Grace Mothersole, Hockey Head Writer
Boston Bruins  @  Montreal Canadians

Bruins Rally Past the Canadians in Third

Montreal led 1-0 for two periods. It seemed like Montreal was going to beat Boston. The Bruins got a shorthanded goal in the third period when Loui Eriksson scored with one less man on the ice. That really gave the Bruins the momentum to come back in this game. Boston scored again in the third period when Landon Ferraro scored his third goal of the year before Patrice Bergeron will put this game away.

Montreal lost a critical game and blew a chance to win in the third period. The Canadiens may have lost at home, but they will play at Gillette Stadium on New Years Day in the 2016 NHL Winter Classic.

The New England Revolution of the MLS and New England Patriots of the NFL play at Gillette Stadium. The Bruins have hosted the Winter Classic at Fenway Park where the Boston Red Sox play in the MLB, but never Gillette Stadium. We'll find out if Montreal can get revenge on Boston at the start of the new year or better yet the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs if these teams end up meeting in the playoffs.

The Canadiens started Mike Condon at goalie instead of Carey Price. Price is their ace goalie so that may be why the Bruins were fortunate enough to win on Wednesday. Montreal outshot Boston 33-23 so for them to blow a 1-0 lead and give up 3 goals in the third period was completely unacceptable.

Condon is a crappy backup. Price's return cannot come soon enough.

Pittsburgh Penguins  @  Colorado Avalanch

Beau Bennett Leads Penguins Over Avalanch

The Pittsburgh Penguins trailed 2-1 after 2 periods thanks to early goals by Matt Duchene and Erik Johnson. The Avalanche maintained their 1 goal lead heading into the Pepsi center. Beau Bennett was clutch for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period at right wing. Bennett scored two goals including the game-tying goal and a goal that put Pittsburgh ahead 4-2 which was the final score in this game.

Patric Hornqvist got the go-ahead goal to put the Penguins up 3-2. He also had an assist. Hornqvist had 2 points on 3 shots on goal which is pretty phenomenal. I think you could have made a case for Hornqvist being first star of the game over Bennett for his clutch goal.

Marc Andre-Fleury made 24/26 saves. Defenseman Kris Letang took away passing lanes after a rocky first period. Colorado's lines could not combat the defense that Letang and Olli Maata provided as the Penguins adjusted accordingly after a rough start.

Both teams displayed potent penalty killing as neither team scored on the power play. Having a good penalty killing defense is much more important than scoring on the power play. Both of these teams can go far in the playoffs if their penalty killing steps up because both of these teams have a surplus of offensive players that can score.