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MONTREAL - The bottom line from the Montreal Canadiens rematch with the Boston Bruins was: 10 goals, no fights, but one late bit of nastiness from Milan Lucic.Brendan Gallagher and P.A. Parenteau each had two goals as the Canadiens chased goalie Tuukka Rask out of the game to win their home opener 6-4 over the Bruins on Thursday night.Im very satisfied, said Montreal coach Michel Therrien, whose team rebounded from a 7-1 thrashing at Tampa Bay on Monday night. Our forecheck was good, our power play was much better. That was good to see after a bad loss.Max Pacioretty had a goal and two helpers, while Jiri Sekac got his first NHL goal for Montreal (4-1-0). Zdeno Chara, Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson and Simon Gagne, with his first as a Bruin, replied for Boston (2-4-0), which led 3-2 before fading late in the second frame. Boston was coming off a win Wednesday night in Detroit.The pre-game buildup was all about last spring, when the Canadiens upset Boston in seven games in the second round of the playoffs. In the handshake line after Game 7, Lucic reportedly threatened to kill Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin.Weise was a healthy scratch, but the Lucic vs Emelin animosity was a game-long subplot. The Canadiens defenceman knocked down Lucic with an open ice check early in the game.At 18:40 of the third, with Boston pushing to tie the game, Lucic crushed Emelin and was given a two-minute boarding penalty. After Parenteau scored into an empty net to seal the win, Lucic was handed a misconduct for mouthing off to the officials, then flexed his muscles to the Bell Centre crown in the penalty box. There were reports he also made a rude gesture to the crowd.Lucic did not speak to the media after the game.Otherwise, it was a peaceful game with plenty of end-to-end action.Thats what I expected, said Gallagher. When two points are on the line against a division rival, you cant take undisciplined penalties because theyll come back to bite you.It was physical and heated at times, but both teams understood the importance of the two points.Boston coach Claude Julien said sloppy play was to blame for the loss.We lost our focus, he said. We made some real bad mistakes that ended up in the back of the net.Im disappointed in some of the decisions that we made that cost us some goals. We have to fix that. But as long as the effort is there, you have an opportunity, you have a chance. It was just one of those games with a lot of bouncing pucks. Its a team thing right now. As a team, we made too many mistakes.Rask, who is 3-11-3 in his career against Montreal, allowed five goals on 23 shots before leaving 7:17 into the third in favour of Niklas Svedberg. Boston outshot Montreal 29-26.It was a big night for Sekac, the 22-year-old winger who signed as a free agent. He got his first career goal with his parents and his girlfriend from the Czech Republic in the seats.I tried to find him (in the seats), but theres way too many people, said Sekac. Its hard to describe my feelings. I cant stop smiling.It was also special for Parenteau, the former Colorado Avalanche forward who had scored shootout goals but none in regulation time in his first four games with Montreal.It felt great to finally have one go in, he said.The pre-game ceremonies saw perhaps the warmest applause Therrien has had in his three seasons as coach, while Ginette Renos national anthem had the crowd of 21,273 buzzing. But the Canadiens started out flat.Boston led 7-1 in shots when Chara, posted in front of Carey Price on a power play, had David Krejcis shot go in off his leg 9:03 into the game.That woke up Montreal, which responded with its first power-play goal in 15 tries this season when David Desharnais went hard to the net and saw the puck go off Adam McQuaids skate, then off Paciorettys skate and in at 11:33.After Gallagher put Montreal ahead at 7:43 of the second, the Bruins took over the game for an eight-minute stretch as Soderberg got the puck amid a crowd of Montreal defenders and scored at 8:34 and Eriksson tipped in a Torey Krug pass at 11:31.But in the final two minutes of the period, the Canadiens struck twice as Sekac jumped on a deflected puck and scored into an open side at 18:11 and Parenteau scored from the slot at 19:36.Those two goals were huge, said Gallagher. When Jiri scored, everyone got excited. It was his first NHL goal, and P.A.s first as a Hab. It was fun to share that excitement with them.Pacioretty deflected Emelins pass in off Gallaghers leg 7:17 into the third, but Boston got it back at 14:11 as Lucic went around Emelin and saw his shot fall behind Price, and Gagne slide in to score with his skate.The Bruins looked ready to push for the equalizer, but Lucics penalty killed the momentum and Parenteau added an empty-net power-play goal.Notes — The highlight of the pre-game ceremonies saw goaltending great Ken Dryden pass a torch to Price to start the player introductions, in which the Canadiens handed the torch to one another. . . . Montreal sat out Weise and defenceman Nathan Beaulieu in favour of Travis Moen and Emelin, who returned from an upper body injury. . . Gagne and Gregory Campbell dressed for Boston, which scratched Matt Fraser, Matt Bartkowski and Ryan Spooner. 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He also tried to limit his time discussing his departure from Roush because the start of Sundays race was approaching. "Right now, the mission is to win this championship, this race," Edwards said. "This is my decision, its a decision I made and I didnt take it lightly. Sometimes you just want to make a change, and opportunities present themselves and you say, Hey, what was that like to not take that opportunity? " With a move to Gibbs, Edwards will be reunited at a Toyota team with Kenseth, whom he didnt always get along with when they were Roush teammates. Minutes before the race, team owner Joe Gibbs declined to discuss Edwards but said a fourth car at the organization is possible. Leaving Roush ends Edwards long association with Ford. The manufacturer stepped up heavily in contract negotiations four years ago to offer incentives to keep Edwards from leaving Roush for Gibbs. "Carl Edwards has been a part of the Ford family for a decade, and it will certainly be tough to see him leave Ford and Roush Fenway Racing," said Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing. "While we are disappointed in his decision to leave Roush Fenway Racing, we certainly want to extend our appreciation for Carls contributions." Edwards has been with Roush since 2003 and in the No. 99 Ford in the Cup Series since 2004. He has 67 career victories in NASCARs three national series. Edwards results have not been anywhere close to what he had hoped after losing the 2011 championship on a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart. Edwards went winless in 22012, his first year of a new three-year contract extension with Roush, and missed the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.dddddddddddd Although he won two races last season, he finished last in the 13-driver Chase field. His performance is much better this year and Edwards goes into Sundays race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ranked sixth in the standings with two victories. He said he does not want his departure to interfere with winning the Chase. "If you look around, not in the NASCAR world, but all of sports, change sometimes is a good thing from a performance standpoint," Edwards said. "You guys know what Ive been through from a competitive standpoint. Ive been really close as a driver to some championships, and I know what one point, one race can do. So the last thing Im going to do, or (the team) is going to do is let next year and beyond affect the championship." Roush disclosed its three-driver 2015 lineup: Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will both return, and Trevor Bayne will move up from the Nationwide Series to a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride. "We have always prided ourselves in developing talent at Roush Fenway, and our 2015 lineup is a testament to the success of our organization in that respect," Jack Roush said. Biffle has been with Roush since 1998 and earned the organization its first NASCAR championship with the 2000 Truck Series crown. He added a Nationwide Series title in 2002. He has qualified for the Chase in five of the last six seasons and was a career-best second in 2005. "I dont have the words for what Jack Roush has meant to my career," Biffle said. "Our goal remains to run up front, win races and become the sports first triple crown winner by having a championship in all three series." Stenhouse, a two-time Nationwide Series champion, joined Roush Fenway in 2008. He replaced Kenseth in the No. 17 Ford when Kenseth left for Gibbs. Fastenal, one of the primary sponsors on Edwards car, will move its funding to Stenhouse next season to remain in the organization. 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