Morning Free Association: Montreal Typical

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After the previous night’s tough, hard-fought, third-period-driven win, the Bruins traveled to Montreal to take on the Canadiens. The rivalry is not what it once was, with the Habs near the middle of the pack in the Atlantic and the B’s primary rivalry firmly nesting with the Leafs. That doesn’t mean that Montreal, led by the former Boston Bench boss Claude Julien, isn’t a tough foe. With the B’s showing weakness on Monday night, then regaining their composure, the Habs figured to capitalize on that.

This game was the 1500th game for the captain, Zdeno Chara.

Only 5 other defensemen have reached that mark. They announced this at the Centre Bell and Chara got a standing ovation.

Period 1A:

Montreal’s Victor Mete took all of 1:13 of game time to get his second goal of the year.

Nearly three-quarters of the way through the period, David Pastrnak extended his goal lead and his point streak on the power play. It only took 6 seconds.

If only this were the end of the period. Montreal scored two goals within 2-1/2 minutes to take the lead back, 3-2. The first of these two goals occurred when Tuukka’s glove was just slightly out of position, allowing the puck to slide through it. The second was all on him.

Period 1B:

The B’s started to look alive during this period, coming actually tying it with goals from Connor Clifton and Anders Bjork. Yay! Secondary scoring!

Then, stupidity reigned. During a terse sequence in which players seemed to be knocking around and into Tuukka Rask, Victor Mete scored his second on the night.

Third Period:

Big. Goal. Energy. Sean Kuraly brings it for his first of the season, and more importantly, the game tying goal.

Soon afterward, it was Charlie Coyle’s turn to shine. He seemed to light the lamp, except that Montreal challenged for offside…

and won, making the game tied up at 4 a piece. Bruce Cassidy would have some words on it after the game, especially how the review took three minutes, as if they were looking for something specific.

Then, Montreal scored their game winner.

The third period involved a lot of calls that just didn’t happen, three of which would have resulted in Bruins power play opportunities. Even Jack Edwards, watching from home, weighed in on it.

Some Other Notes:

  • Brett Ritchie started on the 4th line, was taken off it and the ice sometime in the second since it didn’t look like he had his legs. In the meantime, Pasta double shifted with top lines, and Danton Heinen played on the 4th. In the third Ritchie played with the 2nd line to little effect.
  • The Habs are a true Claude Julien team, strong on the forecheck, strong on the backcheck. Very defensively responsible and still able to score. Maybe the old man has lightened up a little, eh?
  • The Coyle line was the strongest line overall but with two players playing low minutes. Sure, they would have had two goal had the Coyle one not been called back. Senyshyn seemed to be involved in play even if it wasn’t reflected in the box score.
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    Hi folks.

    Just finished watching that game.

    Hmmm. Yeah. Montreal typical – you said it all there!


    I’m going to find some ice time in December or January, probably in Danbury. Going to take to the ice one last time to play with friends. I’ll post it and anyone who has ever put skates on will be invited… All B2Bers better show( or be assessed a misconduct ).


    Remembering a Tracy Ulman Show where her stepdad is in bed, crying, with a shit ton of candy wrappers under the sheets. Her dad is on a business trip to Paris and stepdad wasn’t invited. I feel like that right now. Crawling under the covers until Jo comes home…. NOT!!!!! Bull’s Bridge is running and my pals want to kayak off waterfalls!!! Woo hoo!!!!!!


    So, they had to show a bunch of emotional movies on TCM today????
    #On the waterfront, # Casablanca, #Thanksapantload!!


    Hey All!
    A true set up game, not unexpected result.
    I reffed my last games last night. I was going to try to make it to the end of the year, but the body is done. … Not meeting my own standards… next phase, eh?


    Ugh, that’s disappointing.