The "old" guys still have plenty of gas in the tank.
Alumni from the Bruins and Canadiens put on a great show for more than 40,000 fans at Gillette Stadium today, with the Bruins coming out on top, 5-4 in a shootout, behind Ray Bourque's snapshot goal.
Brisebois scores! (That feels weird to type) Habs lead Bruins 1-0. Nice set up by Carbonneau. pic.twitter.com/pc4eFZcVK7— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) December 31, 2015
Kovalev puts the Habs ahead 2-0. pic.twitter.com/cDcAbvNb3C— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) December 31, 2015
Sturm scores! 3-2 Bruins. pic.twitter.com/GZITggdmfu— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) December 31, 2015
Classic Steve Shutt goal. Tie game. pic.twitter.com/c6ztBnqK48— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) December 31, 2015
Audette scores on the penalty shot after being mugged by Sweeney. pic.twitter.com/YePLXBB95u— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) December 31, 2015
Bourque still has a great release. pic.twitter.com/M6GGPTLpk4— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) December 31, 2015
- The Bruins' line of Marco Sturm, Sergei Samsonov and Mark Recchi looked like it could still be an effective NHL line today. Granted they were playing against retirees, but still: the entire offense went through that line, and they were fun to watch.
- Recchi had two goals, Sturm had a goal and Samsonov had a goal and three assists. ON FIRE!
- The atmosphere was pretty good for a game like this. It's just an exhibition; the main goal is for no one to get hurt. But the fans clearly appreciate seeing their old favorites out there again, and enjoyed getting a chance to boo the likes of Alex Kovalev one more time.
- Chris Nilan, a Boston native who spent time on both teams, came out for warm-ups wearing a jersey that had a Montreal front and a Bruins back. He later change to a plain Habs one, but the split loyalties jersey was pretty cool.
The worst (joking)
- Don Sweeney had a breakaway from the red line in early in the game, and got stoned by Jose Theodore. When asked about it after the game, Sweeney said that breakaways weren't his thing as a defenseman, that he was out of his element. The GM certainly had a good sense of humor about it.
- This was only noticeable because it was at night, but the lighting of the stadium combined with the heaps of fake snow around the rink make the ice look strangely brown in color, like dirty dishwater. Not the look the NHL is going for.