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Habs Beat Bruins; Now Lead Division
MONTREAL, QC - DECEMBER 5: Tomas Plekanec #14 of the Montreal Canadiens wins a face-off against David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on December 5, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Habs Beat Bruins; Now Lead Division

The Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins in more than one way Thursday night. On the ice, the Habs won 2-1. Off the ice, Montreal jumped over the Bruins to first place in the Atlantic Division. Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty’s goals in the second period were all it took, leaving Carey Price to carry the team the rest of the way. He made 32 saves, including 16 in the third.

“This is a huge win for us as a group,” said defenceman PK Subban. “You have to expect to win, if you expect to lose you’re a loser.”

In the 719th regular season meeting between these two historic rivals, the Bruins were the team that got off to the hot start. They outshot the Habs 10-3 and scored their goal in the first, while pushing the Habs around.

Gregory Campbell got the goal, after getting fed a saucer pass from Milan Lucic on a two-on-one. His shot went high blocker, out of reach for Price and marking the second goal of the season for Campbell.

The Bruins did get a scare in the first though, when defenceman Johnny Boychuck went down awkwardly from a hit and had to be taken off on a stretcher. This video from Some Hockey Videos shows Boychuck’s legs go awkwardly into the boards.

Pacioretty was given a two-minute penalty for boarding. Renaud Lavoie from RDS reported Boston head coach Claude Julian had this to say on the hit after the game.

Lavoie also reported that Boychuck had been released from hospital.

Montreal came out flying in the second period, and eventually tied the game on a goal from Plekanec. Plekanec picked up a cross-ice pass from Josh Gorges and fired the puck over Tuukka Rask’s catching glove.

Late in the period, Brendan Gallagher charged the goal creating chaos. The puck came loose and Pacioretty fired his team leading 11th goal past Rask. Montreal finished the period with 17 shots, and leading for the game 20-17.

The third period played out much like the first, with Boston throwing everything at Price. But he stood tall and secured the win under the serenade of Carey cheers from the sold out crowd.

After playing three in four, the Habs don’t get much rest. They are back in action Saturday when the Buffalo Sabres are in town.

Josh Beneteau
Hockey has always been a passion of mine and once I realized I would never make it as a player, I still wanted a career in the sport. With my writing, I get to be a part of the sport I love, safely in front of a laptop screen. I am currently studying journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto and I hope my degree and my many writing experiences lead to a successful career in the field.
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