Well, that's the game. Montreal wins 3-1, putting a chokehold on this series. Boston must now head to hostile Montreal and win a pair of games just to even this series. That is no easy task. Despite fact that Price made 33 saves, the true stars on this night were his defensemen, who stopped another 20-plus shots in the game. It was marvelous to watch theiur dedication to the art of shot blocking. B oston has to hope that Zdeno Chara
is back from Game 3, but doubts that he will be enough have to be suracing after being throttled in two-straights games.
Wow! Despite what should be desperate times, Montreal has sucked the life right out of the Bruins, who have mustered little in this periood and are being booed pretty heavily right now. It's almost like Montreal is a boxer that wsorks the body to kill the desire of the opponent. It is stunning to watch its effect. Oh my, more AC/DC. This one is Hell's Bells. This might be an AC/DC record.
Talk about paying the price to win. With 10 minutes left in game, Montreal has blocked 21 shots. Boston has 5 blocks. That's a pretty healthy discrepency if you ask me. By the way, as I type this, it's more AC/DC on the soundsystem. This time it is TNT. My kids love that one. They'll be bummed they missed it.
8:52 Johnny Boychuk
is punishing the Canadiens here in the third. He just cranked James Winiewski as he tried to enter the attacking zone. early in the period, he caught Ryan White
in the neutral zone and rode him right into the Montreal bench. Boston, howver, can't seem to feed off the big hits because of Montreal's suffocating style and patience.
Bruins have not capitulated. They have had the better of the play in period's first three minutes and now P.K. Subban
has taken a defensive-zone tripping penalty. Unortunately, Boston is 0-for-6 on the PP and is clearly missing Chara and his howitzer from the blue line.
Third period under way
End of second, MTL 3-1, BOS 24-23 in shots
Spoke too soon for second-time tonight. Montreal just scored off another long rebound. Who got this one? Yannick Weber
, of course. The man who replaced Andrei Kostitsyn
and usually plays defense. Weber clearly takes to this postseason gig. In four career games, he has 2 goals -- plus an assist. Lars Eller
took the shot and got the primary assist, his first playoff point. Goal, MTL 3-1
For second-straight game, B's have dominated second period. This time they have something to show for it. Should be amazing final 23 minutes to this game.
13:19 Nathan Horton
just had a monster shift, capped by two chances right on Carey Price
's doorstep. He started shift with punishing hit on Subban that forced a turnover.
Now things are interesting. Montreal's James Wisniewski
took an offensive-zxone penalty by ramming Rich Peverly into the boards. Shane Hnidy
made him answer for it by fighting him in the rare playoff fight. Hence the nickname The Sheriff.
11:59 Tim Thomas
is back to his battling, acrobatic best. Bruins seem to feeding off his return to form here in second. He has made three big saves.
Boston is pouring it on now, exhilerated by its success. Montreal is trying to weather the storm here. Likely we see a lot of stoppages in seond half of period as Montreal tries to slow down game and blunt some of the crowd's new-found entusiasm.
How big was that save by Tim Thomas
? Patrice bergeron
scored just 13 seconds later to make this a game. Where was No. 37 when he scored? Right on top of the blue paint, in position to redirect a sweet pass from Brad Marchand
, who has been Boston's best player through 5 periods. Boston finally solves Price on shot No. 51 and now we have a game. garden is loud as it has been in two games. Goal, BOS 1-2
Boston kills penalty without too much duress and then Tim Thomas
makes his biggest save of the series, stoning the dangerous Tomas Plekenac on a breakaway. That has the crowd back in it. Boston needs more of that from Thomas if they hope to get back in this game -- and the series. He has to be a difference-maker.
More misery for Boston. Just as they were gaining some momementum, Milan Lucic
takes a high-sticking penalty in the offensive zone. He caught P.K. Subban
as play transitioned to the Boston end. I'll say this for P.K., he has certainly earned the emnity of the Bruins players and fans in rather short order in this series.
Boston only got one shot on the remainder of the carry-over power play
second period under way. Boston is now 0-for-5 in this series. A number of note from the first period, by the way, Shane Hnidy
, Chara's replacement, saw just three shifts and 75 seconds of ice time in first period.
Boston was much better in the second half of the first period, but have dug themselves a huge hole by allowing those two quick goals. One came off a breakdown in coverage and a bad rebound and the other on a bad turnover. Not the start the restructered Bruin D was hoping to have. It'll be interesting to see if Boston raises the angst level even more in the second period. It's not that Montreal isn't game for that style -- P.K. Subban
absolutely demolished David Krejci
with a clean hit in the first -- but Boston seems more fluid and chohesive when physically engaged.
End of first, 2-0 MTL, BOS leads in shots, 15-8
A stretch of non-stop frenetic action finally comes to an end when Hal Gill
takes a cross-checking penalty on Chris Kelly
. Let's just say Gill earned his two minutes. PenaLty happened because Kelly went to net and established position first -- something Boston is still not doing regularly. Boston leads in shots 15-7, but still has nothing to show for it.
So much for that. Nathan Horton
negates power play by tackling Hal Gill
behind Montreal net and throwing him in to Carey Price
. After the whistle, David Krejci
informed P.K. Subban
just how much he already dislikes him after just 70 minutes of hockey. Should be interesting matchup for rest of series.
Bruins get a power play after Roman Hamrlik
hits Nathan Horton
for shooting at Price after whistle. Bruins need something here from anemic power play.
Things have settled down a bit for Boston after the most horrific start imaginable. Thomas has still given up a couple of bad rebounds and Boston's D is struggling to keep Montreal's speedy forwards in check. At the other end, carey Price
absolutely stoned Milan Lucic
on Boston's best chance of the series.
Dang, that was quick. Mathieu Darche
makes it 2-0 just 6 seconds into the power play. It was Darche's first playoff goal and it was a beauty. Michael Cammalleri
has the assist and already has 2 pOints on the night. 2-0 MTL
Even more misery for the Bruins as Dennis Seidenberg
takes a interference penalty for freight training Benoit Pouliot
behind the net after puck had passed.
Also didn't take long for Montreal to score. Johnny Boychuk
, playing with Deniis Seidenberg instead of Zdeno Chara
, made a bad giveaway and then was not in position when Michael Cammalleri
claimed a long rebound and fired it into the net. 1-0 MTL
Didn't take long for tempers to flare in this one. David Krejci
, of all people, and Brian Gionta
, of all people, tussle at first whistle.
Oops! Spoke too soon. Both ZdenoChara and Andrei Kostitsyn
did take warmupos, but neither is in the lineup. Each has been scratched. Surprisingly, Kostitsyn is not replaced by Jeff Halpern
, as most expected. Instead, it is Yannick Weber
who gets the call. Yes, the defenseman who has three games of playoff experience and had just 1 goal in 41 regular-season games this year. For Boston, Shane Hnidy
enters the lineup. Hnidy was signed at the end of February as an insurance policy, but this is not what the Bruins envisioned. Hnidy has just three NHL games under his belt this season and struggled mightily in his last game, the regular-seasoin finale against New Jersey.
Man, do they love themselves some AC/DC here at TD Garden. It is a staple of the musical rotation. For Those About To Rock has made an appearance Before both Game 1 and Game 2. Hell's Bells is also a standard. Not that there is anything wrong with that, as AC/DC is an awesome band. Garden also plays the hometown heroes with Aerosmith (Train Kept A Rolling) and Dropkick Murphys getting some serious play. They should play more Boston-area bands in my opinion. I would suggest Thge Red Chord. That would certainly liven things up.
Most interested to see what Milan Lucic
will do in this game. He said he will be better, although insists he was not bad in game 1. He was more passive than usual, though -- and Boston can't have that in this series. They have to be more like junk-yard dogs, constantly pulling at their leashes. Lucic sets that tone. Will he tonight? Montreal defenseman Hal Gill
thinks so. He expects everyone on the Bruins to be better.
6:32 p.m. Andrei Kostitsyn
is on the ice for the Canadiens, suggesting he will once again be on a line with Mike Cammalleri
and Tomas Plekanec
. Kostitsyn missed the morning skate, receiving treatment on his foot after being hit there by a Chara slapper early in Game 1. There was some concern that he would not be ready and that Jeff Halpern
, out since March 30, would be pressed into duty on his old line.
Bruins take the ice and Big Z -- Zdeno Chara
-- is on the ice for warmups. You can also here an audible sigh of relief from the 5,000 or so fans that arrived foir warmups. Chara spent Friday night in the hospital, being treated for dehydration. His teammates said he would play because he is a warrior and battler and as mentally tough as anyone in the game. They were right. Now, it is a question of how effective he is going to be. To many observers, Chara looked a step slow in Thursday night's lOse in Game 1.