Skip to content

Canadiens move atop the Atlantic Division with win over rival Bruins

Dec 5, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens continue to roll, right on up to the top of the Atlantic Division.

The Canadiens took over first place in the division thanks to a 2-1 win over their long-time rivals, the Boston Bruins. In fact, the Habs jumped past the Bruins in the division standings.

The win improved Montreal’s record to 18-9-3, however the Bruins do have two games in hand on the Habs.

Trailing after the first period, the Canadiens got a pair of second-period goals from Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty, before holding on for the win after that.

Pacioretty now has four goals in his last five games.

But the story of this game wasn’t the score. In the first period, Bruins’ defenseman Johnny Boychuk was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit into the corner boards by Pacioretty.

The incident occurred less than five minutes into the game. Pacioretty was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.

“As soon as I saw the stretcher come out I wanted to puke. I felt awful,” said Pacioretty of the Boychuk incident, according to TSN’s John Lu.

According to Joe Haggerty of, a source indicated that the injury is to the lower back, but isn’t expected to be serious.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Its weird, even as a Bruins fan who has been thoroughly invested in this rivalry for my existence, after feeling enough assurance Boychuk wasn’t critically injured (I feared punctured lung the way he was gasping for air), all I could think about what was it must of felt like for Pacioretty in the penalty box. You’re all alone, and praying nothing bad happens. Then 5 minutes go by.. No movement… then 8.. then the stretcher. I can only imagine what was going through his head. I can only imagine how awkward it would of been if it had happened in Boston. I like Max. Really. I have him on two fantasy teams. Rivalries are fun. Seeing someone penned for a life-threatening injury isn’t, especially in a case like this where there was obviously no intent. All you have to be is the last to touch someone before an injury that turns out to be severe and you’re the unlucky soul that has to live with it. I don’t think he deserves that.

    All in all, great game. Second period woes continue for the Bruins, but hell of a job by a tired Candien group to weather the torrential down pour in the 3rd.

    • hockey412 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Well said, except not sure why that would have been any more awkward if it had happened in Boston. Here’s hoping you also feel this way when the injured player ISN’T a Bruin.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      “life-threatening injury”????

      Let’s try to keep it real. It’s not like the puck was 60 feet down the ice and he reached out and held him and then gave him a good elbow into a stanchion and ended up breaking his neck. That’s the kind of play that would deserve a penalty and a suspension, but even this two minute penalty for boarding was a weak, reactionary call by the local zebra.

      I’m also glad Boytoy is ok, but he did kind of embellish it in trying to draw the penalty.

      • drewzducks - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Still stuck on that Maxi-pad check I see. Anyone not wearing a bleu, blanc and rouge skirt knows that he/she put herself in a dangerous position by leaning over the Bruins bench in an attempt to avoid actual contact. But Maxi seems to have recovered sufficiently. Now I’m sure he’s hoping the trade rumors are true so he can play for a team that can actually compete for a Cup.

      • shaundre93 - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        He embellished it? I know you’re just a brainless troll but come on, grow up. He couldn’t breathe, could barely move. That could’ve been some serious s**t. It was a legit 2 min penalty, if the roles were reversed we all know the authorities would be called cause that’s how mtl operates. I’d say this is just as bad as the chara/pacioretty thing. Bad hit with no intent. This has nothing to do with this hit, but am I the only one who thinks pacioretty is a classless D bag? Him and subban must be great pals…

  2. dan46778 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Sooo is there going to be criminal investigation by the Montreal police bc of the to a bruins player?

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:09 AM

      I can’t tell if this is sarcasm, a shot at the Bruins, or a legit question. If it is the latter, I just hope you also believe Santa is coming in 19 days, since its the only way I can explain how you could even think thats a possibility.

      If its some kind of a shot at the Bruins like “Wah, you’re only making so much out of this because he’s a Bruins player”, don’t forget, every time Chara touched the puck tonight, and every night at the Bell Center, even for a 1/3 of a second, he was booed out the building. A Candien’s player could clog a toilet at TD Garden before a game and the fans would see it as a shot at the team. Its a rivalry, we over-react about everything.

      • erk877 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:30 AM

        Wow, are you stupid. Watch hockey much?

  3. amityvillefun - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Bruins dominated in the 1st and 3rd, but Price was able to keep the goals out. Julien said that the 2nd period was “embarrassing.”

    One of the major concerns for this Bruins team is that they have a hard time putting a full game together. They have moments when they completely dominate and then moments where they look lost and undetermined. This is a trend I’ve seen over the last 3-4 seasons. I understand it is a long season, but for this game, the team was fully rested and there was no reason they couldn’t play a full 3 periods against the rival Habs while fighting to keep first place.

    Perhaps the Boychuk injury weighed heavy on them or something and took the wind out of their sails for the 2nd.

    One positive I can see this year is that Lucic is much more consistent. His pass on the Campbell goal was damn good. Lucic has been playing very well while Iginla seems to be snake bitten. I hope he can get out of his funk because the Bruins need him to start producing.

  4. joey4id - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    The Canadiens play a fast, high energy and solid defensive game. They have a team built for the regular season as opposed to the playoffs. They have too many small players, and not has strong at center than they need to be to make a deep run in the playoffs. If they continue to play this well they should at least fair better than they did last year.

  5. dropthepuckeh - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    One game, lots of intensity and great goaltending on both sides. I’ll take it. Happy that Boychuk was able to fly back with the team and will be okay. As much as I love to dislike the Habs I have a healthy respect for the organization and hockey is better when they are contending. Curious whether their 4th line will be the same come playoff time as it seems out of the norm for them to employ so many tough guys. I look forward to the next meeting in Boston.

    Not a fan of Max in the past but to hear his reaction to the injury it makes me a little more sympathetic. Another great one tomorrow against the Pens….

    • hockey412 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Yeah, Max was all class about the hit. And Max, of all people, has NO reason to be classy about it.

      • dropthepuckeh - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        Why not? You still up in arms that Chara intentionally tried to injure him by him driving him into the stanchion that suddenly appeared out of nowhere?

    • hockey412 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Um, no. I have no horse in that race. But my comment was more directed toward the lack of class shown by the team, the coach, the player, after the Chara hit. Instead of “I feel awful”, it was all “I didn’t do nuthin’ wrong”. For the most part, the fan base just laughed. Why should Max show so much class in this case?

      Oh yeah – because he has it.

      • dropthepuckeh - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        I don’t think the team, coach or player (or fan base) showed lack of class, they never had time to respond. Obviously the fraternity of hockey players is close knit regardless of what sweater they wear. A lot of these guys, as I know you know, are buddies and spend time together in the off season. I think the problem was before anyone on the Bruins could say anything about the situation they were put on the defensive by the media, the Montreal organization and the POLICE. Anytime a police investigation is opened up the first thing you learn to do is keep your mouth shut.

        If anything, I believe it was classy of the Bruins with the Boychuk hit, to acknowledge it was a hockey play and no one was intentionally trying to hurt anyone. Maybe if Montreal hadn’t freaked out so much you would have heard similar statements. Chara tried to reach out to Max but he and the entire city had worked themselves into such a frenzy I don’t think they were able to see things clearly.

        The only thing the fan base laughed at was how ridiculous Montreal media and fans were acting. Would you ever consider calling 911 for something that happened on the ice?

      • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        actually, no, they had plenty of time to say something, but Chara, coach Julie-Ann and the rest of them went into early denial mode; by choice. They knew it was a dirty, avoidable play; late, hold, elbow, resulting in a broken neck. That’s the delusional thinking that Chara isn’t a dirty, repeat offender.

        Clearly, dropthepuckeh, you don’t see things clearly.

      • dropthepuckeh - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Habsman I see clearly enough to know you reinvented yourself as greenmtboy. Must count for something right?

  6. amityvillefun - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Calling 911 was clearly a sign of fans and management taking things way too far.

    As ticked off as Boston fans were over the Cooke hit on Savard (which ended his hockey career) you didn’t see fans calling for a “criminal investigation.”

    And you know what? Where did that investigation go? NOWHERE. Chara was cleared. Get over it already. Patches is just fine and playing well, unlike Savard who will never lace up skates again.

    Montreal fans and Boston fans are extremely passionate about their teams, and that is a good thing. There should be mutual respect between these two Original Six teams. Both teams are deserving of it.

  7. amityvillefun - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Direct from the mouth of Max Pacioretty:

    “Last comment on this: I hope Chara is NOT prosecuted. I have moved on from my incident and I hope everyone else can do the same,” he wrote. “All I am focused on is getting ready for next season, and will no longer comment on the past.”

    If the guy that had his neck broken can get over it, perhaps the fans should be able to as well! Enjoy your win and MOVE ON Habs fans!

  8. kastout11 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I think Pacioretty genuinely felt bad. Hockey is a very physical and, at times, brutal sport, but nobody wants to see that, even though it is between two bitter rivals in a Boston/Montreal game. It appears he is out of the hospital and we’re hoping for a speedy recovery.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kane (2087)
  2. P. Kessel (1289)
  3. M. Richards (1264)
  4. N. Backstrom (1157)
  5. M. Giordano (1010)