating traffic in front of the net and doing all of the other things that earn points with head coach Claude Julien. Caron, Chris Clark, and Benoit Pouliot are potentially in a tight competition for two spots on the Boston roster, and both Caron and Clark have been consistently excellent in camp.

HONORABLE MENTION: Tuukka Rask made 31 saves including a number of quick reflex stops, and is enjoying a very good training camp as the hungry backup to Tim Thomas. Rask was at his best while shutting the door on Brock Trottier in a rapid rebound attempt after the Finnish goalie had initially lost track of the pucks location. The Habs managed to create some very good chances, but Rask never wavered in an encouraging performance for an upcoming season where hell be needed quite a bit.

BLACK EYE: Give David Krejci credit for helping create some body traffic in front of the net on Tyler Seguins goal, but the Bruins center was in prime sleepwalking mode for most of the night skating with Seguin and Milan Lucic. Krejci lost 3 of 14 face-offs, was a minus-1 and didnt register a shot on net, but its also the preseason and the creative center cant be blamed for saving the good stuff for then.
TURNING POINT: The Bruins finally got some traction in the third period when the SeguinCaronKrejci line broke through for a goal after serving as Bostons forward trio for the night. Breaking the seal on Carey Price allowed the Bs to score once again later on in the period when the game was deadlocked at 1-1, and protect a slim lead against the Habs.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 the number of individual assists in the game for Matt Bartkowski, Steve Kampfer and Max Sauve as all three younger players stepped up their games with roster spots on the line.

QUOTE TO NOTE: He was playing well. You want to see all kinds of different things in exhibition games. Youre just trying to see how guys adapt to different situations. I thought he deserved it and you want to see how guys adapt. I thought he did a great job. Claude Julien on elevating Jordan Caron to a line with Krejci and Seguin in the third period after putting in a solids night work.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Monday, May 22: Senators all out of playoff magic?

Monday, May 22: Senators all out of playoff magic?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while feeling like we’ll be getting a Pittsburgh/Nashville Stanley Cup Final, which I suppose would be the best possible outcome at this point.

*You hear the name and it just gets you angry all over again if you grew up watching the Bruins. Ulf Samuelsson is in the running for an assistant coaching job with the Chicago Blackhawks, according to a report.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Chris Johnston says it appears that the time is running out on a Cinderella season for the Ottawa Senators.

*A taste of winning at the world championships with Team Sweden could fuel Alex Edler’s desire for a change from the rebuilding Vancouver Canucks.

*Interesting piece on a former can’t miss goaltending prospect with the Nashville Predators that ended up totally missing, and what he’s been up to in life since then.

*Guy Boucher explains to Pro Hockey Talk why he kept changing goaltenders in the Game 5 blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

*Don Cherry explains that he hates afternoon hockey during his Coach’s Corner from Hockey Night in Canada in the Game 5 blowout between the Penguins and Predators.

*A good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Alex Prewitt on the Nashville Predators, and the evolution of the franchise into a team on the verge of a Stanley Cup Final appearance.

*For something completely different: What a win by the Boston Celtics in Game 3 in Cleveland, and quite an interesting, fired up interview with Al Horford afterward.

Sunday, May 21: Has Kessel changed?

Sunday, May 21: Has Kessel changed?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while finding it unbelievable that some people are questioning the heart of Isaiah Thomas at this point.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Arthur with a column on Phil Kessel playing all of his cards right with the Penguins. It’s something he never did in an untenable Toronto situation where he and Dion Phaneuf were expected to be franchise players instead of the “third banana” type roles they were meant for on good teams with Ottawa and Pittsburgh.

That was very clear when he was with the Bruins early in his career, was not a good match with the hearty crew that ended up winning a Cup in 2011 and basically didn’t want to play for Claude Julien anymore after just three seasons. It was more clear when he pulled the same reluctant public figure card as Toronto’s high-paid star forward in the NHL’s biggest media market, and never did more than put up his numbers. Now in Pittsburgh he’s clearly well behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the pecking order, plays in a place where he can fade into the background a little bit without too many problems and a lot of his eccentricities are viewed as charming, or Phil being Phil, rather than Kessel being viewed as a bit of an odd duck or a malcontent.

But to this Bruins writer he’ll always be the guy that clashed with Julien over the stick that he preferred to use, clashed with Zdeno Chara on the ice for his work habits and was ultimately a player that wasn’t very popular at all in the Bruins dressing room despite the obvious talent and the courageous battle with cancer he waged during his first year in Boston. He’s obviously matured and is more well-rounded in some ways than his Boston days, but in many ways he’s the exact same Phil that doesn’t want to change for anybody or anything.

*Here’s the New York Islanders season in review after disappointing with a failure to get into the playoffs, and a big situation coming up with John Tavares.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen done for the playoffs after being diagnosed with “acute compartment syndrome.” What a big blow to the Predators.  

*The Ottawa Senators are still looking to push the Penguins to the brink in the Eastern Conference Finals, but it’s obviously going to be a difficult task for them.

*Don Cherry and Ron MacLean had their Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada this weekend, and tackled some hot topics like the Nashville crowd throwing a dead duck on the ice.

*Ryan Getzlaf addresses the fine from the NHL for using a vulgar slur on the ice, apparently aimed at nobody in particular according to the player.

*Here’s a set of statistics that effectively sums up the pathetic regular season put forth by the Colorado Avalanche.

*For something completely different: In an interesting rumor, the Mr. Robot show creator is apparently in talks on an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone movie.