The Bruins-Canadiens rivalry had been dormant for a number of years, however it ought to felt prefer it was again in full pressure on Saturday night time on the Bell Centre.
The B’s gave up a power-play aim on a questionable name and had a aim taken off the board. After an eventful third interval, Montreal’s Kaiden Guhle scored in additional time to snap their 10-game shedding streak to the Bruins with a 3-2 victory. Jeremy Swayman suffered his first lack of the season, albeit not one in regulation.
The B’s took a 1-0 lead into the third, however that was a one-goal deficit simply 51 seconds into the interval.
Montreal began the interval with 33 seconds of energy play time and so they cashed in 24 seconds into it with Nick Suzuki beating Swayman by a display to tie the sport.
Then on the following shift, Brendan Gallagher adopted up his personal deflection to beat Swayman in tight to present the Habs a 2-1 lead.
It appeared the B’s had tied it at 2:05 when Oskar Steen deflected residence an Ian Mitchell shot. But Monreal coach Martin St. Louis challenged for goalie interference. And although Steen’s contact with netminder Sam Montembeault was minimal at greatest, the aim was taken off the board.
The B’s didn’t like flip of occasions and, when Brad Marchand felt a hooking penalty ought to have been known as, he obtained despatched off for abuse of the officers.
But the refs gave the B’s their probabilities, too.
On the penalty kill, the Habs had been known as for simultaneous penalties on a Boston rush, which might give the B’s a 5-on-3 for 1:31. They got here up empty.
The B’s lastly tied it up with 7:02 left in regulation on one other energy play. This time they made fast work of it. Off the preliminary faceoff, David Pastrnak banked a cross off Marchand’s skate for the equalizer. The officers reviewed that one, too, however it was dominated there was no distinct kicking movement and the aim was upheld.
But the Habs got here up with the winner in OT.
Charlie McAvoy was taking part in his first gamer again since serving a four-game suspension and he didn’t waste any time getting on the scoresheet.
On the primary shift of the sport, rookie Mason Lohrei reduce down from the left level and tried to feed Marchand on the best aspect. Marchand couldn’t deal with the cross on his backhand, however the captain chased it down within the nook and fed McAvoy on the blue line. With Pavel Zacha battling with a Montreal defender within the slot, McAvoy fired a shot that Zacha deflected previous Montembeault for his fifth of the season simply 36 seconds into the sport.
They took that 1-0 lead into the primary intermission, however the Habs had their probabilities off the frenzy within the first interval. The greatest probability got here on a 2-on-1 for Sean Monahan and Gallagher. Derek Forbort took away the cross, so Monahan floated all the way down to take a excessive hazard shot from low within the left circle. Swayman made the cease and Gallagher couldn’t put residence the rebound. Monahan would later hit a put up, as would Jake DeBrusk on the different finish.
The one-goal lead held up by two durations as nicely, regardless of each groups getting energy play probabilities.
The B’s obtained the primary one when Pastrnak drew a holding name on Johnathan Kovacevic, who thwarted a great opportunity by taking the infraction. On the benefit, the B’s had a number of probabilities and stored the puck within the Montreal zone for the just about the whole two minutes however couldn’t get one other one previous Montembeault. The greatest probability was a Marchand one-timer that was fanned on.
The Habs obtained their alternatives later within the interval when the B’s had been whistled for 3 consecutive penalties, two of which (a Brandon Carlo holding name after which a Zacha tripping penalty) produced a 26-second 5-on-3 that Montreal couldn’t money in on.
Then with 1:27 left within the interval, Montreal benefited from a high-sticking name on Pastrnak, who clipped Kaiden Guhle on the again swing of a follow-through. Usually a high-stick off a follow-through is allowed, however not this time.
The B’s killed the primary half off however had a half minute to go to start out the third interval. That’s when issues went awry.