Highlights from Bruins' 4-0 win over the Canadiens


FINAL SCORE: Bruins 4, Canadiens 0

IN BRIEF: It was a total team effort from the Bruins on Monday night as they dominated the Canadiens en route to a 4-0 victory in Montreal.  BOX SCORE.



1. Colby Cave with his first NHL goal against Carey Price. And he connected on it after a David Pastrnak saucer pass and Charlie McAvoy dropping it to him wide open in the slot for a hammered shot. It’s a fitting achievement for a guy in Cave that’s worked hard, done all the right things and really played pretty well for the Bruins in a tough spot filling in with Patrice Bergeron injured. Cave clearly doesn’t seem like a top-9 forward based on the limited offense that we’ve seen out of him to date with Boston, but he’s also working hard enough that he deserved something good to happen to him. 

2. As much as Halak has been pretty good, it’s been about the Bruins getting back to a stingy way of doing business by really putting down the defensive clamps on the Canadiens. The Bruins allowed only five shots on net in the first period and then eight shots on net in the second period, and zero goals while also limiting the kind of chances Montreal was getting against them. This is in direct contract to allowing a combined nine goals in the losses to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres last week in a pair of regulation losses leading into tonight’s division showdown with the Canadiens. 

3. Charlie McAvoy having a very good bounce-back night after a couple of rough ones in the defensive zone over the last few games. He’s playing physical and making offensive plays, and really showing the full breadth of what he can do on the ice. Perhaps he needed to go through a couple of tough games in order to fully find his all-around game again after coming back from a concussion, but it looks like it’s starting to happen for the second-year defenseman. A couple of assists, a plus-2 rating and a team-high six registered hits are just some of the butt-kicking stats that McAvoy put together against the rival Habs. 

4. It was four shots on net, a goal and a plus-1 rating for Swedish forward Joakim Nordstrom as he continues to be the Swedish Army Knife for the Boston Bruins this season. He’s clearly not a permanent guy on your top-6 as he’s been through a lot of injuries in Boston this season, but he’s been able to play up and down the lineup and always be a positive, difference-making player for the Black and Gold even if it doesn’t always translate into goals.

5. David Krejci was dominant on the draw in the first period winning 7-of-8 face-offs and continues to show just how effective he can be when he’s got legitimately dangerous wingers on either side of him. Krejci finished with another goal in the third period, which has him with four goals and eight points in six games since sliding into the center position between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Krejci finished with the goal, four shots on net in 17:26 of ice time and won 11-of-19 face-offs while doing his best Patrice Bergeron impersonation once again. 






Vs. Ducks, Thursday, 7 p.m. (NESN)

Vs. Predators, Saturday, 1 p.m. (NESN)

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