Marchand’s two goals lead Boston Bruins to victory over Canadiens

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: Brad Marchand
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: Brad Marchand /

 The Boston Bruins faced the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, their first game against former Head Coach Claude Julien.

After a long break, the Boston Bruins kicked off the second half of their season with a victory.

The Boston Bruins faced the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, their first game against former Head Coach Claude Julien. They ended the night on top beating the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in a shootout victory.

After going down 1-0 Brad Marchand was able to tie the game up late in the first period. With the Bruins on the power play, Marchand got behind the defense and put one past Carey Price for his 18th goal of the season.

Then early in the second period, the Bruins were able to take the lead. Charlie McAvoy made a beautiful tape-to-tape pass and Jake DeBrusk roofed a shot for his 10th goal of the season. After that, the Canadiens scored two straight goals to take the lead.

Near the end of the second, the last goal in regulation was scored. McAvoy took a shot from the blue line and David Krejci was able to put home the rebound for his 7th goal of the season.

After no goals were scored in overtime the game went to a shootout. Prior to Saturday night, the Bruins were 2-2 in shootouts this season, a decent record compared to prior seasons. The shootout went 4 rounds when Marchand stepped onto the ice. He sent a wrist shot past Price to secure the victory for the Bruins.

Rask’s decent effort suffices

Tuukka Rask had a decent game Saturday night. He stopped 27 shots on the night but appeared to struggle at some moments. The first goal of the game for the Canadiens came after Rask was unable to secure the puck and he even inadvertently knocked the puck into the net. Rask almost lost the game for the Bruins in overtime when he made a save but the puck floated over his head. Torey Krug dove behind Rask and stopped the puck from crossing the goal line.

Jake DeBrusk had a solid first game against the rival Canadiens. He had a goal and an assist on the night. DeBrusk also scored in the shootout as well. DeBrusk was happy to score against such a great goaltender.

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The Bruins have won nine straight games. In their last 12 games, they are 9-0-3. This is a great stretch of hockey, and they look to continue their winning ways against the Dallas Stars on Monday.

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(P.S. Glad to hear that Canadiens forward Phillip Danault is out of the hospital. He was taken out on a stretcher after taking a Zdeno Chara slapshot to the head/neck area. Everyone here at Chowder and Champions wishes him a speedy recovery.)