A touching tribute to Guy Lafleur, but another loss

On this night in honor of Guy Lafleur, the Montreal Canadiens were no match for the Boston Bruins and lost the flag 5-3 on Sunday night at the Bell Center.

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It was the first CH home game since the death of the legendary number 10. Before the duel, the Habs scrolled through images of the famous number 10 on the icy surface of their amphitheater. They were accompanied by the piece of music “L’essentiel” by Ginette Reno. The CH then presented a touching video that notably featured the voice of Guy Lafleur and some of his best moments in the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge uniform.

The audience present also sang a benevolent “Guy, Guy, Guy” and gave the legendary ice hockey player a standing ovation for around ten minutes.

However, the fans didn’t get a chance to get very happy early in the game. The Bruins quickly took the lead via Patrice Bergeron’s bat. Before the end of the first period, Erik Haula doubled the guests’ lead with a penalty kick. It was Mike Hoffman who was caught red-handed in this case.

In the second half, Josh Anderson allowed fans to jump out of their seats for the first time in the game. Benefiting from a numerical advantage at the end, the Canadian number 17 pulled the ropes. It was the 10th shot of the Bleu Blanc Rouge in this duel.

Haula and Charlie McAvoy restored a comfortable lead over the “Oursons” before the median engagement ended, but the Canadian had yet to say his last word.

Hoffman bounced back from his first-season blunder by allowing his side to improve their win rate with an extra man. The veteran hit the bull’s eye in the opening moments of the third period while Marc McLaughlin was in prison. Shortly thereafter, Nick Suzuki reduced the gap to just one success with his 21st of the current season. The fans enthusiastically cheered on their favorites, but it wasn’t enough to earn the Sainte-Flanelle skaters promotion. Bergeron completed the scoring in an abandoned cage.

Because of this setback, the Canadians extended their losing streak to nine games. He’ll try to put an end to that during a visit to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night to take on the New York Rangers.

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