BOSTON BRUINS (49-17-5) VS. MONTREAL CANADIENS (39-26-7)
10:30 p.m. - OVERTIME SNAPSHOTS: FINAL BOS 1, MTL 2 (SO)
B'S FALL IN A SHOOTOUT: The Bruins collected a point but fell in a shootout to the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in a shootout on Monday night as Alex Galchenyuk beat Tuukka Rask in the fourth round of the overtime shootout. The Bruins are back in action on Thursday in a Stanley Cup Final rematch against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Thursday in a Stanley Cup Final rematch against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
10:09 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 1, MTL 1
BERGY DEFLECTS DOUGIE'S SLAPPER HOME: With 5:26 to go in the game, Dougie Hamilton served as the catalyst to tie the game when he fired an absolute laser from just below the center of the blueline with Carl Soderberg and Patrice Bergeron providing critical screens in front. The puck deflected off Bergeron marking Bergeron's 23rd of the season with Hamilton getting credited for his 16th helper and Loui Eriksson getting the secondary assists for his 21st of the year. The goal extends Bergeron's goal streak to four games.
B'S DRAW TWO PENALTIES, FAIL TO CONVERT: On the Bruins fourth power play of the evening, which was drawn by Chris Kelly, Douglas Murray was sent to the box for holding. The Bruins generated a couple different opportunities, with their best coming from Carl Soderberg who jammed one in on Budaj creating a rebound that no Bruins swarming the net were able to collect and put home to even the game. Shortly after the Murray penalty expired, Gregory Campbell drew another penalty for the Bruins when Brendan Gallagher hooked Campbell as he was on the doorstep on a scoring chance. Despite creating good puck movement yet again and finding each other in the scoring areas, the Bruins were unsuccessful just couldn't find their finishing touch with less than 10 minutes to go in the game.
PLEKANEC TO THE BOX: Just 43 seconds into the third period the Bruins received a man-advantage when Tomas Plekanec was called for cross-checking on Brad Marchand in the Montreal zone. The Black & Gold were unable to get much going as Montreal managed to keep the B's scoreless, killing off their third penalty of the game unscathed.
9:16 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 0, MTL 1
B'S KILL OFF A FIVE-ON-THREE: Jarome Iginla was assessed a slashing minor giving the Montreal Canadiens their fifth power play of the evening. With 44 seconds to go on the infraction, Johnny Boychuk was slapped with a roughing penalty after an altercation with P.K. Subban along the boards resulting in a five-on-three situation for the B's. Tuukaka Rask was arugably the best penalty killer, coming up with a couple key saves while shorthanded two players before the Bruins got to five-on-four, which the Bruins were able to eventually kill off.
B'S GET ANOTHER MAN-ADVANTAGE, LUCIC GETS ROBBED: The Bruins went on their second man-advantage of the evening, when Michael Bournival was called for holding on Reilly Smith at 10:56. The Bruins best chance came with 1:07 left on the power play when Lucic fired a wrister on net but Montreal's Peter Budaj was able to make an athletic glove-save, stoning Lucic. With 44 seconds left in the power play, Carl Soderberg was called for goaltender interference when he collided with Budaj who was positioned at the very top of the crease, yielding four-on-four play. Following the four-on-four play, the B's were able to kill off the 1:16 of shorthanded time as a result of the Soderberg penalty.
FIRST BRUINS POWER PLAY: At the 13:16 mark the B's were awarded their first power play of the evening when Rene Bourque was called for hooking on Kevan Mmiller. The Bruins demonstrated solid puck movement and had good offensive zone time, creating a flurry of chances, including a slapshot from Dougie Hamilton punching up towards the slot, but were unable to knot the game. The penalty eventually expired as the Habs were able to maintain their 1-0 lead with just over 10 minutes to go in the period. Entering tonight the Canadiens 19-2-2 when scoring the first goal of the game, so the B's still have their work cut out for them to keep the winning streak alive.
MARCHAND TO THE BOX: The Bruins found themselves shorthanded at 3:09 into the second period, when Brad Marchand was whistled for high-sticking on P.K. Subban in the Montreal zone while battling for a puck. The B's managed to disrupt much of the Canadiens momentum during in process of killing off the penalty and even generated a couple shorthanded chances, including one from Matt Bartkowski who fed Daniel Paille streaking up the left wing who just missed putting a shot on net.
8:15 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, MTL 1
CANADIENS SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY: Shortly into the Montreal power play following the Miller penalty (see below), the Canadiens took the lead at the when Alexei Emelin ripped a shot from just below the center of the blueline past Tuukka Rask for his third goal of the year at the 13:21 mark. Earning assist on the play were Daniel Briere (11) and Brian Gionta (21).
MILLER DROPS THE GLOVES: At the 15:10 mark of the first frame, Bruins' defensemen Kevan Miller battled with Travis Moen deep in the Bruins zone. Both fighters traded blows but Miller earned the eventual takedown in a spirited fight before both pugilists separated and sent to the sin bin. Prior to the fight Miller was called for cross-checking on Dale Weise giving the Canadiens a two-minute man-advantage.
CHARA OFF FOR ROUGHING: Zdeno Chara was called for roughing at 18:41 when he didn't' take to kindly to a hit thrown by Alexei Emelin on Milan Lucic in the neutral zone that sent Lucic sliding into the boards. The Bruins penalty kill entering tonight ranked tied for ninth in the league (83.7%), going up against the Canadiens power play that ranks 12th in the league (18.9%). The B's held strong in their first shorthanded opportunity of the evening without surrendering a shot with the B's picking up three blocks during the two minute penalty.
7:00 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS 0, MTL 0
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (32-14-4, 2.07 GAA, .929 Save %) vs. Budaj (8-8-2, 2.50 GAA, .907 Save %). Rask is 3-10-2 with a 2.75 GAA and .906 save % in 16 career games against Montreal. Budaj is 4-2-0 with a 2.63 GAA and .911 save % in seven career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS CANADIENS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Canadiens will meet for the 725th time in their franchise histories this evening. The B’s have compiled a 271-342-103-8 record in those matchups and have been outscored, 2,190-1,914. The Black & Gold are 165-136-56-5 in their 362 lifetime meetings against the Habs in Boston, with the B’s holding scoring advantage of 1,065-984 in those contests. The previous two games of this series have been three-goal decisions, breaking a stretch of nine straight one-goal decision games between these two teams… The 725 regular season games played in this lifetime series is second overall to Chicago & Detroit (727).
CUTS FOR A CAUSE: Shawn Thornton is teaming up with 98.5 The Sports Hub and 19 of his teammates for the seventh annual "Cuts for a Cause" event on Wednesday, March 26 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Thornton and teammates will have their heads shaved by auction winners to show their support and raise money for the Shawn Thornton Foundation, Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Auction winners will also receive admission to the VIP session, where they will meet and greet the players on the event floor and receive a special Bruins gift bag that includes autographed Bruins memorabilia.
STREAKING: Boston’s current 12-game win streak has included four sets of back-to-back games while defeating 10 different opponents. Five of the games have been won on home ice while the other seven have been on the road… Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara enter tonight’s game riding four-game point streaks with Bergeron tallying 3-2=5 totals and Chara racking up five assists during that span.
IGGY’S MARCH MADNESS: Thus far, Bruins’ forward Jarome Iginla has tallied 11 goals in the month of March, including three two-goal games (3/13 vs. PHX, 3/15 vs. CAR, 3/22 at PHX) and four game-winning goals (3/4 at FLA, 3/13 vs. PHX, 3/15 vs. CAR, 3/18 vs. NJD) during the B’s current 12-game win streak. Iginla has also chipped in three assists, totaling 14 points in March with four games to go to complete the month. The 36-year-old played in his 1,300th NHL game this month against the Wild on 3/17 and also passed John Bucyk on the all-time goals list with his two goals against Phoenix on 3/22 and now sits two goals shy of Guy Lafleur for 24th place on the NHL’s all-time list (560). Iginla was named the NHL’s Third Star of the week today, for the week ending March 23. The Boston Bruins Foundation will donate $1,000 to a children’s charity of Iginla’s choice for his nomination.
CEREMONIAL PUCK DROP: 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, B’s legend Ray Bourque will drop the ceremonial first puck to begin the night's tribute to the Bruins of the 1990's.
202 AND COUNTING: Following Monday’s home game against the Minnesota Wild, the Boston Bruins have sold out 202 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began 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: Tonight marks game one of a back-to-back set that will see the Canadiens take on Buffalo tomorrow evening in Montreal… Entering tonight Max Pacioretty sits one goal shy of 100 goals with the Canadiens. Paccioretty also rides a three-game point streak coming into tonight, tallying 1-3=4 totals during that span… Tomas Plekanec has registered points in four consecutive games with one goal and three assists… P.K. Subban is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in points with 50 (10 goals, 40 assists).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 40-for-196 (20.4%, 7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 195-for-233 (83.7%, T-9th NHL)… Canadiens power play: 46-for-244 (18.9%, T-12th NHL), Canadiens penalty kill: 212-for-248 (85.5%, T-3rd NHL).