Bruins take down Habs, 3-2, at the Garden


Bruins take down Habs, 3-2, at the Garden

BOSTON -- The Bruins evened up their regular season series against the Montreal Canadiens at two games apiece with a 3-2 win on Monday night at TD Garden.

Former Canadien Benoit Pouliot scored the games first goal, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead with an assist by Rich Peverley. It was Pouliots sixth goal of the season and Peverleys 19th assist. Just over a minute later in the first period, Tomas Plekanec tied the game at one. He was assisted by Michael Cammalleri and Travis Moen.

In the following period, David Krejci also scored his sixth goal of the season from Andrew Ferrence (11th assist). The Bruins out-shot the Canadiens, 11-9, in the second period.

Brad Marchand (12) added to the Bruins lead, 3-1, with just under six minutes to play. Tyler Seguin (15) and Patrice Bergeron (19) assisted on the goal. The Canadiens fought back with a last-minute goal by Erik Cole, but the B's held on for the win.

Tim Thomas had 33 saves for the Bruins whileCarey Price made 28 for the Canadiens.

Milan Lucic did not play, serving a one-game suspension for a hit against the Philadelphia Flyers Zac Rinaldo on Saturday. Obviously youve got to respect any decision that they make, whether you agree with it or not, he said prior to the game. But obviously it sucks to sit out a game for an incident like this, especially when were playing our rivals tonight, Montreal.

The Bruins had previously lost consecutive games to the Canadiens in October and edged out a 1-0 win against them in November. They will face off again in January and February.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was in attendance and received a loud ovation when shown on the JumboTron.

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself


Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.  

*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.

*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.

*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.

*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.


Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.

Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.


Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.

It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.

“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”

Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: