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Live updates: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens

Posted by Leonard Neslin  January 12, 2012 06:53 PM

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An inexplicable bounce off the boards in the first period was the difference in this one. The Bruins hung on for a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens with Jordan Caron's first-period goal and Milan Lucic's third-period goal. More from the locker room coming up.

17:57 3d period: Bruins 2-1
An amazing kick save by Carey Price to give his team a chance to tie it in the closing minutes. Both teams really going at it on the backcheck.

17:28 3d period: Bruins 2-1
Some great defense by Benoit Pouliot to help Tim Thomas keep a one-goal lead.

12:46 3d period: Bruins 2-1
The Canadiens cut the deficit in half, and snap the shutout, on Yannick Weber's power-play goal. The final 6 minutes should be intense and feature some good hockey.

12:17 3d period: Bruins 2-0
A fight sends Andrew Ference and P.K. Subban to the box.

10:09 3d period: Bruins 2-0
The Bruins almost just put the Canadiens right back in it. The puck hit off a Bruins player's leg and Tim Thomas had to dive on top of the puck to secure the save.

7:43 3d period: Bruins 2-0
A power-play goal here for the Bruins would likely put this game out of reach.

3:43 3d period: Bruins 2-0
Milan Lucic received a pass from Nathan Horton in front of the net and, after almost losing his balance, backhanded the puck into the net. Two goals probably looks like a mountain to the Canadiens with Tim Thomas in net, eying his fifth shutout of the season.

David Krejci picked up an assist on the play, giving him a 10-game point streak which is a career best as well as the longest such streak in the NHL this season.

2d intermission: Bruins 1-0
The Bruins are 0-for-2 on the power play tonight and are at 18.8 percent for the season. Pretty clean, and quiet, game.

END of 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Bruins still clinging to a 1-0 lead heading into the final frame. The Canadiens are outshooting the Bruins, 22-20, and that odd bounce in the game's opening minutes is the difference. Sorry about the delay, technical difficulties.

12:35 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Bruins with a strong 2-on-1 scoring chance, but the shot sailed wide. An insurance goal would be huge the way this game is going.

15:05 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Great series of stops by Carey Price. Looks like this one could be a low-scoring affair with these two hot goaltenders.

1st intermission: Bruins 1-0
It's unusual to see Patrice Bergeron go 0-for-5 on faceoffs.

END of 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Tim Thomas had a monster 1st period with 16 saves. His counterpart, Carey Price, stopped 12. It would be an even game if it weren't for a random hop off the boards early on.

2:19 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Finally, we have a penalty. The Bruins go on the power play after Lars Eller gets called for holding.

2:30 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Big stop by Tim Thomas after Andrei Kostitsyn intercepted a Dennis Seidenberg pass. Best scoring chance for the Canadiens so far, and Thomas deflected it away.

3:45 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Another pair of players exchanging words, but no escalation. Shawn Thornton and Lars Eller, this time. Still no penalties.

8:42 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Daniel Paille just put a nice check on Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty. It looked like the two exchanged words after before going to their benches.

8:42 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Daniel Paille just put a nice check on Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty. It looked like the two exchanged words after before going to their benches.

10:47 1st period: Bruins 1-0
The Bruins may have a slight edge in good scoring opportunities, but it's a pretty even game at this point. No penalties yet for either team. Hard not to feel lucky about their early goal.

18:37 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Johnny Boychuk sent the puck down the boards and as Canadiens goaltender Carey Price went to stop it, it took a funny bounce right to Jordan Caron, who put it in easily.

20:00 1st period: 0-0 Welcome from TD Garden. We'll provide in-game updates and analysis in this post tonight. Puck is set to drop in just a few minutes. Some pregame notes:

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