9:39 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 1, MTL 4
BRUINS FALL TO HABS: The Bruins four-game winning streak came to an end on Thursday evening as the Black & Gold fell to the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 4-1 at TD Garden. The Bruins lone goal came from Dougie Hamilton at 15:38 into the first period. The Bruins record falls to 34-16-3 with the loss, however still maintain a first place position in the Atlantic Division. The B's are back in action on Saturday in a matinee game against the Edmonton Oilers. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. ET.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back on Saturday in a matinee game against the Edmonton Oilers. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. at TD Garden.
8:48 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, MTL 4
SODERBERG DRAWS A PENALTY: With 2:20 to go in the first period, PK Subban was whistled for tripping on B's winger Carl Soderberg, giving the Bruins a man-advantage for two minutes and a chance to get momentum going in their favor. David Krejci started things off well for the Bruins, winning the faceoff in the Montreal zone, leading to chances from Jarome Iginla and Krejci on the doorstep, but Peter Budaj was able to ward off both chances. Then, with 18 seconds to go on the power play, the B's got another chance from Dougie Hamitlon who let a wrister go from the seam, but Budaj again stopped the puck, ultimately killing off the penalty unscathed.
CANADIENS GO UP 4-1: Following a Brad Marchand double minor for roughing and a David Desharnais two-minute minor for roughing, the Montreal Canadiens scored their third goal of the evening on the power play. The PP goal was scored by Brian Gionta (9) and was assisted by Tomas Plekanec (15) and PK Subban (29). Following the goal, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien substituted Chad Johnson in place of Tuukka Rask between the pipes. Not long after the switch, Daniel Briere scored on a clean breakaway to give the Canadiens a 4-1 lead with just over six minutes to go in the second frame. Montreal's Briere now has a multiple point game with one goal and one assist.
BRUINS GET A POWER PLAY: At the 18:48 mark the Bruins were awarded their first power play of the night when Rene Borque was called for holding. The B's however were unable to sustain much organized pressure in the Montreal zone as the Canadiens were able to bail out Bouque, with the Black & Gold still trailing one goal.
7:47 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, MTL 2
KREJCI TIPS ONE IN: Despite being down two goals in the first, the Bruins still continued to play determined hockey, earning themselves a goal from David Krejci with 4:22 to go in the first. Dougie Hamilton set up the goal by sending in a pass from the blueline that Krejci, who was screening in front, was able to skillfully tip past Montreal goaltender Peter Budaj, to cut the Habs lead in half. The goal marks Krejci's 12th of the season, while Dougie Hamilton collects his eighth helper of the year. Loui Eriksson is credited with the secondary assist on the goal for his 12th of the season, extending his point streak to three games (1-2=3). OFFICIAL SCORING CHANGE: The goal was credited to Dougie Hamilton, with Loui Eriksson and Carl Sodeberg getting the assists.
PACIORETTY SCORES: The Candiens doubled up on the Bruins in the first period when Max Pacioretty scored on a pretty breakaway with Johnny Boychuk on his hip, just a step behind. The goal is Pacioretty's team leading 23rd of the campaign, with Brendan Gallagher and David Desharnais assisting for their 13th and 19th helper of the season, respectively.
MARCHAND TO THE BOX: The Bruins went on the penalty kill for the first time in the evening, at the 10:42 mark, when B's forward Brad Marchand was whistled for boarding. Entering the game, the Bruins PK ranked tied for 12th in the league with a 82.6% kill-rate, up against a Montreal power play that ranked tied for 15th in the league with a 18.9% success rate. The Bruins managed to stymie the opportunities the Canadiens were able to generate, keeping the score 1-0 in favor of the Habs with 8:41 to go in the first.
HABS TAKE AN EARLY LEAD: At the 17:44 mark the Montreal Canadiens got the scoring started with Alexei Emelin beat Tuukka Rask glove-side from the right circle to give the Habs an early 1-0 lead. The goal marks Emelin's first goal of the season, assisted by Andrei Markov (23) and Daniel Briere (8).
6:30 p.m. Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs MTL
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (24-12-3, 2.07 GAA, .930 Save %) vs. Budaj (5-4-1, 2.06 GAA, .921 Save %). Rask is 2-9-2 with a 2.77 GAA and .903 save % with one shutout in 14 career games against Montreal. Budaj is 3-1-0 with a 2.70 GAA and .901 save % with one shutout in five career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS CANADIENS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Canadiens will meet for the 723rd time tonight. The B’s have compiled a 270-341-103-8 record in those matchups and have been outscored by Montreal, 2,185-1,909. The Black & Gold are 165-135-56-5 in their 361 lifetime meetings against the Canadiens in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 1,064-980 in those contests. Boston is 4-2-1 in their last seven home games against Montreal.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: The last nine games between the Bruins and Canadiens have been decided by one goal, including two shootouts. The last time a game between these two teams was decided by more than one goal was in a 4-2 Montreal win on October 29, 2011.
CAPTAIN ZEE LEADING: Zdeno Chara enters this evening tied for first among NHL defensemen in goal scoring with 13 tallies thus far this season (Shea Weber, NSH). The defenseman has scored four goals in his last three games, including a goal against the Islanders on 1/27, which marked his 500th NHL point. With Tuesday’s win against the Panthers the Bruins improved to a perfect 11-0-0 when Chara has scored a goal in the game and are 18-2-0 when he registers a point.
BERGERON LINE BURNING: The line composed of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith has combined for 30 points over the course of their last seven games with Bergeron chipping in 4-6=10 totals, Marchand registering 7-5=12 totals and Smith tallying 3-5=8 totals. Smith rides a seven-game point streak entering this evening after netting a power play goal against Florida on 1/27.
STREAKING BRUINS: Eight Bruins come into tonight’s game riding point streaks: Reilly Smith (3-5=8 / 7 games), Torey Krug (1-4=5 / 4 games), Jarome Iginla (2-5=7 / 3 games), Zdeno Chara (4-0=4 / 3 games), Milan Lucic (2-2=4 / 3 games), Shawn Thornton (1-1=2 / 2 games), Loui Eriksson (1-1 / 2 games) and Carl Soderberg (1-1=2 / 2 games).
BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Boston Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani. Tonight, representing the founding family of the Boston Bruins, including his grandfather, founder Charles F. Adams and his father Weston Adams, Sr., former Bruins President Weston Adams, Jr. will drop the ceremonial first puck to begin the night's tribute to the Bruins of the 1920's.
192 AND COUNTING: Following Tuesday’s home game against the Florida Panthers, the Boston Bruins have sold out 192 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than four years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
CANADIENS NOTEBOOK: Montreal blueliner P.K. Subban leads the Canadiens in point production with 36, which is tied for fifth in the NHL among defenseman… Winger Max Pacioretty enters tonight leading Montreal in goals with 22… Eight Montreal players will represent their respective countries in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia (Price & Subban – Canada, Plekanec – Czech Republic, Budaj – Slovakia, Emelin & Markov – Russia, Diaz – Switzerland and Pacioretty – USA), which only trails Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis who each have 10 representatives.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 30-for-148 (20.3%, T-7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 142-for-172 (82.6%, T-12th NHL)… Canadiens power play: 34-for-180 (18.9%, T-15th NHL), Candiens penalty kill: 156-for-182 (85.7%, 4th NHL).
REFEREE UPDATE: Please note that there has been a late change to tonight’s officials: Chris Rooney will replace Dan O’Halloran.