The Bruins' first shot on goal came midway through the first period and at times, the team just seemed Perhaps they were missing the presences of Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton, all of whom were out of the lineup healing from various injuries.
But with the stellar play of Tuukka Rask in goal and some timely line changes to start the third period, the Bruins were able to score twice in quick succession and get the victory.
Slotting Tyler Seguin in with David Krejci and Milan Lucic ended up producing both of Boston's goals, the first by Seguin and the second by Krejci about two minutes later. Thus, the Bruins erased Montreal's 1-0 lead and were able to hold that score until the end of regulation. Plus, Seguin probably eased some of his anxiety from not being able to score non-shootout, non-empty net goals.
"I was feeling snake bitten, but I'm glad one went in and we pulled this one out," he said.
Again, being able to hold that lead was thanks in great part to Rask being strong in net--and sometimes outside and near it, too. He made 20 saves to earn the victory and first star honors. He probably would have had to make more saves if the Canadiens hadn't been bitten by the no-shots bug in the second period and been unable to test him until midway through that stanza.