Final, Canadiens 2-1: The game is over, and the winning streak is over.
Alex Galchenyuk scored the shootout’s only goal, and the Bruins’ 12-game streak has come to an end.
Shootout (Canadiens 1-0)
Round 1: Patrice Bergeron stopped by Peter Budaj // Thomas Vanek stopped by Tuukka Rask
Round 2: Jarome Iginla stopped by Peter Budaj // David Desharnais stopped by Tuukka Rask
Round 3: Brad Marchand stopped by Peter Budaj // Daniel Briere stopped by Tuukka Rask
Round 4: David Krejci stopped by Peter Budaj // Alex Galchenyuk scores
End overtime, 1-1: Brad Marchand had a chance in the final seconds, but his shot went high and wide. This game is going to the shootout.
Overtime, 3:51, 1-1: Some real good chances so far for the Bruins, but they haven’t been real clean looks. The Patrice Bergeron line is buzzing, and the first line had a chance as well, but the Bruins still can’t seem to settle the puck when they really need to.
End third period, 1-1: The Bruins first line had a chance in the final seconds of the third period, but Jarome Iginla just couldn’t get free enough to get a good shot off. He ended up letting go of a backhander that rolled through the slot and by the crease, but there was no one there to jump on it.
We’re going to overtime.
Third period, 14:55, 1-1: Patrice Bergeron is being credited with the Bruins’ game-tying goal.
Third period, 14:34, 1-1: Finally, the Bruins have broken through.
Dougie Hamilton just scored a power-play goal as he put a a wrist shot by Peter Budaj from the point. The puck appeared to hit a Canadiens player in front. Or it hit Patrice Bergeron. Either way, the B’s are on the board and it’s a tie game with about five and a half to play.
Third period, 12:36, Canadiens 1-0: Once again, the Bruins have themselves a power play.
Francois Boullion caught Patrice Bergeron with a high stick, and the B’s will get two minutes.
Third period, 10:41, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins’ power play had its chances once again, but they couldn’t finish.
Patrice Bergeron had a golden chance from the slot in which he almost picked the corner, but the shot went just high.
It’s been that kind of night for the Bruins. They haven’t gotten any sort of bounces on the offensive end, and the one goal they did allow, was deflected off of a stick.
Third period, 8:39, Canadiens 1-0: The Boston power play wasn’t able to break through, but it had chances on a much better power play.
Just seconds after the power play ended, Gregory Campbell got lose for a pseudo-breakaway, but he was pulled down by Brendan Gallagher. It’s not a penalty shot, but the Bruins are going back on the power play for two minutes.
Third period, 6:26, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins are going to get another crack at the power play, and they’ll be looking to improve on a pretty rough showing a few minutes ago.
Douglas Murray got beat to a spot and ended up grabbing and spinning Chis Kelly, and the Montreal defenseman is being called for holding.
Third period, 3:00, Canadiens 1-0: An ugly, ugly Bruins power play just came to an end with no real threat of scoring.
Boston couldn’t control the puck in the Montreal zone very well on the rare occasion that they made a good entry.
Third period, 0:43, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins are going to get a power play here early in the third.
Tomas Plekanec is the guilty part after cross-checking Brad Marchand.
Third period, 0:01, Canadiens 1-0: The third period is underway.
End second period, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins couldn’t convert in the final minute, and we’re headed to the second intermission with the Bruins trailing 1-0.
The B’s are outshooting the Habs 21-15.
Second period, 19:30, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins, thanks to some blocked shots and great goaltending from Tuukka Rask, have killed off both penalties.
The B’s just missed hitting Johnny Boychuk as he came out of the box as well, but they will certainly take the fact that this game is back to even strength.
Second period, 17:12, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins have their work cut out for them now.
Johnny Boychuk got tied up with P.K. Subban along the boards, and Subban grabbed and held Boychuk some. The Boston defenseman turned and swung at Subban, which led Subban to beg and plead for a call. After a couple of initial attempts to get Subban to fight, Boychuk just tackled Subban.
Boychuk gets two minutes for roughing, and the Bruins have to kill a 5-on-3 for about45 seconds and then the rest of the Boychuk penalty.
Second period, 15:56, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins can’t buy a break right now when it comes to the officiating.
Jarome Iginla was just called for a questionable slashing call after he apparently knocked the stick out of Brendan Gallagher’s hands.
Second period, 14:28, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins killed off what was left of the Carl Soderberg penalty, and they’re back to even strength.
Second period, 12:13, Canadiens 1-0: The Boston power play just came to a premature end.
Carl Soderberg was called for goaltender interference after crashing into Peter Budaj during the Bruins power play. Budaj still made an incredible glove save despite the fact that he had been run over.
Second period, 10:56, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins are going to get another power play.
Michael Bournival is being sent off for holding. The Bruins’ power play the first time around was solid, so we’ll see if that carries over.
Second period, 8:50, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins weren’t able to get anything on the power play, but they had their chances. The best came when Dougie Hamilton was all alone at the top of the slot and unloaded a heavy slap shot. Peter Budaj was able to get int the way and keep it out.
Second period, 6:44, Canadiens 1-0: Now the Bruins will get a chance on the power play.
Rene Bourque was called for hooking.
Second period, 5:10, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins have killed off the penalty to Brad Marchand.
The B’s penalty kill was real good there and spent a good amount of time in the Montreal end even with the kill effectively ending on a Montreal icing.
Second period, 3:09, Canadiens 1-0: The Canadiens are going back on the power play.
Brad Marchand picked up a high sticking penalty after getting his stick up in the face of P.K. Subban.
Second period, 0:01, Canadiens 1-0: The second period is underway. Here’s hoping it’s as good as the first was.
End first period, Canadiens 1-0: The first period is over with the Bruins still trailing by a goal.
The B’s dominated the puck possession battle and outshot Montreal 10-5, but the Canadiens own the advantage where it counts on the scoreboard.
First period, 17:00, Canadiens 1-0: Brendan Gallagher came close to putting the Canadiens up by two, but Tuukka Rask was having none of it.
Gallagher took a cross-ice pass and fired from the right wing, but Rask made the blocker save.
First period, 14:28, Canadiens 1-0: The Canadiens are down a couple of players at the moment. Travis Moen and Dale Weise have yet to return to the bench after being injured on the same sequence earlier in the period. Weise fell awkwardly when he was shoved down by Kevan Miller, and Moen was left a little bit woozy after being fed a couple of right hands from Miller in the ensuing fight.
First period, 12:51, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins are starting to get some sustained offensive zone time. The third line just turned in the B’s best shift of the game so far that ended with a Carl Soderberg shot that was stopped by Peter Budaj.
First period, 10:55, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins’ first line just had a good shift that resulted with a loose puck in front, but David Krejci couldn’t quite bury it.
The Bruins are actually outshooting the Canadiens 4-3, but Boston hasn’t gotten any great chances yet.
First period, 6:39, Canadiens 1-0: The Canadiens are on the board.
Alexei Emelin just scored the game’s first goal when he took a wrist shot from the point that deflected off of Chris Kelly’s stick in the slot.
First period, 4:50, 0-0: Things are getting testy.
Kevan Miller just dropped Dale Weise with a hit in the corner that appeared to get Miller a penalty. Travis Moen took exception to the hit and challenged Miller to a fight. That was a bad idea. Miller landed a couple of big-tine right hands that have Moen headed back to the dressing room.
Miller gets the extra cross-checking minor penalty, though, and the Bruins have to kill off another penalty.
First period, 3:30, 0-0: The Bruins have killed off the penalty to Zdeno Chara, and the game is back to even strength.
First period, 1:19, 0-0: The Canadiens have the game’s first power play.
Zdeno Chara went after Alexei Emelin after Emelin caught Milan Lucic with a big hip check in the neutral zone. Chara then shoved Emelin down and was called for roughing.
First period, 0:01, 0-0: The game is underway.
7:25 p.m.: Torey Krug is returning to the Bruins’ lineup after being a healthy scratch Saturday against the Coyotes. Krug will replace Andrej Meszaros, who is a healthy scratch himself for this one.
7 p.m.: Tuukka Rask leads the Bruins onto the ice, and Peter Budaj is the first Canadien out. They’ll be your goaltenders.
6:55 p.m.: Warmups are just a few minutes away, but before that happens, let’s dig into some pregame notes.
The Bruins, as you may or may not know, own a 12-game winning streak at the moment. Here’s a pretty crazy stat from that stretch. During this streak, the Bruins have swept four back-to-back series. They’re obviously doing so with travel involved and all of that, so it’s even more impressive.
6:10 p.m.: Good evening and welcome into TD Garden where puck drop is still about an hour and a half away.
So you need some time to kill. The first place I’d recommend would be right here, where you can read what Canadiens forward Dale Weise had to say about the Bruins’ winning streak. Spoiler alert: Weise and the Canadiens were recently rooting for the Bruins, which is kind of weird.
In other news, Boston winger Jarome Iginla was named the NHL’s third star of the week. Makes sense, given the fact that he scores just about every time he touches the puck.
This is also 90s night, as part of the Bruins’ continued efforts to celebrate the team’s 90th anniversary season. Bruins legend Ray Bourque is in the house, and he’ll drop the ceremonial first puck
Finally, Monday night’s game is not on NESN, unfortunately. It’s on NBC Sports Network, which means Bruins fans won’t be able to get their dose of Jack and Brick. However, if you’re on Twitter, Jack will be active all night, so you can follow him there. It’s not as good, but it’s something.
Tonight's Bruins/Habs game got poached by NBC. We'll tweet from time to time. Last time MTL played in BOS on my Bday? 7-0 Bruins. #Suhweet!—
Jack Edwards (@RealJackEdwards) March 24, 2014
12:3o p.m.: In a bit of a surprise, Peter Budaj will make the start in net for the Canadiens on Monday night.
Budaj started for the Canadiens on March 12 against the Bruins, which marked his last appearance. He’ll be back between the pipes on Monday night, which will mark his third start against the Bruins this season. Budaj allowed four goals on 32 shots in the March 12 loss to Boston in Montreal, but he did make 34 saves in a 4-1 win on Jan. 30 at TD Garden.
11 a.m.: The Boston Bruins are playing incredible hockey right now, but they’re going to get a few difficult tests this week, and that will begin Monday night at TD Garden.
The B’s will put their 12-game winning streak on the line Monday night against the Montreal Canadiens. It will be the Bruins’ first game in a week that features four games, three of which come against teams that would be in the playoffs in the postseason started right now.
The B’s and Habs met just 12 days ago in Montreal where the Bruins rolled to a 4-1 win over their bitter rivals. The win was the sixth in a row in what has become a 12-game winning streak overall for Boston. That winning streak has catapulted the B’s to the top of the Eastern Conference and has padded their lead in the Atlantic Division. the Bruins now hold a 17-point lead over second-place Tampa Bay and an 18-point advantage over Montreal.
The Habs aren’t as hot as the Bruins, but Montreal is playing well at the moment. The Canadiens have won three of four since losing to Boston on March 12. They’re coming off of a highly entertaining 4-3 win over Toronto on Saturday night on “Hockey Night in Canada.”
Monday’s matchup should feature two of the best goalies in the league this season. Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will get the start. He picked up the win Saturday night in Phoenix. The Habs will likely turn to Carey Price between the pipes. Price returned from a lower-body injur on March 15, and while he boasts a 3-1-0 record since returning, it hasn’t been easy. The goalie has allowed 13 goals in those four starts and has allowed three goals in each game.
Puck drop from TD Garden is slated for 7:30 p.m.
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