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- January hasn't been a kind month for Lars Eller. He has just 12 points in 44 games, his lowest PPG average of any month.
Heading into Thursday's game in Boston, some felt that the key to the game was that the Habs get through it without sustaining any more injuries. In this sense, they were somewhat victorious, as no Hab left the game due to injury, though one player played through one to finish the game. However, in the more traditional (and accurate) way to determine a win, the final game of the season series goes to Boston as they shellacked Montreal 7-0.
Rather than write a recap of the game, the scoring summary says it all from this one.
Boychuk (Chara, Krejci) 1:01 1st
Campbell (Chara, Boychuk) 13:43 1st
Horton (Lucic, Krejci) 17:28 1st PP
Horton (Krejci, Lucic) 4:03 3rd
McQuaid (Chara, Lucic) 4:29 3rd
Kaberle (Recchi, Marchand) 11:27 3rd
Campbell (unassisted) 13:35 3rd SH
HW 3 Stars of the Night:
1st Star: Scott Gomez (-1 rating, 4 PIMS, 2 shots, 9/20 faceoffs, 20:07 TOI)
He had some bad moments, but when you look back at the chances the Habs had, he had a part in most of them. The fact he went right back out there after getting hit by Marchand despite the blood showed a lot of heart. The last few minutes of the game were some of the more dominant ones this season, perhaps this gets him going? (Depending on the status of his nose of course, which may have been broken on the play.)
2nd Star: P.K. Subban (-2 rating, 4 shots, 2 takeaways, 2 blocks, 23:51 TOI)
First off, he didn't get killed by anyone out there, which was the big fear from a lot of fans before this game. All the defencemen struggled but he at least produced a couple of scoring chances the other way while leading the team in shots.
3rd Star: Travis Moen (even rating, 1 shot, 3 hits, 15:38 TOI)
One of 2 Habs to not have a minus rating (the other being Ryan White) and one of the few to play with any sort of a physical edge. He missed a glorious scoring chance, but at least he had one.
Honourable Mention: Mathieu Darche (-1 rating, 3 hits, 12:17 TOI)
Having missed over a dozen consecutive games, I wasn't sure how rusty he'd be. All in all, he didn't play that bad, he was in front of the net on the powerplay and tried to play physically. Not a bad comeback game having missed so long.
Stats of the Night: Rather than bemoan the negative some more,
here are some of the better stats from this game (and even some of these are a
- Lars Eller had 5 hits, leading all Habs.
- In total, Montreal had 25 hits compared to just 11 for the Bruins.
- No Hab forward played over 21 minutes as the ice time (save for Halpern) was most closely distributed than normal.
- Carey Price made 11 saves in the 2nd to give Montreal at least a fighting chance in the 3rd.
- NHL Statsheet