Bruins Get Big Win At Bell Centre For The First Time Since 2014
By: Mike Grinnell
Tuukka Rask led the way for the Bruins on Wednesday night with 33 saves, as the Bruins skated to a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Wednesday night’s victory ended an 8 game losing streak against the Canadiens for the Bruins and was the first time the Bruins have won at the Bell Centre in Montreal, since March 12, 2014. The Bruins are now 7-1-2 in their last 10.
The Bruins got goals from Loui Eriksson and Landon Ferraro, who scored 42 seconds apart in the third period, along with Patrice Bergeron who added his ninth of the year at 13:42 to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead.
Needham native and Montreal Goalie, Mike Condon, made 20 saves against his hometown team, who is 1-3-1 in their last five and have lost three in a row.
Paul Byron provided the only offense for the Canadiens, scoring his fourth goal of the year 8:49 into the first off a Zach Trotman deflection.
Boston’s offense, which has now scored the fourth most goals in the NHL this season (84), took a while to get started on Wednesday night, but really clicked in the 3rd period, despite missing David Krejci, who sat out the final 4:02 due to a wrist injury that took him out of the game earlier on.
Loui Eriksson got the offense going, 7:53 into the 3rd period, when Zdeno Chara batted the puck cross-ice to a streaking Loui Eriksson, sending the Bruins forward on a breakaway, that he would put past Mike Condon.
Just 42 seconds later, Landon Ferraro put it upstairs on Condon, on a shot from the slot, to put the Bruins up two.
Bergeron added put the nail in the coffin for the Bruins, when he added his ninth of the year, on a pass from Brad Marchand and a quick deke to put it past Condon.
The real story going into Wednesday night’s matchup, was Tuukka Rask’s lack of ability to play in Montreal. Rask, who had 33 saves in his first ever win at the Bell Centre, look more confident then ever on against the Habs, and was at the top of his game.
Including tonight, Tuukka Rask has given up two or fewer goals in seven of his last 10 meetings with Montreal and has only won twice. (via Zach Cox)
…Maybe Rask isn’t the problem Bruins fans.
The 15-9-3 Bruins are off until Saturday, where they will welcome the 13-11-4 Florida Panthers to town puck drop is scheduled for 1:00.
(Picture via Boston Herald)