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Boston vs. Montreal Game 7 live blog

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

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Boston vs. Montreal Game 7 live blog
Roarke's live blog, Boston vs. Montreal Game 7 live blog

5:43 We have a winner! Montreal failed to clear and Nathan Horton teed up a straightaway slapper that sailed through a maze of bodies and past Carey Price for the winner, triggering an eruption at TD Garden. It's Horton's second OT winner of the series. The Bruins win and will get a chance to avenge last year's second-round loss to Philadelphia. Final score: BOS 4, MON 3

4:28
Montreal has had the early advantage in play, but Mark recchi just had a decent chance coming down the wing. Who will be the hero tonight?

Start of first overtime period, Bos 3, Mtl 3

20:00 Michael Ryder had a final chance to deliver the Bruins to the promised land, but Carey Price stopped Ryder's bouncing shot off a faceoff withy 13 seconds left. Now, we are going to OT for third time in past four games of this series. It is the eighth straight night in first round in which their has been an OT game.

18:03
Oh my. Another nightmare for Bruins. P.K. Subban, the man they love to hate in Boston, scores a power play goal just 40 seconds after bergeron sits in box. It was an absolute laser beam from the top of the circle that picked the far corner. Goal, MTL 3-3

17:23
Unbelievable. Patrice Bergeron takes a high-sticking penalty behind the play. Boston will be short for 120 of the final 157 seconds of this game. Montreal already has a power-play goal this game.

13:20
Tim Thomas just made two huge saves and Adam McQuaid added a third in Montreal's best pressure since the Kelly goal.

9:44
This place is going bizonkers. Chris Kelly has scored the go-ahead goal, the dirty goal
mentioned just a few minutes ago. Carey Price made a kick-out save on a shot from Andrew Ference and kelly was the first one to it, sliding it past Price before he could get his arm down on the ice. Can Boston hold on for last 10 minutes?

9:40
Jeff Halpern had to be helped from the ice after running into Andrew Ference's shoulder behind the play. The hit had shades of the hit by Dave Steckel on Sidney Crosby in the Winter Classic. If Halpern can'ty return that will be a huge loss for Montreal. He has been creative since his return to the series and is a huge difference in the faceoff circle.

5:30
Boston’s lack of finish is troubling. Boston had another golden opportunity at the 4:30 mark, but Recchi could not whack home a juicy rebound as it skittered past his stick. James Wisniewski had position on Recchi to deter the shot, it should be Noted. But, it is those dirty goals and tight-quarter battles that are the foundation of Boston’s game.

1:47 Just seconds after Lars Eller has golden chance against Bruins, Chara goes down the ice and lets a bomb go from blue line. He continues to net and four Canadiens surround him to stop his progress. Talk about drawing a crowd.
Start of third period, Bos 2, Mtl 2


End of second period, Bos 2, Mtl 2

20:00 Boston has killed all but 12 seconds of the PP as we go into intermission. Twenty minutes - maybe more -- left in one teams season now. What a grand stage and what a way to end this amazing series.

18:12
Here's another bad penalty in a series of not-so-good penalties tonight. Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk is whistled for boarding penalty on Jeff Halpern at bLue line, a hit that knocked Halpern into the stanchion at end of Boston bench. Habs on PP.

14:35
Jeff Halpern just got sprung for a breakaway, but he did not get off a great shot. Tim Thomas held his ground.

14:13 Not many whistles in this one as action goes back and forth. Scott Gomez just had agood chance off the rush for Montreal, but it was their first in a while. Boston’s third and fourth lines just carried play for two minutes. Boston’s third line – Peverley, Kelly, Ryder – has been team’s most consistent. Not sure that is a good thing in a Game 7

8:40 Boston just had its best pressure since early in the game, but David Krejci lofted a backhander over the net from a bad angle as Carey Price was sprawled at other side of net.

5:50 Oh man, not only can’t Boston score on the power play, they are allowing goals now. Dennis Seidenberg just made a disastrous drop pass to Mark Recchi at center ice and when Recchi couldn’t fish it out of his skates, Tomas Plekanec went the other way and scored an unassisted shorthanded goal. Goal MTL, 2-2.


4:41
The parade of offensive penalties continues, Lars Eller, so good for so much of this series, just took a penalty for hitting Chara from behind in the corner of Boston’s defensive zone. Boston goes on power play for second time tonight. They are 0-for-20 in the series.


4:00
Tim Thomas made two giant saves in first minute of second period, including rebound attempt by Brian Gionta that required a half-split from the Boston goalie to turn away. Gionta and Thomas have been having a great duel all series.


Start of second period, Bos 2, Mtl 1

The mental toughness of these Canadiens is unbelievable.  Nothing bothers them. They were unhinged early, but settled down after a timeout and have owned play since the Marc Recchi goal In the fourth minute. It will be interesting to see which team can seize momentum at start of second period.

End of first period, Bos 2, Mtl 1

20:00
Boston did not score on the power play, but it looked much better than it has in recent tries. Boston needs to try to build off of that. Each team finished the first with 9 shots, but Boston has just two shots since Recchi’s goal in the fourth minute.


17:59
Andrei Kostitsyn just took a high-sticking penalty with three seconds left in Shawn Thornton penalty. That penalty was at offensive blue line. Boston’s much maligned power play gets a chance to turn the tide.

17:24
Tim Thomas certainly helped the cause with a great save on Scott Gomez from the low slot. First huge save Thomas has made in this game. Boston needed it.

16:02 More adversity for Boston. Shawn Thornton just took a penalty for elbowing behind the Montreal net. Another penalty as far away from Boston goal as possible. Boston needs this kill desperately for itys confidence. Montreal has three power-play goals in past four periods.

14:52 Boston has gotten away from its forecheck and it has hurt its offense. Boston spent first few minutes dumping and chasing and banging on Montreal D. Have abandoned that recently and can't get untracked in offensive zone as a result. Bruins have given Carey Price a chance to settle down. He has not seen a shot in several minutes.

13:10 The pace has slowed down a bit in this game after a frenetic start. Montreal has a bit more of the play now and it appears Jacques Martin's timeout had the desired effect. That power-play goal certainly helped in the confidence department as well. Montreal has had last 5 shots in this game.

9:49 The answer is no, the Bruins can't kill the penalty and Montreal is right back in this game. Michael Cammalleri just made a sick pass to Yannick Weber for a one-timer on the power play to make it 2-1. Weber has played in just three games in this series and he has two goals. All three of his career playoff goals have come against Tim Thomas. Not a bad little note for the resume there

8:22
And, here comes adversity a calling. Michael Ryder just took a hooking penalty on Tomas Plekanec ithe offensive zone. Penalties 180 feet from your own net are not ideal when you have the lead and the momentum. Can Boston kill here? Or will Montreal get back in the game?

6:13 Montreal coach Jacques Martin has already used his time out to settle the boys down. Boston needs to maintain its focus here. Last season, they were up 3-0 on Philadelphia in Game 7 in the second round and they did not win that game. It’s not a good start that wins these games. It’s holding your nerve when adversity visits.

5:33 This is a dream start for Bruins. Mark Recchi corrals a loose puck and carries into slot before ripping a shot past Carey Price. Quess who was in front? That Brad Marchand kid. Goal, BOS 2-0
 
3:31 Johnny Boychuk opens the scoring. Boston wins a faceoff and gains control of the puck. Brad Marchand circled the net before feeding a pass to Boychuk at the point. Boychuk’s shot eluded Carey Price because he was distracted by a screen from Patrice Bergeron. That is Marchand’s 4th assist of this series. He has been a best for Bruins.  Goal, BOS 1-0
 
3:17 Boston is doing a good job of getting in on forecheck and banging bodies. Really putting defense under pressure.

:50 Both teams have had a shot so far; neither was overly taxing. The noise and emotion in this building are palpable. There is also an undercurrent of nervousness from a Boston fan base that has seen too much Game 7 heartbreak in the past decade.
 
7:05 p.m. Little late start to this blog today. It has been a crazy day that started with a car departure from Montreal at 10 a.m. and a major navigational error before arriving in Boston at 4 p.m. Not much news today though as both teams rested in anticipation of tonight’s game. Big news coming out of warmup though as James Wisniewski will play for Montreal. He missed Game 6 with an undisclosed injury. His return sends Paul Mara and his beard back into the press box.
Quote of the Day

I came into a team that had 65 points, that was at the bottom of the basement, a team that everybody wrote off as never going to be good. My goal is to go from the very bottom to the very top.

— Forward Brandon Dubinsky on signing a six-year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets