Bruins 2, Canadiens 1: Tim Thomas, Boston Topple Rival Montreal

Jordan Caron and Milan Lucic each scored goals and Tim Thomas turned away 33 shots as the Boston Bruins took care of the rival Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, in the final meeting between the two teams at TD Garden this season.

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Bruins Overtime: B's Take Four Of Last Five; End Home Stand On Good Note

Bruins Overtime is a postgame feature providing extra news, notes and analysis from each game. Boston defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, on Thursday night in Boston, MA.

Well, you could say the Bruins are streaking again. They have won four of their last five games, encountering the little blip of Vancouver last Saturday. But since then, they have been back to their winning ways, regardless of how pretty (or ugly) they have been.

In Thursday's game against the Montreal Canadiens, there was very little to point out that would make one say "They are going to need that come playoff time," but they still managed to come out with the two points and stay atop the division and stay close in the top of the league.

In the span of those five games, the Bruins have outscored their opponents 25-9 and have just four regulation losses total since the beginning of November.

HOME SWEET HOME

After the month of October, in the span of seven Bruins losses, five of those came at home. Since then, the Bruins have put up both impressive numbers in Boston, as well as on the road. They are 15-7-1 (that's right, two losses since October) at TD Garden, and 12-4-0 when they are on the road.

Last night against the Canadiens was the last game they will play in Boston for nine days. They have a tough schedule coming up playing four road games before traveling back here to play against the Rangers on Saturday the 21st.

Judging by their road record, I think it's safe to say they feel comfortable and are effective regardless of where they lace up their skates and play.

KREJCI STREAKING THROUGH

Bruins forward David Krejci picked up an assist last night on Milan Lucic's goal in the third period. That assist extended his point-streak to ten games--a career best for the 25-year-old centerman. In that span, Krejci has 5-8=13 totals and that is the longest such streak in the NHL so far this season.

Also for the Bruins, Lucic now has 10 points in nine games and Nathan Horton has seven points in his last five.

NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE THEY'VE SEEN

The Montreal Canadiens have been in the spotlight for the better portion of a couple of weeks, whether it's been due to their uni-lingual coach or because a top forward Mike Cammalleri was making comments that didn't support a broken and distressed team.

It's a known fact that the Habs have struggled through the season, sitting last in the Division and with seemingly no light at the end of the tunnel.

So when Cammalleri makes comments about a "loser mentality" you can bet something's going to happen. Just no one expected it to occur in the middle of the game.

Coming back into the third period, Cammalleri was absent from the bench and was removed by the team. While it was unknown during the game, it was eventually turned into a trade, just 15 or so minutes after the end of the game.

Players didn't seem to be aware why he wasn't on the bench, and coach Randy Cunneyworth said it was an obvious move by the management to "improve our team," by trading him away. He was eventually traded away to the Calgary Flames alongside Karri Ramo and a fifth-round draft pick for Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a second-round draft pick in 2013.

Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier said the idea of the trade had been in place for a while and Cammalleri's comments did not help hasten the trade.

"Absolutely not," Gauthier said. "I just want to add to my answer. One of the reasons that we were delaying this trade is that Mr. Bourque was suspended. Now he’s only got one game left, so it was more appropriate to do it than with a five-game suspension."

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The Bruins head out to Carolina tomorrow and will play against the Hurricanes on Saturday at 7 p.m.




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Bruins Vs. Canadiens Final Score: Habs Forward Mike Cammalleri Traded In Middle Of B's 2-1 Win

It's not too often you hear of a middle-of-the-game trade that actually happens, but for Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri, it was a very real event, and it happened in a blink of an eye in the middle of a 2-1 Bruins win over the Habs.

After the second period, Cammalleri was missing from the bench and there were reports that he was sent back to the hotel by the team, without any injuries. There were speculations that he was going to be traded after making comments about the teams "loser mentality" yesterday, but as of this morning, he was hoping for a long relationship with Montreal.

That ended.

"The only message is that we’re trying to improve our team and obviously our general manager makes a deal only if he feels he’s strengthening the team and I think that will be the case," Canadiens head coach Randy Cunneyworth said. "So that’s the only motive."

Cammalleri was traded to the Calgary Flames immediately after the game, alongside goaltender Karri Ramo and a fifth round draft pick for Calgary's Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a second round draft pick in 2013.

And unfortunately for the Canadiens organization, that's not all they lost tonight.

They dropped their ninth game in 12 total, and look like a defeated and desperate team. Though both teams played a fairly decent (albeit conservative) game, it wasn't enough to start any sort of trend for the last place in the Division team.

The Habs did have a chance to puts pucks in the net and if it weren't for goaltender Tim Thomas, they would have come out with a couple more goals. But once again, the streaking Bruins managed to capitalize on their chances and bringing home Game 5 of the season series.

Milan Lucic ended up with the game winning goal 3:43 into the third period. Nathan Horton had the puck down low behind the Habs net and dished it out to the front of the crease for a waiting Lucic. Lucic did a spin-around backhand, fooling Price who didn't even see it and, put the Bruins up 2-0 and added life to an otherwise lifeless game.

Things got a little heated with a little more than seven minutes to go in the period. P.K. Subban went up high on David Krejci, knocking him into the boards. Before anyone had a chance to realize what happened, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference dropped his gloves and dragged Subban to the ice. Subban was nabbed with an elbowing minor, while Ference spent an extra two minutes for roughing.

That was one mistake the Bruins couldn't overcome.

29 seconds into the power play, Yannick Weber wristed one through traffic and over the glove of Tim Thomas, ruining his shutout chances, putting the Habs within a goal. But that was the last time they saw the back of the net, and they were once again sent back to the locker room with an all too familiar and unpleasant feeling.

"Well, we battled. We hung in there," Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill said. "We have to obviously do some things better but we were in the battle. We had one tough break on that first goal and we battled through that. We stayed in the game and we came up short but, you know, it was a better effort and it was a game we played hard and it’s disappointing but sometimes it’s tough to come by wins."

Also scoring for the Bruins, just 1:23 into the game was recently called up Jordan Caron. The play started when Johnny Boychuk threw the puck around the boards in the Habs zone. Goaltender Carey Price went to go and stop it behind the net, but the puck took a bizarre bounce and went right back in front of the net where Caron was conveniently perched. He had no problem sliding into the empty net.

The B's are now tied for second place in the league with points, sitting just below the New York Rangers. Meanwhile, the Habs sit at the bottom of the Division still, with the hole getting deeper.

"I thought we worked hard. We battled hard," Cunneyworth said. "It’s obviously a good team that we’re up against. Maybe a couple of untimely calls and maybe some favorable calls in their direction kind of enabled them to kind of pull it off there so, we thought we were coming pretty strong there with the big power play goal at the end there that gave us a lot of life and even before that, some of the opportunities that we had. [Boston goaltender Tim] Thomas was excellent between the pipes there when we were putting the pressure on and we did that in the earlier parts of the game, but obviously it was too little too late but we were proud of the way the guys battled."

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens Score Update: B's Hold One Goal Lead After 2nd Period

Both teams seemed to play a little more conservatively in the second period. Neither team however, found the back of the net. Even the shots on net were low--Bruins had eight, while holding the Habs to just six.

There wasn't much excitement between those shots either.

Each team had a couple opportunities here and there, but for the most part, each team's play has gone back and forth without much purpose.

In fact, even looking at penalties, the Habs took one lone one in the second period--a goalie interference call at the 16:08 mark courtesy of Travis Moen.

As you would imagine, nothing came from that power play.The B's have been very disciplined for the most part as well. There were a couple instances where Shawn Thornton looked like he was going to drop the gloves with Lars Eller, but Eller didn't answer the call.

The Canadiens enter the third period with a 22-20 shot advantage over the Bruins .




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Bruins Vs. Canadiens Score Update: B's Up 1-0 On Habs With Help From Tim Thomas

The Bruins scored early--just 1:23 into the period, and credit was given to the newly reacquired Jordan Caron. Johnny Boychuk sent the puck around the boards, and Montreal goaltender Carey Price went to cut it off behind the net. However, the puck took an awkward bounce off the wall and came right out front to the waiting Caron who easily tapped it in the open net.

But that was the end of the good news for the Bruins for the period. The Habs were able to capitalize on the rest of the period, though the scoreboard wasn't indicative of it.

That's where Tim Thomas stepped in. He made 16 saves, and every last one of them was as important as the other. The B's were notorious for giving up turnovers both in their own zone and the neutral zone, and they were lucky Thomas bailed them out.

They will enter the second period on the penalty kill after Benoit Pouliot took a boarding penalty late in the first period.




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Bruins Vs. Canadiens Preview: TV/Radio Info, Time, Location And More

Event: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens
Date/Time: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 7 p.m. EDT.
Location: TD Garden (Capacity: 17,565), Boston, MA.
Broadcast Info: Thursday's game between the Bruins and the Canadiens will be broadcast live on NESN as well as RDS(HD), TSN and NHLN-US(HD). The game can also be heard on 98.5 the Sports Hub Radio Network, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.

Last Time Out: On Tuesday night, the Bruins came out and played another memorable game against the Winnipeg Jets. Most notably, Shawn Thornton had the game of his life.

It was the first game in Bruins history that there were two penalty shots in a game--one for, and one against Boston. And for Thornton, it was the first penalty shot of his professional career. He scored on it and did so in impressive fashion, despite admitting he was a little nervous going into it.

Also scoring for the Bruins were Nathan Horton who added two more goals to his season total, Tyler Seguin and Benoit Pouliot.

The Habs have been on quite a losing tear, and forward Mike Cammalleri made comments that sent the media in a frenzy. He spoke of a "loser’s mentality" yesterday after his team has picked up a miserable 3-8-0 record in their last 11 games.

They picked up two wins in a row at the beginning of the month before dropping their last game 3-0 against the Blues.

"Until we win, we’re losers," Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill said. "I think that’s a tough message, maybe, but we’ve got to win games."

Storyline: Unlike in games past, where harsh undertones and calls of foul play have been trademarks of a Canadiens/Bruins game, today’s morning skate took a bit of a turn, and there was an extreme lack of that attitude today.

This is the fifth time these two teams will meet, and the last one this regular season at TD Garden. They have split the season series with each other 2-2, and the two that Montreal won were way back in October, when the Bruins went on a 3-7-0 kick.

In the past two games against the Habs, the B’s have only outscored them 4-2, and both games have been hard-fought and close, but Montreal’s confidence has been wavering and with Boston’s booming, it will be interesting to see the outcome.

Right now, Boston is on fire, and Nathan Horton has been a key. He has five goals in four games, and head coach Claude Julien said he’s even noticed an improvement.

"I’d have to say [Horton’s play] picked up in the last week or so," Julien said. "You’ve seen him. When he’s emotionally involved in the game he brings a lot. He can be a physical player, a strong player-- he’s in the right spot and he buries his opportunities. To me, he started doing that and I see a guy turning the corner and I hope he keeps building on what he’s been doing this last week."

Players To Watch: Besides Horton, there are a couple other Bruins that have been making their names known over and over again. Centerman David Krejci is riding a nine-game point streak, Tyler Seguin is nursing his five-game streak, and Patrice Bergeron, Benoit Pouliot and Rich Peverley all also have point streaks heading into tonight.

Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence with the absence of Brad Marchand due to his suspension and he’s expected to get some time on the ice.

"Right now with Marchand out, [Caron’s} a left winger and he’s a big body and we’re going to end up playing some big teams down the road," Julien said. "He’s certainly someone we need to rely on in big games if need be."

Prediction: The Habs are a hurting unit right now, but the Bruins can’t let that fool them into playing a soft game. The B’s have to play the same game they have been for the past few months, and with the state the Canadiens are in right now, they should come out on top. Final Score: Bruins 4, Canadiens 2.

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens: Montreal Brings Drama To Final Game In Boston

If you think Vancouver has been getting more heated attention this week over the Canadiens when talking about the Bruins, you are probably correct. The hated Habs have taken a back seat both in hockey talk, and in the standings.

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