The Boston Bruins were in the wrong picking order of a pair of lead changes in the second installment of their season series with the Montreal Canadiens. Two initial deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 improved to a 3-2 advantage before devolving into a 4-3 home loss on Sunday night at the TD Garden.
With that, the season series is already half over with each team having reaped a regulation win from each other’s mansion and the cumulative scoring tally deadlocked at 5-5. The visiting Habs have also nudged ahead for tops in the Northeast Division, 32 points to 30, even though Boston has three games in hand.
In the midst of Montreal pulling even in head-to-head and leaping forward in the standings, various forms of absence were exploited on Boston’s end. One set of Canadien forwards in David Desharnais, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty matched the three-goal output of one Bruins line in Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin.
None of that was before one and only one special teams conversion was made. Some of it, though, was produced while one key defensive player was serving a hefty sentence.
All of those key causes and effects of Sunday’s game are detailed further as follows in the top three takeaways for the Bruins.