Once again, the Boston Bruins found a way to earn two points. The B’s had a rough go of it for two out of three periods, but two quick goals in the beginning of the third period pushed the Bruins passed the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins relied on well timed line changes, and solid goaltending to push them to the top of the Northeast Division and the Eastern Conference.
February 6, 2013
Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens (@Montreal)
Boston Bruins 2, Montreal Canadiens 1
Three Stars of the Game:
Causeway Crowd’s Three Stars of the Game:
Third Star: Claude Julien – It sounds unusual but here at Causeway Crowd we believe that this time around the coach earned the third star for this game. His decision to improvise the lines paid off on Wednesday night. He got a team that looked tired and sluggish in the first two periods, and have them come out like dynamos in the third. That’s coaching. Getting your players to play to their strengths and have them play and outskate a younger and faster team. It was the coach that really got the team in to this game.
Second Star: Tyler Seguin – (From Matt)”Seguin finally scored his second goal of the season tonight. He tied the game for the Bruins just 14 seconds into the third period and seemed to stop any momentum that the Canadiens had leading into the third. It almost seems like Tyler is getting back to NHL style game that he seemed to leave in Switzerland. Good to have him back!” Agreed. Tyler Seguin was off to a much slower start than a lot of people predicted. It was obvious he still had his speed, and he had bulked up a bit to be more of a physical player. His hot hands howerver, seemed to be left on the banks of the Bern. The joy and relief on his face was obvious, and we hope it means the return of last year’s leading scorer.
First Star: Tuukka Rask – We all agree there. (From Matt)”Tuukka pretty much won the game for the Bruins tonight, he made some huge saves the whole game that kept the Bruins in it. He stopped 20/21 shots and after giving up 6 goals against Buffalo, he has only let up one goal the last two games. Tuukka is playing like one of the best in the league early in the season.”Billy had outright said that if it wasn’t for Tuukka’s defense of the crease, that all the improvised line changes in the third period would not have mattered. If it wasn’t for an unlucky bounce off Peverley’s stick, Rask might have had his second shutout of the year.