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BSJ Game Report: Canadiens 5, Bruins 4 — Poor showing from Rask, offside challenge snap B’s win streak

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 5-4 loss to the Canadiens in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

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Another poor period — and a tough game for Rask: After getting punched in the mouth by the Penguins during the second period of Monday’s win, a Bruins club playing on the second leg of a back-to-back slate once again put forth a stinker for 20 minutes up in Montreal. 

By the time both Boston and Montreal returned to the locker room for the first intermission, the Habs built themselves a 3-1 lead — taking advantage of some poor goaltending from Tuukka Rask and sloppy puck play from the rest of Boston’s roster. 

Considering that Montreal really didn’t generate too many Grade-A shots in the slot during that first period, a big portion of the blame has to go to the man in net — as Rask was unable to corral both a wrister from Tomas Tatar at 16:45 before getting beat five-hole by Paul Byron just 31 seconds later. 

Still, even if Rask wasn’t sharp in the early going, Boston’s skaters didn’t do much to help him out — with the B’s only landing six shots on goal in the opening stanza.

Being put in an early hole didn’t help the Bruins' cause, but Rask