Well that was an entertaining middle 20 wasn’t it? The Boston Bruins not only take a 3-2 lead behind goals from Dougie Hamilton and Patrice Bergeron, but it looks like the Montreal Canadiens have poked the bear a little too much. Here are a few more observations from the second period:
1. After Tyler Seguin was cross-checked by Habs defenseman Alexi Emelin, Zdeno Chara stood up for the third-year forward and dropped the gloves. The Bruins captain did get two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct, but I’m sure Claude Julien did not mind him backing up his teammate. Emelin’s hit might be fine worthy but I doubt this gets a Shanaban. No word yet on whether or not their have been any 911 calls up in Montreal yet, though.
Chara was not the only one who dropped the gloves in the middle stanza as Milan Lucic and Brandon Prust exchanged pleasantries shortly before the Emelin incident. Lucic easily won the decision, but I doubt that this is the only time the two fight in their careers now that the former New York Ranger is in the Northeast Division.
2. Onto some other on-ice action, kids. Bergeron and Marchand have been stellar this game both tallying three point nights. While Habs defenseman Andrei Markov helped a little with Bergeron’s tally – his fifth on the season – the Bruins assistant captain is playing one of his better games of the season being assertive on both ends of the ice as usual. Marchand’s three assists, meanwhile are his career high and it seems defenses are starting to key on him after his torrid start, thus opening up scoring chances for his fellow linemates.
3. In case Bruins fans haven’t heard yet, this Dougie Hamilton kid is pretty good. The rookie defenseman was right on the doorstep to bank home the go-ahead goal pinching in the right place at the right time for his second of the season at the 9:20 mark. And think about it, the best is yet to come for Hamilton.