Habs Drop Bruins' Matchup 2-1, Trade Cammalleri Mid-Game
The Montreal Canadiens managed once again to keep the focus away from the game being played, in what this time seems to be one of the more shocking and puzzling twists to a 2-1 loss against the Bruins in recent history.
Boston opened the scoring off a strange play, as a clearing attempt meant for the stanchion took an unexpected bounce and wound up in the Canadiens' net off the stick of Jordan Caron with just 1:23 having elapsed in the game. Caron had just been recalled from the Bruins' AHL affiliate in Providence earlier in the day.
Not a goal was scored until early in the third period. Milan Lucic made it 2-0 for the home club, after David Krejci's second effort behind the net deflected off Tomas Plekanec's skate and onto the stick of Lucic, who put the puck past Price for his 15th goal of the season. With the assist, Krejci has points in his last ten games.
The fifth of six meetings between the two clubs was lacking in its usual intense style until a PK Subban elbow on David Krejci attracted the ire of Andrew Ference and just about everyone in black and gold that gathered by the benches. The ensuing power play allowed the Habs to break the goose egg separating them and Bruins' goaltender Tim Thomas, as Yannick Weber got his team on the board 29 seconds into the man-advantage. But that is as close as they would come in the end.
However, the most interesting development of the third period was the absence of one Michael Cammalleri. The decision was not related to an injury, as Cammalleri was simply told to get in a cab to the hotel and await further instruction. In the ensuing moments, it was announced that a trade to the Calgary Flames was made, one that included Karri Ramo and a 5th round pick in 2012 for Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a 2nd round pick in 2013.
Montreal, whose back-to-back wins against Boston in October have long since been forgotten, has lost six of its seven last road games. It won't get easier as they move on to Ottawa, winners of a 3-0 decision tonight against the Eastern Conference-topping New York Rangers, for a game on Saturday night.
★Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins (.971 SV%, 33 saves)
★★Jordan Caron, Boston Bruins (1G, +1, 1 SOG, 12:24 TOI)
★★★Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens (.933 SV%, 28 saves)
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