Canadiens’ Winter Classic Win over Bruins a Big 1st Step on Road to Recovery

January 1st, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

A game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins doesn’t generally need profound storylines or even the spectacle of an outdoor game to be compelling.

Friday’s contest between the two clubs had both, with the surging Bruins and faltering Habs duking it out in front of more than 60,000 people for first place in the NHL’s Atlantic Division.

It was a chance for Boston to establish itself as the divisional power after a controversial summer and tough start to the year, and a chance to twist the knife into a Montreal team that squandered much of its fine work early in the year with a brutal December.

Instead, the Canadiens delivered a statement with a 5-1 victory. Montreal isn’t going to meekly fade away. There’s fight left in this team.

It’s easy to overstate the importance of any single regular-season game, and it’s worth remembering that this win gives Montreal the same two points that any other win would have. Having noted that caveat, there’s also something to be said for taking away a division lead from a historic ...

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