(Boston) Discreet in the first game of the season, the trio of Alex Galchenyuk took the lead in a 4-2 win at the expense of the Canadian Boston Bruins Bruins already helpless in this season.
Lars Eller scored twice while Galchenyuk had three assists in the victory that saw the Canadiens dominate outrageously in shots (38-21) and showed identity of local research.
The young blue line Bruins placed great zone entry space and all the trios Habs, but especially that of Galchenyuk, took the opportunity to enter more often than usual in possession of the puck. This is where the American center was able to organize attacks, with more volunteers wingers to shoot. In the first match, and Alexander Semin Eller had framed a single run between them. Saturday, they were more willing to start – especially Eller who scored two goals in four unchecking throws.
The Danes, who used to carry the puck (sometimes a bit too long) when he was a player center attempts to get used to place themselves in a position to complete more games. Galchenyuk and Semin have clearly found Saturday.
A pivotal decision
A second game, a second challenge to the coach. But this time, it turned to the advantage of Canadians.
Head coach Mike Babcock Maple Leafs became the first in history to use this new appeal Wednesday in Toronto. Claude Julien wanted to do the same on Saturday, but without success.
The Canadiens led 2-0 in the second period and mood Bruins was drifting when a shot deflected by Loui Eriksson beat Carey Price. However, the referee immediately canceled order, arguing that Patrice Bergeron had damaged his job by coming in contact with him. Claude Julien thought he had a cause and the time was appropriate to do something that could call his own in the game.
The recovery has shown that Bergeron briefly touched the mask Price after he was jostled by Alexei Emelin. It was even more brief than attempt to take his own Bergeron seemed the way. But no conclusions have clearly helped to reverse the decision of the arbitrator and the Bruins found themselves deprived of their downtime.
This same Bergeron, enjoying a great cross from young David Pastrnak, scored the final moments of the game while the game was out of reach.
Moreover, when Eller scored his second goal of the night, just 1:17 after he had disallowed the goal to Eriksson, the jig was up for the Bruins. They had a washer for any pittance inadvertently deflected by Jeff Petry and that proved the first goal of Matt Beleskey in the uniform of the Bruins.
The indiscipline of these then nipped in the bud any hope of return, even though the Canadiens did not take advantage of a power play five minutes or a double superiority 1:05.
Tomas Plekanec finally completed into an empty net. It was his 500th career point.
Although significant players in the Canadiens-Bruins rivalry were not there – Zdeno Chara is still injured and Milan Lucic went to the Los Angeles Kings – the animosity between the two teams was no less palpable yesterday. Nature abhors a vacuum and other figures are intended to feed the fire. We can already tell you that the young Nathan Beaulieu looks like a guy who learned to hate the Bruins.
Even the peaceful Torrey Mitchell, who found several bruins on his way during the match, ended up throwing the gloves very end of the meeting.
Brad Marchand, a familiar face of this rivalry, left the game in the third period, completely sounded. He seemed to want to Dale Weise checking from behind, but he raised his elbow without seeing it coming and it was Marchand who bailed.
Carey Price has already experienced more busy nights, but it’s still frustrating distinguished young David Pastrnak in the first period. It would have been cool enough to face the Ottawa Senators on Sunday evening, but it was already understood that Mike Condon would conduct his first start in the National League. The Senators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday.