Claude Julien gets standing ovation in return to Boston

Jose Verdugo
Enero 18, 2018

"We're trying to do that against everybody, to be honest, but especially against Montreal", Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said after the victory. "I appreciate what they did for me". But thanks to terrific penalty killing from Chara, who was on for 2:25 of the 2:51 shorthanded time, and Adam McQuaid, in his first game back after missing 35 with a broken fibula, the B's made the moment theirs. "Even though I was a little winded at the end of it, it was a good feeling for sure".

Boston has now claimed points in 14 straight games.

Montreal had a two-man power-play advantage for 69 seconds midway into the second - immediately after Rask made a pad stop on Drouin's clean break in - but Boston limited the Canadiens' shots to mostly lower-percentage chances from the outside.

Brad Marchand added a power-play goal in the third period, and from there the Bruins left their foot off the gas ever so slightly, but still proved to be entirely too much; The Habs were beat to every loose puck, stopped at the attacking blue line, and consistently left to watch any and every Boston forechecker have their way in the attacking zone.

"I think up in Montreal they came out pretty fast obviously, a lot of energy in their building", Torey Krug said. I think everyone tries to play at their strength.

Pacioretty, meanwhile, has scored in each of his last four games, while Drouin and Alex Galchenyuk are riding three-game point streaks. Sixty years ago, the Fredericton native became the first back player in the National Hockey League, lining up for the Bruins in a 3-0 win over the Canadiens.

That's where the hospitality ended, though, as the Bruins scored four unanswered goals from that point on to give Julien a miserable return to a place where he has such fond memories.

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"You come here as a home team coach and now you come here as a visitor, (it's) a little unusual", Julien said before the game. "And as I said, I've got nothing but good things to say about this organization that gave me the opportunity to spend 10 years here, and you know, at the same time I'm kind of happy it's over so we can move on now, but that doesn't mean you forget what's happened here".

A 26-year-old rookie scored his first career goal, a former coach got some love in his first return, and the Penguins went as far as their goalie could take them.

Marchand's team-leading 19th goal at 3:40 of the third and Krejci's eighth of the season with the net empty at 16:46 put the game out of reach.

"It's just another game for me, I just want to help out", said Spooner.

- The Canadiens are a dumpster fire.

Both teams wore patches with a "60" centred in a circle, the National Hockey League logo on top, "Willie" on one side and "O'Ree" the other with "anniversary" scrolled across the bottom.

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