In the end, the Canadiens had made it a game. But it was too late. Because spotting the other team three goals in the first 22 minutes makes it slightly difficult to come back from.
When the dust had settled, Boston owned a 4-2 win and the series now sits at two games to one for the Habs instead of the precious three game to none situation we all wanted the bleu, blanc et rouge to be in.
Montreal lacked fire and intensity in the beginning as the Bruins went up by three, and for the most part the Canadiens were kept off balance and on the outside. The Habs weren’t sharp, and there just weren’t enough quality chances against the visitors who had picked it up a few notches from the previous two games.
Early in the game Boston took a “too many men” penalty which the Habs failed to do anything about, and shortly after, the Bruins scored that big first goal. And early in the second period a Carey Price attempt to clear the puck with his net open was deflected off Doc Recchi’s knee to a teammate, making it 3-0 at this point, and really started me thinking about taking a quick drive to the beer store.
But, in what can be seen as a good sign for upcoming games, Montreal began a charge. Andrei Kostitsyn deked out Chara and fooled Tim Thomas, and dramatically in the third, Tomas Plekanec narrowed it to 3-2. After that it was all Canadiens, with Brian Gionta, (and this is one of the reasons he’s captain), taking it upon himself to lead the charge, and the Canadiens completely dominated as they pushed to tie it and raise the roof at the Bell Centre.
But it wasn’t to be. The Bruins held the fort, scored in the empty net, and now it’s time to regroup, think about not starting so slowly next time, and realize the Bruins had no intentions of going quietly into the night.
But we still hold the hammer.
Next game – Thursday.
Brad Marchant is such a despicable rat.
Montreal outshot Boston 36-25 on the night, including 15-6 during the BIG PUSH in the third.
Next time, start the BIG PUSH a lot earlier.