The Canadiens held on to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 at the Bell Centre Thursday night and vaulted ahead of their arch-rivals to the top of the Atlantic Division standings.
It was the Canadiens’ third game in four nights this week. They won all of them and have now earned 17 of 18 possible points in their last nine games.
The Canadiens managed only three shots on goal in the first period, but came to life in the second, out-shooting the Bruins 17-7 and scoring two goals. Tomas Plekanec scored from a difficult angle on Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. Max Pacioretty gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead with his 11th goal.
The Bruins took advantage of the fact that the Canadiens played the night before and had played six games in nine days, Therrien said.
“They came out really strong. You’ve got to give the Bruins a lot of credit for that but we adjusted really well.”
“I think we played with desperation in the second period,” Therrien added. ”We knew the importance of tonight’s game. And a lot of credit goes to my players. I think they left it all on the ice and they emptied the tank tonight.”
Carey Price was sharp once again in net, making 32 saves.
“Tonight was a really tough game,” Price said.
“That’s not an easy team to play against.”
Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk was injured during the first period when he was checked into the boards by Max Pacioretty. Boychuk was put on a stretcher and wheeled off the ice on a gurney. He was taken to hospital for observation, but later released and travelled back to Boston with the team.
Pacioretty received a boarding penalty on the play.
“I had no intentions of even really hitting someone. I was making a play. I felt like I was battling in the corner,” said Pacioretty, who hadn’t seen the replay after the game.
“I heard their coach tell the ref that he understood there was no intention there and he understood that it was just a two minute (penalty).
“I feel terrible,” Pacioretty added. “I’ve been in that situation before. As you could tell in my game right after that it definitely rattled me a lot. And I wish him nothing but the best.”
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