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Canadiens vs. Bruins 10 Takeaways: Rivalry Rekindled

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The Montreal Canadiens continue to struggle, falling 4-0 to the Boston Bruins

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1. Gally. Is. Back.

We have waited a long 39 games for this and I know I speak for most Habs fans when I say, “Welcome back, you pain in the ass. We missed you.”

2. Rene Rancourt

I often find myself wondering how and why this guy still has a job as an anthem singer.

He’s legitimately the worst singer around the league. Is it just the freak factor at play?

3. Remember this the dirty hit by Krug that concussed Shaw?

So did Andrew Shaw. He made sure to say hello to Torey Krug less than a minute into the first period. I think we all saw that one coming.

4. When you allow Zdeno Chara to do this...

You just know it’s going to be a rough night. Yet again the Canadiens are getting burned by their poor defensive coverage. Rumor has it the 401 highway is the busiest in North America, but you could argue the busier highway is the one leading all the opposing players to the Canadiens’ crease.

5. And it was a bad night.

The Canadiens’ offense was lacking once again. There were few high-level danger shots, and frankly, the team looked less than enthused.

In addition, the Bruins were able to capitalize on one of their seven power plays, while the Habs were not able to produce any momentum from their six, lucky to even set-up a play. We saw less movement during their 5 on 3 powerplay than what we can observe from a continental drift.

6. Speaking of penalties...

There were plenty on both sides. Nathan Beaulieu was called for two separate penalties, including this slash on Chara, which was a spear.

7. Mix it up

In an attempt to get things going, Therrien and company started up the blender. The top two lines by the third period were:

Byron - Galchenyuk - Radulov

Pacioretty - Danault - Gallagher

And, uh, yeah...it did a whole lot of nothing.

8. Too little, too late

Michael McCarron dropped the gloves and I have to at least give it to the kid for attempting to start a bit of a spark late in the third by taking on Kevan Miller, even if most of the team had clocked out by then.

9. Tukka Rask redemption

Rask finally wins his first at home against the Habs, now 1-9-3 versus Montreal at the garden. It’s gotten to that point, Rask is playing well versus the Canadiens. I’m fairly certain that’s one of the signs of the apocalypse.

10. Now what.

With the bye week approaching, many are wondering if this team will look the same come February 18th. Plenty of fans are calling for some serious coaching adjustments.

The old adage goes you can’t trade the whole team, and it’s easier to fire a coach. Maybe Marc Bergevin has other plans...