MONTREAL – We already told you that Brendan Gallagher loves playing against the Bruins, and the same can be said for Tomas Tatar.
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Over the years, the 27-year-old Slovak has put up more points against Boston than any other team in the League.
Tatar has 15 points (9g – 6a) in 21 career outings versus the Habs Original Six rivals, adding another tally to his list on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
13 – Number of hits dished out by Charles Hudon – who returned to the lineup after being scratched in Buffalo – on Saturday against the Bruins, a career high. Hudon more than doubled his previous highest total of six, which came on October 10, 2017 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Tatars game-tying goal, which was scored on the power play, made him the third player on the Canadiens roster to hit double-digits in the goal-scoring department so far this season, joining Gallagher and Max Domi.
“Both teams are used to being competitive in the standings,” said Gallagher, who exchanged pleasantries, cross-checks and slashes with Kevan Miller as the first period ended. “The last few years it’s been different, but both teams feel they’re in it to be competitive this year and that animosity is what you get. That’s the second time we’ve played them this year and we get them again, and I’m sure it’s going to be the same kind of game. Every game it continues to build. There are a lot of guys on both teams who finish their checks and it’s fun.”
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“A penalty at that time of the game is not a penalty you want to take,” Julien said. “If (Drouin) said it’s on him he has reason. In a game like that when we came back to tie it, you really have to be disciplined. It’s certain that even if (Backes) went after him, he gave him a cross-check in the face and it’s a four-minute. It’s something we can’t keep doing if we want to win games. We need better discipline.”
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After Boston, the eight-year NHL veteran has been equally productive against the Buffalo Sabres (10g – 3a) and the New York Islanders (4g – 9a) since debuting in 2010-11, amassing 13 points against both squads.
With Drouin in the box for high sticking, the Boston Bruins scored a power-play goal late in the third period to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Saturday night in a hard-hitting and penalty-filled affair. Montreal has lost four games in a row for the first time this season.
Keep in mind that the Canadiens still have two regular-season games left versus the Bruins – December 17th at the Bell Centre and January 14th at TD Garden.
With less than six minutes remaining in a 2-2 contest, Drouin cross-checked David Backes in the face, cutting the Bruins winger below the bottom lip. The incident happened away from the run of play just minutes after the Canadiens came back from two goals down to equalize.
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