By Joe Haggerty
MONTREAL Before the Bruins-Canadiens series got going, it was universally agreed that a special-teams fiesta would heavily favor the Habs.
Well, the Canadiens got their fiesta in Game 6 and predictably pulled out a 2-1victory at the Bell Centre Tuesday night, setting the stage for Game 7 Wednesday night in Boston.The two teams combined for 11 power plays with the Habs succeeding on two of them. The Bruins, on the other hand, went 0-for-4, leaving them at a pitiful 0-for-19 for the series.The Canadiens came out on fire early in the game, and actually appeared to have a goal in the opening minutes when Brian Gionta collected a loose puck beside Tim Thomas and flipped it into the net. But referee Kevin Pollock lost sight of the puck and, despite it being loose and out in the open, whistled the play dead, nullifying the goal.The Bruins were then hit with a pair of penalties after that blown call. They received a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty when Adam McQuaid, coming off the ice, couldn't get to the bench before the puck hit his skate, and Dennis Seidenbergfollowed with a slash on the ensuing faceoff that snapped the stick ofMike Cammalleri. Montreals high-powered special teams took over and P.K. Subban fed Cammalleri for a sizzling one-timer during the 5-on-3 advantage that gave the Habs a 1-0 lead.The Bs tied it in the opening minutes of the second period. Seidenberg and Chris Kelly fought for possession behind the Montreal net, and Seidenberg escaped with the puck and scored on a wrap-around attempt that flipped through Carey Price.Milan Lucic hit Jaroslav Spacek and was given a major for boarding and a game misconduct less than five minutes into the period. A Cammalleri shot on another Montreal 5-on-3 led to a Gionta rebound score that gave the Canadiens a 2-1 advantage, and they held the lead the rest of the way.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the return of Adolfo to Toucher and Rich this morning.
*Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid have received plenty of acclaim over the past couple of years as talented, young stars in the league, but Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien details how things haven’t gone ideally for either of those youngsters, or their teams, this season. Clearly, it’s not at this level yet, but just think about the hype behind Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin when they were drafted 1-2 back in 2010, and what they have, and haven’t, been able to accomplish in the league since that time.
*Outstanding rookie Brock Boeser credits a conversation with Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green for helping spark his game this season.
*Good video piece on the near miss of Wayne Gretzky almost playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs after dominating them in the playoffs.
*Salivating for some hockey trades? The 10 potential NHL trade deadline targets around the league as we wait for players to become available for trade later in the season.
*Hockeybuzz is asking what the NHL, and more specifically the Hockey Hall of Fame, has against goaltenders?
*For something completely different: A great piece from Drew Bledsoe on the tragic passing of former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn, and how his death came just as he seemed to be putting all the pieces of his life together.
BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins are getting closer to a healthier lineup, but it won’t be in time for the Thanksgiving Eve road tilt against the upstart New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.
Brad Marchand (upper body), Torey Krug (upper body) and David Backes (colon surgery) all skated in red no-contact jerseys at practice Tuesday at Warrior Ice Arena, so none of those three banged-up B’s will be making the trip to Jersey. Anders Bjork (upper body) didn’t practice and is obviously out vs. the Devils as well, but Ryan Spooner might be a possibility after making it through his first full practice since tearing his groin almost six weeks ago.
If he can make it through Wednesday's morning skate without any problems, Spooner will likely be a game-time decision against the Devils after missing the past 14 games.
The Bruins have continued to indicate that Marchand is in the concussion protocol, though it appears the Bruins agitator is dealing with both upper body and lower body issues. Marchand was encouraged by the progress he’s making while returning to practice, so perhaps the B’s could get back one of their leading scorers sooner rather than later.
“I feel pretty good. It’s good to be back with the guys and feel like you’re a part of the team,” said Marchand, who has missed five of the past seven games after returning for the home-and-home against the Maple Leafs. “It’s frustrating whenever you miss games and you miss time away from the team, but they had a great road trip and they’re playing well. It would be nice to be back in the lineup consistently and be back with the team...it’ll come.”
Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings vs. the Devils based on practice Tuesday: