5 things we learned as Bruins come back to beat Habs

DJ Bean
December 09, 2015 - 5:19 pm

The last time the Bruins played the Canadiens, they blew a third-period lead and took a frustrating loss. They found themselves on the other side of that equation Wednesday night in Montreal. Now, perhaps their 3-1 victory can give the B's a little more confidence when the teams next meet in the Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium. With the Bruins down a goal and shorthanded with just over 12 minutes to play, Zdeno Chara batted a P.K. Subban shot out of mid-air up to Loui Eriksson in the neutral zone. Eriksson outraced Jeff Petry and beat Mike Condon for a breakaway goal to tie the game. Less than a minute later, Ryan Spooner sent a brilliant pass behind his back to Landon Ferraro, who scored in the slot to make it 2-1. The third period saw Claude Julien shuffle his lines with success. Moving Matt Beleskey up to Patrice Bergeron's line with Brad Marchand led to a Bergeron goal with 6:18 to play. That goal put the game out of reach and proved to be an important one given that the Habs wound up on the power play shortly after due to a Kevan Miller interference penalty. Here are four more things we learned: RASK CAN BEAT THE HABS Tuukka Rask's head might have exploded if the 1-0 score through two periods held up for the rest of the game. It would have added to the idea that the 2013-14 Vezina Winner simply can't beat the Habs. While Rask and the Bruins trailed for much of the game, Rask was excellent. In fact, the only goal he allowed was the result of some terrible luck. After the Canadiens won an offensive zone faceoff, Paul Byron threw threw the puck toward the front of the net from the corner. The puck bounced off Zach Trotman and past Rask for the game's first goal at 8:49 of the first. Aside from that goal, which at best was a fluke and at worst was the fault of the players in front of him, Rask stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced. BRUINS SURVIVE KREJCI SCARE David Krejci missed nearly seven minutes in the second period after taking a bit of an awkward hit from Lars Eller. He went to the trainer's room as every hockey fan in New England healed their breath, but he returned to the ice later in the period after having missed just 6:53. SEIDENBERG, HAYES RETURN, COLIN MILLER STAYS OUT Dennis Seidenberg returned from undisclosed injury, while Jimmy Hayes was also in the lineup after being made a healthy scratch the last two games. Colin Miller, who was also kept out of the previous two games, sat again. The Bruins have intimated that Miller's absence against the Canucks and Predators was injury-related, though Miller said Tuesday that he felt good enough to return to the lineup Wednesday. QUIET NIGHT FOR POWER PLAY Though the Bruins got a special teams goal in the form of Eriksson's shorthanded goal, they were 0-for-2 on the power play. The B's have now gone without a power play goal in four of their last five games.