Bruins outlast Canadiens in shootout


MONTREAL — Game 1 of the Montreal-Boston “series” went to the Bruins.

In a very entertaining, if somewhat sloppy, regular-season affair, Brad Marchand’s goal in the fourth round of the shootout gave the Bruins a 4-3 victory against the Canadiens tonight at the Bell Centre.

It was the first of three games in an eight-day span between these longtime rivals.

The Bruins had the best of the play during an open and exciting overtime session. The B’s generated several dangerous opportunities but couldn’t find the game-winner in 3-on-3 against Montreal goalie Carey Price.

Despite this apparent advantage, Montreal nearly did win the game on a goal-mouth scramble with 0:22 left in the overtime.

The regulation-play goals for the Bruins were scored by Marchand (No. 18), Jake DeBrusk (No. 10) and David Krejci (No. 7). Tuukka Rask was very good in nailing down the win, stopping 3-of-4 shots in the shootout.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy hoped his younger players understood the stakes and were ready to take advantage.

“It’s Hockey Night in Canada, Saturday night, Bruins-Montreal,” he said. “I think our guys will be a little bit more into it. I know I will be, growing up watching a lot of these games as a kid.

“For our younger guys, to be in Montreal, I hope they appreciate it. We’ve tried to tell them that things seem to happen quick here. But until you live it . . . This is good for them, this is part of the learning curve of the game. Hopefully they get immersed into it quickly.”

The Bruins took the ice anticipating the usual emotional onslaught in the early minutes from the Canadiens and their fans. And yet, the Montreal crowd seemed to lack energy, perhaps not thrilled with this year’s unimpressive squad. There were plenty of empty seats with fresh snow and artic temperatures outside.



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