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Bruins win game 7 in thrilling OT. Advance to Eastern Conference Semi’s to face Flyers again.

Wow, I can’t say it enough times, what a game. This was a great game to watch, providing great, although sometimes unnecessary drama. But, the Bruins came out on top, winning the third OT game of this series, 4-3. Nathan Horton scored 2 of those 3 game-winning goals, and Boston was 3-0 in OT in this series. Going into this game, the Bruins had not won a Game 7 since April 29 1994. And that game was against the Montreal Canadians. To make matters worse, Tim Thomas was 0-2 career in game 7’s, with a 3.45 GAA and a .889 save percentage. All time in game 7’s Montreal 13-8, and Boston was 9-10. Nothing was on the Bruins side, except that they had home ice. But even still, this is a team that plays terrible at home, losing the first 2 games of this series at home in fact. But through it all, the Bruins showed that they are a very resilient team. So, let’s see how we got here.

Boston vs Montreal Game 7

Picture courtesy of bruins.nhl.com

1st Period

The game started with Montreal getting the first shot on net. Boston brought the puck into the attacking zone, and Seidenberg got a point shot off for an easy glove save by Price. Boston controlled the tempo of the game early, which was a good sign. If the Bruins want any chance of winning this game, than they need to control the tempo. The B’s can not play a fast paced Canadian type game. Off a face-off win by the Bruins, the puck was brought around the net by Marchand, and passed to Boychuck at the point. He got a slapshot off that gets by Price on the glove side. Boston had a quick 1-0 lead, just 3:31 into the game. Boston was out shooting the Canadians 6-3, just 5 minutes into the game. Montreal won a face-off in their own zone, but pressure from Recchi forced a turnover. Marchand would pick the puck up, and send it around the boards. There it was picked up by Recchi, who passed towards Ference in the near circle. The puck was lost amongst a few bodies, before Ference finally found it. He passed the puck back to Recchi, who got a pea off from the high slot to beat Price high blocker side. Boston had a quick 2-0 lead against Montreal, just 5:33 into the game. Montreal took a time-out, to try to calm things down. This was exactly the type of start the Bruins needed, now they just had to break Montreal’s back with another goal. Montreal seemed to find themselves little by little as the period went on. And at 8:22, we would have our first penalty of the game. Off a dump in by Boychuck, Michael Ryder and Plecanek went into the corner for the puck. Plekanec had his stick lifted, and he fell down. Well, that was enough in the eyes of the officials to warrant a hooking call. The very dangerous Montreal powerplay now had a chance to get right back into this game. Boston did a great job on the penalty kill, quickly eliminating 1:20 of the penalty. But then, Daniel Pallie would lose his stick. Montreal took advantage of this, and set up a man on his side in the slot. Yannick Webber made a tremendous shot, just beating Tim Thomas high glove side. The game was now 2-1, 9:49 into the first. Both teams would start dumping the puck in, not being able to set up any offense. Both defenses stepped up their play, and their was no space for either team to operate. Boston had a chance, as Bergeron brought the puck into the attacking zone. He passed to Marchand, who took a shot from the near circle. The puck was deflected down, and went wide. Recchi would recover the puck on the far boards, and passed around the net to Marchand. Marchand skated to the near circle, and passed down to Bergeron. Bergeron passed back to Marchand at the top of the circle, and he passed to Recchi in the slot. He couldn’t get a shot off though, as he appeared to be hooked by Hamerlik. No call from the officials though. Boston dumped the puck into the corner boards, and Pialle and Sopel went to retrieve it. Thornton hit Sopel from the opposite side, and apparently lead with his elbow. He would go to the box at 16:02 for elbowing. The Montreal powerplay wasn’t doing anything this time around. Boston dumped the puck in, and Subban and Campbell went into the boards for the puck. Subban was pinned against the boards by Gregory Campbell, and he took an absolute dive. When Campbell went to skate away, Subban held onto his hand and fell down. It was just pathetic! The refs need to be looking for these kind of plays, and call a blatant dive when they see one. On they played, with no call to either team. With under 20 seconds remaining in the penalty, Montreal dumped the puck into the Boston zone. Kostitsyn got an inadvertent stick up high on Seidenberg, as he was trying to avoid contact with him. It was now 4-on-4 for 3 seconds, before Boston would go on the powerplay. Boston started with lots of energy, but they cooled off after a clear by the Canadians. Boston had a good set-up in the attacking zone, and were passing the puck around looking for a hole to open up. Seidenberg passed from the point to Kaberle at the top of the far circle. He slap-passed to Kreci at the top of the near circle. He passed to Lucic in the slot, but a great play by Sopel to tie up Lucic didn’t allow him to get the puck. The penalty ended, and Boston ended the 1st period with a 2-1 lead.

2nd period

The 2nd period started with heavy attacks from the Canadians. Tim Thomas made back-to-back incredible saves seconds into the period. The Bruins brought the puck up ice in a 3-on-2 rush. Lucic passed from the near circle to Kreci in the crease, but the puck went right through without a touch. Montreal started getting tons of pressure on Thomas, but he was stuffing everything. Chara went for the puck in the corner, and took a hit from Eller. Chara appeared to go down a little easily, and was able to coax a cross-checking call at 4:41. Just seconds into the penalty, Montreal cleared the zone. Thomas went to stop the puck behind the net, and Travis Moen poked the puck away from behind him. Thomas scurried back to the net, and was able to stop the puck 5-hole at the near post. Seidenberg brought the puck up ice, and tried to pass back to Mark Recchi. The puck hit his skates, and was picked off by Plecanek. He now had a breakaway, and he beat Thomas shorthanded. Montreal had come from 2 down to tie the game at 2, 5:50 into the 2nd period. The Boston powerplay looked pathetic, and resulted in 1 shot on net. Boston looked like a much better team 5-on-5. Nathan Horton brought the puck into the attacking zone. He skated into the far slot, and passed across to Kreci in the near slot. He got a backhand off, but the shot missed high. It was like the shorthanded goal reminded the Bruins that Montreal is a good team, and they need to finish this game out. Their play started to increase, and they were getting good looks at Price. Boston had upped the tempo, and was attacking furiously. Boston was now caught with men up ice during a line change, and the puck was passed beyond 2 lines to Jeff Halpern. Halpern now had a breakaway, but this time Thomas made the save. Boston came right back with the pressure. Off a neutral zone face-off win by Montreal, Subban skated back towards Price with the puck. Subban then attempted to make a dee pass, but he fanned on the pass. A pressuring Kelly took a stab at the puck, but was unable to make anything happen, and Subban recovered the puck. Montreal brought the puck up ice, and Boychuck hit Halpern in the numbers, and he hit the stanchion. It was a hard hit, but nothing serious. The refs though felt that was enough for a boarding call, and the B’s would now be a man down for the remainder of the 2nd. The Boston pk looked good, able to clear the puck, and block shots before they reached Thomas. The 2nd period would end, and the game was tied 2-2 heading into the 3rd. This was setting up to be a classic.

3rd Period

The 3rd Period started with the Bruins having to kill of the remaning 12 seconds of the Boychuck penalty. They pinned the puck in the corner boards, and we were back to 5-on-5 hockey. Boston was controlling the puck early, getting lots of shots on Price. The 1st line of Lucic, Kreci, Horton looked particularly good. They were controlling the puck, and not allowing quick counter-attacks by the Canadians. Kreci had a great chance of a drop-pass by Horton in the high slot, but Price made a great save. Bergeron brought the puck up the sideboards, and passed back to McQuaid at the point. He got a shot off, and the puck rebounded right to Recchi at the far post. Recchi had 2 chances on the doorstep, but he couldn’t find the back of the net. The first chance bounced on his stick, and the second hit the post. A huge miss for the Bruins, and the game remained tied. Montreal had a couple of chances coming up ice, but some great back checking by the Bruins would negate their chances. As Boston passed the puck out of their own zone, Jeff Haplern skated towards Andrew Ference. Ference didn’t have the puck, nor did he just pass the puck. For some reason, Halpern bumped into him. Ference leaned his shoulder into him a bit, but it didn’t look that harmful. Halpern immediately hit the ice, and stayed down. He was helped off the ice.  It was quite an odd play. The game continued without any penalties to either team. The Bruins were taking the puck up ice, when Kelly’s stick rode a bit high on Hamerlik, and poked him in the chin. He hit the ice, trying to draw a penalty from the refs. There was no call, and the Bruins now had numbers up ice. The B’s set up a great triangle, with Peverley bringing the puck through the high slot. He passed to the point to Ference, who got a shot off that hit Chris Kelly in his skates. Kelly picked the puck up in the crease, and buried it in the back of the net. Jack Edwards said it best when referring to Hamerlik, “He dove one time too many!” He really cost his team by diving, and leaving his team outnumbered. Oh, and Jeff Halpern came back off the ice, just 2 minutes after the hit he “suffered”. No 15 minute quite room for him I guess. Boston was playing with a fire in their belly. The offense was getting some great shots on Price, while the D was hitting everything that came near them. Ryder made a great back-check on Gomez. He chipped the puck off the boards, ahead for Kelly. He was in behind the Montreal defense, and he had a clean breakaway. But Price made a tremendous blocker save. The puck flipped just over the net, hitting the top of the net in fact. Montreal had a sense of urgency now in their play. They had a tremendous burst of offense, coming from a face-off win in the Boston zone. The puck was sent back for a point shot, but Thomas made the save. The puck rebounded to Cammalleri, who tried to get a backhand chance off. The puck appeared to bounce on him, and he couldn’t get a clean shot off. Thomas had dived to make a potential stop, and was now in a bad spot. Cammalleri passed the puck to the slot for a one-timer, but it hit Adam McQuaid in the chest. Boston brought the puck up ice, and there was now less than 5 minutes to go in the game. Recchi had the puck in the far circle, with a couple of bodies in the way. He shot across ice to the glove side, but Price made a ridiculous glove save. Boston had a face-off win in the Montreal zone, but Chara couldn’t handle the puck. Cammalleri took the puck, and had a breakaway chance. But great pressure by Seidenberg limited his space, and forced Cammalleri to pull up on his chance, and he lost control of the puck. Bergeron was attacking the puck, controlled by James Wisniewski. Bergeron tried to lift his stick, but instead hit him in the shoulder. Wisniewski swung his head back like he was hit in the face, and he drew the penalty. Watching the replay, you can see the stick hit Wisniewski’s shoulder. Just another fake, from a team built on faking and embellishing hits. Boston was called for a high stick, and Montreal now had a powerplay for 2 of the 3:23 left in the 3rd. And Montreal would get on the board, off a one-timer by P.K. Subban at 18:03. There was now just 1:57 left in the 3rd period, and it was all tied at 3. Boston would control the puck during the last minute, getting tons of pressure in the Montreal zone. But, it would not matter, as this game was headed for sudden death overtime at 3-3.

OT

The game started out very scary for Boston. A harmless chip shot by Gionta was deflected by a skate, and went right towards Tim Thomas. Thomas just kicked out the left leg, and then lunged at the puck with his stick. He poked it way away from the net, and Boston survived a quick scare. Kostitsyn had a chance coming into the Boston zone. He got a shot off from the high slot that Thomas stopped. The rebound came out, and trickled just past the far post. Thomas was making some tremendous saves early, with Montreal getting all of the pressure on Boston early. But Boston never gave u, fighting hard to get the puck on Price. Montreal won a face-off back behind their own net. Pressure from Lucic forced the puck around the net, and Subban tried to chip the puck out of Montreal’s zone. Adam McQuaid pinched up the sideboards, and kept the puck in the offensive zone. Lucic gloved the puck down, and brought the puck through the far circle. He passed to Nathan Horton in the high slot. He skated back towards the top of the near circle, and got a shot off. And for the second time in this series, Nathan Horton had scored a game winning goal in overtime. The Bruins had won the game, 4-3 in sudden death overtime, and had now advanced to the Eastern Conference Semi Finals.

Post-Game Breakdown

This was a classic, easily. Boston had a quick early lead, let it slip away, and then got it back. With under 2 minutes remaining in the 3rd, Montreal was able to tie it. And in an overtime that the Canadians dominated, Boston came away with the win. Just a great game to watch. Boston had plenty of chances to put this game away though, being up by 2 goals just 5:33 into the game. But, a lack of attention and attentiveness allowed Montreal to come right back into this game. The real problem was the special teams for Boston. Boston scored all 4 of their goals at 5-on-5 hockey. The Canadians meanwhile, scored 2 powerplay goals, and 1 shorthanded goal. The Bruins pk unit looked very good, but the Montreal powerplay is too good, and had been extra effective against the Bruins. I do expect the pk to improve going into the next round. Boston will need to improve their powerplay though, which was 0-21 in the series. The first time in NHL history that a team had won a playoff series, when never scoring on the powerplay. I was very impressed by the first line in this game. They looked better in tonight’s game then they had all series. Nathan Horton was of course, very clutch. He had 3 goals in the series, with 2 of them coming in OT. They need to build on this game, and turn it up against the Flyers.

And what an interesting match-up we have now. The Bruins will play against the team that knocked them out last year, after having a 3-0 series lead, and a 3-0 lead in game 7 at home. I feel very confident going into this series though, for several reasons. The Flyers really struggled down the stretch, losing the #1 seed that they held for most of the year. They had a grueling series of against the Sabers, including being shut-out twice by Ryan Miller. The Sabers and Bruins are similar team, so this could be a good thing going into the game. Philly is having some trouble with their goaltending, switching back and forth between Sergie Bobrovsky, and Brian Boucher. If Tim Thomas plays just as good, or better than he did against Montreal, then Boston could come away with a win against Philly. The Bruins did have a 3-0 lead against a very similar team last year, and Boston has made some changes to their lineup. Boston needs to make a few changes to their game though to come out on top. Obviously, they need to change something about the powerplay. Their D needs to continue to make good decisions with the puck, especially when making passes out of their own zone. Tim Thomas needs to keep out those soft goals, and the offense needs to be more consistent. The 1st line showed improvements, and they need to build on tonight’s game. I think that the Bruins will win the series in 6. If it goes to 7 games, then the Bruins will probably lose game 7, since it’s in Philadelphia.

Bruins lose game 6. Game 7 tomorrow night in Boston

Game 6 is in the books, and one thing is certain. This series will be over tomorrow night. Montreal won game 6 at the Bell Center 2-1. Tim Thomas was 4-0 in his last 4 games at the Bell Center. Carey Price meanwhile hadn’t won a playoff game in the Bell Center since 2008. Thomas was great tonight. Both goals came on a 5-on-3 Montreal advantage. Price certainly played great, and probably should have had a shutout. The goal he allowed to Seidenberg was soft. I don’t know how he snuck it in while Price was holding the post. I’d be scared that Price will have confidence going into tomorrow nights game. Now then, on to the game!

Bruins vs. Canadians Game 6

1st Period

The game started with Boston trying to take a play out of Montreal’s play book. Just past the minute mark, Nathan Horton had the puck in the far circle, and made a pass to Kreci in the slot. The puck was a little bit behind him, and it got in on his skates. He tried to get a shot off, but couldn’t get the puck. He was forced to go behind the net, but nothing surfaced. No quick goal for Boston tonight. Montreal didn’t have anything going, so Eller took a nice dive just past the 2 minute mark. McQuaid had Eller pinned against the boards trying to get the puck. McQuaid gave him a shove maybe 6 inches into the board, and Eller dropped as if he was dead. Seriously, he looked like he was paralyzed. He fell to the ice like dead weight, and then he kept his right arm out straight, and started twisting it. He seemed to imply that he hurt his arm. He gingerly got back up, and skated to the bench. The refs didn’t call it, and on they played. Boston moved the puck up ice. Marchand brought the puck into the slot, and had the puck poked away. It came right to Bergeron in the center of the slot. Gomez hooked Bergeron’s hands, and he was unable to get a shot off. Probably should have been a hooking call, but they played on and Montreal picked the puck up. Gionta brought the puck up ice, and got a shot on net. The puck hit Thomas, and he thought he was covering it up. However, the puck bounced away from Thomas, and Gionta picked the puck up and put it in the back of the net. However, Boston received a quick whistle, as the referee thought Thomas had indeed covered up the puck. The goal was disallowed, and Boston had caught a huge break early. Montreal had no offense going 5:00 minutes into the game, but Boston didn’t look so great either. The B’s were controlling the puck, but not getting any shots on net. This game had a different feel then the other 5. It was very slow to start, with not a lot of offense. The Canadians brought the puck into Boston’s zone. The puck was pinned against the boards behind Thomas, and picked up by Gionta. He tried to get a quick wraparound on the near post, but Thomas scooted over to just hold the post. Off the ensuing face-off, Boston dumped the puck in the attacking zone. For some reason, Adam MqCuaid decided to come off the bench, and he received a too many men call at 8:54. Then, right after the face-off was won by the Habs, Seidenberg snapped the stick of Kostitsyn. He would receive a slashing call at 8:58. It was now a 5-on-3 for 1:56. Montreal took their time on the powerplay. They kept passing the puck around, until they found a good shot. That would be Cammalleri, who got a one-timer off from the far circle, and buried it in the net. Montreal was now up 1-0 at 10:07. Montreal still had a man advantage for 50 seconds, but nothing came of it. The Boston p.k. looked good to start, despite the 5-on-3 goal. Boston seemed to come to life after giving up that goal. They started pressuring the puck in the Montreal zone, and getting some good shots off. Recchi got a bad angle shot on net. The puck was blocked, and came free into the slot. Montreal clamped down on the puck, and didn’t allow any second chance shots. Ference got a shot off from the point that Price stopped. Again, the rebound came out to the slot, and again, the Montreal defense clamped down on the Boston players. In the last 30 seconds of the 1st, Ryder had a puck explode off his stick, and it came right to Hal Gill in the Boston zone. He rushed back to Gill, and poked the puck away. Ryder brought it up ice, and he was tripped up and went to one knee at the Montreal red line by Kostitsyn. Boston was on the powerplay at 19:39, and what a huge time for their man advantage to come alive. But just 13 seconds into the penalty, Bergeron gets a bad call for goaltender interference. Watching the replay, you can see Bergeron jump away from Price as he skates by him, and he makes contact with his glove. Price then proceeds to fall to the ice, off of his glove being touched. Really? It is so frustrating to watch the Canadians flop about sometimes. The 1st period came to an end, and Montreal had a 1-0 lead.

2nd period

The 2nd period started with 1:40 of 4-on-4. Boston controlled the puck in the attacking zone. Off a point shot, the puck tumbled behind Price. Seidenberg who was screening Price, went behind the net to pick the puck up. He wrapped a shot around the net, and in. Boston had tied the game just :48 seconds into the 2nd. Montreal had a brief powerplay, but Boston clogged up the neutral zone for most of it. The penalty ended without any harm done. Marchand took the puck into the Montreal zone, and passed across ice to Recchi at the near circle. He skated up, and passed back to Bergeron in the high slot. He got a one-timer off, but Price made a spectacular glove save. Montreal was brining the puck up ice, when Spacek dumped the puck in from the centerboards. Lucic came in, and laid a good hit into him. Spacek hit the boards face first, and came up bleeding. Lucic would receive a 5 minute major for boarding, and a game misconduct at 4:37. First off, Lucic did deserve the 5 minute major because the guy came up bleeding. It was not an illegal hit in any way. Spacek just turned his head at a bad angle, so that when he was hit, his head met the boards. Secondly, throwing him out of the came was madness! It was not an illegal hit, and Lucic did nothing wrong! I guarantee you the only reason they threw him out of the game, is because the refs were afraid that those loony Canadian fans would call 9-1-1 again, and start a riot. Montreal won the ensuing face-off, and Gionta had a quick chance in the slot off a one-timer, but his shot went high. Bergeron tried to clear the puck out of the zone, and it went over the glass. He received a delay of game at 4:53, and Montreal now had a 5-on-3 for the full 2 minutes. Montreal again took their time to let plays develop. And at 5:48, Brian Gionta scored in the crease off a rebound opportunity. Boston still had over 3 minutes to kill off in Lucic’s major penalty. The Boston pk looked very good. Montreal was not able to cash in during the 5-on-4. Just after the penalty ended, Montreal would get called for interference on Roman Hamerlik at 10:23. Not to worry though, as the Boston powerplay remained ineffective. About a minute after the penalty had ended, Boston went back on the powerplay on a too many men call against Montreal at 13:49. Again, another 2 minutes that Montreal didn’t have to worry about the Bruins scoring. Boston dumped the puck into the Montreal zone, and Carey Price went behind the net to play it. Marchand came from behind the net to take the puck away from Price, and Price now had to hurry to get back to his goal. He was able to hold the post, and then he hit the ice to take away the goal-line. Marchand didn’t get a clean break at the puck though, because he was hooked by Spacek. So, at 16:26, Boston was back on the man advantage. Boston held the puck in the Montreal zone, trying to set up at the points. Chara received a pass in at his skates. While he was looking for the puck, he was checked into the boards. He hit the ice in an effort to milk a call from the officials. Yea, like anything could take down that giant. So, the Canadians now had a chance up ice. The puck was passed down to the corner, and back to the point. It hopped over a Canadians stick, and they tried regroup. Nathan Horton would steal the puck, and he now had a breakaway chance against Price. The play was blown dead though, and Horton was called for a slash at 16:48. The Bruins were back to 4-on-4 hockey, which seemed like a better option than being on the powerplay. Montreal controlled the puck in the Bruins defensive zone, and Cammalleri tried a wraparound attempt. The puck was blocked by Kaberle. He passed the puck up to Kreci, who brought it into the Montreal zone. He was checked off the puck at the near boards, and Kaberle picked the puck up. He passed across ice to Chara, who came right into the slot. He dangled the puck away from Price, and passed it underneath the diving Price to Marchand. Marchand shot the puck into the side of the post/net, and Boston was kept off the board. That would all but end the 4-on-4, and now Montreal had another brief powerplay. Boston kept the puck in Montreal’s zone, and the penalty ended. The 2nd period came to a close, and Montreal had a 2-1 lead.

3rd Period

30 seconds into the period, Boston rushed into the offensive zone. Boston got a shot off from the near circle. Bergeron had a huge rebound attempt, but Price made a spectacular right-to-left move to make the save. Boston had a good tempo early, and were getting shots on Price. Marchand went towards the crease off a point shot that Price saved, and Subban felt that was enough to give him a good shove. After pushing him a but, Subban just calmly skated away. What a punk this guy is. He’s so talented, but is such a puky a-hole. Montreal had some pressure on Thomas, but they were mainly just dumping the puck in on every possession. It was very reminiscent of game 1. The Montreal defense was clamping down on everything, and not allowing the B’s to set up their offense. Boston started focusing their efforts on the point shot. Chara and Horton both had good chances, but Price made the saves. Off a point shot, Johnny Boychuck almost tipped the puck in from the slot, but it trickled wide. Montreal came up ice, and started to attack feverishly. Boston finally got the puck back, but there was just 7 minutes left in the 3rd now. Pialle got a good shot off from the high slot, but it went just wide. He followed his shot, and collected it in the corners. He threw the puck into the crease for Horton, but he had his stick clamped down on. Price saw the puck, and jumped on it for the whistle. Peverley brought the puck around the net, and tried a wraparound attempt. The puck bounced off Price into the crease, and Kelly tried jamming it in. The puck was cleared out, and Boston had to bring the puck back up ice. The puck was sent into the corner boards, and Kelly was called for a high-stick up on Spacek at 16:50. Boston would now be on the penalty kill for 2 minutes of the 3:01 left in the game. Boston did a good job not allowing Montreal any chances, and they created their own in effect. Chara knocked the puck to Kreci in the near corner. He passed long across ice to Peverley at the center line. Peverley skated through the high slot, and passed to Kreci in the crease. His shot was stopped by Price, and the puck now lay in the crease. 3 Bruins were jamming the net, but the puck never got through and the play was whistled dead. Montreal won the face-off, and P.K. Subban went to the back of the net. He seemed to just let the clock wind down. Boston tried to pull Thomas, but Montreal took control of the puck in the neutral zone. Finally, with about 45 seconds left, Thomas got to the bench. The Bruins had a chance with Recchi in the slot, but his stick was clamped down on by. The seconds ticked away, and Montreal had taken game 6, 2-1.

Post-Game Breakdown

This was a tough game to take as a Bruins fan. They played great hockey, and just a couple bad plays did them in. I don’t now what McQuaid was thinking, causing the too many men call. The Seidenberg slash was just unfortunate. If you break a guys stick, they will call it. The Bergeron goaltender interference call was just horrible. Although, it worked in the B’s favor, as it ended their powerplay. I do not want to see Boston with a man advantage ever tomorrow night. The Lucic misconduct was even worse. He didn’t do anything illegal, I don’t know how else to say it! 5 minutes for making the guy bleed, understandable. It was not a bad or dirty hit in any way though. Boston seemed to get an unfair share of penalties, committing 8 to Montreal’s 4. The league needs to work with these refs on penalty calling. Now, the Boston pk may have given up 2 goals, but they looked really good tonight. Both goals were scored during 5-on-3’s, and it’s very tough to keep a team from scoring on those chances. Especially when that team is the Montreal Canadians.

Tomorrow night will be interesting. Montreal will certainly be flopping about like they did tonight, but will they get the calls? Like I said earlier, I think Lucic was given a misconduct because the refs are afraid of the Montreal fans rioting in the arena. If that hit was in Boston, I don’t think the call is made. Boston played a good game, just those unfortunate 5-on-3’s killed them. If they can play more disciplined, and the refs aren’t calling those flops, the Bruins will have a good chance to win tomorrow night. Montreal didn’t do anything that they weren’t expected to do. They finished their game at home. Now, it’s the Bruins turn. Boston must finish this series out with a win tomorrow night, at home. If they do not, it will be the 3rd year in a row that Boston has lost a game 7 on home ice. And if that happens, changes have to be made. Claude may very well be looking at the “want ads” Thursday morning. I think the Bruins will win tomorrow night, but I’m not holding my breath. Remember everybody, this is the same team that blew a 3-0 lead last year to the Flyers. That includes a 3-0 lead, at home in game 7. They have a streak of losing in dramatic fashion. That I think, is what being a Boston fan is all about though.

Bruins win in double OT. Now lead series 3-2

Wow, what a game… again! This was just a spectacular game, full of drama, and was very thrilling to watch. A shutout game into the 3rd period, and it resulted in a double overtime finish. What more could you ask for. Going into this game NESN had a very interesting stat for each goaltender. They said that Carey Price in Game 5’s, was 0-2 with a 5.00 GAA and .833 save percentage. Tim Thomas meanwhile was 2-0 with a 0.50 GAA and a .980 save percentage with 1 shutout. Well, Thomas definitely lived up to that reputation! Now on to the game that was.

1st Period

Boston started the game very aggressive, but then turned the puck over. Montreal was able to get the puck on Thomas, but he made the save down-low. Boston brought the puck back into the Montreal zone, and the 1st line got good pressure on Price. An intentionally wide shot came right to Lucic, but he was clamped down on by Wisniewski. Lucic got the puck back though, and got a shot on net that was deflected in front by Kreci and bounced to the corner off the pads. Kreci picked it up and wheeled around a pass to the front of the net, and it went right by Horton. Montreal was able to clear the puck out of there zone. Marchand brought the puck up ice and tried to get a pass to Recchi on his right in the circle. The puck bounced to the corner boards, and was retrieved by Bergeron. Bergeron found Recchi right in front of Price, but the shot stopped by Price. Marchand came flying in on a rebound chance, but Price slammed the door shut making a couple impressive saves in a row. The Bruins were playing very well just 5:00 into the game. They had a lot of energy, and were very physical. Around the 6:40 mark, their was a face-off in the Boston zone. It was a stalemate and the puck trickled towards Thomas. He tried to poke check it away but missed, and it went right towards the post. He went spread-eagle, but was lucky as a Bruin picked up the puck. With 3 Canadians jamming the net, Boston now had numbers coming up ice. It was a 5-on-3, and Kreci passed from the near side to Lucic in the middle. He shot the puck, and it was slowed down by a diving Canadian. Price went to make the save, and was now in an awkward position on his behind, while Bergeron picked the puck up. Subban had back-pressure, and knocked the puck away. Boston had set up in the Montreal zone when Seidenberg attempted a dee pass to Chara. The puck was picked-off by Cammalleri, who now had a breakaway chance coming up the far side. Seidenberg was quick on his feet, and dove to close off his space. Cammalleri was forced to slow down, but he had 2 teammates coming up ice. Thomas being the aggressor, came way out of his crease. Cammalleri deked and passed through the diving Thomas to Plekanec. It looked like a sure goal, except for one thing. Coming down ice to provide back pressure was Michael Ryder. Ryder set himself up in the net when Thomas left. When the shot came in from Plekanec, he threw his right hand up and made an incredible glove save. Montreal was able to keep the puck in the zone, and attacked relentlessly. Boston was able to get the puck, and finally cleared after some great saves by Thomas (and Ryder). Around the 10:30 mark, Boston dumped the puck into the sideboards. Price caught the puck in the trapezoid, but would give it away to Horton on the pass. Horton passed to the slot to Kreci, but Carey Price made a spectacular save of his own with the pads and he covered up. Montreal came back with some tremendous pressure of their own. Plekanec got a shot off from the point, and it was redirected by Cammalleri. Thomas made a ridiculous kick with the left skate to save the goal. Both teams had tremendous energy to start this game, and both goaltenders were superb to start. You could tell from the get-go this was gonna be a good one. Gionta came up ice for Montreal, and headed down the sideboards. Ference was pressuring him, poking at the puck. Gionta decided to skate right into the stick (even though he didn’t have to) for a holding penalty at 14:16. Chris Kelly almost had a shorthanded bid at 15:15. Peverley picked off a pass in the neutral zone, and passed to Kelly coming up ice. Kelly deked out a Canadian defender, and had 3 Canadians behind him. He just couldn’t get the puck on his stick for the backhand attempt. Montreal was attempting to come up ice off the miss, and Desharnais skated right into Boychuck who wasn’t near the play. And with a little bit of acting by Boychuck, he was able to get an interference penalty at 15:47. It would be 4-on-4 for 30 seconds before Boston would go on the powerplay. Boston was able to keep the puck in Montreal’s zone for virtually the whole 30 seconds, denying the Canadians any chances. Boston was bringing the puck up ice, when Kreci found Lucic in-between 2 Canadians. Lucic had a breakaway, and shot the puck right into Prices chest. The Bruins powerplay was up to par (meaning awful), before Rich Peverley would receive a terrible interference call at 17:11. Peverley was knocked into Price by Subban, and Price hit the ice. It was now 4-on-4 for 36 seconds. The B’s were able to control the puck though, and Montreal couldn’t muster anything on the powerplay. The clock wind down, and the game was scoreless heading into the 2nd.

2nd Period

Boston started quickly in the 2nd, getting shots on Price before a minute had passed. Marchand came behind the net, and passed to Bergeron, who sent it to Recchi right in front of the net. Price made another tremendous save to keep the game scoreless. Just 1:53 into the period, Travis Moen received a holding penalty. 10 seconds into the penalty, Kaberle couldn’t handle the puck. It was picked up, and skated up ice by Halpern. He had Plekanec on his right, and Chara in-between them. Chara hit the ice, and stopped the cross-ice pass to deny the shorthanded pass. Another powerplay, another no goal for Boston. The tempo of the game slowed down after the slow-moving powerplay by Boston, and they were suddenly half-way through the 2nd. At the 10:56 mark, and indirect pass by Subban for Kostitsan put the Canadians in a 2-on-1 situation. Kostitsan shot the puck at Thomas, and he closed up the 5-hole, burying the puck underneath him. After that play, Montreal was able to sustain some pressure for a moment, but nothing surfaced. It became a dump and chase game by both teams. 16:15 into the 2nd, Boston won a face-off in the attacking zone. The puck was sent into the corner, and picked up by Kreci. He tried a wraparound attempt, but was stuffed by Price. The puck was picked up by Wisniewski, who tried to flip it out of the zone. It was gloved down by Kreci but he was clamped down on by the Montreal defense before he could get a shot off. Just as the period was winding down, there was a bit of excitement. Peverley tapped a blocked shot to Ryder. Ryder brought it through the neutral zone, and passed back to Peverley who shot wide. Just as the 19:00 mark hit, Seidenberg picked off a Montreal pass at the point. He passed to Marchand all alone in the high slot. He tried to go to the post, but Price held it. As he went behind the net, he passed to the net to try to get some offense. But Price appeared to have covered the puck. Marchand was jamming behind Price, and got the attention of Plekanec. Plekanec took a couple of shots at Marchands face, and drove him into the post. It looked like both wanted to go. Plekanec got a punch off,  and Marchand appeared to get a punch or two off before the interfering linesmen forced Marchand to fall to the ice. Recchi then tried pushing Gil away from the pile, and he caught an inadvertent elbow to the head. Recchi didn’t like that, and started swiping at Gil furiously. Bergeron broke up the fight, and then Gionta came over and got Recchi’s attention. Seidenberg grabbed a hold of Gionta, and Subban grabbed Seidenberg. Then it looked like Seidenberg asked Subban if he wanted to go, and Subban nodded. Seidenberg was about to wiggle his gloves off to fight, when Subban backed away and started yapping at him. Brad Marchand and Tomas Plekanec each received roughing penalties at 19:07. It was now 4-on-4 for the last 52 seconds of the 2nd period. The 2nd didn’t provide as much flare as the 1st period did, and the game remained scoreless. This was setting up to be a classic in Boston.

3rd Period

The 3rd period started fast and quick. Dennis Seidenberg brought the puck into the attacking zone, and tried to get a bad angle shot on Price, but he hit the side of the net. The puck was picked up by Kelly, who wheeled around a pass to Peverley. Peverley couldn’t get a shot off, because he was tripped by a diving Subban. For some reason there was no penalty. Gionta took the puck into the Boston zone, and skated around the far circle, and 3 Bruins to get in Tim Thomas’s face. He got a backhand on net, but Thomas made a nice save. The puck was picked up by Boston, and they had a 3-on-2 up ice. Peverley came up the near side, and passed to Chara in the middle. He shot a bomb from the high slot, but Price made the pad save. The puck stayed in the crease, and was picked up Peverley. He shot it right into Price, and the puck trickled by the far post. Coming out of the penalty box, Marchand picked the puck up and shot on net. It was deflected by Bergeron right into Prices gut. Marchand drove hard to the net, and stirred up more trouble. Bergeron came in to help him out by taking hold of Subban, and skating back with him. The two grabbed each others collars, and started yapping back-and-forth. Bergeron was done talking, and gave a little push to the bigger and stronger Subban, who proceeded to fall to the ice. Nice dive ya baby! Anyways, the game continued with no penalties. Off a Montreal dump, Boston took control of the puck and brought it up ice. Ryder skated up the sideboards, and turned back. He dumped the puck behind the net, and it was picked up by Peverley. Peverley came out, and found Ryder in the high slot for a one timer. Price made another great blocker save to keep the game scoreless. Montreal cleared the puck into the Boston zone, and Boston came back up ice. Chara chipped it into the corner, where Marchand retrieved it. He passed back to Recchi in the slot, who tapped it just wide of the post. Recchi retrieved the puck, and got it to Chara who dumped it back in. Marchand picked it up behind the net, and passed to Bergeron in the slot. Bergeron broke his stick on the shot attempt, and it trickled through the crease. Marchand found it, and put it in the back of the net for the games first goal at 4:33. Boston was up 1-0, and with the way Tim Thomas was playing, that might have been all they needed. The intensity of this game had quickly picked up. Montreal started controlling the puck in the Boston zone, and the Bruins were forced to ice the puck twice. Claude Julien even called his time-out to give his players some rest. Montreal continued to pressure Boston, not allowing them to get the offense started. Plekanec came down the sideboards with the puck, and passed back to Subban for the one-timer. The puck hit a mass of bodies in front of Thomas, and Seidenberg made a tremendous poke check to clear the puck from the slot. Boston started playing conservative hockey, which is not smart against a fast rush Canadians team. Boston had a turnover in the center-circle, and Montreal dumped the puck in. It was sent around the boards by McQuaid, but bounced off Lucic’s skates to Darche. His snap-shot hit the post, and Montreal remained goalless. Boston started getting the offense moving, and it was started by Brad Marchand. A bad angle shot was stopped by Price. Montreal couldn’t clear the puck, and Recchi got a shot off from the far circle with Marchand deflecting the puck into Price’s gut. Montreal then came right back, and crashed the net off a shot from the near circle by Plekanec. The puck hit Thomas’s glove, and fluttered into the air. The puck came down, and Thomas hit the ice. Kostitsan got off a shot in the slot that hit Thomas on the ice. Off the ensuing face-off, the puck was pinned along the sideboards. It was chipped behind the net, where Darch passed to Eller, and the puck jumped off his stick to Halpern in the slot. Halpern put the puck over a flopping Thomas at 13:56 to tie the game. Suddenly, things looked very scary in Boston. The B’s went back onto the attack, with Kreci taking the puck around Price. He passed to Chara at the point, who passed to Lucic at the circle. Lucic got a shot through traffic, but Price made the stop. The end of the 3rd was a back-and-forth battle between the teams. The 3rd period ended, and we were headed for sudden death overtime again, this time tied at 1.

1st OT

About 1:30 into the OT, Boston came up ice with the 1st line. Kreci was on the far side, and he passed to Lucic in the middle. Lucic got a great shot off, but Carey Price made a terrific save to keep the OT going. This game wouldn’t receive a quick OT goal like the last game did. Montreal started getting pressure in the Bruins zone. Subban passed from the point to Gionta at the far circle. He passed across ice to Desharnais who had an open net, but the puck bounced off his stick. He passed back to Subban, who was able to get it Gionta, but the puck exploded on him as well. He was able to pass back to Hamerlik at the point, who shot for the net, and Thomas gloved it down. That was a huge break for the Bruins. The tempo was picking up, creating a back-and-forth environment. Boston dumped the puck into the attacking zone. Price picked the puck up right to next to the post. Price attempted to make a play on the puck, but he fanned on the pass. A charging Marchand now had a play on the puck, and almost put it in the net. Price was inadvertently tripped by Marchand, and he fell on the puck to cover it up. Montreal brought the puck back up ice with numbers. Darch passed from the near side through the crease looking for a redirection, but there was no one there. These offenses just kept going back and forth midway through the OT. At the 13:40 mark, Bergeron went behind and around Price. He passed back to Recchi, who hit the far post. Montreal took the puck back up ice. Kostitsan passed from the near sideboards across ice to Plekanec. He came slowly down the far slot, and Thomas came out to meet him like always. He deked, and went to the back of the goal and passed through a diving Thomas to Cammalleri. 4 Bruins were in on the play, and 3 were in front of the net to support the diving Thomas. When Cammalleri shot at the net, it hit Bergeron’s back, and then Chara’s skate to bounce away from the goal. That was as lucky as you can get. Boston came up ice with their own counter-attack. Peverley shot the puck intentionally wide. It bounced off the boards to Ryder, who passed from behind the net to Kelly in the slot. Kelly was tripped by P.K. Subban’s skate, and couldn’t make a play. For some reason though, no penalty. Chara brought the puck back up ice, and made some swift moves to get by the Canadians defense. He threw a shot on net, and Price held the near post. The puck came back to Sopel, who through it to the sideboards. It was picked up by Eller, who had it knocked away by Marchand. The puck was picked up by Bergeron, who had a clear 1-on-1 with Price in the slot, but he was tripped by Sopel. A clear scoring chance denied, and it resulted in a tripping penalty on Sopel at 16:12. I don’t think it was worthy of a penalty shot, but I would have much rather seen that than another failed powerplay by Boston. The game remained 1-1. As the seconds waned away, it was time to head to the 2nd overtime of the night.

2nd OT

Montreal started the 2nd OT aggressive. Darche had a point shot off a face-off in the Boston zone, but Thomas made the save. Cammalleri had a good shot from the far circle, but Thomas made another great save. Off another face-off in the Bruins zone, Montreal took possession of the puck. Kelly broke his stick, and the puck went to Hamerlik at the point. He took a shot, and it was tipped by Halpern right in front of Thomas who made the save. Boston started getting its offense started. Seidenberg brought the puck behind the net, and passed to Kreci in front. His shot went wide. Later, Kaberle would dump the puck in to the near boards, and it was fetched by Peverley. He passed to Ryder at the circle who got a shot off, and Price made a tremendous save. Montreal cleared, and Boston came back up ice. Marchand took the puck to the near boards, and passed back to Boychuck at the point. His blast was saved by Price, and ricocheted out to Gionta. Gionta passed to Moen, and Montreal had a 2-on-1. Moen passed back to Gionta in the slot, and Thomas made an absolutely ridiculous save. He went right to left, and robbed Gionta with the left pad. It would prove to be his biggest save of the night. Boston was feeling it now, and they were able to control the puck for once in this overtime. Horton passed through the neutral zone to Lucic. He went down into the corner, and took a bad angle shot at Price. The puck came out, and was picked up by Horton. He went back to the point, and passed to Lucic, who passed to Ference. From the point, Ference took a shot on net, and it was tipped by Kreci. The puck hit Price, and bounced right to Nathan Horton in the crease. And at 9:03, Horton buried the puck in the back of the net, and the Boston Bruins won game 5 in double overtime 2-1.

Post-Game Breakdown

Whew, I am sweating. Sometimes, things are just too close for comfort. With the way that this Bruins team plays, I was wondering if they were going to blow it at some point. But, they played great hockey, and Thomas was spectacular. For once, there isn’t much to criticizes about this team. They played great, hung in there when things got tough, and pulled out a huge win. Going into game 6, I feel very confident about this team. I want to think that they’ve flipped the switch, so-to-speak, and have figured out how to finish. This is a very different team than played in games 1 and 2. This is a much better road than home team. So, even though the Bell Center is a tough place to play, I give the Bruins a big chance to come out on top in game 6. If the Bruins lose game 6, I wouldn’t be surprised either. Montreal certainly doesn’t want to lose to their most hated rival, in their own arena. If the Bruins do lose, it would depend on how they lost on the chances they have going into game 7. If it’s another game like this, then I’d say they have a great chance to win. Both goaltenders were outstanding, and sometimes you just can’t beat a hot goalie. So if the offense can get 2 or even 3 goals, and they lose, I wouldn’t be as worried if they lose 1-0. One things for sure, the B’s man-advantage sucks. They are 0-fer in the series, and need to fix that. Even if they do win this series without scoring a powerplay goal, they won’t fair well in the next round playing that way. Changes have to be made, and I don’t care if it’s moving players around, or changing up the approach. Something just has to change, because they are not going to score the way their powerplay is trying to score! Heading into game 6, I feel good though. It’s a toss-up game, as both teams have reasons why they could or should win. But, I do feel a lot better now that Boston is up 3-2 heading to Montreal, instead of down 3-2.

Bruins tie series 2 all on Ryder’s OT goal

In a stunning turn of events, the Boston Bruins took game 4 in Montreal, 5-4 in overtime. This was an incredible game to watch. It was very dramatic, and will be an instant classic in the storied rivalry of these two original 6 teams. Of all people, I never expected Michael Ryder to score 2 goals, and be the reason the Bruins won. He has been terrible in the first 3 games of this series. But, he turned it on tonight. Hopefully he looks this good for the rest of the postseason. Now, on to the game that was.

1st Period

This was a fast and furious game from the get-go. Montreal was applying a ton of pressure early. Just 3:00 into the game, they were already diving. Desharnais embellished a stick up high by Chara. Desharnais brought his own stick up to get around Chara, and in effect he lifted Chara’s stick right into his face. Very comical. He did not get the call, much to the displeasure of the booing Canadian’s fans. And of course, Desharnais was fine. Boston tried to bring the puck up ice, but it was taken away along the sideboards. The puck was sent back to Hamerlik who passed up to Moen. The puck came off his stick and into Boston’s possession. Boston brought the puck up ice, and had a huge chance to score first. Bergeron passed from the neutral zone to Recchi, who tried to pass back to Bergeron. Wisniewski couldn’t handle the interception, and Bergeron took it back. He then took a shot at the net, that bounced up high off of Price. Recchi caught it and gloved it down right in-front of Price, but shot a backhand wide. Just after 5 minutes into the game, Montreal started setting up camp in Boston’s zone. Montreal had a great chance off a rush. Gionta found the puck behind Thomas and made a turn-around pass to Moen right on the doorstep of the crease. Thomas held the post, and covered up the puck. Seconds later, Montreal had another great rush up ice. A shot came from the circle by Hamerlik and Thomas thought he caught the puck. It actually squirted out right to a Moen, but Thomas robbed him of a goal. Both teams were unable to get the offenses going midway through this game. But then, Montreal started bringing lots of pressure. Montreal dumped the puck in, and Thomas couldn’t slow it down in the trapezoid. It was picked up by Desharnais, who brought it behind the net. He passed to Cammalleri in the crease, but his shot was blocked. The puck bounced all the way to the point, and was found by Sopel. His shot hit Thomas in the right arm, and just snuck through for the first goal of the night at 8:13. The first team to score is 25-5 in this Stanley Cup Playoffs. So it is not looking good for the B’s. After that goal, Montreal really started to feel it. They brought tons of pressure, and the Boston offense looked very weak. Around the 11:30 mark, Boston started getting some sustained pressure in the attacking zone. They weren’t getting any shots on Price, but they were at least controlling the puck, which was better than letting the Canadians skate all over them. But, it eventually happened. Around the 13:00 mark, Montreal got some shots on Thomas. Gomez found Gionta who had a chance in the middle of the slot, but Thomas stuffed him. The rebound came right back to him on the blocker side of Thomas, but he made a great move to close the space and deny Gionta a goal. Montreal was hounding the puck, and getting shots all over Thomas. But the Canadians hurt themselves by getting an interference penalty by Lars Ellers at the 14:24 mark. Again, a pathetic Boston powerplay, and the game remained 1-0. The only thing it did do, was slow down Montreal’s momentum for a couple of minutes. Boston had some sustained pressure in the final 2 minutes of the period, but remained goalless. It was a crazy first period for Tim Thomas, but he was up to the challenge. He allowed just 1 goal on 15 shots. Meanwhile Care Price was barely challenged, stopping all 8 shots he faced. It was 1-0 heading into the 2nd period.

2nd Period

The second started like the first period, with tons of pressure from Montreal. Boston ran a great counter-attack, and a minute and a half into the period Chara shot a missile from the point. It hit Price in the left shoulder, tumbled over him into the crease. It looked like a sure goal, but Hall Gil found the puck and swatted it away from the goal line. Boston then had a chance off a Montreal change, and Michael Ryder was found up ice behind the Montreal defense by Kaberle. Ryder had a breakaway, and beat Carey Price high glove side at 2:13. It was now 1-1 in Montreal. Montreal ran a great counter-attack of their own. Tim Thomas made one incredible save after another. Boston came right back, but Price stonewalled ’em. It was a furious flurry of shots from either team. Cammalleri just missed on a chance all alone in the slot. The puck trickled wide, but was found by Gionta behind Thomas. He passed to Gomez who shot on Thomas in the slot. The puck hit Thomas in the gut, and bounced right to Gionta. He passed through the crease to Cammalleri who had a wide open net and scored at 6:52. Montreal went back on top 2-1. Just 55 seconds later on a 2-on-1 rush Kostitsan slips a puck in 5-hole against a spread eagle Thomas. It was now 3-1, and looking bad for Boston. Claude Julien decided to call a time-out to regroup his team. It seemed to have worked, as Boston upped the pressure. Peverley tried singlehandedly to get the B’s back into the game. Around 9:20 he skated up ice, deking out the Canadians defense and getting a shot on goal, but Price made a stop with the glove. Boston kept fighting though. Ference took a big hit to move the puck up to Bergeron. He skated into the Montreal zone, and passed to Marchand. Marchand had the puck knocked away, but a sprinting Ference shot a bomb on the loose puck and beat Price high glove side at 9:59. Great retribution for getting hit hard. Boston was now back in it at 3-2. Boston had a great surge, and started controlling the puck. As the 5 minute mark approached Montreal started getting control of the puck back. The game became a back-and-forth battle once more. Around the 16:50 mark Boston won a face-off in Montreal’s zone. They were able to control the puck by some great play by their defencemen. A shot by Seidenberg bounced off of Price. Marchand found it behind him, and passed through the crease to Bergeron, and Patrice buried it in the net at 17:04. It was now a 3-3 game. Boston controlled the puck in Montreal’s zone as the seconds ticked down. It was 3-3 heading into the 3rd.

3rd Period

As the third period started, Boston took the puck into the Montreal offensive zone. Just 37 seconds into the period Bergeron took a hooking penalty. Montreal had just their first powerplay of the evening. Montreal won the opening face-off, and took it to the point. Gionta had an opening in the slot, but his stick broke on his slap-shot attempt. Subban had the puck down low, and brought it to the circle. He surprised Thomas with a shot just above the blocker that hit the crossbar and went in. It was the first goal for Montreal on the powerplay, and it gave them a 4-3 lead just 1:39 into the 3rd. Boston finally was able to get a counter-attack started around the 7 minute mark. Brad Marchand tried a wraparound chance. The puck went by Price, and Bergeron found it. Price made the move and stuffed him. Suddenly, there was a pileup of red jerseys around Price. Marchand took a shot at the puck into the pile, but it stayed out. Then the puck was lost amongst all the bodies crashing around the net. Johnny Boychuck found the puck, and skated back just a little to improve his angle on Price. He took his time, and shot at the net. Carey Price somehow made the save with his glove hovering above the ice. Around the 8:30 mark, Boston had a great rush coming up ice. Horton came through the middle and passed to Lucic on his left. He passed from the circle across ice to Kreci. Kreci beat his man and deked Price to his forehand. He had a wide-open net for a backhand shot, but could not find the puck. Price found it and covered up. On the ensuing face-off, Lucic had the puck come back to him. It was in around his skates, and he tried to make a pass across ice. The pass was picked off by Cammalleri who now had a breakaway. But Thomas came out to take away his angle, and caught the puck in his gut. Montreal started playing very conservative hockey. The pace of the game slowed down very much. Boston started getting good looks at Price. Ryder brought the puck up ice, and sent it into the corner. Peverley picked it up, and passed back to Ryder. He went behind the net, and passed back to Peverley in the slot. He took a shot that rebounded in the crease. Kelly found the puck and jammed it through the 5-hole, and it was now a tie game at 13:42, 4-4. Ryder had another great shift, bringing the puck up ice. Going towards the back of the net, he passed back to Kelly who had another chance to score. Kelly hit Price in the chest, and the puck bounced away. Montreal brought the puck up ice, trying to get back into the game. The puck was brought down towards Tim Thomas, and passed through the crease. But no one was there to put it home. Boston held the puck in Montreal’s zone, and Seidenberg took a shot from the point. The puck hit Plekanec and he tried to make a self-pass up the boards. Seidenberg tried to make a check, and found himself in no-mans land. He locked up with and would get called for interference at . P.K. Subban took the puck off the face-off win. He went down to the corner-boards, and blew a tire. Boston picked it up, and Peverley brought it up ice. He passed to Bergeron, who got a high shot off on Price. He lunged with his right shoulder, and appeared to have hurt himself. Montreal was attacking relentlessly at the Boston net, but Thomas and the rest of the PK unit looked great. Montreal was kept out of the net, and the third period came to a close. Time for some OT in Montreal.

OT

Overtime started, and Montreal had a chance early. Less than a minute in, Chara had the puck right next to Tim Thomas. He fanned on the pass attempt, and two Canadians jammed for the puck. The puck was found by Cammalleri who passed to Plekanec who shot a bomb at the net from the high slot. Thomas jumped out of the crease and made the save. Boston took the puck up ice, and had numbers due to another bad change by the Canadians. It was a 3-on-1 for Boston, but we all know how they disappointed last game going 0-3 on 3-on-1 chances. Peverley took the puck up ice, and shot just wide of the net. The puck was picked up by Kelly in the corner who passed through the crease to Ryder in the slot. Ryder calmed the puck down, and roofed it for the game winning goal. Boston, after never leading in the game all night, had just stolen its second game in Montreal 5-4 in OT.

Post-Game Breakdown

Wow, what a great game that was. It was fast paced, very thrilling, filled with tons of drama, and of course Boston coming out on top was just perfect. This was easily a classic game in this storied rivalry. It was a very even matched game the whole night. Montreal out shot Boston 38-35, and out chanced them 17-16. Coming into this series, I wasn’t too sure about Boston’s ability to finish. But after that game, I feel a little better. Michael Ryder was dynamite tonight, coming up with 2 goals. Most people around Boston wanted Ryder out for his ineffectiveness in the first three games, and instead wanted Seguin. I would put myself in that boat. But, Ryder knew the pressure was there and stepped his game up. The only problem is, will he do it next time out?

Boston played a very good game all around. Thomas was getting peppered all night. But he never lost his composure, and kept fighting through what was a very tough night in net for him. The defense made good passes for the second straight game. The first two games at home were littered with bad passing out of the defensive zone. They have cleaned that up, and are finding ways to get into the attacking zone. The offense has definitely improved. Although, it’s hard not to improve off of 1 goal in two games. In game 3, I said that this offense was lucky to have scored 2 of their 3 goals. But they really stepped it up tonight, and I was pleased by what I saw. Boston still has plenty of problems to worry about though. The top line of Lucic, Kreci and Horton is doing nothing. Kreci had a goal in Monday’s game, but he has also missed on two easy opportunities. Horton has not been able to get going. Subban has shut him down every time he’s on the ice. Luci has been invisible. It’s hard to say anything else about a guy when he doesn’t show up anywhere in a game. If that top line can get going, Boston could win Saturday night at the Garden. The powerplay has been pathetic all year. So why would that change in the postseason. Boston is 0-14 on the man advantage. Claude has to change something up, and take a different approach somewhere. I said that if Boston lost the first 2 at home, then they would lose the series. Well, they may have changed my mind. Boston isn’t in a must win situation on Saturday. Partially because they were able to win both games in Montreal. However, if they come out flat, and can’t muster anything in the game Saturday and lose, then I would not expect them to win when they go back to Montreal. If Boston wins the game Saturday night, then I would fully expect them to win the series. They then wouldn’t have to win the game in Montreal, but it wouldn’t hurt. Considering how bad this team is at home, and how nice it would be to rub it in those hypocritical disgraceful Canadian fans faces.

Bruins take game 3, have slim hopes heading into game 4

The crowd was deafening from the start of this game. Montreal could feel a sweep coming, but Boston wasn’t gonna let that happen. The Bruins were able to squeak out a victory 4-2 on Monday. Before the game started, the PA announcer reminded all those Habs fans that they have more Americans on their team then the Bruins. I guess maybe they should stop booing the US National Anthem (which is never done in Boston to the Canadian Anthem). It just shows how horrible, disrespectful, and hypocritical those Canadian fans truly are. Enough of my ranting, on to the game!

1st Period

Just 1:08 into the game, Chara stepped onto the ice and received a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty. Chara was expecting Ference to go to the bench, and it led to an early challenge for the B’s. Boston didn’t let a goal in, in the first minute, so they might as well take a penalty to even things out. The Habs almost capitalized early in the powerplay. They had multiple chances in the slot, and took lots of point shots. The B’s kept Montreal out of the net, and as the penalty expired Dennis Seidenberg sealed the puck in Montreal’s zone. He passed it down the boards to Bergeron, who found Kreci rushing up the ice and buried it in the high slot at 3:11. Boston had a 1-0 lead early in the game. The Bruins brought the puck back up ice, and Thornton threw the puck to the corner. The puck went around to Paille, who passed back to Thornton behind the net. He found Campbell in the slot 6:00 into the game. He shot it right into Price’s glove or pad, and then had a rebound that sat in the slot. The Habs cleared the puck, and Boston brought it back into the attacking zone. Horton then had a chance at 7:15 in the slot. He fanned on the initial, but got the second one off. Price made a great left pad save. Montreal tried to clear, but Boychuck found the puck. He shot from the point, and Boston was jamming at the net. The puck squirted out towards the sideboards. As the puck went up the boards Kreci would get called for hooking at 7:27 on Kostitsan. Early in the powerplay, Peverley had a takeaway, and almost had a shorthanded bid. He had to take the puck behind the net, and the B’s couldn’t develop anything. On the counter-attack, Wisnewski took an inadvertent stick to the mouth from Chara. The Bruins had a 2-on-1 chance up ice, but the refs blew it dead as Wisnewski lay on all fours on the ice. Once the whistle was blown, he stood right up and skated to the bench. The Bruins PK looked very good, and Thomas looked great to start. Around 10:50 Kostitsan skated right into the slot, but Thomas stuffed him. At 11:10, Thomas played a puck behind his net. Karble got the puck, and passed just ahead of Kelly. He raced to the puck, and poked it past a pinching Canadian. The Bruins now had a 3-on-1 up ice. Peverley took the shot, but it went wide. Scott Gomez decided to take out Kelly, who went face-first into the post.. Peverley approached him on the hit, and then Gomez grabbed his head! It was absolutely crazy, and Gomez went to the box at 11:21 for interference. :50 into the penalty, a flopping Desharnais gets Bergeron called for interference. I’ve watched this play over and over, and have no idea where this penalty is supposed to be! 4-on-4 hockey now. Hamerlik had a chance in the crease with the puck in the air, but the puck was found by Chara. He cleared the puck, and on they played. As time expired, Montreal now had 45 seconds on the powerplay. Boston controlled the puck for most of the penalty, and despite a last-minute attempt by Gionta, Boston survived. Boston set-up in the offensive zone. Chara got a point shot off that went wide. The puck hit the boards, and came to a speeding Horton. He turned, and banked the puck in the net off of Price at 14:38. Boston suddenly had a 2-0 lead. Both of these goals coming in the vulnerable minute for Montreal. Montreal quickly attacked, and Thomas made a terrific save off a tip by Pyatt. Boston took the puck back into the offensive zone, and held it there for most of the rest of the 1st period. With under 10 seconds to play, Montreal dumped the puck into the Boston zone. Boychuck chased after it, and took a hit from White. After White’s check, Pouliot came flying in and left his feet in an attempt to hit Boychuck up high. It was absolutely despicable, and a much worse hit than the Chara-Pacioretty one (except no one got hurt). Andrew Ferrence didn’t like it as well, and went right after Pouliot. They exchanged in a good bout, with Ferrence eventually getting the takedown. Pouliot got called for an extra charging at 19:57 Boston would exit the 1st, with a surprising 2-0 lead.

2nd Period

The Bruins began the 2nd on the powerplay. But again, it was ineffective. They were now 0-2 without a shot on net. Just as the penalty expired, Price tried to clear the puck from the trapezoid. The puck hit Recchi though, and Peverley picked up the puck and easily put it in the net at 2:02.  Boston was now up 3-0. Montreal was a bit taken aback by the goal, and at 3:04, the were called for too many men. Again, Boson’s powerplay looked pathetic. Montreal got the puck after Kostitsan tripped Horton with his skate. It was picked up by Gil, who passed to Subban. Lucic poked it away, and had a breakaway chance. But Price stuffed him 5-hole. Montreal took the puck back up ice, and Kostitsan made a great deke against Chara, and put the puck through Thomas’s legs for the goal. It was now 3-1 Boston, 7:03 into the 2nd. Boston brought a good counter-attack, and at 8:00, Ryder had a chance on a puck in the air in the crease. Price was able to find it, after Ryder took a stick to the face. Montreal was getting tons of pressure on Boston midway through the second. They really surged after their goal, putting a ton of pucks on Thomas. Off a face-off win in their own zone, the puck slid towards the Boston zone and Gionta had a great shot on Thomas. He made the save, and Darche was checked behind the net. He went down as if shot, and stayed down. When the play was whistled dead, he started yapping at the refs. But, the game continued. The B’s were able to get a good surge on Montreal, and around 12:45 Lucic passed back to Horton in the slot, but he couldn’t find the puck. A point shot by Boychuck hit a Canadian and bounced around, but Price made a spectacular save with his right pad. This became a very back-and-forth game. Each team having offensive surges off each spectacular save by Price or Thomas. The B’s brought the puck up ice, and Recchi was called for a hold at 17:55. The Habs went on their fourth powerplay of the night. Montreal attacked quick and early. They had a chance in the slot seconds into the penalty, and Camellaria fanned on a chance sprinting into the slot. The Boston PK unit though was up to the task. The best penalty killer was by far Tim Thomas. He looked sharp for the whole game. As the penalty expired, the period ended soon after. Boston took a 3-1 lead into the 3rd.

3rd Period

Montreal came out in the 3rd firing on all cylinders. Gionta had a chance in the slot, but Bergeron locked up with him to keep him from receiving the pass. The puck was passed behind the net by Hamerlik to Gionta, who then found Hamerlik who had a wide open net to shoot at. The puck appeared to trickle right past the post, and there was a pileup at the net. Boston grabbed the puck and had a 3-1 up ice, but Wisnewski hit the ice to block Marchands pass. Montreal got the puck back, and quickly started their counter-attack. Spacek took a shot from the circle that was tipped in front by Pyatt, But Kabrle was able to clear the net. Boston took the puck away, and Thornton headed up ice. Subban lined him up, but Thornton saw the hit coming and got his hands up to push-off the hit. Montreal would take the puck back up ice, and continue their relentless attack just 4:00 into the game. And at 4:08, Thomas Plekanec scored off a very bad-angle shot in-between the circle and the goal-line, and it got through the 5-hole of Tim Thomas. It was now 3-2, and Montreal had all the momentum in this game. Just 44 seconds later, Kostetsian took a slash at Ference’s legs, and he went down. And the very honorable Canadian fans booed. Boston went on the powerplay at 4:44. The powerplay remained pathetic, and very ineffective. The score remained 3-2.  As the game approached 10:00 remaining in the 3rd, Boston started playing prevent defense. They would take the puck behind Thomas, bring it to the neutral zone, dump it in, and just try to sustain some pressure for a moment. Boston would get their third 3-on-1 chance around the 13:24 mark, as Seidenberg knocked away a Canadian pass. The puck went to Kreci, who brought it up ice with Lucic middle and Horton far left. Kreci passed to Horton who shot wide. As Montreal was starting an attack, Gill gave the puck away to Thornton in the neutral zone. He passed between the legs to Campbell, who got a shot off that was tipped by Paille. The rebound was picked up by Thornton who just missed, going wide of the post. It was a great shift by the fourth line. The Canadians started getting some pressure on Boston. Chara cleared the puck and Gionta attacked his legs. Chara felt he was intentionally trying to take him out and potentially hurt him, and asked the refs as he skated up ice. The arms stayed down. Montreal has some huge chances on the counter-attack. Plekanec passed from the sideboards to Cammalleri in the center of the slot. He had the puck knocked away by Seidenberg. Kostitsan picked the puck up, and was robbed by Thomas with the right pad save. Then Hamerlik initiated contact against Ryder as he brought the puck up ice, and went down like he was shot as Jack Edwards said. He tried to nurse it for a penalty, but no call from the refs. Then Recchi was screening in front of Carey Price, and bumped into him. Price flopped down looking for an interference call. It was a pathetic display by the Canadians. Montreal brought the puck up ice, and started peppering Thomas. Thomas came up huge. He made one incredible save after another, including jumping on a puck trickling towards the goal line. He got the whistle, and the game remained 3-2. Montreal emptied the net at 18:51. Boston plugged them up in the neutral zone though. Montreal finally got into Boston’s zone with about 40 seconds remaining. Boston pressured the puck, and took it away. Kelly got the puck to Recchi, who passed back to Kelly who scored on the empty net to all but end the game, 4-2. He also buried P.K. Subban into the back of the net as well. Ryder gets called for a trip at 19:54 on Pyatt who tumbled through the air as if trying to fly. It didn’t matter, as Boston had stolen a game in Montreal. The series was now 1-2 in favor of Montreal.

Post-Game Breakdown

The Bruins looked very good in the game Monday night. They had some strong finishes by guys who need to finish. Kreci’s 1st period goal was huge for Boston. It gave them an early lead, which is critical to their success. It also should help spark the sagging 1st line, and especially Kreci, who missed on a similar play in game 2. Horton’s goal was lucky, but still, maybe it can get his confidence going. He did miss at an open net in the 3rd, which would have put the Habs away. Lucic has been invisible. His breakaway chance in the 2nd was pathetic. Bergeron had a very good game. He was pressuring the puck, and throwing his body around. It was a great effort by him, and we need to see more of that in the upcoming games. Just as long as Claude gives him the ice-time. The defense also looked much more improved. They weren’t making bad decisions with the puck, and chose the right times to pinch.The biggest star of the night though was Tim Thomas. He came up huge, making some incredible saves. His saves gave the B’s some momentum during the game. The two goals he let in were very soft. He should be able to take away that 5th-hole with ease. If he can take away those mistakes, Boston will be in good shape in the next game.

While this game does give me hope about the B’s, I’m still not sure about them. The Horton and Peverley goal were both very lucky. Boston only scored one true goal. Considering that, they should have lost 2-1. Their defense was much improved. They didn’t make any dumb passes like they did in the first two games, and it showed. Boston now has a considerably better chance to win game 4, but I still don’t expect a victory. Their a better road team, and have momentum, but this is the team that blew a 3-0 lead last year. Nothing surprises me anymore. The Canadians have only lost two series when up 2-0. The 1996 Rangers, and 2006 Hurricanes both beat the Canadians after losing the first 2 Both won the series 4-2. And the ’06 Hurricanes went on the win the Stanley Cup with now Bruin, Mark Recchi on the team. Maybe this Bruins team can get some magic happening.

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?

1st Period

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.

2nd Period

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.

3rd Period

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.

Post-Game Breakdown

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.

B’s drop game 1, 2-0 to Montreal

With the first game of the postseason in the books for Boston, it’s already looking bad. The Bruins out-shot the Canadians 31-20, and had 17 scoring chances to Montreal’s 10. Yet it was not enough. The B’s were shutout 2-0 tonight in Boston. Cary Price picked up his third shutout in his postseason career, all of them coming against Boston. Boston is continuing its theme of playing horrible at home, something they’ve done for the last two seasons now. They were just 22-19 at home this season, and 18-23 at home last season. This is something that just defies logic. Teams that are any good, are supposed to win games in their own building. It shows that there is something off about this team. If the Bruins are going to make a deep playoff run, they must improve their home record. Now, onto a breakdown of the game.

1st Period

The Bruins had a rough first period. Montreal scored just 2:44 into the game to take a 1-0 lead. It looked early like all hope would be lost. Letting the Habs get that first goal was a huge momentum swing in Montreal’s favor. As if it wasn’t easy enough to play in the TD Garden for opposing teams, they now had an early lead to work with. The B’s went on the power play 7:07 in the game, and it was bad. The man advantage looked as bad as it has all year, if not worse. While the Habs continued not to cash in on their very few opportunities, the B’s looked even worse. Marchand had a wide open net to shot at, and he couldn’t bury it. From watching the replays, it looked like the puck was a bit in on his hands, and he didn’t adjust to shoot the puck. The B’s offense looked pathetic in the first period.

2nd Period

In the second period things got better, and worse for the B’s. There offense started heating up, but no goals still for the Bruins. Boston had plenty of chances that they didn’t cash in. It was hard to watch at some points. The Bruins had the puck in the offensive zone most of the period, but they couldn’t score. Ference had an attempt in the slot with Price flopping about, but couldn’t settle the puck. Peverly had a chance high glove side, and shot wide of the net. One of the best chances of the night came at 9:55, as Nathan Horton had a rebound chance off a point shot, and couldn’t find the puck. The Habs did get their chances as well. On a puck that Tim Thomas thought he saved in his gut, it actually squirted out and he left a wide open net, but the puck was shot through the crease. Montreal had a few good scoring chances, but the B’s dominated the second period, and had nothing to show for it.

3rd Period

The first ten minutes of the third period were pathetic for Boston. It was the same thing. Get the puck into the neutral zone, Montreal knocks it away, and then dumps it in. They finally got the offense moving around eight minutes into the third, but still didn’t have a lot of chances. The Bruins had perhaps the best opportunity of the game when Milan Lucic skated into the slot, and got a shot off while tumbling over P.K. Subban’s body. The shot hit Price in the chest high in the crease for the save. That would be perhaps the last good chance for the B’s. And then, it happened. Lucic tried to muscle through Scott Gomez with the puck while in the defensive zone.  Gomez avoided the contact, stole the puck and passed it to Gionta. Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the night at 16:42, to stick the dagger in Boston’s heart. At 17:18, Chara had seen enough. He checked Plekanec at the Boston bench, and decided to take a seat on his head. He obviously wasn’t happy with the way the team had played, and didn’t like Plekanec holding onto his stick after the check. Was it childish, yes. Could it be a spark that this team needs to get going in Saturdays game? The third period saw the Canadians out-shoot the Bruins 6-5, and showed just how inept this Bruins offense can be.

Post-Game Breakdown

Overall, it was just a pathetic showing for the Bruins. The offense was a no-show, the defense made some bad mental mistakes that Montreal capitalized on, and Thomas let in two goals that he should have stopped. They out-shot the Canadians, but what the stat sheet won’t tell you is where those shots were. It seemed that almost every shot Price saw was shot into his chest or gut. Now call me crazy, but the best way to score goals is to shoot for the corners, not the big body of Carey Price! The Bruins didn’t seem to understand this, and repeatedly banged their head against the wall that is Carey Prices chest. I could not believe the inattentiveness of the Bruins. It is Panic time for the Bruins.

The Bruins need to win game 2, period. If the Bruins lose game 2, I’ll be on record as saying they will not win the series, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they get swept in Montreal. So how do the B’s avoid an 0-2 hole? It’s quite simple, make better decisions with the puck. They have to play smarter defensively, make better shot attempts, and take the Montreal forwards off their game by being more physical. Thomas was good, but shouldn’t have allowed those two goals in. If he stops those shots in Saturdays game, and Boston handles the puck better, Boston will win game 2. If there’s anything I feel confident about going into Saturdays game, it’s that Boston will not get shutout again. If they do, then this Bruins team clearly isn’t as good as the regular season would show.