If you were watching the Patriots take on the New York Jets, you missed a pretty good hockey game. The only downside was that the Bruins didn’t come out on top, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Montreal Canadiens in the first meeting between the archrivals in the 2014-15 season.
The game was a back-and-forth, track meet-like affair for the first 38 minutes of the game. The wheels fell off for the Bruins after that, however, as the Habs scored a pair of goals in the final 1:49 of the second period to go to the dressing room with a 4-3 lead. They never looked back from there, as they added another tally in the third to go up 5-3. Montreal then shut the door closed in the game’s final minute with an empty net goal by P.A. Parenteau.
Tuukka Rask added to his Bell Centre horrors, as he was pulled from the game midway through the third period. He allowed five goals on 23 shots. Rask is now 3-11 in 18 career games against Montreal, with a .902 save percentage and 2.94 GAA. That’s well below his career averages of .924 and 2.12, respectively, in 201 career contests.
On a positive note, Simon Gagne picked up his first goal in a Bruins uniform in the third period when he dished home the rebound of a Milan Lucic shot attempt. It was his first goal since April 23, 2013, when he did so against the B’s in a Philadelphia Flyers uniform. Since moving up to the top line, skating alongside Lucic and David Krejci, Gagne has given the line a nice spark. While he’s no longer the same offensive force he was in the height of his days in Philly, he still goes to the dirty areas and has the knack for being in the right position to finish — a big part of why he’s scored 30 goals four times and 40 goals twice in his career.