B's deliver knockout punch to Montreal, 8-6


B's deliver knockout punch to Montreal, 8-6

By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- It took eight Boston goals and just as many total fights, but the Bruins were able to take care of the rival Montreal Canadiens, 8-6, on Wednesday night at the TD Garden, securing their Northeast Division lead.

The Bruins took a 2-0 lead into the second period, after getting goals from Brad Marchand and Dennis Seidenberg 12 seconds apart in the first, but the second period saw a total of eight goals four for Boston and four for Montreal.

Brian Gionta and P.K. Subban tied the game at 2-2, but Adam McQuaid quickly put the Bruins back on top, 3-2, with an open look from the high slot, just 1:18 after Subban had tied the game.

It didnt take long for Yannick Weber to tie the game at 3-3 with a slap shot from the right point, but once again, the Bruins answered, thanks to goals from Michael Ryder and Lucic, just one minute apart, giving the Bs a 5-3 lead.

The second period also saw a complete, every-player-on-the-ice melee with 7:24 left in the period a mere five seconds after Lucics goal that put Boston up 5-3. It concluded with Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas skating all the way down to Montreals zone, and dropping the gloves with Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.

It wasnt much of a fight, as only one punch was thrown by Price and Montreal converted on its 5-on-4 power play following the 6-on-6 brawl, and cut Bostons lead to 5-4, just 11 seconds into the man advantage, thanks to a goal from David Desharnais, who took beat Thomas with a shot from the goal line.

But Milan Lucic answered just two minutes later, and scored his second goal of the game on a wrister from the high slot that beat Price to the top-left, giving the Bs a 6-4 lead heading into the third period.

Max Pacioretty cut the Bruins lead to 6-5, seven minutes into the third, sniping the top-right corner from the slot, while on a 5-on-4 power play.

But as the theme of the night went, Ryder made it 7-5 midway through the third, scoring his second goal of the night, while on the power play.

Nathan Horton added Bostons eighth goal with 5:06 left in the game, after sniping the top-left corner from the right circle.

Pacioretty scored with 13.9 seconds left to make it 8-6, just seconds after another 5-on-5 brawl.

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Bruins looking forward to getting World Cup teammates, coach back


Bruins looking forward to getting World Cup teammates, coach back

BRIGHTON, Mass. – With the World Cup of Hockey and Team Canada crowned as champions, the final few Bruins players involved in the international hockey tournament will be filtering back into regular training camp.

It was a brilliant tourney for Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, especially while forming the World Cup’s best forward line with Sidney Crosby. Marchand was one of the leading scorers and had the clutch game-winner in the decisive game.

As a line they combined for a ridiculous 25 points in six games and it was Marchand who scored a couple of the biggest goals in the biggest games against Russia and Team Europe.

“They did it all of last season for us, so I’m not shocked. They played well throughout the entire time they played there, so I’m really happy for them,” said Ryan Spooner. “It’s been kind of a weird camp. We’ve been missing a lot of guys, and to get all of those guys back is huge. They’re the leaders of the team, so to get them back is good.

“Marchand around the room is a funny guy, so he’s definitely missed. We miss them all.”

Zdeno Chara was a force for the surprising rag-tag group of players on Team Europe and led them to the best-of-three final series against Team Canada. Now that it’s over, the B’s teammates are looking forward to all three joining fellow World Cup participants Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes at camp probably at some point next week.

“It does [feel like training camp], but it will be nice to get those guys back,” said Adam McQuaid. “They are big parts of this team. We’re looking forward to having those guys back, for sure.”

That also includes getting their coach, Claude Julien, back as well after missing his presence while he served behind the Canadian bench with Mike Babcock and Barry Trotz. He’ll be rejoining the Bruins over the next couple of days, and getting through preseason road games against Detroit and Philadelphia before making some tough decisions on cuts at main training camp.

That’s when things will officially start getting back to normal for a training camp that’s felt like something was a little missing over the first few weeks of getting ready for the season. 

Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final


Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while taking a nap this afternoon so I can watch the 1:30 am replay of tonight’s Bruins/Red Wings game on the NHL Network.

*Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara scored the goals at the World Cup’s decisive game on Thursday night, and No. 63 got the clutch game-winner late in the third period for Team Canada. Then he watched as linemate Sidney Crosby won the MVP for the tournament in what could be perceived, from a Boston point of view, as a largely Canadian-based hockey media fawning over Sid the Kid once again. Look, he was the tournament’s leading scorer, but last night’s heroics probably should have tipped the scales toward the B’s agitator getting the World Cup hardware.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm seeking an eight year deal from his team. That could be another contract negotiation to watch closely if you’re a Bruins fan.

*Zach Werenski, one of the D-men the Bruins were trying to trade up to get two years ago in the first round of the draft, is looking like he might be NHL-ready for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

*Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov is holding out with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and just wants to get paid like the rest of his teammates.

*Marian Hossa says he still wants to play hockey when he’s 42 years old, or close to the age that countrymen Zdeno Chara is right now.

*Here are some preseason college hockey storylines with the world of NCAA hockey about to start up in force.

*A judge has ruled that the family of the late Derek Boogaard may pursue a lawsuit against the NHL over the death of their son.

*For something completely different: “Tex Ryan” takes his jokes to open mic night and I’m fairly this is Toucher and Rich skewering the Buffalo Bills head coach. And rightfully so.