The Boston Bruins are no strangers to getting off to slow starts in games against the Montreal Canadiens. Last night was no different as the Canadiens started another game by smothering the Bruins defense with an aggressive forecheck. That pressure led to multiple good scoring chances by the Habs, including two breakaways in the first period. Fortunately for Boston, Tuukka Rask was able to make up for his previous poor starts against the Canadiens and stood tall for the Bruins in this game.
For Rask, it was his third win against Montreal in 15 games. “I felt good against them, but I think I still have that losing record against them, so I’ve got to win some more games,” Rask said after the win. Tuukka’s excellent goaltending kept his team in the game through the first period and Boston was able to put some good shifts together towards the end of the first period and take that momentum with them into the second.
It was not long after the start of the second period that the Bruins were able to get one past Montreal goalie Peter Budaj for the first goal of the game. A faceoff win by Montreal bounced off the end boards behind the Canadiens goal and skipped past Montreal’s defenseman Jarred Tinordi to Carl Soderberg who was right in front of Budaj. The goal by Soderberg was his 12th of the year, and he now has four goals and five assists in his last nine games.
After their first goal, the Bruins added to their lead with three unanswered goals by Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, and Zdeno Chara on their way to an impressive 4-1 win.
The win extended their winning streak to six games and also ended a five-game losing streak to Montreal that went back to March 3, 2013.
-Tuukka Rask is now 3-10-2 against the Canadiens
-Milan Lucic scored his 20th goal of the season; he has scored at least 20 goals in each of his last three full seasons.
-Boston is now 8-0-3 in their last 11 road games, their longest road point streak since 2004