Day in the NHL: New line works well for Bruins
Montreal • Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien mixed up his lines for the third period, and the move immediately paid off.
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 beat the Montreal 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 and maintained their hold on first place in the Northeast Division.
Seguin sneaked in front to take a pass from Krejci and lift it over Carey Price to tie the game only 14 seconds into the third period.
The speedy young center then slipped the puck to the left wing on a rush and Lucic fed it in front. The onrushing Krejci got there just before Montreal center Tomas Plekanec and tipped it in at 2:05.
P.K. Subban scored his first of the season on a second period power play for Montreal, which was shut down by Tuukka Rask while outshooting Boston 11-4 in the first.
The Canadiens' (6-3-0) five-game home winning streak was snapped.
"We played well in the first period, but starting in the second we kind of backed up," said defenseman Andrei Markov. "We stopped playing our game."