A great game, fast, hard, and exciting. A wonderful example of how a contest with no goals scored can be a thing of beauty.
No goals in three periods. Great to watch. Hard on the nerves. And then horrifically, the Bruins ended it early in the first overtime period, and instead of the series being a 3-1 Habs stranglehold, it’s now tied at two apiece.
And for those who said the winner of this game will move on, and I heard it more than once today, you have no idea. That sort of thing was also said after the Bruins had clawed back in the third period of game two.
That kind of talk drives me crazy because you just don’t know and why say it? Why predict such a gloomy ending? I feel some Habs fans are hoping they lose for some weird and distorted reason and it’s hard to understand.
The series is tied. The Habs have not lost the series, in case anyone needs reminding.
What a hard-fought, hard hitting, fast, back and forth, tough contest this turned out to be. A classic playoff game. A game at its finest. No goonery, no craziness, no lulls. No goals and it didn’t matter.
If only the good had prevailed over the bad. It was all that was missing.
It’s Saturday in Boston and then Monday at the Bell for games five and six. What a series this is.
Shots on goal, Boston 35, Montreal 33.
Price and Rask were both solid as the Rock of Gibraltar. And for me personally, it was once again the Eller, Gionta, Bourque line who skated the most miles. Although Michael Bournival was flying and had several big shots on Rask.
Boston outhit the Canadiens 40-32 but Douglas Murray and PK smashed the enemy a handful of times.
The Canadiens edged the Bruins in faceoff wins 38-36, which is truly an important stat. And Montreal blocked 20 shots to Boston’s 12.
Everyone played well, all the way through the lineup. Although we need more on the board from some of our regular sharpshooters.
Right now, it’s the Eller line, the fourth line, and Bournival giving the most bang for the buck. If some of the quiet guys can break out, preferably at the same time, Boston will be a heap of trouble.
Have a great Friday. The series is not over.