Bruins Notes: Odd Scheduling To Make For Fascinating Week In Canadiens Rivalry
Jan 14 2018 by Marjorie Miles
Boston managed to tie things up before second intermission, with Krejci picking up a blocked shot from McAvoy and wristing it past Price for the 3-3 deadlock. Brad Marchand scored his team-leading 18th of the season late in the first period during a Boston power play.
Canadiens center Phillip Danault was awake and moving after taking Zdeno Chara's slap shot to the head. It was the first meeting of the teams since Julien, who guided Boston to the Stanley Cup in 2011, was sacked by the Bruins last February and quickly took the head-coaching job with the Canadiens.
Squared up against Claude Julien's average-at-best club for the first time since he was sacked by the B's back in February 2017, Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask kicked a puck into his own net and put his team in an 0-1 hole at the 3:22 mark of the first period.
Danault was moving and speaking to medical staff before he left the ice, to an ovation from the Bell Centre crowd. "A lot of guys are anxious about him right now".
The Bruins have played far better hockey this season than the Canadiens have - a change of pace from how most of the past few seasons have gone - and their next two matchups will be key for both teams. As Danault was leaving the ice, Chara went over and said something to him.
"I wanted to make sure he was OK and was responding".
Marchand, Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci all scored for the Bruins, who improve to 24-10-7 on the season and are 9-0-2 in their last 11 matchups.
Conversely, the Bruins, who hold the second spot in the division, are looking to gain ground on the Tampa Bay Lightning, who hold the top spot in the division (and conference), as well as the Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Capitals, who hold a four-point advantage on the Bruins with four more games played. It was Galchenyuk's 100th career goal. Deslauriers picked up a loose puck at the Boston blue line and beat Rask with a low shot from the slot at 5:45.
Galchenyuk took a diagonal feed from Jonathan Drouin in the right circle and beat Rask with a wrist shot under the crossbar on a power play at 8:51.
NOTES: Boston outshot Montreal 29-25 in regulation time and 32-30 overall.