Habs survive Boston whine, 4-3 comeback win
The Canadiens won another Battle for First Place, but both teams are claiming the moral high ground.
Michel Therrien called Brandon Prust dropping the gloves against Lucic "great leadership."
Claude Julien wound up a series of allegations against the Canadiens in general and PK Subban in particular:
“The frustrating part is that you end up with 17 minutes in the penalty box when you should have been on the power play. It’s as simple as that,” Julien said. “It’s frustrating because tonight, as everybody saw, there was a lot of embellishment and this is embarrassing for our game, embellishing. Right now, they’ve got over 100 power plays so far and it’s pretty obvious why. We’re trying to clean that out of our game and it’s got to be done soon.
“It’s not about tonight. It’s about the game and the embellishment embarrasses our game, and we need to be better at that because it was pretty obvious when P.K. [Subban] gets hit, he throws himself into the glass and holds his head. You know what? If we start calling those penalties for embellishment, maybe teams will stop doing it, but until we take charge of that, it’s going to be an issue."
The Canadiens shook off the effects of Saturday's 7-6 loss to the Penguins at the Bell Centre and opened up their current five-game road trip with a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins.
Trailing 3-2 in the third period, the Habs got the equalizer from Max Pacioretty at 5:31, and the winner from David Desharnais some four minutes later. The goal was Desharnais' second of the night, and seventh of the season. The goal by Pacioretty was his eigth. Brendan Gallagher assisted on both goals.
Tomas Plekanec, with his ninth, also scored for the Canadiens: with Michael Ryder picking up an assist. It was his first point since returning to the Habs in the Erik Cole deal.
Peter Budaj got the call in goal, and faced 34 shots. The Habs peppered Tuukka Rask with 26; only four in the third period -- but two of them found the back of the net.
There was some of the usual rough stuff we've come to expect when these two teams lock horns: Zdeno Chara and Alexi Emelin coming to blows, while Brandon Prust and Milan Lucic squared off as well.
Fine Whine from Boston? You be the judge: