Canadiens overpower the Bruins, 3-1

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Canadiens overpower the Bruins, 3-1

By Danny Picard and Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Thursday night marked the first time all season theBruins allowed more than one power-play goal in a game. And they paid for it,allowing Montreal to score twice on the man advantage as they lost to theCanadiens, 3-1, at the TD Garden.

Brian Gionta put the Habs ahead 2-1 just 29 seconds into thethird period as he beat Tuukka Rask with a one-timer from the left post on thepower play. It was Montreal's second power-play goal of the game, and cameas a result of a perfect saucer pass from Michael Cammalleri from the rightwing.

Cammalleri lifted the puck over a sprawling DennisSeidenberg, and Gionta put it home, which proved to be the game-winner.

Scott Gomez added insurance just over 10 minutes later on apuck that trickled past the goal line after Gomez' initial shot appeared to hitthe cross bar and come down off Rasks skate.

The goal made it 3-1 Canadiens, and sealed the deal onRasks fifth loss of the season (0-4-1) in as many appearances.

The Canadiens got on the board first, after P.K. Subbanblasted a one-timer past Rask just 5:19 into the first period. It was apower-play goal for Montreal, coming 18 seconds after Tyler Seguin was called for tripping.

Zdeno Chara tied the game at 1-1 just over 10 minutes later,wristing a puck top shelf after Milan Lucic showed an extraordinary amount ofpatience, taking the puck behind the net, drawing several Canadiens playerstowards him, and hit Chara with a cross-ice pass up to the top of the leftcircle.

GOLD STAR:Patrice Bergeron helped set up Boston's only goal when he sacrificedhis body to keep possession in the offensive zone in the first period,and played nearly 21 minutes of competitive, battling, quality ice time. He finished with four shots on net along with hisassist, and won 14-of-21 faceoff attempts while continually creatingoffensive pressure in the first two periods.

BLACK EYE:One shot for Nathan Horton after he passed up numerous chances on thepower play? No registered hits for Zdeno Chara in a game against theMontreal Canadiens? Did Daniel Paille even actually play in Thursdaynight's game against the Habs? The Bruins had some pretty solidperformers in the loss to Montreal, but there were some curious momentssurrounding the rivalry game.

TURNING POINT:Once the Bruins started making a parade to the penalty box in thesecond period a trend punctuated by Shawn Thornton, who normally has shown the ability to stay out of the box for non-fighting penalties, taking twostraight minors it was only amatter of time for the Habs to break through.

BY THE NUMBERS: 6-1-1 the record of Habs goalie Carey Price at TD Garden against the Bruins during his star-crossed career with Montreal.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Last four games we gave up the first goal. The goal tonight was toscore the first goal. But as you saw it didnt happen. I don't knowwhat the problem is with it. We gave up the first goal. I don't knowwhy. We just don't come out like we want to." Dennis Seidenbergaddressing question about Bruins giving up first goal of game fourstraight games.

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Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 

 

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.