It seems like the Boston Bruins have been chasing the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Northeast division for an eternity now, when in fact it has only been for three weeks and one day (but who is counting?). On Wednesday night in Boston, the Bruins will have a chance to leap the Canadiens for the lead in the Northeast division. Both teams sit at 45 points apiece.
The Canadiens are the latest team to fall victim of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ winning streak. The Habs were unable to jump further ahead in the standings as Pittsburgh beat Montreal 1-0 on Tuesday night.
The Bruins were off on Tuesday so it is crucial that their legs are rested for this important division game. On Monday against Toronto, Boston started out a little slow, which even had me worried. Monday was the first game in which the new lines were in place. The chemistry was not there right away but slowly started to appear as the game went on. After fifteen games without scoring, Milan Lucic finally found the back of the net. It only seemed right as he was demoted to third line, and it seemed to light a fire in him and he definitely showed it with an all around good game. Bergeron added the second goal to force the game to overtime and also scored in the shootout to secure the two points for the Bruins.
With a game under their belts with the new lines, I think the B’s are going to pull it together and have a great performance against Montreal. We know that this will be a physical game, and the Bruins will definitely be ready for it. It doesn’t get much better then a Bruins-Canadiens game for first place in the division.
The TD Garden will be full on Wednesday night as Boston looks to claim first place for the first time in three weeks. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.