The Montreal Canadiens ended up with their fifth straight loss and third straight in the Bell Center after an 8-1 blowout to the Boston Bruins. The Boston Bruins were playing without Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, Brent Richie, Kevin Miller and others but they still found a way to play a great game on all three phases of the game. The starting goalies for this game was Carey Price for the Canadiens and Jaroslav Halak for the Bruins and Bruins rookie Jack Studnicka was playing in his first career NHL game. A little over six minutes in, Canadiens right winger Brendan Gallagher committed a tripping penalty and the Bruins were on the power play. The Bruins opened up the scoring with a power-play goal by Jake Debrusk to make it 1-0 Boston. Four minutes later, Montreal Canadiens defenseman and captain Shea Weber shot the puck past Halak to tie the game up at one. After another tripping penalty by Canadiens Nate Thompson, the Bruins were on another power play. You know how David Pastrnak has been lighting the lamp this year? Well guess what, the NHL leading scorer got his 21st of the season to make it 2-1 Boston. With a little under 40 seconds remaining in the first period, Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry coughed up the puck in the back of the Canadiens net which led to a Brad Marchand wrap-around goal to make it 3-1 Boston and that would be the score at the end of period one.
The second period began with David Pastrnak scoring his second goal of the game just eight seconds in. A minute and two seconds later, Anders Bjork scored for the Bruins to make it 5-1 on a breakaway. That was the end of Carey Price's night and in came the former New Jersey Devil Keith Kinkaid. Despite Kinkaid playing better than Price, the Bruins were still not done and David Pastrnak scored a tip-in goal for the hat trick and the 6-1 Bruin lead. How's Jaroslav Halak been doing? He played absolutely phenomenal making a lot of great pad and glove saves.
The third period was on and the Montreal fans were miserable. Despite the Canadiens trying Halak and the defense was on it’s A game. Charlie Coyle scored on a wide open net after a beautiful backhand pass by Torey Krug and no chance for Keith Kinkaid. Danton Heinen would score his fifth goal of the season and the final goal of the game to make it an 8-1 affair but Jack Studnicka would have his first career NHL point assisting on the goal with Torey Krug. Jaroslav Halak made 36 saves on 37 shots and played an outstanding game against the team that drafted him. The Boston Bruins cruise to an 8-1 victory over the division-rival Montreal Canadiens and Boston will have a little bit of a tougher challenge in their next game as they travel to Ottawa to face the Senators. As for the Canadiens, if this losing streak continues, I think they would have to eventually fire head coach Claude Julien sometime during this season.