We’ve seen this before, many times in many rinks. One team will dominate for the first part yet score only once, and soon after, the other team begins to find their game and everything turns south for the gang that shortly before was in firm control.
The Bruins came back to win 5-4 in overtime, it’s a worrisome time in Habs universe, and I’ve got so many knots in my gut I’m going to need a surgeon to unravel everything.
What a heartbreaker for Montreal. What a turn of events for Boston. What a childish and rude gesture by Andrew Ference.
Right back at ya, Ference.
Imagine giving the finger to the crowd after scoring. Such a tasteless and classless act by the Bruins defenceman. And I know that Ference could care less what Habs fans think, but I hope this comes back to bite him in the ass. Make this guy a huge goat on Saturday in Boston. Make him responsible for a Bruins loss.
Montreal received goals from Brent Sopel, Mike Cammalleri, Andrei Kostitsyn, and PK Subban, and although the Canadiens held the lead four times, it was just never enough. You don’t let the other team back up when they’re down, but Montreal did, and now the series is tied going back to Boston when it could’ve been a lovely 3-1 series lead instead.
The Habs gave the Bruins far too many great chances, and for a team that prides themselves on bottling things up, it sure didn’t show on this night for Jacques Martin’s troops. It seemed like every time Boston came into Montreal’s end, a big scoring chance occurred. Carey Price, as great as he was, simply couldn’t do it all, and in the end, when Boston scored in overtime, I’m sad to say I wasn’t surprised.
It was playoff hockey, tense and stressful, dramatic, exhilarating, and finally, crushing. Saturday in Boston, Montreal needs to play like they did in the first period, only they have to make Tim Thomas just a little more ordinary and wipe that smile off his face. This is the guy Bruins fans and players can thank, and if it wasn’t him, Montreal would have skated off with a big win in their back pocket, instead of dropping game four, and game three before that.
Now it’s the best two out of three. I don’t know if the old ticker can take it.
Scott Gomez was minus three tonight.
But so was Brian Gionta.