Montreal Canadiens defeat Boston Bruins, 4-1

Cam Neely acknowledged that the Winter Olympics in his native Vancouver were exciting and inspiring, but at the same time, the Bruins vice president believes the NHL’s participation in the Games is a mixed bag.

On the one hand, the hockey is very compelling - such as Canada’s victory over the United States in the gold-medal game - but it also has an impact on the league with a two-week shutdown.

“I think it’s a little of each [good and bad],’’ said Neely, between per...

Seemingly before the puck off Benoit Pouliot’s stick hit the back of the empty Boston net, bottles and cups floated onto the TD Garden ice, flung by fans who appeared to have more invested than the players in last night’s showdown against the Canadiens.

It was the first game back after 23 days without hockey at the Garden. It was Bruins-Canadiens. It was a battle between seventh- and eighth-place clubs, with just 1 point separating the two.

For all that, the Bruins p...