Coming off one of their biggest victories of the season, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien gave his players the day off Sunday in Boston as they prepare to face the Bruins Monday night (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Rene Bourque, who had been a healthy scratch for five straight games, scored a goal, added an assist and had a season-high six shots on net during Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
“I think I got my message loud and clear,” Bourque told reporters after the game about being a healthy scratch for an extended period.
When asked what coach Michel Therrien might have said to him before the game, Bourque replied: “Shoot on the goal.”
Said Therrien after the game about Bourque: “He really responded well and this is what we were looking for. He went to the net, he made some plays and he was solid. I really liked the contribution from that line (with Daniel Brière and Brian Gionta).”
Lars Eller suffered what was described as a lower-body injury against the Leafs and Therrien said the forward is “day-to-day, I guess.”
The Canadiens have recalled Michael Bournival from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
After Monday’s game in Boston, the Canadiens return home to face the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. After that, they go back on the road for their next four games with games in Detroit Thursday and Florida Saturday, followed by stops the next week in Tampa Bay on Tuesday and Ottawa on Friday.