Habs Game Report: Montreal salvages vital point in shootout loss to Boston

The bottom line: Brad Marchand scored the winning goal in the fourth round of a shootout to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win over the Canadiens on Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Paul Byron and Jake DeBrusk matched goals to open the shootout, but there were five misses before Marchand potted the winner. The single point for the shootout loss left the Canadiens eight points out of a wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Danault out indefinitely: The Canadiens lost the services of centre Phillip Danault, who was knocked unconscious when he was struck in the head by a Zdeno Chara slapshot with 1:37 remaining in the second period. Danault lay motionless on the ice for five minutes. When he regained consciousness, he attempted to get back to his feet, but he collapsed after getting to his knees. While the medical staff brought out a gurney, officials decided to suspend the remainder of the period and play it after the intermission. Danault was carried off the ice on the gurney and taken by ambulance to hospital for observation. The Canadiens reported he was awake and moving at hospital.

All even after one: Max Pacioretty gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead when he scored at 3:22 of the first period on the rebound of a shot from the blueline by rookie defenceman Victor Mete, who was making his first appearance since helping Canada win the gold medal at the world junior championships. Pacioretty had a couple of swipes at the loose puck before bouncing it off Tuukka Rask’s skate. It was the 11th goal of the season for Pacioretty, who has scored in each of the last three games. Marchand tied the game with a power-play goal at 17:48. Marchand got a step on Byron and converted a perfect pass from Patrice Bergeron. The Canadiens missed an opportunity to go ahead 2-0 at 15:30 when Charles Hudon took a back pass from Alex Galchenyuk and rattled a slapshot off a post.

Back and forth: The Bruins grabbed the lead for the first time when they took advantage of a sloppy line change and De Brusk was able to skate in alone and beat Carey Price at 2:55 of the second period. Nicolas Deslauriers pulled Montreal even when he picked off a pass from Chara in the neutral zone and then beat Rask at 5:45 with s perfect shot along the ice on the blocker side. The Canadiens regained the lead when Galchenyuk scored a power-play goal at 8:51. It was his 11th of the season and the 100th of his career. The Bruins tied the game once again at 17:42. Jordie Benn blocked Chara’s shot from the blueline, but David Krejci buried the rebound.

Specialty items: While Galchenyuk scored a power-play goal, the Canadiens failed to take advantage of their opportunities with the extra man. They went 1-for-4 with only two shots on goal. The Bruins scored on their only power play. 

Coming attractions: This is the first of five games in eight nights for the Canadiens. They are home to the New York Islanders on Monday (7:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN-690 Radio). The Canadiens hit the road for games Wednesday in Boston and Friday in Washington before wrapping up the week with yet another game against the Bruins next Saturday at the Bell Centre.

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