Bruins Fall to Habs in High Scoring Affair


In a highly anticipated game, the Bruins fell to the Canadiens 6-4 on Thursday night. All eyes were on Milan Lucic after he made his thoughts known to Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin in the handshake line last year and Lucic would find himself in the spotlight for the wrong reasons again.

The Canadiens still appear to have the upper hand on the B’s, showing off their speed and skill again in their first matchup of the season. The Bruins did show improvements in some areas though, especially offensively. Zdeno Chara started the scoring off by tipping in David Krejci‘s shot on the powerplay. The man advantage has not been friendly to the Bruins so far this year and needs to get back to last year’s level if the offense is going to be dangerous. Right before the goal, Seth Griffith wrung a wrist shot off the post, but just like last game, Simon Gagne took over his spot on the Krejci line during the third period.

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The Canadiens followed up with two goals of their own. The first came off Max Pacioretty‘s skate when he crashed the net after a David Desharnais breakaway. Brendan Gallagher would follow by cashing in a loose puck that Dougie Hamilton wasn’t able to clear out.

The Swede’s would return the favor though, quickly following Gallagher’s goal with two of their own in a span of four minutes. The B’s couldn’t keep the momentum though, allowing three straight goals this time. Jiri Sekac potted his first career goal on a loose puck, followed by a P.A. Parenteau one-timer and another goal from Gallagher midway through the third. Tuukka Rask would be pulled and continues to have a terrible time with the Habs, a team that has troubled him his whole career.

Gagne was able to bang home a rebound with six minutes remaining to give the Bruins some hope. Lucic had his second assist of the night on that play and had been looking better than the previous five games, but with just under two minutes remaining, he ran Emelin into the boards to draw a minor penalty. Looch then made an obscene gesture to a fan while entering the penalty box and not surprisingly, did not speak to media about it after the game. The Habs would score an empty netter on the ensuing powerplay and Lucic would be given a ten minute misconduct after arguing with the officials after leaving the box. While it may get a laugh or two out of Bruins fans, Lucic’s actions will probably result in a fine and a stern talking to from Bruins management.

The Bruins look to recover and hope for an easy victory on Saturday in Buffalo against the lowly Sabres.