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Talking Points: Pastrnak, Bergeron Lead Bruins Past Canadiens 4-2

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Here are the Talking Points from another come-from-behind win for the Boston Bruins as they beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Tuesday night:

GOLD STAR: Cha-Ching! Seems like we’re hearing that noise almost every game this season because make no mistake, Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak is literally writing his next paycheck for the next 7-8 years in almost every game he plays. With a goal and three assists on Tuesday, Pastrnak now has 37 goals and 32 assists in 47 games. Pastrnak was a presence in every shift he took Tuesday and after assisting on Patrice Bergeron’s game-winner, he finally lit the lamp with an empty-netter on his seventh shot of the game.

BLACK EYE: If this game didn’t prove to the NHL that they need to have division rivals play more often, and a lot earlier than Jan. 24 in the NHL schedule, then I’m not sure what will. It is absolutely ludicrous that the league’s best rivalry didn’t reunite until this late into the schedule! As the game (and credit to the Montreal Canadiens), proved, it doesn’t matter where each team is in the standings, this matchup will always matter, and always be a battle. I’ve had the pleasure of not only covering both sides of this rivalry but also doing so as a resident of both cities. Trust me, this rivalry matters so much and it should more to the NHL.

TURNING POINT: Who else but Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron to step up in the clutch and prevent a monster DraftKings Promo upset by the Canadiens. Canadiens forward Kirby Dach tied the game with his second goal less than two minutes after Bruins center David Krejci put his team up 2-1 midway through the third period. With momentum seemingly shifting the way of the Habs, the Bruins captain rose to the occasion once again and put the Bruins ahead 3-2 with 2:55 left in regulation with his 18th goal of the season. That proved to be the game-winner.

HONORABLE MENTION: For the eighth straight game, goalie Samuel Montembeault was starting for the Montreal Canadiens and he showed why. Montembeault was huge early on and continually put his team in position to win, finishing with 25 saves on 28 shots faced.

BY THE NUMBERS: 53 – As in 53 more points for the 2022-23 Boston Bruins to surpass the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens who hold the most points ever in a season with 132. At the rate the Bruins are going at right now, they may have already done it, but wouldn’t it be something if they could do it on April 13 on Bell Centre ice in the final game of the season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “It was great and it’s always like that in Montreal. I don’t think you can ask for anything better than that. …Boston-Montreal. No matter what day it is, I think fans are into it and it’s a special rivalry and proud to be a part of it.” – Patrice Bergeron to NESN’s Sophia Jurksztowicz postgame.

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Patrick

You are absolutely correct on the need for the NHL to return to the days of old when our beloved Bruins played the dreaded Habs 6-8 times a year. I understand the league officials wanting home and away games for every team, but why not just one game each against the other conference teams, alternating
yearly home and away. Just a thought. Thanks again for your great coverage of the Bruins.

Ugly Moe

The reason the rivalry doesn’t matter to the NHL is that the game itself doesn’t matter to the NHL.

Dean

bruins need to go and get chychrun, man is a huge upgrade over grezlyck and at a very affordable price for 2 years, guy can play both sides. and would be more lethal than grez. would ever be, bruins would gain significant cap space with a couple extra picks thrown in the deal. grez. 3.75 mil smith 3.1 mil reily 3.0 mil 1st rnd 2023 lysell 3rd and 4th 2023 chychrun cost 4.6 mil net 5.2 mil to sign a c/rw (power forward who can score) to play with coyle and hall. move frederic down to play centre with foligno… Read more »

William Mahoney

Best Rivalry in Ice Hockey – Bruins vs Canadians! Why don’t they play more games in the season?

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