- James Murphy, Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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BOSTON -- Bruins rookie Dougie Hamilton already had gotten at taste of the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry back on Feb. 6 when his team scored two unanswered third-period goals to erase a 1-0 Montreal lead and went on to win 2-1 at the Bell Centre. But on Sunday the Habs turned the tables on Hamilton and the Bruins, pulling off a similar comeback with two unanswered third-period goals of their own to win 4-3.
Hamilton scored his second goal of the season in the loss and his first in this bitter rivalry. While he was disappointed that the Bruins lost and fell two points behind Montreal in the standings, Hamilton was still smiling from another thrilling experience against the hated Habs.
"I was kind of excited for it and I think it was pretty fun with our fans on our side. Just unfortunate that we lost it in the third," Hamilton said. "I think with our fans getting into it, it was I fun to play them and play them here, but it would have been a lot better if we could’ve held on in the third."
Hamilton played in similar rivalries during his three seasons with Niagara in the OHL. He feels a similar atmosphere and rivalry with Montreal.
"We had a couple teams that we played in the playoffs, I think one of them was probably Oshawa, we played them two years ago," Hamilton recalled. "They just wanted to be dirty versus us so you kind of get used to that a little bit and it makes it a more intense game. I thought that was kind of similar to tonight."
But Hamilton knows that if the Bruins are to beat the Habs the next time they meet -- April 6 in Montreal -- or beat any team for that matter, they need to get back to their game and erase the mistakes they have been making of late.
"I think it’s a little unfortunate that we had those bounces and they scored those goals, but it’s not really a good feeling in the room right now," he said. "The way we’ve been playing in the third and how we’ve been doing, it’s a weird feeling so hopefully we can get back to how we did before."