The Montreal Canadiens dropped their second straight decision to begin the pre-season, as the fell 6-3 to the Boston Bruins, a night after losing 5-4 in a shootout to the Buffalo Sabres.
The Bruins opened the scoring while on a power play when Jarome Iginla snapped home a one timer that squeaked through Carey Price’s outstretched pad. The Canadiens answered quickly, as Ryan White won a battle in the corner and got the puck to Louis Leblanc, who snapped it on goal but was stopped by Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson. Francis Bouillon pinched in and picked up the rebound which he tossed to the front of the net, and the puck banked in off Travis Moen’s skate.
Nick Johnson put the Bruins ahead again in the first on a long, soft wrister during another power play that Price missed with his glove hand. The Bruins outshot Montreal 13-2 in the first period, and carried a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
Briere used his speed to draw a hooking penalty early in the second and Desharnais drew a cross checking call seconds later to put the Habs on a 5 on 3 advantage. P.K. Subban wasted no time making the most of the opportunity, hammering home a long point shot that tied the game at 2.
Nick Johnson would get a breakaway following a blocked shot in his own end, and though Price stopped the original shot, Johnson stuck with the rebound and buried it to give the Bruins a lead once again. The Bruins third lead did not last much longer than the first two, and a beautiful passing play by Briere and Desharnais led to a pretty finish by Max Pacioretty and the Canadiens were tied once again, taking a 3-3 game into the third period.
The wheels fell off the Montreal Canadiens wagon in the third period. Penalties piled up, and the Boston Bruins took out two months of inept power play frustration in last year’s playoff on the Habs with their third and fourth man advantage goals of the game.
Iginla started the final frame scoring with a hard snap shot off a rebound in the slot, beating an already defeated Robert Mayer, who was in the Habs goal. Krejci made it 5-3 minutes later on a hard one timer in tight, and then it was Zach Trotman’s turn, and suddenly the game was out of reach for the Canadiens.
Carey Price started the game, but was replaced by Mayer midway through the second period, which was a decision made before the game began, and not due to Price’s performance this evening. The Bruins would outshoot the Canadiens 40-20 over the course of the game.
The Canadiens are back in action on Friday night, when they play host to the Carolina Hurricanes.