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BruinsSabres: 5 from the First

BruinsSabres: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Sabres by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes at the TD Garden.1)Nathan Horton is getting the puck around the net, but didnt manage to squeeze off a shot in the first 20 minutes. Perfect example of Hortons passivity: hes the beneficiary of a Marc Savard pass that leaves all alone near the left faceoff dot, but he passes away to Michael Ryder in a play that gets broken up. He should be shooting that puck. Its not work ethic. Its not confidence. Its a real passivity in Hortons game that looks it comes and goes, and its the reason hes not scoring goals right now.2)Two blocked shots and a team-high three shots on net in the first period by Blake Wheeler, and it was hard work by Wheeler and David Krejci that led to them drawing a penalty while they were out on the penalty kill. Good work by Wheeler while he gets duty on the fourth line right now.3)A little youthful mistake combo by Steve Kampfer in the first period when he gives up a puck on a turnover to Jason Pominville, and then takes a hooking penalty when Pominville and Thomas Vanek work a 2-on-1 that Tuukka Rask was able to make a great save on. Just part of the learning process for Kampfer, but he had a few missteps in the first period.4)Another goal for the Bruins defensemen as Dennis Seidenberg scores off a faceoff win for Marc Savard. Seidenberg spoke with me this morning about the great job that the forwards have been doing screening for the defensemen on shots and thats what happened when Horton provided a big screen to allow Seidenbergs fourth goal of the season.5)Eleven saves for Tuukka Rask, who is looking solid again tonight between the pipes for the Bruins.

Bruins spoil Julien's return to Boston with victory over Canadiens, 4-1

Bruins spoil Julien's return to Boston with victory over Canadiens, 4-1

BOSTON – It was a nice night for Claude Julien in his return to Boston with a well-done video montage and a warm ovation from the still-appreciative Bruins fans. But that’s where it ended for the Habs coach as his hockey club pretty much no-showed for the game and rolled over in a 4-1 win for the Bruins at TD Garden on Wednesday night. 

The Canadiens scored the game’s first goal just 31 seconds into the game when a Jakub Jerabek perimeter shot bounced off Zdeno Chara in front and skipped past Tuukka Rask. But it was all Black and Gold after that with David Pastrnak tying things up six minutes later, and the Bruins outshooting the Habs by a 13-7 margin in the second period while extending their lead. 

This time it was Ryan Spooner taking the puck to the net and watching as his centering pass attempt bounced off Jonathan Drouin’s skate and into the net. It was three goals in his last four games for Spooner, who had to feel a pretty big sense of satisfaction at netting the game-winner against a coach he clearly didn’t see eye-to-eye with early in his B’s career. 

Brad Marchand added a necessary power play strike in the third period to give Boston the insurance marker that they needed, but it didn’t really matter against a Canadiens team that was pretty lifeless for long stretches of the game. 

Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and went into lockdown mode after the first goal allowed, but truth be told the Canadiens didn’t have much in the way of quality chances throughout the game. David Krejci added the empty net goal late in the third for icing on the cake in a pretty one-sided affair for a Boston/Montreal rivalry game. 

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