Bruins Starting Off Strong Beating Habs 4-2

Matt BernierContributor ISeptember 22, 2010

MONTREAL, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his first period goal with team mates during an NHL preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on September 22, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 4-2.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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It was just the first preseason game for the Bruins and who better to start off playing but the Montreal Canadians. Boston came into this game knowing that this would be the first test for both the vetrens and rookies. Although the team has been working hard in training camp they havn't really had to face real game situations besides the powerplay, breakout and back checking.

If you were watching this game it did not look like a preseason game. Horton would start the scoring for the black and gold as he would snap the puck high short side on Carry Price giving Boston a 1-0 lead. Horton a new face to the Bruins roster coming over with fellow teamate Greg Cambell from Florida. A few mineuts later the kid Seguin would set up Johnny Boychuck for a one timer that made it 2-0. Boston's scoring wouldnt stop there as Daniell Pialle would drop pass to Bergeron for his first of the game and the first would end with the Bruins ahead 3-0. Montreal would out shoot Boston 11-6 but Boston goalie Tuukka Rask would stop all 11 looking stron and relaxed in his net.

In the Second  Motreal would have a hard time breaking out of the zone Bergeron would forcheck stealing the puck and score his second goal of the game that would make it 4-0. later in the second Boston's Adam Mcquaid would drop the gloves with Montreal's Conboy sending both players to the box. This fight would put some life back into the Canadians as Ian Lapiere stuffs the puck past Tuukka Rask making it 4-1. After that Thomas Plakanic would also score for Montreal on the powerplay cutting the Bruins lead to two. boston would go on to win by that score.

The Bruins did look like the better team minus the two goals that they let up. they were agressive on the forcheck and back check and despite not being on home ice they didnt take any dumb penalties and get into a lazy slump. They were able to stay composed and play a full sixty mineut game to clame the win.

There are some areas that could be better like the penalty kill and odd man rush. these areas could come back to bite the Bruins agienst better teams if they arnt able to strengthen them. Overall it was a great preseason game and this team has a chance to be at the top of the eastern Conference if they can fix these areas.