The longtime rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins had its first installment of the season as the B’s got on a plane after last night’s win vs Pittsburgh to fly up north. This game also happened to be Zdeno Chara’s 1,500th career NHL game making him the 21st player in NHL history and only the 6th defenseman to reach that feat. Unfortunately, the Bruins would fall behind right away. Less than two minutes into the game the Canadiens would take the lead. Boston would tie things up when the league best power play got its first chance of the night and the red hot David Pastrnak got his 15th goal of the year in the 15th game of the year.
In a blink of an eye the Canadiens would jump all over the Bruins and make it a 3-1 game, forcing the Bruins to try and comeback for a second consecutive night. Against Pittsburgh it was one goal after leading by three themselves, but tonight the Bruins would comeback from two goals after Connor Clifton’s first of the year and Anders Bjork’s second of the year.
The Canadiens would immediately answer and retake the lead on Victor Mete’s second goal of the game, but the Bruins would once again tie the game early in the third period. Sean Kuraly would score his first goal of the season sneaking the puck past the outstretched legs of Carey Price.
After the Bruins would score again to take a 5-4 lead, former coach and current coach of Montreal, Claude Julien, would challenge the play as offside and win the challenge controversially. The Canadiens would eventually go on to score to make it a 5-4 game and hold on to win by the same score.
The Bruins will have a few days off before their next game when they take on the Detroit Red Wings on the road at 730pm.
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