Boston Bruins: 3 keys of success in 4-1 victory over Montreal Canadiens


The Boston Bruins dominated the Montreal Canadiens once again on Saturday night.

The Boston Bruins seem to own the Montreal Canadiens this season. They defeated them in their previous two meetings and on Saturday night they were able to tally another victory against their rivals defeating the Habs 4-1.  Here are the three keys of success in the team’s win.

1. The Bruins should never trade anyone on their first line for the rest of eternity

After going down 1-0 the Bruins seemed to have no momentum. The puck was getting deep in their zone and the Canadiens were spending a boatload of time until David Pastrnak scored the first goal of the game for the Bruins. It was a lucky goal as Pastrnak was parallel to the goal line but the puck deflected off a skate and into the net. “Pasta” took a big hit to keep possession and Torey Krug made a great pinch to keep the puck in the zone. Krug would be rewarded for his effort.

Shortly after Pastrnak’s goal, the Boston Bruins taught the rest of the NHL how to move the puck in the offensive zone.  The puck movement led Pastrnak to set up Krug for his 7th goal of the season. Krug sniped one past Carey Price’s blocker side, a place where the goaltender has allowed a ton of goals as of late.

The night wasn’t over for Pastrnak. Late in the third period, he would deliver the final dagger that knocked the Canadiens out of the game. Pasta was near the front of the net and put the puck home for his 20th goal of the season.

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2. The Bruins love to let up the first goal

This is the fifth straight game the Bruins have allowed the first goal of the game. This is okay since they have won but this can’t keep happening. Especially when they go up against some of the better teams in the league. It’s hard to get back in the game when you are down to a team like the Washington Capitals or the Tampa Bay Lightning.

3. Tuukka made the big saves when it counted

Tuukka Rask helped make sure the Bruins held onto the lead. Rask stopped 24 shots and made some key saves in the third period. When the Bruins needed Rask he showed up. He sprawled out to stop some good chances from the Habs, and also was able to make saves with some traffic in front, and pucks coming from point-blank range. Rask is now 17-8-4 on the season, and 12-0-2 during the Bruins amazing points streak. He is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL right now, something you wouldn’t expect to hear at the start of the season.

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The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 16 games. It’s not a stretch to say that this team is the best team in hockey right now. They look to extend their streak against the struggling New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.