Habs Demolish Bruins
The Habs have beaten the Bruins for the second time in as many games in a spirited affair in the Bell Centre. The Habs opened the scoring and never looked back. They are playing a more cohesive game since the firing of Perry Pearn.
The coaching staff is more animated and the team is playing with more life than they have played in a long while. The effort is there and they are going to the net and the results have started to come through.
The game featured some good scoring chances on both sides and some nice saves on both sides of the ice.
The referees had a tight game, calling the Bruins on many penalties in the first 40 minutes. The Habs power play capitalized on a shot from Plekanec deflected by Gionta opening the scoring. And a one minute sixteen seconds later a nice shot from Lars Eller brought it to 2-0 for the Habs.
In the past, that would have meant the team would go in a defensive shell. This game was different in that the foot stayed on the gas. The Bruins were undisciplined and took several penalties. David Desharnais scored on the power play to bring it to 3-0.
The Bruins capitalized on a giveaway by Eller that sprung Nathan Horton who put the puck passed Carey Price bringing the score to 3-1. The Habs penalty killing was superb in the third period killing of a 5 on 3 then another penalty shortly thereafter.
The game continued end to end and then at the end of the game the Bruins scored their second goal to bring the score to 3-2. The Bruins pulled the goalie to try to tie it up however - Plekanec scored in the open net to salt this one away 4-2.
The Bruins coach must be feeling the heat for the miserable 3-7-0 start after winning the Stanley Cup in June.
Since the firing of Perry Pearn on Tuesday, the Habs have come alive- both on the ice and behind the bench. For the first time ever, Jacques Martin took the interview between the benches during the game on RDS, not Pearn or Cunneyworth. The coaches were more animated with the players and the players showed more life. Coincidence? I think not.
Next up for the Habs no games until Friday when they meet the Senators. We shall see if the week off breaks the momentum or adds to it. Things are becoming interesting indeed in Montreal.