Tuukka Rask and the Bruins suffered their latest loss against the Canadiens. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
If you thought the banged-up Bruins probably wouldn’t be able to beat the Canadiens right now, you were right.
Nothing the Bruins tried got to the Habs Saturday night, whether fighting (both Gregory Campbell and Torey Krug took turns trying to change momentum by dropping the gloves) or attempted offense (Carey Price shut out the Bruins for the first time in the regular season) was enough to prevent a 2-0 loss against the Atlantic Division leaders (box).
The Bruins fell to 0-3-0 against the Canadiens this season, while Tuukka Rask‘s lifetime record against the Habs fell to 3-12-3.
The Canadiens are a problem for the Bruins anyway, but without their top players — Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Brad Marchand, among others — a tough matchup becomes a lot tougher.
Here are four more things we learned Saturday night:
PATRICE BERGERON HAS NOT HAD FUN AGAINST THE CANADIENS THIS SEASON
None of the Bruins have been particularly successful against the Habs this season, but Patrice Bergeron usually doesn’t struggle against anyone. This season, however, the Habs have gotten the better of the two-time Selke winner.
Bergeron lost a faceoff cleanly to Tomas Plekanec during a first-period penalty kill, with Brendan Gallagher knocking the puck back to the point, where Andrei Markov fired a wrist shot through traffic that beat Tuukka Rask to get the Habs on the board. Bergeron took a pair of penalties, the first of which came in the second period during a prolonged Habs stay in the Boston zone when, playing without a stick, he covered the puck with his glove just before knocking it out of the zone. He also took a slashing penalty in the third period.
Remember, Bergeron was a minus-1 in the teams’ first meeting this season and was on the ice for three even-strength goals against last Thursday in Montreal. He has no points against the Habs in three meetings this season.
CHRIS KELLY IS HURTING
When the Bruins made their string of callups, one could easily lose track of all of the Bruins’ injury-related question marks on offense ‘ David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic ‘ but Chris Kelly‘s absence was a bit of a surprise when the B’s took the ice for warmups.
Kelly played regular shifts throughout Friday’s win over the Blue Jackets, with his absence in overtime appearing to be a product of the B’s opting for better offensive players by playing Lucic in his place in overtime. He had not missed a game all season, as he his season had gotten off to a generally good start after a back injury forced him to miss all of last postseason.
The loss added to the very interesting stat of how the Bruins have fared with and without Chris Kelly in the lineup in the regular season over the past three seasons. The B’s are now 73-27-12 with Kelly in the lineup and 22-16-3 without him.
DAVID KREJCI AND BRAD MARCHAND STILL ARE, TOO
Krejci missed his second consecutive game and 11th game of the season, while Brad Marchand was listed as being on injured reserve Saturday. That designation doesn’t allow a player to dress in a game for at least seven days, so the fact that Marchand had played last Saturday meant that even if he was placed on IR retroactively, he was no edible to play Saturday night.
With three of their regular forwards out, three of Boston’s lines had new looks Saturday night. The Bruins’ lineup was as follows Saturday:
Smith – Bergeron – Griffith
Lucic – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne
Lindblad – Khokhlachev – Fraser
Seidenberg – Miller
Morrow – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Krug
EVEN CARL SODERBERG MAKES MISTAKES
Jason Spezza re-upping with the Stars meant that Carl Soderberg could very well be the top free agent center on the market this summer should he reach free agency.
Soderberg has gotten off to a very steady start to the season, but a lapse in judgement in the offensive zone burned the Bruins in the second period. With his entire line going to the net, Soderberg took a pass from Loui Eriksson in the offensive zone and had both space to skate and a shot to skate, but he tried to force a pass to Milan Lucic that was easily picked off and taken the other way by the Habs, resulting in an odd-man rush and a Tomas Plekanec goal.