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Line juggling pays off for Bruins

Feb 7, 2013, 6:00 AM EST

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P.K. Subban finally scored his first goal of the season, after a contract dispute with the Montreal Canadiens kept him out of the team’s first six games.

The only problem was it would be the only goal for the Canadiens Wednesday night.

Facing their historic rivals, the Boston Bruins, the Canadiens gave up two goals in less than two minutes apart early in the third period in a 2-1 loss at the Bell Centre.

Tyler Seguin and David Krejci tallied for the Bruins, but only after head coach Claude Julien decided during the second intermission to switch his line combinations around.

“There are going to be some nights when we aren’t going as well and we all know that Krejci line’s been awesome for us,” Julien told the Boston Herald.

“Tonight they didn’t seem able to create much and I said ‘Why don’t we move guys around here and give them a little spark.’ And it worked out.”

Seguin was put onto a line with Krejci, and within two minutes and five seconds of the beginning of the third period, the Bruins went from trailing 1-0 to leading 2-1.

“The coaches said they wanted to give a little spark and see what happens,” Seguin told NHL.com.

“Obviously with the first two shifts we were able to pop in two goals, so it worked out.”

The Bruins played Wednesday without Brad Marchand, who sat out because of an “upper body injury.”

The win gives the Bruins a 7-1-1 record, which puts them at the top of the Eastern Conference.

  1. arbruins - Feb 7, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    Hahaha…eat it Habsman!

  2. nosefacekillah - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Good game. The Habs had the better chances through 2 periods but Tuukka stood large. I see Boston needing to adjust their game to better contain the speed of teams like Montreal and Buffalo. When Montreal was accurate with the break out pass Boston had little success containing it.

    • nhbsfan - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      I mostly agree except the 2nd period the play was more carried by the B’s than Montreal I think. The situation got turned around were they had no shots until the Subban goal I think and we had all the shots, albeit not very many. The damn goal they got was off Peverly’s stick too…

      Anyway…great game, a little tame for a Montreal/Boston game but still good. That call on Krejci at the end was HORRIBLE though…

      • nosefacekillah - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        It did seem Boston picked up the play in the second and had the edge in shots but it seemed to me that Montreal had the better scoring chances. I thought Montreal’s passes out of their zone really helped them. Every pass seemed tape to tape allowing a very fast transition.

        Boston dominated early in the third but fell back into their defensive shell late in the game. I hate it but it works well. But I hate seeing a high skilled, fast skating team like Montreal get any extra space or free passes through the neutral zone.

        And the Krejci call was a typical Montreal call. Gotta give the home team a chance to win.

  3. amerika1313 - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    On the money with all you said, man. Tuukka played very well, but maybe more importantly was crazy lucky that some of those shots didn’t end up in net. Even the best need a little luck sometimes though… Milbury said something about the game being kinda boring, but honestly I thought it was a good, completely uncontroversial game between a couple of solid squads. And that’s what Boston needed at the time. Nice moves by Julien, and good couple of points for Seguin. Maybe this will get him going…

  4. habssuck - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    My takeaways:
    – Fantastic game from Tuukka.
    – Great adjustment from CJ.
    – Good to see Seguin score on a goalie, now let the goals begin!
    – Despite not putting out a 60 minute effort, missing Marchand, Paille and Thornton and facing a habs team that was hot, we can still send the montreal crowd home with frowny faces.

    S_ _k it habs fans!

  5. ironyisadeadscene - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I did agree with Milbury that Boston wasn’t physical enough. (Lucic tried but ended up taking penalties as a result)…..Montreal was zipping around hence the scoring chances

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Milbury is the biggest idiot in sports.

      • tdrusher225 - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        I’m starting to get sick of people saying this. If you don’t like the guy I can understand that, but don’t sit there and tell me that he is an idiot. No one ever backs that statement up with any solid arguments. It’s all just, “What an moron, did you see him yell at that kid?” “Look what he did to the Islanders, what an idiot!” Really? And you’ve been the general manager of how many teams? I think he’s a damn good analyst. He makes a lot of good points, he’s willing to criticize, and never afraid to say what’s on his mind. I admire that, rather than just bringing former great players on TV who provide nothing of substance. I’d rather listen to him than Charles Barkley and Shaq on TNT. Not that the guy is perfect, but try to give a better argument than, “He’s an idiot.”

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        Good point. I still think he’s the biggest idiot in sports. It wouldn’t be so bad if they took him out of the booth, but as long as we’re forced to listen to his one-sided, biased off-color commentary, the comments will most likely keep coming. His track record speaks for itself, and there’s no reason to list the reasons he’s disliked.

  6. ballistictrajectory - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    This was the third consecutive game where Boston’s D looked confused by their opponents, although not quite as bad as against Fluffalo and Torontnot. Might be time for Claude and Captain C to figure out why.

    • homelanddefense - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      they can continue to look confused, as long as they are giving up only 1 goal.

    • rogersjd16 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Don’t think they were confused, and certainly were not in that Toronto game (Buffalo for sure). Just not executing. Last night was easily Chara’s worst game of the season. And Seidenberg hasn’t been as solid as we’ve become accustomed to really all season. They’ll get there. But they’ll need to be tougher along boards with cleaner breakouts moving forward. These turnovers along blue line are starting to pile up a la 2010.

      But great game (completely disagree it wasn’t entertaining, especially goalie play). Glad to see there weren’t too many fireworks, just needed the 2 points. Have to love that in 2 minutes, Seguin and Krecji combined for 4 points in 2 minutes.

      • amerika1313 - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        I think that Chara was more of a non-factor for stretches last night, not that it was an especially bad game. I’d say that his worst was against Buffalo. He had a couple of really costly turnovers, ended the game -3, and just generally looked like he was off-kilter. I don’t know if it had anything to do with Thornton getting a beatdown from Scott or not, but he (Chara) just didn’t show up for most of that game.

      • rogersjd16 - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        amerika – Good call. Agree. I guess the whole defensive corps were so atrocious and “brain dead” (to use Claude’s phrase) in that Buffalo game I didn’t single out Chara. But he was turning pucks over left and right.

        Last night he just wasn’t strong on his stick and lost a few pucks in the corner. Both things he normally never does. Also seemed to lose edges a few times.

        No complaints though, just observations and knowing this team is just going to get better. 7-1-1!

      • amerika1313 - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Yeah, I definitely don’t have any complaints about where they are right now, or their results. I think the biggest I’ve found is that Dougie Hamilton really isn’t standing out. And I mean that in a good way. For as much as Chara might be getting noticed for uncharacteristic lapses in recent games, Hamilton has looked like a guy who’s been around the league for a while. He’s making excellent decisions, great passes, and has a sneaky-fast shot that almost always seems to be on target or in the very close vicinity. Really impressed with him so far, and happy that he’s been one of the bright spots for the Boston D-corps. As soon as he puts a little more weight on, look out league…

  7. govtminion - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    This felt like a game neither team deserved to win- I was shouting at the TV during the second period at the Bruins, their effort just seemed flat throughout. They stole one in this game- the only guy in white who deserved that win was Rask, who looked just amazing last night. Price was lights-out good as well, of course.

    Just a weird game, like neither team was really ready for it.

  8. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    This was not a great or even good game. Habs out played the bruins for the first 17 mins. during which the Habs had 11 shots, followed by 5 in the second and 5 more in the third.

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