Lars Eller scored twice, Alex Galchenyuk collected three assists and Carey Price turned in another solid effort to lead the Canadiens to a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night at the TD Garden. The win gave the Canadiens a 2-0 record, while the Bruins dropped to 0-2.
The B’s spotted the Canadiens an early power-play goal after a phantom Matt Beleskey penalty and then had a goal inexplicably waved off for goalie interference. Maybe if those two key moments went a different way, there would have been a different outcome. Maybe. But the fact of the matter is they chased the puck all night and got the result you usually get when that happens. Montreal finished with a 38-20 advantage in shots.
The Canadiens took a 3-1 lead into the third period and made it 4-1 on an empty-netter before Patrice Bergeron scored with 30 seconds left.
The B’s not only lost a game, they may have lost Brad Marchand for a while. Marchand left the game very woozy when he ran into Dale Weise’s elbow late in the third.
A half dozen new Bruins debuted in the rivalry and one of them, Beleskey, got a quick christening.
Just 1:14 in, Beleskey made what looked like a routine check on Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin, but he was called for a phantom penalty — an illegal check to the head. Eleven seconds later, Andrei Markov fed David Desharnais, who was stopped on his initial shot by Tuukka Rask but was able to beat the goalie on the rebound.
That set a sour tone to the evening for the Bruins.
As they often do against the Canadiens, the B’s had their chances on Carey Price, but either the shots were just a hair off or the goalie showed why he won both the Hart and Vezina Trophies last year.