Canadiens lose in Boston, trade Cammalleri

In what was the final game for Mike Cammalleri as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, the team was beaten 2-1 on Thursday night by the Boston Bruins.

Disgruntled forward heads back to Calgary

Montreal forward Mike Cammalleri, in his final game as a Hab, couldn't beat Boston goalie Tim Thomas on this play Thursday night. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Jordan Caron and Milan Lucic scored, and Tim Thomas stopped 33 shots on Thursday night to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Carey Price made 28 saves for Montreal, which lost to Boston for the third straight time and fell to 3-8 since Randy Cunneyworth took over as coach.

Yannick Weber scored for the Canadiens late in the third period, ending a scoring drought of over 113 minutes for the club.

Habs-Flames trade

To Calgary: 

  • F Mike Cammalleri (38 GP, 9G, 13A, minus-6)
  • G Karri Ramo (KHL)
  • Fifth-round pick in 2012

To Montreal:

  • F Rene Bourque (38 GP, 13G, 3A, minus-3)
  • F Patrick Holland (WHL)
  • Second-round pick in 2013

Montreal forward Mike Cammalleri, who has complained about ice time since Cunneyworth replaced Jacques Martin, as well as a "losing attitude" in the dressing room, played just under nine minutes and was traded after the game to Calgary, where he scored a career best 39 goals while with the Flames in 2008-09.

Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier said he had been working on deals to make the team bigger for more than a month, and denied Cammalleri was traded because of his comments.

"No, not at all," Gauthier said. "I didn't make a big deal about all that. There's emotion around the team, somebody says something, I'd rather see emotion than people that don't care. ... He never asked to be traded or anything. He's part of the team and he cares a lot. That's why he made those comments."

Camalleri played just under nine minutes, pulled from the game before the third period.

"It's just something that is not too common during a game, but he was pulled away from the ice and obviously been dealt," Cunneyworth said. "The only message is that we're trying to improve our team. Obviously, a general manager makes a deal only if he feels he's strengthening the team. We feel that will be the case. That's the only motive and we feel strongly about that."

Cammalleri was a hit in Montreal in his first season, with 39 goals in 84 regular season and playoff games in 2009-10, but his production has dipped since. He's also been hit by occasional minor injuries, with just nine goals and 13 assists in 38 games this season.

He has three years remaining on a deal that will include a $6 million US cap hit in each season.

Forwrd Rene Bourque, the biggest name coming back to the Habs, has a contract with four years remaining after this season, with a salary cap hit of $3.33 million.

Game recap

The Habs-Bruins game lacked the usual intensity of a matchup between the Original Six rivals — to the point where the crowd decided to entertain itself in the third period with derogatory chants about Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos quarterback who will face the New England Patriots on Saturday.

"Right now, I think they've got other things on their minds," said Boston coach Claude Julien, who once held the same position with the Habs. "I haven't felt the same energy, but yet the results of the game are very similar: When we do beat them, we don't beat them by much, and \vice versa. But certainly, it doesn't have the same flare it had maybe a year ago."

But just a few minutes later, P.K. Subban elbowed David Krejci near the benches and Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference quickly came over to intervene. Ference was given four minutes and Subban two, resulting in Montreal's second power play of the game.

Twenty-nine seconds in, Weber put a screen shot from the right point past Thomas to make it 2-1.

The Bruins took the lead on a fluke goal just 83 seconds in, when Johnny Boychuk sent the puck around the boards and it took an odd bounce. Carey had gone behind the goal to play the puck, but it rolled right in front of the crease and Caron, who was recalled from Providence earlier in the day, put it into the empty net.

That's the way it stayed until 3:43 into the third, when Krejci dug the puck out of the boards and sent it behind the net to Nathan Horton. He passed it to Lucic in the slot, with a deflection of Tomas Plekanec's skate that forced the Bruins forward to switch to his backhand before quickly swiping it past Price into the net.

That extended Krejci's point streak to a career high-tying 10 games — the longest point streak in the NHL this season.

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