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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Beating The Canadiens Never Gets Old, Am I Right Bruins?

The only thing missing from tonight's 2-1 win by the Bruins (7-1-1) at Montreal's (6-3-0) Bell Centre was a dandy new soliloquy from NESN's Jack Edwards shitting on the Canadiens. The game was carried on NBC Sports Network as part of its "Rivalry Wednesday" series that they've started this season so we settled for a parting gift in the form or Doc Emerick and Pierre McGuire. Boston vaulted to the top of the Eastern Conference with the comeback win and put three points between themselves, Montreal and Ottawa in the penthouse of the Northeast Division.

Tuukka Rask (20 saves; 6-1-1) was exceptional, especially in the first period when his teammates were caught running around and the Canadiens outshot them 11-4. Public enemy No. 1 for B's fans-P.K. Subban-gave Montreal a 1-0 lead at 10:53 of the second period with a power play goal that deflected off Rich Peverley's stick. Andrei Markov and Tomas Plekanec had the assists as Rask couldn't find the puck in time through a sea of bodies.

No worries as Tyler Seguin broke his slump with the tying goal (2nd of the season) only 14 seconds into the third period. It was all thanks to David Krejci's centering pass and Seguin's net drive plus a well-timed backhander past Carey Price (21 saves). Krejci (3rd of the season) added the game-winner 1:51 later from new linemates Milan Lucic and Seguin. Similar to Seguin's goal (which was his second of the season, first non-empty netter), Krejci went to the net and good things happened: Looch found him and Krejci stuffed it in.

Boston survived another pathetic performance by its power play (0 for 4), making them 3 for 34 (8.8%) this season which is second worst in the NHL (.2% better than the Rangers). Sooner or later, when they start to lose a few games in a short amount of time, that will be brought up ad nauseum and for good reason. Until then, let's enjoy this wonderful start as the B's look like a serious contender in the East.

UPDATE 2/7: Ryan Spooner was sent back to Providence which is a good sign that Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille or Shawn Thornton will be able to play this weekend: Boston hosts Tampa Bay on Saturday then travels to Buffalo on Sunday.

UPDATE 2/8: The Bruins-Lightning game tomorrow was pushed back to 7 p.m. from its original start time of 1 p.m.

UPDATE 2/9: Predictably, the B's-Lightning game has been postponed tonight since the roads are only being opened up again at 4 p.m. Not enough time for everyone to get there and too dangerous. Good call Bruins. That means their next game is tomorrow night in Buffalo (7 p.m., NESN).

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