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Get your game notes: Canadiens at Bruins

Mar 24, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT

Milan Lucic, David Krejci AP

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Boston Bruins hosting the Montreal Canadiens starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Tonight marks the 895th all-time meeting between Boston and Montreal, regular season and playoffs (the most meetings between any two teams in NHL history). The Canadiens had won five straight regular-season meetings in the series, until the Bruins defeated the Canadiens on Mar. 12 in Montreal by a 4-1 margin. The B’s got a combined four points from their second line (Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronReilly Smith) and 35 saves by goaltender Tuukka Rask in the win.

• The Bruins enter tonight’s game having won 12 games in a row, all but one of which were settled in regulation. It is their longest win streak since a 13-game run in 1970-71, and two shy of the franchise record set in 1929-30 (14). If they defeat the Canadiens tonight, they can tie the franchise mark on Thursday evening at TD Garden against the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks.

• Bruins winger Jarome Iginla has been on fire in March, with an NHL-high 11 goals in the month, including seven goals in his last five games. On Saturday, the 36-year-old scored his 557th and 558th career NHL goals, leaving him only two goals shy of Guy Lafleur (560 goals) for 24th all-time. Lafleur scored all but 42 of his goals with the Canadiens, winning five Stanley Cups from 1971-85.

• Canadiens winger Thomas Vanek has four goals since being acquired from the Islanders at the March 5 trade deadline. On Mar. 18 vs. Colorado, Vanek became the first player to score his first three goals as a Canadien in the same game since Alex Smart did so in his NHL debut on Jan. 14, 1943. Vanek also joined Minnesota’s Matt Moulson in scoring goals for three different teams this season (Vanek: BUF, NYI, MTL – Moulson: NYI, BUF, MIN), a feat no player had accomplished since Pascal Dupuis (MIN, NYR, ATL) and Alexei Zhitnik (NYI, PHI, ATL) in 2006-07.

• Before the Bruins’ current win streak, head coach Claude Julien sat one win shy of Jack Adams (DET, 413 wins, 1927-47) for 29th on the all-time wins list. 12 wins later, Julien has solidified his candidacy for the Jack Adams Award, given to the top coach as selected by the NHL Broadcasters Association. If victorious, Julien (who won the award in 2008-09) would become the first two-time winner since former Canadiens great Jacques Lemaire (1993-94, with New Jersey; 2002-03, with Minnesota.)

• Since Julien took over before the 2007-08 season, the Bruins defense has been the stingiest in the NHL, allowing 1,275 goals in 529 games (2.41 goals/game). During that span, they have allowed two or fewer goals in 296 games (most in the NHL) and five or more in only 48 (fewest in the NHL).

• Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is 7-0-0, with a 1.55 GAA, .946 save% and a shutout during the 12-game win streak. Together with backup Chad Johnson (5-0-0, 1.20 GAA, .954 save%, shutout), the Bruins netminders have allowed two or fewer goals in 10 of the 12 wins.

• Since Mar. 15, Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is 3-1-0 with a 3.28 GAA and .906 save%, following his 5-0-0, 0.59 GAA, .972 save% performance in Canada’s run to gold at the Sochi Olympics. Price has played in and won more games against the Bruins than any other NHL team, posting a career 17-8-3 record with a 2.50 GAA and .919 save% in 29 games vs. Boston – though he has not won at Boston since Oct. 27, 2011 (0-2, with one no-decision since then).

• In 11 games this month, the Canadiens have been assessed 193 penalty minutes, and their opponents have been assessed 187 penalty minutes, both NHL-highs for March. The Habs have gone 7/44 on the power play (15.9%, T-18th in the NHL for March) and 37/42 on the penalty kill (88.1%, T-6th).

  1. drewsylvania - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    It’s amazing how little credit Julien gets.

    • jcmeyer10 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      I was one of those guys and then you watch him slug through defensive losses with guys like Krug (offensive D-man, not taking a shot), and all the young bucks and pull off a winning streak (correct me if I am wrong), that didn’t even happen during their Cup run season.

      Claude is a miracle worker.

    • pastabelly - Mar 24, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      (ducking) I wanted him fired after they lost the first two home games in the 2011 playoffs to Montreal. I suppose that makes me no different than most Bruins fans. Hell, Lou Lamoriello still fees justified in firing Juline on the eve of the playoffs.

  2. slaugin - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Agreed. Watching the Canadian Olympic team it had Claude’s system written all over it

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    And the habs aren’t playing price. Way to protect your starter hahaha! Let’s go boys!

  4. dropthepuckeh - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Will be interesting to see how the refs call the game tonight. The Bruins get fewer PP’s than anyone in the league, obviously because their opponents are saints, and I believe they have had at least two games in this streak without a PP at all. Not a good indication of diving for all of you Bruins bashers. Let’s hope it’s decided tonight 5 on 5. Lucky 13.

  5. hockey412 - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Interesting comment. The B’s get fewer opportunities than anyone else, but that’s not because of the refs. Boston’s playing style does not lend itself to calling ‘the other guy’. The refs let SO much go during the game from Boston that they can’t, in good faith, call the other teams minor infractions – only the big, obvious things.

    • dropthepuckeh - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      Spoken like a typical Penguins fan. It’s okay , they score a lot short handed and can win 5 on 5.

      Sorry the Bruins stole your candy….

      • hockey412 - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        1) We didn’t have any candy, and Boston didn’t steal and/or win it for themselves.

        2) Why do you assume my comment stems from something other than honesty? Or can you not take someone else’s opinion? Because these comment sections are pretty much open to anyone, it’s not a Boston fan club or support group. You had a take on things – that the refs are biased against the B’s. I disagree – I think the B’s aggressive style pushes the limits back as far as what the refs end up calling. I’ve been amazed at how much the refs don’t call vs. Boston…but that comes at a price – you aren’t going to get the opportunities either.

        I am a fan of the Bruins’ play lately, because I am a hockey fan – but for two or three year’s I’ve not been a fan of all the borderline play. You get that crap whenever one team needs to feel like ‘the baddest’…or ‘the bullies’. To me, it’s crap. To each their own, was just answering your comment.

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 24, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        An honest question, 412, would be how can you not be a fan of the B’s borderline play over the last few years when your own team has met or surpassed the B’s with regards to their player’s own “borderline” behavior. I’ve come to accept and like the at or over the line play of the B’s. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think Thornton and Marchand shouldn’t be penalized or suspended if warranted but I prefer to watch a team that has been able to combine one of the higher skill levels in the league with one of the most physical style’s of play. I feel the same way about the way the Hawks play the game and to a lesser extent the Kings, Blues and Flyers.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      If you watched any Bruins games, you’d see that ticky-tack calls do get made, just like with any other team. Try to stick to things that you know something about.

      • hockey412 - Mar 24, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        To Dropthepuckeh’s point, then – just fewer than every other team in the league. Your argument is with him, then, not me.

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