The Boston Bruins failed to beat the Montreal Canadiens for the second time this season, falling to their rivals 4-1 on Thursday night. Montreal’s decisive victory marks their 5th consecutive win over the Black and Gold. Goaltending was the difference in this hockey game. Montreal simply got the better of it.
Back up netminder Peter Budaj got the nod in goal for Montreal and he performed briliantly in front of a soldout out TD Garden crowd. Budaj turned asided 34 of 35 shots in impressive fashion considering the Bruins had scored six goals in each of their previous three games. In victory he improved to a career 4-0-0 at the Garden, snapping a six game skid in doing so.
Tuukka Rask on the other hand was quite woeful. Rask surrendered three goals on 18 shots and was pulled in favor of backup Chad Johnson 34 minutes into the game. Johnson was stellar in relief of Rask, stopping 14 of 15 shots.
Rask is now a lowly 2-9-2 opposite Montreal in his career.
But it wasn’t just Rask who had an unimpressive showing. The Bruins skated sloppily, exhibited questionable decsion making with the puck and failed to execute in key situations.
Alexei Emelin, Max Pacioretty, Brian Gionta and Daniel Briere all notched goals for Montreal. Nine different Canadiens notched points while Brandon Gallagher recorded a pair of assists.
Dougie Hamilton scored the lone Boston goal. Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg assisted Hamilton on his point blast.
The Bruins will have to wait awhile for a shot at redemption as they won’t hook up again with the Habs until March 12. Boston is next in action against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon.