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NHL on NBCSN: Canadiens looking to end Bruins’ 12-game win streak

Mar 24, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT

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NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2013-14 campaign tonight when the Boston Bruins host the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

It’s hard not to talk about the Bruins these days and not wonder about the 12-game winning streak they’re riding into Monday night’s game against the Canadiens.

Boston has been a force of nature in a less-than impressive Eastern Conference this season, and the might they’re flexing lately has shown off all the reasons why they have to be the favorites to wind up in the Stanley Cup Final.

They’re tough defensively, even without key players, and that’s much in part because of the play of Zdeno Chara. Their goaltending has proven to be dynamite through this run as well allowing 17 goals during the streak and putting up two shutouts. Tuukka Rask and Chad Johnson have had a strong season together with Rask being a Vezina candidate.

Then there’s the offense which has lately seen the renaissance of Jarome Iginla. He leads the team in goals with 28 and has 11 goals during the winning streak. After looking a bit off last season with Calgary and Pittsburgh, he’s looking like the Iginla of old. Having him be a factor with the rest of the team doing their usual thing just makes them that more dangerous.

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The Canadiens have an air of desperation about them. For as comfortable as the Bruins are, the Habs are not. With 85 points they’re one point back of Tampa Bay for second in the Atlantic and five points ahead of Detroit and Toronto. A loss means opening the door for either of those teams to catch up with them and make the playoff race that much more interesting.

Montreal would rather zero in on trying to get home ice in the first round against the Lightning and the play of Thomas Vanek and Max Pacioretty of late is helping that out. Vanek had a hat trick against Colorado last Tuesday and has fit in well on the team’s top line. Pacioretty, meanwhile, has one goal and five points in the past five games.

The real star of late though is P.K. Subban who heads into the game with two goals and 11 points in the past 11 games. His offense from the back end and the way he manages to always draw a crowd provides a spark for the Canadiens. With Carey Price still getting back into the routine after missing time following the Olympics, he’ll have his hands full with the Bruins.

  1. hockey412 - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Would you look at that…a picture of a B’s player throwning punches to another player’s face…wonders never cease. You just don’t see that very often.

    • nhbsfan - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      You might try watching hockey a little more if you can’t tell the difference between a face wash with a hockey glove and a punch. Just saying…

      See, generally, when two hockey players fight they aren’t wearing gloves. Prior to a hockey fight, the players tend to throw off their gloves in a dramatic fashion first. Hopefully you will now be able to tell the difference in the future.

      • hockey412 - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        I agree, completely. When two players fight they typically aren’t wearing gloves. Typically, they don’t come in and punch people in the face after the whistle or during a scrum. Typically. Some teams seem to get away with doing it more than others.

        And yes, I do know the difference between a facewash and a punch. Punch sounded better and actually it’s much more the norm with Boston. Unless you are calling a shot to the mouth with a glove a facewash.

        Though, I do LOVE a good “you don’t know hockey like I know hockey” rant hahaha…thanks so much for the explanation!

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        You’ll have to forgive 412. His Penguin’s inferiority complex led him to this article like a mouse to cheese. You’d never see such borderline play from his paper tiger Pens.

    • rahavort - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      Would you look at that…another commenter on a Bruins article who ignores all the contents of the article to take any shot they can at the B’s.

      • hockey412 - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        Your post didn’t have anything to do with the article, only another commenter….yes? Let’s see…yep, yep you did it again, below…

        I did, however, read the article. It was very nice. Is that good?

      • rahavort - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        Nope, not good enough buddy. I for one am not impressed.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      You could say the same thing in reverse. Look where Eller`s right hand is.

      • hockey412 - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        You could, and clearly I was just taking the opportunity to throw a jab myself and stir the pot. This stuff happens in every game, with every team, but while I like watching Boston play I get so tired of seeing the punches thrown after the whistle. At every whistle. No matter the situation. It’s hard to root for unless you prioritize Bruins first, then hockey.

        My question is, Eller is like 6 inches taller than Marchand, right?. Marchand looks like he’s all grown up in that shot.

      • pepper2011 - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Seriously 412 – it must be nice to live in that glass house. Know what I get tired of seeing? the Penguins who are clearly full of talent whine and dive all over the place. Play the game and act like you can skate: Malkin and Crosby are the worst. They can shred a defense, but god forbid a stick goes near their legs; suddenly they have lost the ability to skate above a mite level.

        PLEASE EXPLAIN to me how the team with the best record in the league is DEAD LAST In penalties drawn. AND By 18 penalties – 49, behind the Pens. Calgary has 40+ more minutes on the PP.

        I also don’t like seeing their cheap shots multiple times a game. Neal, Engellend, Glass, Dupuis, Joikenen, etc…

        Also- players like Orpik; gutless POS. Dude can hit (often illegally) no doubt, but if he can’t hurl his 220lb body at you at 25mph he wants no part of it. I mean seriously he is the same size as Lucic. If you are going to hit the way he hits; Phaneuf & Subban are two more that come to mind… put your big boy pants on . If you try to hurt someone; they are going to come after you.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      Better than throwing sticks/elbows at other players’ faces al a Pens.

  2. rahavort - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Something tells me all the books hockey412 reads are all pictures

  3. joey4id - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I hope we get to see a B’s team playing this game like it’s a playoff game. Meaning I want to see them at their best. Stay out of the penalty box, grind, finish their checks, play good d, and good goal tending. A physical game vs the smaller Habs should make a huge difference especially an aggressive forechecking.

    Montreal could win one round in the playoffs, and the B’s should make it to the ECF.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Joey, if the Bruins play the way both you and I hope,they will stream roll over the blue,blanc et rouge Smurfs. The Habs have had the Bruin`s number for more years than I care to remember.

  4. nunan - Mar 24, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Their record against the west is 16-4-2 or something like that, in case anyone wanted to say they aren’t on par with the west. That is true for the eastern conf as a whole but the Bs are legit, obviously.

  5. slaugin - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    I’m pumped I’ll be at the game tonight. I really hope they come to play, I can’t imagine they let their guard down for a Montreal game but we will see

  6. montrealbbr - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Cant wait for this one! I wonder which Bruin-killer will have the hat trick tonight, Pacioretty or Vanek?

    • drewsylvania - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Maybe that’ll happen, but the Habs had both of those guys last time they played. Remember how that turned out?

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Scotty Gomez? Oh that’s right, he was only, foolishly paid like a Bruins killer.

  7. mcphillthy - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    I’m really looking forward to the flyers/Bruins game coming up. You guys kicked our butts last time! Both of our teams are playing good hockey lately and it should be a fun game. The flyers have had a hard time matching up to your team the past couple seasons. The Bruins look really good again this year. I would love to see another flyers/Bruins best of seven.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Agree with you as far as B’s vs. Flyers. As psychologically damaging as our 3-0 collapse was to you guys in 2010, I’ve always respected the tough, physical style of the Flyers going back to the 70’s, something that your Yinzer foes to the west will never be able to claim. I also think that the experience of 2010 was paramount to the B’s ultimate success in 2011 and ever since. And we also share the unfortunate experience of knowing what it feels like to be bested by the Blackhawks. Hope to see you guys in May.

  8. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Haha the habs aren’t starting price again! ! Let’s go boys! !

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