Fourth liner Shawn Thornton was still out with a concussion as well as Daniel Paille who was out with an upper body injury. Brad Marchand was questionable for the game so they called up Ryan Spooner on an emergency basis.
As a precaution, Bruins head coach Coach Claude Julien decided to sit Marchand even though he skated with the team for practice. Although the assignment is most likely a temporary one, it is Spooner's NHL debut. Welcome to the NHL, Spooner.
At the pregame skate, Montreal's goaltender, Carey Price received a shot in the Giggle Berry region by Lars Ellis' wrist shot.
Price went down in obvious pain, but not for long. He left the ice and to the locker room slamming the gate as he left the ice. Price did return with the team to start the game.
There was no scoring in the first period, but the Habs had a good jump and outplayed the Bruins using their speed. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask displayed why he deserved the starting job as the onslaught of the Montreal squad clearly dominated the opening frame by out-shooting the B's 11-4.
Despite the amount of pressure and chances the Habs had, they could not convert their chances into goals.
In the second frame, Milan Lucic was called for high sticking on Montreal defense man Andrei Markov. In true Habs fashion, they made the Bruins pay.
In the ensuing power play, PK Subban ripped a shot from the point and it found Bruins' center Rich Peverley's stick which fooled Rask with three seconds left of the man-advantage.
Instead of a low to mid-height shot, the puck went high left shelf and Montreal opened up the scoring. Peverley skated to Rask to let him know it was on him, but Rask showed that he had matured over time as he tapped Peverley to let him know it's okay.
Shortly after the goal, the Bruins picked up the pace and started to find their second wind, but they failed to register a goal in the period. Shots on goal was almost a mirror result with the B's out-shooting the Habs 11-5.
Coach Julien made a minor adjustment with the top two lines moving Seguin to the first line with Lucic and Krejci. The move seemed to have paid off.
Just 14 seconds into the period, Tyler Seguin scored on a great pass from David Krejci who was in the back corner.
It wasn't long before the B's struck again. Just 1:51 later, Seguin gained the offensive zone and slipped a pass to his left to Lucic.
Lucic then made a wrist shot towards the net just got pass Price's left skate. the puck found Krejci's tape on his stick to bury it and the B's gained the lead for the first time of the game.
With 1:02 left in regulation, Subban was called for tripping and it was the worst possible time for Montreal to be down a man... until Krejci was called for hooking with 34 seconds left and the Habs had a slightly better chance to get back into the game.
With Price out of the net for the extra attacker, Montreal tried to knot up the game and extend the game.
The Habs had their chances to get back into the game including a rebound that David Desharnais beat Rask, but could not get it between the pipes.
On the replay, it showed that the puck went under Rask's right pad, but just to the right of the post. With a combination of stellar play and fortuitous bounces, Rask was able to shut the door on the Habs with 20 saves on 21 shots.
Price kept his team in the entire game, but was just slightly behind Rask with 21 saves on 23 shots.
The Bruins shut the door to take their second win in a row to extended their divisional lead and retook the Eastern Conference lead.
Next up for the Bruins will be the Tampa Bay Lightning on home ice at the TD Garden on Saturday, Feb. 9 for a 1pm matinee game.
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