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Sports Offensively-challenged Canadiens fall to Bruins in overtime

04:11  04 march  2018
04:11  04 march  2018 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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BOSTON — A superb effort by Antti Niemi was wasted as Brad Marchand scored at 2:06 of overtime Saturday to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Canadiens at TD Garden. Niemi made 48 saves but didn’t get any help from the offence after Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring in the first period

Offensively - challenged Canadiens fall to Bruins in overtime . About last night … The Bruins went on to dominate the overtime , outshooting the Canadiens 4-0 and earning the win on Brad Marchand’s goal at 2:06.

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BOSTON — A superb effort by Antti Niemi was wasted as Brad Marchand scored at 2:06 of overtime Saturday to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Canadiens at TD Garden. Niemi made 48 saves but didn’t get any help from the offence after Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring in the first period, A power-play goal by Jake De Brusk at 17:15 of the third period allowed the Bruins to tie the score. DeBrusk tipped Nick Holden’s shot to spoil Niemi’s shutout. The Bruins went on the power play after Jonathan Drouin was sent off for delay of game.

The Canadiens have picked up at least one point in each of their last seven games (3-0-4).

Maple Leafs favourites, Canadiens home underdogs on Saturday NHL odds

  Maple Leafs favourites, Canadiens home underdogs on Saturday NHL odds Second place in the Atlantic Division standings will be on the line on Saturday when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Boston Bruins as -120 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Toronto tallied its 13th victory in 16 games on Thursday, a 4-3 shootout win over the visiting New York Islanders as a -195 bet, and sits just one point back of second-place Boston going into Saturday night’s Bruins versus Maple Leafs betting matchup at the Air Canada Centre.The Maple Leafs’ 13-3-0 run includes eight straight wins on home ice and has featured an offensive resurgence, with Toronto shooters averaging 3.

The former first-overall pick also contributed offensively with, five goals and 26 points, a far cry from his 38 last season in Calgary. Bruins beat Canadiens 2-1 in OT.

About last night Bruins beat Canadiens 2-1 in OT. In the Habs' Room: Niemi 'deserved better' but team was too Offensively - challenged Canadiens fall to Bruins in overtime .

Gallagher strikes again: Gallagher staked the Canadiens to a 1-0 lead for the second consecutive night. Gallagher intercepted a pass from Kevan Miller at the blue-line and blasted a shot over Anton Khudobin’s blocker at 9:16 of the first period. Gallagher leads the Canadiens with 23 goals. The Canadiens outshot the Bruins 12-10 in the period but there were several other scoring chances for each side. Sean Kuraly slashed Paul Byron to foil a breakaway attempt. The Canadiens had four shots on the ensuing power play but the Bruins had the best chance with a shorthanded 2-on-1 break that ended with veteran Rick Nash firing wide. David Pastrnak hit a goalpost early in the period.

Killer defence: The Bruins stepped it up in the second period when they outshot the Canadiens 19-5 but failed to beat Niemi. Boston had a 5-on-3 advantage for 41 seconds after Jacob de la Rose and Byron Froese took back-to-back tripping penalties, but Boston managed only one shot with the two-man advantage. Their best scoring chance during the second power play was a shot by Nash, which hit a post. Boston went 1-for-6 on the power play with 21 shots on goal. The Canadiens’ power play went 0-for-4 with four shots.

Kings pushing to acquire Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty in trade

  Kings pushing to acquire Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty in trade The Los Angeles Kings are taking a run at acquiring Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty as they try to beef up their scoring in an effort to squeeze into one of the wild-card spots. “The L.A. Kings, they’re pushing hard now for Pacioretty,” Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos said during the Headlines segment of Hockey Night in Canada Saturday. “We know throughout the last few years there’s always at times a goal-scoring issue with the L.A. Kings — whether they have enough.”Kypreos believes Montreal has asked about some of the Kings’ young forwards as well as a first-round pick.

These two teams are meeting for the 2nd time this season, with Montreal having already beaten the Panthers in Florida 5-4 on New Year's Eve. About last night … Bruins beat Canadiens 2-1 in OT.

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Injuries bring changes: Rookie defenceman Victor Mete (hand injury) and Max Pacioretty (lower-body injury) flew home to Montreal to be evaluated by the Canadiens’ medical staff. Both players were injured in Friday’s 6-3 win over the Islanders. The Pacioretty injury opened a spot for rookie Nikita Scherbak on one of the top lines. He played with Phillip Danault and Artturi Lehkonen. Jordie Benn, who was a healthy scratch Friday, returned to the lineup in Mete’s place. The Canadiens also called up defenceman Rinat Valiev, who was acquired from Toronto at the trade deadline.

The road ahead: This was the second stop on a six-game road trip, which continues Tuesday when the Canadiens face the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN Radio 690). After the game, the Canadiens are off to sunny Florida where they face the Panthers Thursday in Sunrise and the Tampa Bay Lightning in an afternoon game Saturday. The trip concludes on March 12 in Columbus.

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Marchand scores in OT, Bruins rally past Canadiens 2-1 .
Marchand scores in OT, Bruins rally past Canadiens 2-1Marchand scored 2:06 into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 comeback win over the Canadiens on Saturday.

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