Thursday, January 12, 2012

Game Forty: Bruins Lucky To Escape Wtih Win Over Habs

The Bruins knocked off the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at the TD Garden by a score of 2-1. Jordan Caron and Milan Lucic had the goals for the Bruins. Tim Thomas made 33 saves on 34 shots. David Krejci extended his point streak to 10 games with an assist on Lucic's goal.

Caron was called back up from Providence earlier Thursday morning as he was expected to get the start. Zach Hamill was a healthy scratch along with Steven Kampfer.

Neither team deserved to win this game to be completely honest. I have never seen a Bruins team play as sloppy as they did against Montreal on Thursday night. On Caron's goal, the puck took a weird bounce off the boards and bounced in front of Caron. Since Habs goaltender Carey Price vacated the net in anticipation to grab the puck, Caron essentially had an empty net.

Both teams turned the puck over in their own defensive zone and there was no real established winner in the neutral zone all game.

Yannick Weber scored the lone Montreal goal on the power play. It was assisted by Tomas Kaberle and David Desharnais. Montreal initially went on the power play when Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban elbowed Krejci right in the face, causing Andrew Ference to respond. Ference got whistled for a double roughing minor while Subban covered his head and fell to the ground. Typical.

During the game, Mike Cammalleri got traded from Montreal to the Calgary Flames. He was escorted from the locker room during the second intermission to a local Boston hotel. This comes just days after Cammalleri told the media that the team was "playing like a bunch of losers." It looks like the kettle is calling the pot black.

A very sloppy game that Boston was fortunate enough to win. The B's will be back in action on Saturday when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes.

Gold Star: Johnny Boychuk (1 assist, plus-2 rating, 3 hits)...He was the only defenseman who did not have a sloppy game. Solid effort.

Black Star: Adam McQuaid...The puck seemed to skip around on him in this game. He also was not very dominant in the defensive zone.

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