Bruins drop game 2. Panic time in Boston
Game 2 is in the books, and the Bruins are exactly where they don’t want to be. They now are down 2-0 to the Canadians, and have to go to the Bell Center for 2 games in Montreal. They quite possibly could get swept up in Montreal. Carey Price was spectacular again, and the B’s made mistakes just seconds into the game. So how exactly did we get to this point?
Just 43 seconds into the game, the Habs took a 1-0 lead again, this time thanks to Greg Cammalleri. At 2:14 into the game, Seidenberg received a terrible interference call and the Habs cashed in 6 seconds later to take a 2-0 lead just 2:20 into the game on a Matt Darche goal. Montreal had the tempo of this game going very fast, very quickly. Boston would move the puck up the ice, and try to counter-attack just as quick. Carey Price made the save of the game, making a right-to-left glove save on a great feed by Horton to Lucic about 4 minutes into the game. Kreci made some nice quick moves to get through the neutral zone and threw a shot on goal at 5:50, but the Bruins weren’t able to sustain anything for the start of the game. Marchand had a good chance off a Karble rebound at 8:00, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Not long after, Hamerlick took a nice shot at Horton with his elbow at 8:44 for a roughing penalty after Horton fired a shot on goal after a very subtle whistle. And then, Hall Gill gets a bump from Horton and falls down. Horton even tried to hold Gill up, that’s how bad of a flop it was! Subban also grabbed a hold of Kreci’s stick, and refused to let go. The Canadians were just playing despicable hockey from the get-go. Horton would receive a roughing penalty for the hit at 10:24. The Boston PK kept Montreal out of the net though, and they kept themselves in the game. Boychuck took out two Canadians around 13:00 into the game, and then Horton laid into someone. Trying to up the physical play, and get some life into this team. But Boston could not get by Carey Price. At 19:27 Hal Gill received a cross-checking penalty, giving the B’s a penalty to end the first. It was a very fast-paced first period. Something that works to the Canadians advantage.
The Bruins started the second period with 1:28 left in their powerplay, but remained ineffective. The Canadians controlled the next four minutes of the second, getting shots on net, and keeping the puck in the offensive zone. Lucic had a chance entering the offensive zone, but Subban knocked the puck away from him. Both headed for the boards to get the puck, Lucic got his stick up into Subban’s face at 4:34 for a high sticking penalty. The Canadians weren’t able to get a shot on net in that power play, however, Plekanec would get a clean breakaway off a Boston line change immediately following the end of the penalty. Tim Thomas made one of his biggest saves to this point in the series, stuffing him 5 hole. Boston would take the momentum from the Thomas stop, and at 7:38 off the rush, Patrice Bergeron would score in the slot off a slap-pass from Marchand. At 8:06 Kreci just missed a wide-open net to tie the game. He received a pass from the high sideboards, and just fanned on the shot. It was painful watching the replays. Montreal would storm back following the whiff, but Thomas was up to the challenge. Boston would send the puck back into the offensive zone, and start peppering Price with shots. It became a back-and-forth battle from about 8:00-12:00 into the game. At 12:23, Wisniewskitook out Peverly on the boards (a very dangerous and deplorable hit that at a glance, is worse than the Chara-Pacioretty hit), and Hnidy took great exception to that. He immediately went after Wisniewsik. They exchanged in a good bout, that gave the B’s some momentum. Boston went on the powerplay as Hnidy and Wisniewski both received fighting majors, and a charging penalty for Wisniewski. The powerplay looked energized, getting lots of traffic and shots on Price. With about 5 seconds left in the penalty, Boston got a point shot off that was deflected onto the post. Still, the B’s powerplay remained without a goal. Montreal just kept holding on, and attacking the Boston net. At 17:21, Dennis Seidenberg tried to get a pass from the defensive zone all the way to the attacking zone. The pass was intercepted by Hamrlik, and passed to Eller, who got off a point shot that Webber buried in the net off the rebound. The Habs took a 3-1 lead. Coming off an icing call, Boston would get a face-off win and shot off the point that hit the post. The puck went into Carey Prices back, and remained out of the goal. No matter what Boston did, Price and the post weren’t letting pucks in. The game was now 3-1 in favor of the Habs heading into the third.
Early in the third, it looked like a repeat of Thursday night. Montreal would collapse around the puck, and just dump it into the defensive zone. The Bruins would get a good shift from the fourth line, pressuring the puck, getting shots on goal, and keeping it in the offensive zone. The pressure would result in a tripping call on P.K. Subban at 3:20. So with the B’s on the powerplay, they again remained ineffective. They controlled the puck in the offensive zone for virtually the whole penalty, but only got 2 shots on net. Boston is now 0-6 on the man advantage. They spent the early half of the third period in the attacking zone. The B’s kept the pressure on, but still had nothing to show for it. At about 13:00 into the third, Kreci skated into te offensive zone with a 3-on-2, and tried to get a pass to Peverly on his right. The puck went airborne, and into the boards. Peverly went into the boards and threw it on net. Kreci tried to jam it in, but was unsuccessful. Montreal followed that up by taking the puck into Boston’s defensive zone, and controlled it the for the next 2 minutes. There was now just 5:45 between the Bruins, and what would be an almost inescapable 0-2 hole. Boston moved the puck up to the offensive zone, and Horton fanned on a wrist shot attempt at 14:55. Kreci then missed a rebound chance off a point shot at 15:46. The Canadians were being spent, and iced the puck at 18:02. Thomas went to the Boston bench, but the B’s were unable to do anything with the man advantage. Montreal was called for offsides at 18:34. Boston took a timeout, and had to put Thomas back in net. The face-off was won back by Montreal, and brought up the sideboards where it was flipped into the bench area. Thomas was again on the bench. Seidenberg got a point shot off, but it stuck in Price’s gut. The seconds ticked down, and the Montreal Canadians won game 2, 3-1.
This was a very tough game for the Bruins. They turned the puck over early and allowed a first period goal not just once, but twice in this game. It was pathetic to see the B’s make the same mistake in back-to-back games! Zedno Chara was out of this game due to dehydration. He spent Friday night in the hospital. The B’s defense didn’t look any different though, as they made the same mistakes as in game 1. There is no way you can blame this loss on Chara being out. The B’s have played decent hockey thus far. Take away that 1st period turn over, and this is a completely different game. Then, Boston can play more relaxed, and get the game more towards their style of offense. They keep getting pucks on Price, but he’s stopping everything. There’s no doubt that he’s very hot to start. The only way to beat a hot goaltender is to get bodies in his face. Stick Lucic, Horton, Thornton, and other big guys in his way. If they can create havoc in front of Price, then maybe they can knock him off his game.
I said it in my last post after the game 1 loss, and I’m sticking by it. I don’t see any way the B’s can win this series. They would have to win both games in Montreal in my opinion, because they will not come home down 3-1 and win in TD Garden. This team is not a good home team, for whatever reason. If the B’s have any hope of winning this series, they must win the next two game in Montreal. And that my friends, might just be impossible.