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After first regulation loss in 26 days, Bruins continue to have a ‘beef’ with a flawed offside challenge

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Let’s get this out of the way first — an overturned goal in the third period was far from the only reason why the Bruins’ six-game win streak came to an end on Tuesday night in Montreal. 

Boston’s 5-4 loss to the Habs was the byproduct of many shortcomings from a B’s club closing out its second three-in-four slate in as many games.

Tuukka Rask, who entered the game with a stout stat line comprised of a .949 save percentage and 1.49 GA, finally blinked between the pipes — surrendering five goals in the loss, three of which he’ll want to have back off of low-danger attempts. 

Boston’s buzzsaw of a top line was held off the scoresheet during 5v5 play, while the Habs managed to pot a pair of goals against Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak in 13:34 of ice time. 

An up-tempo Montreal crew used its speed and sluggish puck play from the B’s to hold skating clinics in Boston’s zone, with a gassed lineup unable to withstand an active Canadiens forecheck.

And yet, for as much as things went wrong for Bruce Cassidy’s team, it still put itself in a good position to at least earn a point against its longtime rival. 

In fact, the Bruins very well could have left the Bell Centre with two points. After all, Charlie Coyle appeared to give Boston a 5-4 lead at 5:23 in the third period — give Boston its first lead of the night in what was an uphill climb in enemy territory. 

But, in a 2019-20 campaign that hasn’t featured many setbacks, the Bruins once again found themselves in the crosshairs of one opponent that haven’t been able to best quite yet — the video review room in Toronto.