Hunch by Bruins coach leads to 2-1 win over Canadiens

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


MONTREAL - Bruins coach Claude Julien played a hunch heading into the third period Wednesday night by putting Tyler Seguin onto Boston's big line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.
That move delivered a quick and very positive result.
Seguin scored 14 seconds into the third period and Boston took its first lead of the game 1:51 later on Krejci's goal, taking a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
"Call it spark, call it different mindsets," said Seguin, who swapped lines with right wing Nathan Horton. "I think anyone who's played this game knows that it's probably 75 percent mindset some of the time, so we went out there with a little spark in us like coach said we thought would happen, and it worked out."
Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots for Boston (7-1-1). The Bruins have yet to lose on the road through regulation (3-0-1).
"There are going to be some nights where things aren't going as well," Julien said. "We all know that Krecji line has been awesome for us and tonight they didn't seem to be able to generate much and I said, ‘Why not move guys around here, maybe give them a little spark?' And it worked out."
P.K. Subban scored his first goal on a power play midway through the first and Carey Price made 21 saves for Montreal (6-3).
The Canadiens, who swept a pair of weekend matinee games against Buffalo and Ottawa at the Bell Centre, are 5-2 at home.
Montreal held an 11-4 shot advantage in the first, but was outshot in each of the last two periods, 11-5 and 8-5, respectively.
"We had a strong first period and we have to continue playing the same way, try to play the full 60 minutes," said Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov, who assisted on Subban's goal. "They scored two quick goals at the beginning of the third and that was tough. It was a tight game."
Krejci assisted on Seguin's goal, which tied it at 1-1. Seguin got his second point with an assist on Krejci's goal at 2:05. The Czech center drove to the net to direct Milan Lucic's pass into the net for his third goal in five games.
"It's just one of those things that one guy was open and we happened to find him, and find the back of the net, as well," Krejci said.
Subban scored his first goal in three games 10:53 into the second period after Lucic was called for high-sticking.
It was the first power-play goal allowed by the Bruins on the road this season. Boston's penalty killers have allowed just three power-play goals overall while killing 36 of 39 opportunities by their opponents.
"Unbelievable, and we know how good Montreal's power play is and we were four seconds away from being perfect again tonight," Julien said.
David Desharnais shot wide of the right post with under six minutes remaining in the third period on a feed by Rene Bourque.
"It's a game that would have been nice to have," Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said. "We need to learn from it."
NOTES: Bruins center Ryan Spooner made his NHL debut in Wednesday's game. He was chosen 45th overall by Boston in the 2010 draft. ... Through their first three road games, the Bruins had not allowed a power-play goal while successfully killing 14 penalties. ... Boston's three days off since Saturday night's 1-0 win in Toronto is tied for its longest break of this shortened season. The Bruins also go three days without playing from Feb. 18-20, and Apr. 24-26. ... Julien has 235 wins as the Bruins' head coach, third in team history behind Art Ross (361) and Milt Schmidt (245). Julien went 72-62 as Canadiens coach from 2003-06, with 10 ties and 15 points from overtime/shootout losses. ... All of Markov's team-leading nine points, four goals and five assists, have come on the power play. ... The Canadiens allowed both goals at even strength. They have still outscored their opponents 15-9 overall in 5-on-5 play this season.