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Canadiens celebrate 100th anniversary by routing Bruins

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

John Kreiser - Columnist

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Canadiens celebrate 100th anniversary by routing Bruins
Boston Bruins 1, Montréal Canadiens 5

After honoring 100 years of their history, the current version of the Montreal Canadiens came out and played a game that any of their 24 Stanley Cup-winning predecessors would have been proud of.

Mike Cammalleri scored three times in the second period as the Canadiens blasted their longtime rivals, the Boston Bruins, 5-1 in a rare Friday night home game that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the franchise on Dec. 4, 1909.

"We all played inspired hockey," said goalie Carey Price, who was brilliant while making 37 saves. "There were a lot of faces here I grew up watching.

"We really wanted to win this one. We were pumped up watching the guys out there and chatting with vets who won championships. We wanted to win for them as well. We're all pretty proud to be Canadiens tonight."

Cammalleri scored twice to put Montreal up 3-0 before completing his fourth career hat trick with the Canadiens' fifth goal late in the middle period. That drew a roar from the sellout crowd of 21,273 that filled the building for ceremonies that featured some of the team's former greats, including Jean Beliveau, Guy Lafleur and Patrick Roy -- and the jersey retirements of the two oldest living Canadiens, Hall of Famers Emile "Butch" Bouchard and Elmer Lach.

"This was amazing for anyone who is a fan of sports," Cammalleri said. "I can't express what it means -- it's such a special thing."

The crowd, hyped to a roar by the pregame festivities, had plenty to cheer during the game as well.

"Hopefully it had an inspiring effect," said Cammalleri, whose team was coming off two consecutive poor efforts including a 6-2 loss in Buffalo on Thursday night. "We played two games we weren't happy with, and I'd hope we would have played like that anyway, but for sure, it hit an emotional chord."

Price, wearing an anniversary-themed mask, lost his shutout bid 4:45 into the third when Vladimir Sobatka's deflection of Matt Hunwick's shot made it 5-1.

Boston goalie Tim Thomas, who was relieved after allowing five goals through 40 minutes, refused to blame the ceremonies for his team's performance.

"I don't think that was it -- I don't know what happened," he said. "From top to bottom, that was one of our worst efforts of the year."

Spacek opened the scoring at 8:30 of the first period, one-timing a pass from Scott Gomez past Tim Thomas. But the game turned early in the second period when the Bruins were unable to score during a full 2:00 5-on-3 power play after Spacek and Maxim Lapierre drew roughing penalties at 5:34.

Less than a minute after the penalty kill, Tomas Plekanec missed on a breakaway but swatted the puck back into the slot. Cammalleri jumped on the loose puck and beat Thomas for a 2-0 lead.

Cammalleri scored an unassisted goal at 13:33 and Metropolit made it 4-0 when he redirected Hal Gill's pass into the net at the right edge of the crease for his sixth goal at 16:07. Cammalleri then became the first Canadien since Brian Savage in 1999-2000 to get two hat tricks in the season when he one-timed a pass from Gomez into the net at 17:29 -- triggering a cascade of hats onto the ice and applause from the Habs greats watching from the luxury boxes.

"I'll never forget that noise," he said. "What else can you say but wow."

It was only the 14th Friday night home game in franchise history -- they've now won 10 and tied the other four.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
Jaroslav Spacek (3) ASST: Scott Gomez (10), Glen Metropolit (8)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
Mike Cammalleri (13) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (20), Andrei Kostitsyn (9)
2 - 0 MTL
Mike Cammalleri (14) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 MTL
Glen Metropolit (6) ASST: Hal Gill (1), Max Pacioretty (8)
4 - 0 MTL
Mike Cammalleri (15) ASST: Scott Gomez (11), Matt D'Agostini (2)
5 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
Vladimir Sobotka (2) ASST: Matt Hunwick (3)
5 - 1 MTL
Power Play Stats
Power Plays0/70/3
Power Play %32.4%23.9%
% on Road27.3%20.5%
% at Home37.1%26.4%
League Rank1st4th
penalty summary
1st Period
David Krejci  Hooking against  Scott Gomez
Ryan O'Byrne  Interference against  Daniel Paille
Blake Wheeler  Tripping against  Ryan O'Byrne
2nd Period
Maxim Lapierre  Roughing against  Marc Savard
Jaroslav Spacek  Roughing against  Zdeno Chara
3rd Period
Maxim Lapierre  Hi stick - double minor against  Andrew Ference
Matt D'Agostini  Slashing against  Michael Ryder
David Krejci  Roughing against  Tomas Plekanec
Tomas Plekanec  Hi-sticking against  David Krejci
Tomas Plekanec  Hi-sticking against  David Krejci
Marco Sturm  Tripping against  Roman Hamrlik
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
SA: 23TOI: 40:00
Saves: 18EV: 13 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .783SH: 2 - 2
Tuukka Rask
SA: 6TOI: 19:04
Saves: 6EV: 3 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 3 - 3
Carey Price
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
Saves: 37EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .974SH: 1 - 1