– The goals scored in Thursday's game looked nothing like Shawn Thornton
's penalty shot or Benoit Pouliot
's dangle between his legs.
They hardly resembled David Krejci
's telepathic pass to Nathan Horton
in Tuesday's win, or Milan Lucic
's cross-ice dish to No. 18 two periods later.
Plain and simple - they were not visually appealing.
"Both goals were ugly goals, but we'll take them," Lucic said after Boston's 2-1 scrappy win over the Montreal Canadiens. "For us, I don't think it was our best effort, but we found a way to win."
The B's got on the board early when Jordan Caron
scored his second goal of this season, and his first since being called up Thursday morning, less than 24 hours before faceoff.
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk
cleared the puck along the boards and as Caron transitioned to the forecheck, the puck hit the divider and the glass and bounced out to Caron, who put it in the empty net with Habs goaltender Carey Price trapped behind the net.
After 40 minutes of shoddy passing by both teams, the Bruins finally scored in the third. This time, Lucic took a centering pass from Horton and attempted a backhander, and the puck hit Josh Gorges skate and went in.
"They can't all be pretty," Lucic said. "It was just one of those games where passes weren't quite on the tape as you're used to seeing.
"The puck was bouncing all over the place, and we were just trying to grind it out.
"As a line, I don't think we had the best start but we were able to chip pucks in more by the end of the game, establish a fore check and get a greasy one like that," he said.
The game hardly resembled a Canadiens-Bruins showdown, which are often filled with tension, high-energy and a handful of shakeups.
Tempers hardly flared until the third period when P.K. Subban checked Krejci along the boards, which caused Andrew Ference
to come in to the forward's aid.
But even without the clashes, the Canadiens still worked the Bruins until the end.
"Since they don't have Komisarek – it is different for myself," Lucic said. "But they're a team that, even though [the game] hasn't really lived up to the emotions of Habs and Bruins, they always give us tough games and we have to fight through to the end and that was no different tonight."