The longer the game went on, with Montreal getting so many chances and not scoring, the more nervous I got. And even though P.K. Subban finally broke the ice on the power play at 10:53 of the middle frame, it seemed the Bruins were beginning to adjust, and sure enough, Boston would hold their ground, score two quick ones early in the third, and skate away with a 2-1 win at the Bell Centre.
There will be no first place for the Montreal Canadiens tonight. It must wait for another time. And there will be no “what ifs” from me after so many Habs chances in the first half, and a bunch scattered throughout. The Bruins won it, the Canadiens didn’t, and now it’s onward to Buffalo to shake it off, regroup, get the kids going again, and stay within reach of first in the east.
It was a simple enough loss. The Canadiens couldn’t score on numerous chances, managed just one power play goal in five chances, Boston reined the Habs in, (although it took awhile), and put Montreal off their freewheeling game just enough to give themselves a chance to win. Which they did. Now we wait until March 3, when the Habs meet these Bruins in Boston, when revenge should be the order of the day.
Montreal had the Bruins outshot 7-0 for a while in the first, but in the end, when all was said and done, it was Boston 23, Montreal 21.
During the pre-game warmup, Lars Eller rang the puck off Carey Price’s family jewels. But Eller can’t be blamed. It seemed a perfectly manageable shot just a few feet off the ice. It’s the ones that come in hard at the face that goalies mostly get upset with. Price seemed angry, and no wonder. He’s engaged, and down the road he and she will probably want kids.
Next up – tomorrow (Thursday) in Buffalo.