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Bruins vs Habs – Game Recap

Habs' Tomas Plekanec

The Montreal Canadiens kicked off their seven-game preseason schedule last night at the Bell Centre.

The outcome – a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins – a great way to start the preseason.

But preseasons give a chance for veterans and prospects to make errors and iron out the kinks in their game. For the amount of players with a shot at making Montreal’s season-opening roster, though, that amount is low.

Jarred Tinordi and Greg Pateryn, both players challenging for roster spots, used the game to help show their summer improvements, while veteran Andrei Markov used it as a preparation for the regular season.

Ryan Spooner opened the scoring just 1:17 into the game, when he picked up a blind backpass by Habs’ Nikita Scherbak. He skated hard to the net and beat Dustin Tokarski to put the Bruins up 1-0.

Later that period, Spooner drew a holding penalty on Rene Bourque. Matt Fraser capitalized on the power play to make it 2-0 with 10:48 left in the first period, firing a shot into the left corner past Tokarski.

The Habs narrowed the deficit to one goal with just 9.7 seconds left in the first period. Jiri Sekac got the puck past Niklas Svedberg’s left shoulder with a knuckle-puck that David Krejci deflected.

With the Bruins leading 2-1 in the second period, Loui Eriksson was called for a tripping penalty. With just a second left on the Habs’ power play, Christian Thomas banged the puck in past Svedberg.

Joey MacDonald relieved Tokarski halfway through the second period.

With just 48 seconds left in the game, Drayson Bowman found a way past the Bruins netminder to give the Canadiens a 3-2 win.

Note – Michael McCarron suffered an upper-body injury late in the second period when he went to the net against the Bruins’ David Warsofsky. He did not return.