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Video: Bruins’ Lucic hits Canadiens’ Emelin from behind


Milan Lucic was a force Wednesday for the Boston Bruins. But he did miss out on a trip to the penalty box in the first period after hitting Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman Alexei Emelin from behind.

Lucic was pressing on the forecheck as Emelin went back for the puck. The numbers on Emelin’s jersey were directly facing Lucic, when he finished his check hard into the boards. However, there was no call on the play.

Emelin, shaken up from the hit, remained in the game. Lucic would score his 20th goal of the season, as the Bruins skated to a 4-1 victory.

Discuss: Bruins run over Habs in newest chapter of historic rivalry

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The rivalry that exists between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens has been rather one-sided in favor of the Habs over the past few years. That changed on Wednesday.

The Bruins, playing on the road, took the game over in the second period to eventually earn a 4-1 victory over the Canadiens.

Let’s discuss:

  • So, how much do the Canadiens miss Carey Price? They’ve won only three times since the NHL schedule resumed out of the Olympic break, and have lost three in a row. Of course, Price is dealing with a lower-body injury and hasn’t played since the conclusion of the Sochi Olympics.
  • While we’re on the topic of goaltenders, how about the play of Bruins’ puck stopper Tuukka Rask, particularly in the first period? Of his 14 saves, perhaps was none better than the right-pad stop he made on a Max Pacioretty breakaway.
  • Some pretty passing here between Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Bergeron finishes it off, giving the Bruins a two-goal lead at the time.
  • The Canadiens had a chance to climb over the Toronto Maple Leafs by one point and into second place in the Atlantic Division standings. They needed a win for that. Didn’t happen. They still fourth in the Eastern Conference.
  • How about the play of Carl Soderberg, and the recent production? He now has 14 points in his last 15 games.
  • The Bruins extended their winning streak on the road to four games, and their overall winning streak to six games. Gaining strength down the stretch drive, it appears.

Video: Bruins’ Bergeron finishes off pretty passing play

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Patrice Bergeron gave the Boston Bruins a two-goal lead over the Montreal Canadiens in the second period, as he finished off a pretty passing play involving Brad Marchand.

The two broke up the ice on an odd-man rush, exchanging three passes between them before Bergeron one-timed the puck past Peter Budaj. Expect to see this one on the highlight reels later tonight.

WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens

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It’s Rivalry Night in La Belle Province as the Montreal Canadiens host the Boston Bruins at the Bell Center. You can catch the game at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, or you can watch via our livestream player.


This game promises to be a big one for the Bruins as they look to snap Montreal’s five-game winning streak in the head-to-head matchup. Speaking of five-game win streaks, the Bruins are riding one heading into Montreal tonight and have only lost once in regulation since returning from the Olympic break in late February.

Here are all the relevant links for tonight’s game:

NHL on NBCSN: Bruins-Canadiens tangle in Montreal on Rivalry Night

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Get your game notes: Bruins at Habs

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Get your game notes: Bruins at Habs

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Boston Bruins starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Tonight marks the 894th meeting between Boston and Montreal, regular season and playoffs (the most meetings between any two teams in NHL history). The Canadiens have won five straight regular-season meetings in the series (Mar. 3, 2013-present), following a Bruins five-game win streak (Nov. 21, 2011-Feb. 6, 2013).

• New Canadiens winger Thomas Vanek (traded from the N.Y. Islanders on March 5th) has registered 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists – both most for him against any team) in 53 career games against Boston including a goal and four assists in four games this season vs. the Bruins. Vanek has averaged 1.15 points/games when facing Boston, his highest total against any team in the league (min. 10 GP).

• Bruins winger Jarome Iginla scored his 550th career NHL goal on Sunday, moving him into sole possession of 26th place on the all-time goals list. Five players ahead of him saw action for Boston.


• The Bruins are 7-0-3 in their last 10 road games, their longest road point streak since going 6-0-5 (11 games) in January 2004. They have not lost a road game in regulation to an Eastern Conference team since Dec. 28, when they fell 4-3 in Ottawa.

• The Bruins, the Eastern Conference’s highest-scoring team (3.16 goals/game), have gotten an NHL-high 42 goals this season from nine different defensemen (only Washington has had goals from more d-men – 10). The Canadiens (2.44 goals/game, third-to-last in East), on the other hand, have seen just four different defensemen score 19 goals, fewest among any team’s blueline corps.


• When leading at the second intermission, the Bruins are 31-2-0 and the Canadiens are 28-0-3. The B’s have scored a league-high 82 goals in the third period this season and allowed only 44 (second-fewest in NHL to St. Louis – 43), a league-best +38 goal margin. The Habs are even (52 for, 52 against), 14th-best.

• Led by goaltender Tuukka Rask (an NHL-high six shutouts), Boston has shut out its opponents seven times this season (T-2nd most in the NHL) and leads the league in team save percentage (.924). The Bruins have allowed 1.80 goals/game during their five-game win streak and 2.14 goals/game since the Olympic break (seven games).