NBCSN’s coverage of the 2019-20 NHL season continues with Tuesday’s matchup between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.
This will be the 747th regular season meeting between Boston and Montreal, and including their 177 playoff games, this will be the 924th all-time meeting in any game.
Boston has won six in a row, after defeating Pittsburgh, 6-4, last night, and has at least a point in 10 straight (8-0-2 record). The Bruins led 3-0 against the Penguins before Pittsburgh scored four straight goals to take the lead into the third period. Boston outscored Pittsburgh 3-0 in the final frame for the win. Jaroslav Halak made 40 saves, including stopping all 14 shots he faced in the third period.
Tonight, Zdeno Chara will become just the 21st player and sixth defenseman in NHL history to play in 1,500 career games.
After going without a point in Boston’s opening game, Brad Marchand has recorded at least a point in the 13 games since, including a five-point effort last night (2G-3A). He’s second in the NHL with 28 points. Marchand became the first Bruins player ever to record two five-point games through the first 14 games after also totaling five points against at the Rangers on Oct. 27.
Montreal’s last game was a 4-1 loss in Dallas on Saturday to close a three-game road trip. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak, which had come against quality opposition in Toronto, Arizona, and Vegas. And while special teams were an issue against the Stars (0/5 on PP, 2/4 on PK), Claude Julien was unhappy with the team’s overall effort.
“The real explanation is that I didn’t think we had our legs,” said. “I didn’t think we had the energy tonight. There was no fight in the dog. We lost a lot of battles. We had a couple good shifts here or there, but overall we looked like a tired team tonight…you get some nights that no matter what, you just can’t seem to find your legs. Our game is based on that. Our game is based on our speed, our execution, how fast we play. We didn’t even get close to that.”
WHAT: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens
WHERE: Bell Centre
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m. ET
LIVE STREAM: You can watch the Habs-Bruins stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.
Starting goalie: Tuukka Rask
Starting goalie: Carey Price
Kathryn Tappen will anchor tonight’s studio coverage with Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter. John Forslund and Mike Milbury will have the call from Bell Centre in Montreal, Que.
NBC Sports will premiere “The Russian Five” documentary, a feature on the first five Russians to play hockey together in the NHL, Wednesday, November 6, following Wednesday Night Hockey between the Red Wings and Rangers. The documentary tells the story of how Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Slava Kozlov, and Igor Larionov were able to defect from their homeland and transform the Detroit Red Wings into perennial contenders and back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions in 1996-97 and 1997-98.