Third in a series of recaps of Bruins-Canadiens games this season.
The Bruins held a 2-0 third-period lead over the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. But after a Michael Ryder tripped up James Wisniewski, the Canadiens got some life with a Scott Gomez power-play goal. With 48 seconds remaining in regulation, a puck skittered off Brian Gionta’s skate and slid past Tim Thomas.
Then in overtime, Max Pacioretty winged a puck through traffic to give the Canadiens the come-from-behind win.
“I thought we played a really good game until we took that bad penalty in the third,” said Claude Julien after the loss. “We gave up a bad goal, and from there on in, we took another bad penalty in overtime. We shot ourselves in the foot. Those are individual mistakes and things that end up costing you. This is where we’ve got to get better. It’s not acceptable that you play so well all night, then those kinds of things come back to cost you a hockey game.”
* The silver lining in the loss was the discovery of the No. 2 line. For this game, Julien promoted Brad Marchand from the fourth line to the second line alongside Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi. It has been the team’s most consistent two-way threesome since.
* After Pacioretty scored the OT goal, he pushed Zdeno Chara aside. Chara didn’t care for the push and went after Pacioretty. Chara and Hal Gill were tagged with 10-minute misconducts.
Milan Lucic-Marc Savard-Michael Ryder
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Steven Kampfer
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid