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.

Backes: Most of the talk has me playing center for Bruins

Backes: Most of the talk has me playing center for Bruins

David Backes on the Felger and Mazz show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, and simulcast on CSN, tells fill-in hosts Jim Murray and Greg Dickerson there has also been some discussion with the Bruins of putting him on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

Watch the video above for more. 

Bruins lose Stempniak, Eriksson, others in free agency

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Bruins lose Stempniak, Eriksson, others in free agency

The Bruins lost a number of free agents on after the market opened at noontime. None bigger than Loui Eriksson signing a six-year, $36 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks to play with the Sedin Twins.

It’s the exact level of term and salary that Eriksson said he was looking for from the Bruins in contract negotiations around the trade deadline, but the Bruins never really moved from their offer of a four-year deal at comparable money.

The Bruins will miss the 30-goal production and solid all-around, two-way play from Eriksson as he heads to the West Coast, but they also traded in a passive player in Eriksson for an in-your-face, physical leader in David Backes on a five-year deal. 

Backes is much more of a Bruins-style player than Eriksson could have ever hoped to have been. That part of it is a win for a Bruins fan base that wants intensity and physicality from their players.

The Bruins also watched Jonas Gustavsson sign a one-year, $800,000 contract with Peter Chiarelli and the Edmonton Oilers, Brett Connolly sign a one-year deal for $850,000 with the Washington Capitals, Zach Trotman signs a one-year deal for $950,000 and Lee Stempniak ink a two-year, $5 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes after being a non-contract training camp invite with New Jersey last season.

Sweeney had maintained as late as Thursday that he was still keeping ties with many of Boston’s free agents prior to the noon opening of the free agent market, but clearly that’s changed.

“We’ll continue to have talks and sort of figure out where things may go. We’ve had talks with a number of players to see what they would like to see as the opportunity here or what we see as a fit,” said Sweeney on the Torey Krug conference call on Thursday night. “I haven’t ruled absolutely any of that out; just haven’t found common ground and obviously it gets harder and harder as we go further along in the process.”