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Bear Essentials: Quick Hits From Bruins 6-5 Shootout Loss To Montreal

By Mark Feldman, 98.5 The Sports Hub
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Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens reacts after scoring the game-winning goal in an overtime shootout on Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins during the game on March 27, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens reacts after scoring the game-winning goal in an overtime shootout on Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins during the game on March 27, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Here are a few quick hits from the Bruins’ 6-5 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

NEGATIVES

- It took the Canadiens three shots “to open the scoring on Wednesday night, after combining for one goal on 79 shots the past two games.” – Canadiens.NHL.com

- The Canadiens have scored first in each of the three meetings against the Bruins this year.

- Although the Bruins lost yet another game when heading into the third period with a lead, this one felt different as there were several odd bounces. Claude Julien said after the game: “I don’t think we blew that because we held back.”

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-  Tuukka Rask allowed five goals on 26 shots in regulation.

- Zdeno Chara finished with 29:23 of ice time. The only person with longer minutes was Montreal’s PK Subban.

- The Canadiens take sole possession of the North East division with the win.

POSITIVES

- The Krejci-Horton-Lucic line had a goal and were at least getting opportunities throughout the game — although not converting.

- The Bruins did score a power play goal — going 1-for-4 on the man advantage.

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OTHER

- Eight of the last nine meetings between Montreal and Boston have ended with a one-goal differential.

- From Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs36s): “Tonight only 2nd time all season the Bruins have reached five goals in a game (Jan. 28 vs Carolina). Haven’t scored more than that this year.”

Meanwhile, Canadiens have scored four or more goals 17 times this year.

- The Bruins now go on their only two-day stretch without a game for the months of March and April.

Mark Feldman has worked at 98.5 The Sports Hub for the last four years and currently works on the Gresh & Zolak show. Follow Mark on Twitter @Feldman985.

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