According to head coach Martin St-Louis, a defeat hurts, as does a win.
Kaiden Guhle scored at 2:13 of overtime and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
Guhle took advantage of a loose puck in the slot to shoot into the open net after a nice push from Josh Anderson.
The 21-year-old defenseman stood out early in the game, blocking two point-blank shots from David Pastrnak during a Bruins two-man power play.
“The win hurts,” St-Louis remarked after the game. Do you want to win? You will suffer. »
Nick Suzuki and Brendan Gallagher scored early in the third period for the Canadians (7-5-2), who ended a 10-game losing streak against the Bruins (0-9-1). Samuel Montembeault stopped 25 shots.
“There is no magic trick or special pill that will win you,” St-Louis recalls. It’s about work, commitment, team performance and organization. There are a lot of details in ice hockey. »
“We played a good game, but we also made some mistakes. It’s part of a game. You need your teammates to support you when you make a mistake. The goalkeeper corrected the last mistake and Montembeault was outstanding tonight,” he added.
For the Bruins (11-1-2), Brad Marchand collected a goal and an assist, while Pavel Zacha also led the way. Charlie McAvoy had two assists and Jeremy Swayman stopped 24 shots.
Forward Rafaël Harvey-Pinard was back in the Canadiens’ lineup after missing three games with a lower-body injury. Joel Armia gave in to him.
However, the Habs lost the services of defender Jordan Harris in the second period. He suffered an upper body injury and his condition will be reassessed in the coming days.
The Canadian will play again on Sunday evening when the Vancouver Canucks visit the Bell Centre.
An entertaining ending
Zacha scored a goal just 36 seconds into the game, delighting the many Bruins fans in the stands. He scored his fifth goal of the season by blocking a McAvoy shot.
The Canadian had several opportunities to react quickly, but often missed the target.
For his part, Gallagher hit the post on a return just before halftime, following a throw from Sean Monahan during a two-on-one attack.
With less than four minutes left in the first period, Monahan also hit the post, shortly after Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk also hit the post at the other end of the ice.
The second period was less lively. Montreal defenseman Mike Matheson played lucky, deflecting Marchand’s shot out of danger with the handle of his stick, while the Bruins forward thought he could throw it into a gaping cage.
The tide turned in the Canadian’s favor at the start of the third period as the show finally began.
Suzuki beat Swayman for the first time on the other side’s power play 24 seconds into the game. Gallagher came back 27 seconds later and made a comeback in the opening while falling.
Oskar Steen thought for a moment he had answered for the Bruins with 2:05 left, but St-Louis prevailed in a tackle. The replays confirmed that the Swede had interfered with Montembeault.
The door opened again for the Bruins when Alex Newhook and Gallagher were penalized in the same sequence. Guhle and Johnathan Kovacevic sacrificed their bodies to block shots. Montembeault also frustrated McAvoy and Marchand during the long five-on-three sequence.
“It hurts even more when the puck lands in the net,” emphasized Guhle. You have to do everything you can to block shots. It hurts, but it’s also a good feeling. »
For the Bruins, it was just a postponement. Marchand tied the game 2-2 on another power play with 7:02 left. A throw from David Pastrnak toward the front of the net deflected off James van Riemsdyk and then off Marchand’s left skate before ending up in the goal. The target was confirmed after a short video meeting.
Guhle gave the Canadian the final say by going into overtime.
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