The Canadiens had them all right. A cool 3-1 lead with nine minutes remaining. And the Bruins had managed only one shot midway through the final frame.
And then it all came crashing down like a scoreboard on Brad Marchand’s head. Oh, wait a minute. A scoreboard falling on Brad Marchand’s head is a good thing. So I take it back.
Three goals in five and a half minutes by the Bruins, another in the empty net, and the series is tied at one after the Bruins stormed back to win 5-3.
I should never have started counting down the minutes after Thomas Vanek, with his second of the game, gave our team that lovely 3-1 lead. Because obviously, counting down doesn’t work and I’ll never do it again.
Regardless of this shocker, the Canadiens know they can win this series. We all know it. Even Bruins fans, who have a hard time tying their shoelaces, know it.
And a split in games in the enemy barn is great. Although a 2-0 series lead would have been magical.
I’m proud of the team, even with a loss like this, which is like a Milan Lucic spear to the baby-making machinery.
A painful game, and seeing happy Bruins fans is always a stomach- turner. But to expect a playoff run without losing any games isn’t realistic. Would be great, but not realistic.
If only Francis Bouillon would’ve gotten out of the way of the puck which deflected off him and sailed past Price for the tying goal.
Shots on goal Boston 35, Canadiens 28.
Vanek with two and Mike Weaver with one were the scorers for the Canadiens.
Tuesday – game three in Montreal. The team has to shake this off and stay focused. Not that I’m a psychologist. Just a fan on the verge of a coronary.