by S. Michael Gebhardt
It was a strange night, but in the end, the Boston Bruins were able to hang on and beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 tonight at the Garden. The Bruins got goals from Jordan Caron in the first period and Milan Lucic in the third. The Canadiens got their only goal on a controversial third period power play.
It wasn’t just because the first 2 periods were a snooze-fest, that the third period was so entertaining. First the Bruins extended their lead to 2-0 on a Milan Lucic backhand shot from the slot on great work down low between David Krejci and Nathan Horton. Second, it was noticed that Mike Cammalleri was missing from the Montreal Bench. Later word leaked out that he had been yanked from the lineup, told to hit the showers and grab a cab to the nearest hotel to await word on where he’d been traded. Conflicting reports are swirling that the Calgary Flames is the destination. Many wondered if he had been injured as it is almost unheard of to pull a player mid game and tell him he’s been traded. What is this Baseball? Montreal seem to be burning right now. Between the Randy Cunneyworth garbage, their terrible play and now this move, the management seems to be lost. I would predict this is the first of several moves as Montreal starts to make over their roster to better compete with the Bruins.