Final: Montreal 2, Boston 1
Recap: Much to the shock of no one, the Bruins got off to an underwhelming start. Alex Galchenyuk scored a flukey goal from a bad angle with Tuukka Rask flopping around like a fish out of water in the crease.
In the second, everyone's favorite Newf, Michael Ryder, tipped a shot from P.K. Subban over Rask to make it 2-0. The Bruins then said to themselves, "Oh, right. We're playing to take over first place in the division against the team we've had a heated rivalry with for almost 100 years."
Johnny Boychuk scored a -- crap, I've already used this word -- flukey goal to make it 2-1, but that was all the Bruins could muster against Carey Price. And then came the Key Play of the Game, which I will describe below.
Records: Montreal 25-8-5, 55 points; Boston 24-9-4, 52 points
Key Play of the Game: With a power play and Rask pulled, the Bruins had a 6-on-4 advantage for a solid minute -- a golden chance to tie up the game. They squandered it in the sorriest fashion ever seen, passing the puck around and around and around some more, ultimately winding up with zero shots on net. Zero. Let that sink in. Down a goal. Two-man advantage with the goalie pulled. Zero shots.
Connolly's Commendations: Moving on . . .
Connolly's Critiques: I already made this joke on Twitter, but I'll do it again. Tyler Seguin: zero shots on goal, zero attempts blocked, zero missed shots. Why'd he even get on the plane? The Bruins wasted a good in-flight meal on him.
We all know how important Patrice Bergeron is to this club, but it's still amazing to see just how hopeless they've looked -- including Thursday against New Jersey -- without him. The B's need someone to step up and fill the void. Badly.
Shame on everyone that was on the ice in the final minute: Milan Lucic, Jaromir Jagr, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara and Nathan Horton. How one of these guys doesn't grab the bull by the horns and try to fire one past Price literally blows my mind to smithereens. It was that bad.
Notes: Rask falls to 2-8-2 lifetime against the Canadiens. The Bruins would've taken over first in the division with a win in regulation or overtime/the shootout.
Final Thoughts: If you haven't come to the realization that I found the Black and Gold's performance to be a soul-crushing mess in a seemingly never-ending string of performances ranging from "meh" to "yikes," you should probably consult a physician.
Next: The Bruins will play host to the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden Monday night.