Canadiens' youth movement outplays Bruins

The Montreal Canadiens won 2-1 over the Boston Bruins, April 6, 2013 at the Bell Centre in...

The Montreal Canadiens won 2-1 over the Boston Bruins, April 6, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:51 PM ET

MONTREAL - You get a team like the Montreal Canadiens having the season that they’re having - coming from last place in the Eastern Conference last year - and you wonder if they are legit.

You look for signs.

The Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 at the Bell Centre Saturday night to open up a three-point lead atop the Northeast Division and the signs are good. The Canadiens carried the game for the most part, set the tempo, played more disciplined hockey, survived a Bruins surge in the second period and then killed a Bruins power play with a minute to go.

Not that killing a Bruins power play is something to tweet about these days (25th in the NHL, though 10th on the road).

The Bruins are missing a couple of pieces in the middle, including top-end centre Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly — a guy who keeps things running smoothly in the engine room, so you take that into consideration.

But the Habs looked good.

They got a good jolt from their line of youngsters Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller with Brandon Prust - Galchenyuk scored his fifth of the season to open the scoring and the line had a couple of dominating shifts and won the special teams battles.


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