Sizzling Bruins top Canadiens in shootout

Basu The Canadiens are fighting for their season and the Bruins don’t care

Basu The Canadiens are fighting for their season and the Bruins don’t care

After three competitive periods of play and overtime could not determine a victor, the Bruins took down Montreal in the shootout, with Brad Marchand scoring on Boston's fourth attempt of the night to close out the win. Paul Byron and Jake DeBrusk matched goals to open the shootout, but there were five misses before Marchand potted the victor.

The Canadiens now sit in sixth in the Atlantic Division, eight points out of a wild-card spot and 12 out of a divisional spot. When he regained consciousness, he attempted to get back to his feet, but he collapsed after getting to his knees.

Officials opted to play the final 1:37 of the second after intermission. He was taken to the hospital for further exams.

The Canadiens later announced that Danault was transported to hospital to undergo testing, and that he is awake and moving. Marchand lifted the offering past Price for his 18th goal of the season.

Saturday's game had a plethora of scoring and physical play - the teams combined for 77 hits - so with the added pressure of important playoff implications, things only will get more entertaining in a rivalry that never lacks exhilaration, regardless of circumstance. The Canadiens missed an opportunity to go ahead 2-0 at 15:30 when Charles Hudon took a back pass from Alex Galchenyuk and rattled a slapshot off a post.

Squared up against Claude Julien's average-at-best club for the first time since he was sacked by the B's back in February 2017, Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask kicked a puck into his own net and put his team in an 0-1 hole at the 3:22 mark of the first period. Deslauriers picked up a loose puck at the Boston blue line and beat Rask with a low shot from the slot at 5:45. He contributed an assist on Brad Marchand's first-period goal and has one goal, four assists during the stretch.

But it was from the Galchenyuk goal that Rask's game improved (though that wasn't going to be hard with a 11-for-14 start to his evening), and the B's along with it. Jordie Benn blocked Chara's shot from the blueline, but David Krejci buried the rebound.

Coming attractions: This is the first of five games in eight nights for the Canadiens. So after Saturday, the Bruins will again see the Habs on Wednesday and Saturday, with tilts against the Dallas Stars and New York Islanders mixed in on Monday and Thursday as well.

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