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.

Bruins lose preseason opener to Blue Jackets in shootout, 3-2

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Bruins lose preseason opener to Blue Jackets in shootout, 3-2

BOSTON – The Bruins ice a young lineup for their preseason opener against the Blue Jackets, and they got some solid results from the next generation of skaters ready to wear the Black and Gold. It wasn’t enough for the win, however, as Sam Gagner won the game in the shootout for the Blue Jackets by a 3-2 score after both Riley Nash and Jake DeBrusk dinged the left post with their first two shootout attempts.

DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Brandon Carlo, Jakub Zboril and Austin Czarnik all had very strong games as young players vying for NHL roster spots with a couple of jobs potentially open at the NHL level.

DeBrusk set up Jimmy Hayes for Boston’s first goal, and Heinen redirected a Carlo point shot past Curtis McElhinney in the third period to tie things up.

Sonny Milano opened up the game’s scoring by beating Anton Khudobin to the short side on a play where the B’s backup goaltender was a little bit sloppy with his technique. Hayes scored to tie things up for the Black and Gold on a nifty transition play up the ice that embodied the “play fast” philosophy that Claude Julien is espousing.

Daniel Zaar added a goal for the Blue Jackets midway through the second period that again gave Columbus the slim one goal lead, but that evaporated in the final 20 minutes when Heinen redirected a Carlo point shot from the slot area past the Blue Jackets netminder.

The Bruins will get back at it with another home preseason game at TD Garden against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.