December 19, 2011

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Canadiens

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
MTL – 1
BOS – 2

SHOTS
MTL – 18
BOS – 20

Forty minutes down here at TD Garden where the Bruins will take a 2-1 lead into the third over Montreal.

In an absolute stroke of luck, or maybe best described as “right place, right time,” Boston jumped ahead 2:42 into the middle frame.

Andrew Ference lugged the puck in down the left side and went to go behind the net. The defenseman flung a pass in front which ricocheted off of David Krejci’s skate and past Price to make it 2-1.

Things got testy a few times in the second period. Rich Peverley got tangled up with an opponent in front of Montreal’s bench. Later, Zdeno Chara and Travis Moen exchanged words.

However, tonight’s tilt still lacks the usual overflow of animosity that exists between these two clubs.

Boston had a four-minute power play awarded to them with 3:37 to go when Louis Leblanc was given a double minor for high-sticking.

Joe Corvo dinged the post. Other than that, Boston botched a number of opportunities and didn’t have a whole lot going on.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
MTL – 1
BOS – 1

SHOTS
MTL – 9
BOS – 9

Twenty minutes are in the books here at TD Garden where the Bruins and Habs are tied 1-1.

Benoit Pouliot got the B’s on the board at the 12:13 mark. Rich Peverley won a faceoff in the offensive and found No. 67 breaking to the net. Pouliot beat Carey Price with a wrister to make it 1-0.

Just 1:13 later, however, things were knotted up. Mike Cammalleri grabbed a loose puck at the side of the net and sent it out in front. Canadiens’ leading point-getter Tomas Plekanec fired a shot past Tim Thomas to make it 1-1.

For a Bruins-Habs game, the emotions were kept fairly in check throughout the opening frame. The Bruins held an 11-6 edge in hits.

With Milan Lucic out of the lineup, Dan Paille was bumped up to first-line duties.

Boston won 11-of-16 faceoffs in the opening frame.

PREGAME NOTES

Here are tonight’s pregame notes (courtesy of the Boston Bruins):

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Thomas (15-5-0, 1.83 GAA, .943 Save %) vs. Price
(12-10-7, 2.38 GAA, .915 Save %). Thomas is 11-15-4 with a 2.91 GAA and
.911 Save % with two shutouts in 32 career games against Montreal.
Including last year’s playoffs, tonight is the 17th straight game that
the Canadiens have started Carey Price against the Bruins. He is 15-5-2
against Boston in the regular season and 7-11 against the B’s in the
playoffs. His career regular season GAA vs. Boston is 2.53, and his
career postseason GAA vs. Boston is 2.50. His career regular season and
postseason Save % against the Bruins are both .919.

600 FOR CORVO: Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo will be playing in his 600th
career NHL game tonight.

LUCIC SUSPENDED: The NHL announced today that Milan Lucic has been
suspended one game for checking Philadelphia forward Zac Rinaldo from
behind during Saturday’s game against Philadelphia. Lucic will not
play tonight.

DARTH QUAIDER: Adam McQuaid has five goals in 112 NHL games, and three
of those have come against Montreal.

NO PIM FOR PAILLE: In 27 games this season, Daniel Paille has not been
assessed a penalty. The only player in the NHL who has appeared in more
games this year without a single penalty is Chicago’s Andrew Brunette
(33).