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Game Day: Bruins @ Canadiens Game 3

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins

Third Period Recap:  Chuck Kobasew took advantage of the Habs empty net to make the final score 4-2 with 37 seconds remaining.

Boston returns to the Bell Centre on Wednesday with a three games to none lead in the best of seven series.

0:00 - Boston clears the zone. Bruins win and are up three games to zero.

37.0 - Empty net goal. It's 4-2! Kobasew from Krejci!

1:50 - Price had to make a save.

2:47 - Desperation in the fans: "Go Habs go. Go Habs go."

4:41 - Crunch time. Neutral zone faceoff.

6:22 - Bitz shoots wide.

7:50 - Steal by Wheeler and he gets it deep into the Boston zone.

8:58 - Ward clears...

9:39 - Looks like the Habs are on the PP.

12:11 - Ryder is just wide with his latest shot.

13:53 - Icing Montreal.

14:19 - Yelle clears...

16:01 - Save Thomas, and the puck clears.

16:45 - Intense back-and-forth action...

18:48 - Price took it in the head, off Axelsson.

20:00 - Start of the Third Period. B's start on the PK.
Second Period Recap: The Habs just won't give up.  Good news, though, is that neither will the Bruins.  After coming into the period tied, Shawn Thornton, with an assist from Byron Bitz (playing his first NHL playoff game), gave the B's the lead at 3:36.  A little over two minutes later, Yannick Weber tied the game at two, but ex-Hab Michael Ryder made it 3-2 with 2:39 left.  Revenge is sweet.
0:00 - Scare at the end. A puck deflected off a B's defenseman and had poor Timmy diving for the post. All good. It's 3-2.

1:32 - Recchi to the box for holding.

2:39 - Three consecutive shots and one goes in. Ryder put it under the eaves. It's 3-2, Boston.
Helpers to Wideman and Stuart.

3:29 - Another near miss for Boston. Price has had to be all over the place...

4:21 - A shot, and Bergeron is right there on the threshold. Price hangs on. Shots are 20-18.

5:06 - Wheeler forechecks and forces a very good chance by Krejci. Price had to make a heck of a save.

6:42 - Kovalev goes down. Bitz to the box for tripping.

8:17 - Tim blockers one away...

9:09 - Icing Montreal.

10:02 - Krejci hit the post.

11:03 - A mess. TImmy and Metro and about a half dozen other collide in front. Bergy gets mauled behind the net. And apparently that should result in matching penalties. Um. [Sighs]

11:19 - Icing Montreal.

12:40 - Boston has calmed down and is pressing Price.

14:44 - This faceoff was won back to Weber by Metropolit and Weber beat Thomas. Again, Timmy got a piece. Nevertheless, it's 2-2.

14:47 - Icing Boston.

16:24 - Thornton, from THE CAT, and the B's are up, 2-1. Woooooooooo!

18:08 - Icing Boston. Collision behind Price between O'Byrne and Krejci.

18:33 - Kessel dances to the doorstep, but couldn't make the last stair...

18:59 - Ditto.

19:03 - But the puck comes back and Thomas has to pounce on the puck.

19:16 - Near miss for Boston...

20:00 - Start of the Second. The stats say that the CHC leads the Black & Gold in hits 21-7. Cough. Cough. Ahem?
First Period Recap: Perhaps encouraged by finally being back in their home building, the Canadiens took their first lead of the series with a goal from Chris Higgins at 11:52.  But Phil Kessel stepped up and evened the score for Boston with just 1:25 remaining.
0:00 - End of the First. It's 1-1 and we'll take it. Montreal came out on fire and the B's held on and took advantage of a great  chance. Timmy's got nine saves.

20.2 - Bronx cheer for Price who stops a dump in. Harsh.

1:25 - Looks like Phil Kessel's goal. An error by the the Habs leads to a shot or pass from Wideman and Phil quieted the crowd. It's 1-1.

1:53 - Hnidy with a shot that Price has to kick away. Nice thought.

2:46 - That puck went off a Bruins defenseman and on Thomas. He stops it and hangs on.

5:02 - Thomas stops Komisarek.

5:05 - Tim hangs on to the Habs latest and takes the faceoff.

6:22 - Icing Boston.

7:36 - Wow. That was underneath Montador...

8:08 - Higgins shot eludes Thomas and the Habs have the lead. It's 1-0, MTL. That was Higgins' second of the series. Helper to Weber.

10:06 - Bitz was robbed by Price.

10:22 - Pile up in front of Thomas, knocks the net off the moorings. Faceoff.

11:24 - Timmy took that one right in the B. He holds on.

13:20 - Two-on-one = Lucky save by Price who kneeled on a pass/shot from Yelle.

13:38 - The puck went through Price's crease. VERY CLOSE.

14:13 - Gook kill for Montreal...

14:49 - A very good scoring chance for Boston/Kobasew.

15:49 - Some good work for Boston in the MTL zone...

16:19 - Montreal penalty. Bad penalty. Slashing by a Kostitsyn.

17:45 - Icing Boston.

18:46 - The fans are going nuts, but Timmy just stopped a heck of a scoring chance.

20:00 - Start of the First. Go Bruins...

Boston Starters:
Chara, Wideman, Recchi, Bergeron, Kobasew, Thomas
Montreal Starters:
Komisarek, Hamrlik, Higgins, Metropolit, Laraque, Price

Let's switch to time on the clock...

7:07 p.m.
Montreal plays a lot of U2 -- mostly recent stuff.
Boston plays a lot of U2 - mostly from The Joshua Tree.
Now YOU understand...

6:51 p.m.
Fluto Shinzawa at had the Habs lines looking like this...

6:43 p.m.
The Bruins lines...

Ference, Hunwick, Lucic

6:34 p.m.
It's Tim Thomas vs. Carey Price.

Funny, the Bell Centre is playing a hard rock version (think Queensryche) of "Don't Stop Believin'". Don't they know?

6:31 p.m.
Game time is almost here. Thank goodness.

4:47 p.m.
Byron Bitz will be in the lineup tonight and he returned bostonbruinsTV today, as well.

Prior to the game, the rookie took a second to explain what it felt like to prepare for his first NHL Playoff Game.

Make sure to tune and find out which of his teammates has been distracting him from what will be a very big night.

Check it out here.

3:38 p.m.
WebCam: Episode 3
The latest episode of WebCam is up and if you didn't necessarily agree with the suspension of Milan Lucic for Game 3, it sounds as if you are in Hall of Fame company.

"When the League hands down a ruling there is not much you can do about it," said Neely to "That doesn't necessarily mean that me, personally, have to agree with it."

Click on Cam Neely's picture to watch as #8 takes the Hub of Hockey through his thoughts on tonight's matchup and reminisces about playing the Habs in the Forum and Garden.

3:15 p.m.
There was a surprise at the skate -- Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference.

Ference surprised the hockey media when he walked off the ice and into the Bruins locker room after hitting the rink following the B’s main session. It is believed to be his first session on the ice since his injury, which he indicated occurred on April 4th.

“Each day you take steps,” said Ference with a big smile.

Thankfully, however, this step was on the ice.

“It’s definitely progress,” continued the defenseman. “Obviously, I wasn’t on the ice for the last little while, so it’s definitely going in the right direction.”

Asked if he would be skating with the team again soon, Ference demurred.

“That’s coach’s stuff [to decide] and the trainers,” he said.

2:51 p.m.
Our compatriot over at, Dave Stubbs, who is back on the news trail this week, has some great stuff over on The Montreal Gazette's Habs site, including some audio from Laraque, Gorges, Metropolit and Labpierre.

Stubbs writes: The coach of few words said even fewer this morning. Bob Gainey refused to divulge the name of his starting goaltender for tonight's Game 3, though Carey Price being first off the morning skate rink suggested he'd be the guy. Then again, his hasty exit might have suggested his displeasure at a decision that's already been made.

2:40 p.m. is reporting:
Robert Lang and Andrei Markov skated an hour before the team took its morning skate, but as of yesterday they are not expected to play tonight.

Projected Lines vs. Bruins...
Laraque - Koivu - Kovalev
Latendresse - Lapierre - Kostopoulos
Higgins - Metropolit - Tanguay
A. Kostitsyn - S. Kostitsyn - Weber
Hamrlik - Komisarek
Schneider - Brisebois
Gorges - Dandenault

Not everyone is convinced that Price is starting. JB

2:16 p.m.
I have more info than I know what to do with, so here we go...

After the Canadiens skated and Mr. Gainey spoke, the Bruins took to the ice -- no surprises to report during the skate, but Peter Chiarelli talked about the Lucic suspension shortly thereafter.

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli speaks about the Lucic suspension

Bruins head coach Claude Julien added his two cents about Game 3 and the suspension.

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien - Game 3 Pregame Press Conference

Then, finally, Milan Lucic talked  about the suspension and his not being able to play Game 3.

Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic speaks about his suspension.

1:30 p.m.
Okay. That was hectic. I have MP3's and some other fun stuff that is itching to go up. But I have to do some web magic. Hang tight.

11:15 a.m.
A very somber Canadiens head coach/GM Bob Gainey started his press conference by saying he could not tell the media who his starter would be and that he had no comment on Milan Lucic's suspension.

He also said he would not be giving out his lineup before the game. Click the link below to listen to Mr. Gainey's press conference.

Montreal Canadiens GM/Coach Bob Gainey - Game 3 Pregame Press Conference

11:12 a.m.
Carey Price was the first goalie off for Montreal...

9:57 a.m.

So. In case you haven’t heard, Milan Lucic will not be playing tonight.

Per the NHL: Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been suspended for one game as a result of a blow to the head in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series last night against the Montreal Canadiens. 
Lucic was assessed a match penalty for highsticking Montreal forward Maxim Lapierre at 15:28 of the third period.     
"While it is unclear whether Lucic's glove or stick makes contact with Lapierre, what is clear is that he delivered a reckless and forceful blow to the head of his opponent," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. 
Lucic's suspension will be served on Monday night when the Bruins meet the Canadiens in Game Three of the series.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I am pretty sure that I have seen worse things in this series than the stick that impacted on Lapierre’s head – a couple of cuts on Matt Hunwick's face – attest to that mugging.

Furthermore, Lapierre made the move toward Lucic. Isn't that the most mitigating detail?

Oh well...
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