Line change sparks Bruins

Published Feb. 7, 2013

MONTREAL — Changing his lines in the third period paid off for Bruins coach Claude Julien.

Julien moved rising star Tyler Seguin onto a unit with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, and it produced the tying and winning goals on its first two shifts as the Bruins downed the Canadiens 2-1 on Wednesday night.

"We needed to create more scoring chances because we didn't have many in the first two periods, so we tweaked the lines a bit, and the guys responded well," said Julien as the Bruins improved to 7-1-1.

"That Krejci line's been awesome for us, but (Wednesday) they weren't able to generate much, so I said, 'Let's move guys around here and give them a little spark,' and it worked out. Look at (Seguin) driving the net on that first goal."

Seguin sneaked in front to take a Krejci pass and lift the puck over Carey Price to tie the score 14 seconds into the third period. The speedy young centre then slipped the puck to the left wing on a rush, and Lucic fed it in front. Krejci got there just before Montreal centre Tomas Plekanec to tip it in at 2:05.

The Krejci-Lucic-Nathan Horton line has been Boston's best this season while Seguin went into the game in a slump with one goal in the first eight games.

"I was feeling snakebitten, but I'm glad one went in and we pulled this one out," Seguin said. "I feel I've been playing decently.

"I had a couple of goals called back. Things weren't going in. But we got it going in the third."

P.K. Subban scored his first of the season on a second period power play for Montreal, which was stoned by Tuukka Rask while outshooting Boston 11-4 in the opening frame.

The Canadiens ended a five-game home winning streak.

Julien called it the best game this season for Rask, who has built a 6-1-1 record as the starter while veteran Tim Thomas is on a self-assigned sabbatical.

"He's had the right attitude," Julien said of Rask.

game highlights: The Ducks' Saku Koivu and Sheldon Souray each had a goal and an assist, and rookie Viktor Fasth made 31 saves to get his first career shutout, 3-0 over the host Avalanche. Fasth has won his first four career starts this season.

around the league: Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky was fined $10,000, the maximum allowed under the new collective bargaining agreement, for boarding Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi on Tuesday. He will not be suspended. … Flames No. 1 goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is day-to-day with a strained knee ligament sustained against the Red Wings on Tuesday. The injury was not thought to be serious.

at Canadiens0101

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesR.Bourque, Mon (goaltender interference), 4:21; Seguin, Bos (holding), 6:12; Subban, Mon (hooking), 16:53.

Second Period1, Montreal, Subban 1 (Markov, Plekanec), 10:53 (pp). PenaltiesBoychuk, Bos (tripping), :54; Montreal bench, served by Gallagher (too many men), 4:01; Lucic, Bos (high-sticking), 8:56; Lucic, Bos (slashing), 14:09.

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Third Period2, Boston, Seguin 2 (Krejci), :14. 3, Boston, Krejci 3 (Lucic, Seguin), 2:05. PenaltiesKelly, Bos (hooking), 5:08; McQuaid, Bos (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:44; Gallagher, Mon (roughing), 7:44; Subban, Mon (tripping), 18:58; Krejci, Bos (hooking), 19:26. Shots on GoalBoston 4-11-8—23. Montreal 11-5-5—21. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 0 of 4; Montreal 1 of 5. GoaliesBoston, Rask 6-1-1 (21 shots-20 saves). Montreal, Price 6-2-0 (23-21).