With the longtime rivals sporting vintage jerseys, Rolston -- who
had an assist and a short-handed goal in Saturday's 3-2 win in
Ottawa -- scored his 12th of the season in the second, tying the score shortly after Montreal opened the scoring midway through the
"It's always a tough game when you come in here," Rolston
said. "With the rivalry that we have, and we played in the
playoffs a couple of years ago, so you know it's going to be a
tough game and you've got to battle for your points every night."
Boston, which ended a five-game winless streak Saturday, has
tied four of its last six games (1-1-4).
"It's tough to win in this league when you don't have
goaltending that's going to give you that timely save when you need
it, and [Raycroft] certainly did that tonight," Bruins coach Mike
Theodore made a sensational save to preserve the tie at the end
of the second period. The Canadiens goalie was already down on the
ice when he spun around to make a backhanded stop on a shot by
Bruins defenseman Sean O'Donnell.
Theodore got a roughing penalty at 3:35 of the third when he
shoved Patrice Bergeron to the ice from behind after the Bruins
rookie crashed into him, knocking the net off and sending
Theodore's mask flying.
"He got pushed by our defenseman, but he still put his gloves up
and he hit me in the face; that's why I lost my mask," Theodore
said. "I thought he had two minutes for sure, but talking to
[referee Kerry] Fraser, he said he didn't really see it."
Canadiens coach Claude Julien was particularly frustrated that
no penalty was called on Bergeron, who was checked by Rivet as he
drove to the net.
"I'm getting sick and tired of seeing those things happening,"
Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. "Something has to be done;
he's too good of a player to have people run into him. ... We've
got to protect our goaltenders."
The Bruins wore two different sweaters during the game because
of a delay in receiving the vintage jerseys they were scheduled to
Boston began the game with its current black uniform, switching
to its retro jerseys from the late 1960s and early 1970s after
the first period.
"Maybe after missing the first period, they didn't get too
wet," Rolston said. "I like the jerseys, if that means anything.
It's fun being part of an 'Original Six' organization and playing
in games like that."
The Canadiens wore vintage jerseys from the 1945-46 season, the
team's short-lived first version of a white sweater.
The Bruins came close to scoring early in the second, but
Bouillon and center Mike Ribeiro sprawled across the goal line to
help Theodore keep a loose puck from crossing the line.
Montreal opened the scoring 10:08 into the period on Rivet's
second goal of the season.
Michael Ryder left a drop pass in the Bruins' zone for Bouillon,
who wristed a shot toward the net as Rivet cut across the
goalmouth. Rivet stuck his stick out and made contact with the puck
in the air, deflecting the shot over Raycroft's right shoulder into
Rolston drew Boston even 1:53 later off a redirected shot.
Bruins defenseman Hal Gill's point shot struck Bouillon's skate and
bounced to Rolston, who beat Theodore for his 12th goal of the
Bruins assistant general manager Jeff Gorton brought the
retro jerseys on a flight from Boston. ... The Canadiens sent RW
Jason Ward to AHL Hamilton for conditioning purposes earlier