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Postgame Reaction: Game 3 @ Montreal

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com – The Canadiens weren’t vulnerable often, but when they were the Bruins were able to capitalize.


Boston Bruins' David Krejci scores past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series, Monday, April 18, 2011, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
Boston scored three of their four goals within the first 30 seconds following a special team’s situation to pick up the 4-2 victory and push Montreal’s series lead to two games to one.

“I thought we did a pretty good job of managing the puck and getting the puck out at key times,” Bruins forward Rich Peverley told NESN”s Naoko Funayama after the game.

“We didn’t spend too much time with the puck in their zone in the third period, but I think that’s something we would have liked to have done. I think Timmy made some good saves coming down the end.”

The Bruins got off to an early lead and never relinquished the pressure on Montreal’s defensive corps and goaltender Carey Price.

David Krejci started things off for Boston with a breakaway goal just 3:11 into the game. The tally was assisted by Bergeron and Seidenberg and was recorded just second after the Bruins completed their first successful penalty kill of the night.

Nathan Horton gave Boston a 2-0 lead with the first postseason goal of his career at 14:38 in the first.  Horton gained possession behind the net and sliced a bad-angle shot off Price’s back, finding the back of the net.

“We had a really good start. I thought we had a solid first period and played really well and found a way to score some goals,” head coach Claude Julien told NESN after the game.

“They came at us pretty hard but we held the fort.”

The Bruins didn’t slow down headed into the second period. Rich Peverley gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead just seconds after a Boston power play expired. The tally assisted by Mark Recchi was the first playoff goal of his career.

“It was just kind of a lucky play. It went of Rex’s shin pad, I think it went right off my glove, I didn’t even see it. It just plopped right in front of me, it was pretty lucky,” Peverley said of the goal.

Montreal got one back before the end of the second when Andrei Kostitsyn slipped one past Tim Thomas at 7:03.

Tomas Plekanec put the pressure on Boston when he cut their lead to a single goal 4:08 into the third period. But the Bruins were able to hang on behind Thomas’ 34-save performance.

“We probably weren’t as tense as we were in the first two games. And the tenseness of our hockey club just took away a lot of our energy,” Julien told Funayama.

“So we seemed to have more energy tonight and it got a little tense at the end, but at least we found a way to win.“

Chris Kelly put the final tally on the board with an empty-net goal with less than 30 seconds left in the game.

The Bruins will head to Lake Placid for two days of preparation before returning to Montreal for Game 4 on Thursday night where the Bruins will look to even the series.
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