Going back to last season, the Habs have won their last seven meetings with the Bruins.
On Thursday, Montreal jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead on goals by Chris Higgins, Kyle Chipchura, and Tomas Plekanec—before another second-period Habs letdown opened the door for Boston.
The Bruins cut the margin to a single goal heading into the third period. Thankfully for the Canadiens, Matthieu Dandenault's insurance goal helped the visitors hold on.
The win came at a cost for the Habs: Bryan Smolinski injured his knee early in the game, and Steve Begin injured his shoulder when he fell hard into the boards.
Those losses forced head coach Guy Carbonneau to shorten his bench and play with three offensive lines during the third period. Ironically, the switch seemed to reinvigorate the Canadiens as they defended their lead.
Ryan O’Byrne performed admirably in his NHL debut. Paired with Roman Hamrlik, O’Byrne ended the evening with two assists.
The 6'5" defensemen looks ready for the big stage—and is sure to put some pressure on the Habs' other defenders.
Someone will have to go to make room for the youngster.