The Boston Bruins had their first back to back as they traveled to the Bell Centre to face off against longtime rival, the Montreal Canadiens. This one was a little different for the Bruins captain Zdeno Chara as he was playing in his 1,500th game of his career and he got a standing ovation from the Montreal crowd.
Zach Senyshyn was recalled from Providence and he played alongside Charlie Coyle and Anders Bjork. With the game tied 4-4 in the third period after the Bruins were down 3-1, this line got some offense going again as Senyshyn found Charlie Coyle in front of the net and beat Carey Price for the go-ahead goal. The Bruins clawed all the way back and now gained the lead… until Claude Julian challenged the goal for offsides. The refs spent a painfully long time looking at this play and then after it was determined that Coyle was maybe an inch offside and that a goal that had almost nothing to do with the zone entry was taken away.
The Canadiens scored the game-winning goal not long after that review but this loss was more about how they played rather than this terrible review. Rask had a shaky night by letting in a couple soft goals that he usually will make easy saves on but the team in front of him was terrible too. Rask allowed 5 goals on 31 shots and 2/3 of those 5 he would like to have back.
The issue was that the Bruins couldn’t stop turning over the puck and it looked like they were fighting it all night long. The fourth line did get some scoring going in the third as Kuraly and Wagner were grinding behind the net and Kuraly was able to jam one past Price for the tie. It didn’t last long though as the Coyle goal was taken off the board and the Canadiens took the lead for the remainder of the game.
David Pastrnak was able to keep his point streak going as he rocketed one past Price early in the game. He is the league leader in goals (15) and points and if he can keep this game up, he could be on pace for a legendary year.
The Bruins have a lot to fix after this game but the positive from this one is that Zach Senyshyn looked good with Coyle and Bjork in his first play up on the Boston roster since last year. The Bruins have been waiting on Senyshyn to come up and perform in the NHL and with this performance, he may make a case to stay since there have been so many injuries so far in Boston.
The Bruins will travel to Detriot to face the Red Wings before coming home and celebrating Chara’s 1500th game against the Flyers.
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