Snapshot: Price Stones Bruins Again In Boston; Habs Win 3-2 In OT As Blues Scout From Above

Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry scored 15 seconds into OT and goalie Carey Price made 41 saves as the Habs beat the Bruins 3-2 Monday.

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BOSTON — With a large St. Louis Blues scouting contingent watching from the TD Garden press box, Montreal goalie Carey Price made 41 saves, Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry had the overtime winner and an assist, and the hated Habs beat the Bruins in Boston for the second time this season.

The win pulled Montreal to within three points of the Bruins in the standings and prevented the Bruins from tying the Maple Leafs – who lost to Colorado Monday – for second place in the Atlantic Division. That was the final game of the four-game regular season series between the bitter rivals, with the road team winning every game and the series ending up tied at two.

David Krejci scored the game-tying goal with 38 ticks left in regulation to force overtime and Brad Marchand had a goal an assist in the loss. For the Habs, Brendan Gallagher also scored and Paul Byron scored the 10th shorthanded goal given up by the Bruins this season and added an assist as well.

Blues With Heavy Scouting Presence At Garden – St. Louis Blues Vice President of Hockey Op’s Dave Taylor, Asst GM and Dir of Amateur Scouting Billy Armstrong, GM of the team’s AHL affiliate the San Antonio Rampage & Pro Scout Kevin McDonald and two other Blues pro scouts took in the Bruins-Habs game from the TD Garden press box Monday. This comes as no surprise as just over ten days ago, we told you that the Bruins and Blues were engaged in serious trade talks, with St Louis forward Brayden Schenn drawing most of the Bruins’ interest in a potential deal between the two clubs. Well, we can confirm the two teams have continued to brainstorm trade scenarios, not just about Schenn but other Blues players such as forward Vladimir Tarasenko and defensemen Colton Parayko and Alex Pietrangelo. Could those talks be reaching a crescendo?

Shooting More Is Paying Off For Krejci – Krejci’s game-tying goal that forced overtime Monday gave him a goal in each of his last three games. All three goals continue to find Krejci ironically in the positions he usually feeds as one of the team’s greatest playmakers ever, a forward coming into the zone or at the top of the slot for the one-timer. Krejci has been burying those one-timers home with some seeds and after the game Monday, he acknowledged that he’s put an emphasis on shooting more and faster lately.

“Just try to shoot, you know, you always practice that in practices,” Krejci said.

Well, he is practicing in games as well as he had three shots on net Monday and has six in his last three games, with half of those tasting the twine.

Why Is Jake DeBrusk In Bruce Cassidy’s Dog House – Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk finished the game with no points and was a minus 1 in 21 shifts for 18:05 time on the ice Monday. However, at least from the eyes of this old puck scribe, he seemed to be hustling, going to the dirty areas and being a thorn in the collective side of the Habs for the majority of those shifts. Krejci even said that his game-tying goal doesn’t beat Price if not for DeBrusk paying the price (pun very much intended), down low.

“It doesn’t happen if, you know, JD [DeBrusk] doesn’t do a good job screening the goalie,” Krejci pointed out.

Yet during the second period and again as the game went on, DeBrusk found himself bouncing back and forth between the second and third lines. Head coach Bruce Cassidy was asked about that after the loss and indicated that the second-year player isn’t living up to expectations lately.

“I thought Jake had a good third period. I don’t think he was – the standard we expect out of him I don’t think has been there enough lately, period,” Cassidy said. “He’s been told that. We want him to play his way out of it. I thought in the third period there were some positives, so hopefully, that gets him going into the next game. We’ll see.”

Price Is Right In Boston – For whatever reason, Price looks right at home in TD Garden this season. In his two starts there this season, the Habs goalie made 33 saves in a 3-0 shutout on October 27 and then made 41 in the 3-2 win Monday. That’s 74 saves on 76 shots in the home of his team’s arch-rival. Price is now 4-1-1 in his last six starts in Boston. The Bruins have beaten Price three of the last four times they faced him up in Montreal. After the game Price spoke about his recent success at TD Garden.

It’s just the atmosphere,” Price said. “It’s a great place to play hockey, I’ve always enjoyed the rivalry between our two teams.”

There’s still a realistic chance the Bruins and habs could meet in the first round of the playoffs and one has to wonder if the Bruins would be better off not having home advantage in that series?

 

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Jimmy Murphy is CLNS Media’s NHL & Boston Bruins Insider. Murph brings to the network over 15 years of experience covering the NHL, NCAA and Junior Hockey. His Bruins coverage from the TD Garden and Warrior Ice Arena is available on http://www.youtube.com/clnsmedia With a hockey black book filled with Hall of Famers, players, coaches, scouts and a wide variety of media personalities, Murph is an essential resource for casual and diehard hockey fans. Every Tuesday, Murph hosts Bruins Beat on iTunes, Stitcher and the CLNS Media Network mobile app.