Claude Julien saw it one way on the ice. It looked the same way on the monitor behind the Bruins bench before he decided to challenge the call. Nothing changed when he returned to his office after the second period to view it again.
By Julien's eye, Patrice Bergeron did not interfere with Carey Price. If Bergeron did make contact with Price, it was because Alexei Emelin pushed him into the goalie. Loui Eriksson's goal should have counted.
Instead, after his first coach's challenge, Julien is 0-1.
"Both his feet are outside the crease area," Julien said of Bergeron. "He got the inside position. Then I felt he was being pushed into their goaltender and even made that effort to get out. I saw Carey Price kind of back off here looking for the puck with Bergy not even touching him at that point when the puck went in. We're going to agree to disagree at times. I don't know what the reasoning is. They didn't take the time to explain. I don't think they need to. I really thought we had ourselves a goal there."
The league confirmed that video review upheld referee Dan O'Rourke's call: that Bergeron made incidental contact with Price before the puck went in and prevented the goalie from doing his job.
"On the replay, I thought it was clear I got pushed into him," Bergeron said. "My understanding was that if I get pushed into the goalie, I'm working hard to get out of there. It's kind of a gray area where if I do touch the goalie, sometimes they can call that and wave it off. They have to make a decision. Ultimately they kept their call on the ice, so we have to respect that."
Just a warning
Bergeron did not immediately expect Alexander Burmistrov to be disciplined for his high hit in the season opener. So Bergeron was not surprised when the Department of Player Safety opted for a warning instead of a suspension.
"I wasn't expecting anything," Bergeron said. "I was going to wait and see what would unfold out of it. Now that nothing happened, I'm going to move on and move forward. Like he said afterward, he apologized and said he wouldn't do it again."
Following Thursday's hit, Bergeron went after Burmistrov and was called for cross-checking. Julien took exception to the notion that the team's response for the hit was not stern enough.
"I can guarantee you that if Bergeron stays down on that hit," Julien said, "there's a pile on that guy, OK? So our team will stick together, which they also did when Bergeron got hit. They all got in there.
"But Bergeron was good enough to get there himself and start dealing with it before the referees got it. That response was good. Then you say, 'OK, he's fine, then the league has to look into it.' You're hoping the league will make the right decisions. They made a decision. We move on. If anybody wants to criticize the lack of response, it's a load of crap. Because our guys did respond."
Talbot back in
On Tuesday, after Max Talbot cleared waivers, the Bruins kept the veteran forward in Boston instead of assigning him to Providence. They still had Talbot in their plans despite placing him on waivers.
After being a healthy scratch against Winnipeg, Talbot made his season debut against the Canadiens, replacing Joonas Kemppainen on the fourth line. Talbot played on the right side. Chris Kelly, who was the No. 4 right wing against Winnipeg, moved to center. Zac Rinaldo remained at left wing.
Talbot played 12:18 and didn't attempt a shot. In the third period, Talbot went after Torrey Mitchell after the Montreal forward slew-footed Rinaldo. Mitchell was given a match penalty. Rinaldo was tagged with a 10-minute misconduct. Talbot was not penalized.
Chara out again
Chara missed his second straight game because of an upper-body injury . . . Tyler Randell and Zach Trotman were the healthy scratches . . . David Pastrnak assisted on both goals. The No. 2 right wing landed a game-high five shots on goal, including back-to-back point-blank rips in the first that Price turned back . . . Torey Krug hit the post and Brad Marchand nicked the puck off the crossbar in the first period . . . Holliston native Mike Condon beat out Dustin Tokarski for the No. 2 job behind Price. Naturally, Condon had plenty of ticket requests for the game. "It's just kind of surreal," the Belmont Hill graduate said of dressing for the Boston-Montreal rivalry. "I'm not trying to think too much. You just pinch yourself every once in a while to remind yourself that you're here."