Hopefully, Boston Bruins All-Stars Marc Savard, Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara won’t make a wrong turn when they get to the Bell Centre in Montreal today.
One week ago, those three were at the home of and dressed in the locker room belonging to the hated Montreal Canadiens for hockey’s ultimate exhibition — the NHL All-Star Game. Today they’re in that same building for a grudge match, which could end with the Bruins leaving town with an 18-point lead in the Northeast Division standings (with a regulation win over the Habs).
All three All-Stars will play a prominent role in this one. Of late, Savard’s picked up his goal production and he needs to stay aggressive. Chara will need to be at his shutdown best against Montreal star sniper Alexei Kovalev. And Thomas, fresh off a rare game off, should be sharp and fresh enough to thwart the high-powered Habs. This season, Thomas is 10-2-3 in games after he dressed as a back-up the previous contest.
Season series: This is the fifth of six meetings on the year between Boston and Montreal. The Bruins are 3-0-1 against the Habs, including 1-0-1 at Bell Centre. But Montreal has won eight of the last nine regular-season meetings on its home ice.
What they’re writing: In the Montreal Gazette, Pat Hickey looks at the Bruins’ depth in net — something the Canadiens must envy right now. Hickey also has the details of the Habs’ Saturday win, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
Montreal Player to Watch: Although he came up big in the end of yesterday’s win over Los Angeles, Habs goaltender Carey Price has struggled since returning from injury. Including the three he allowed against the Kings, Price has surrendered 18 goals in the last five games. Assuming he gets the nod again today, he’ll really be under the gun. The Bruins have popped 11 goals by him in three games this season. Boston also beat his back-up, Jarolslav Halak, earlier this season.