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It’s not over til…it’s actually over. The Boston Bruins made sure to make a statement Monday night in Montreal as they headed into Game 3 down 2-0 in the series. The Bruins came out strong in one of the toughest rinks to play at already in the hole and held on to get the 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins still trail the series 2-1.
The Bruins got off to the quick lead with goals from David Krejci and Nathan Horton in the first period. Rich Peverley added another goal early in the second period to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead with a lot of time left. The Canadiens took advantage of that time to score two goals and get right back into the game. With tough defense and timely goal tending, Boston was able to hang on.
Tim Thomas started in goal for the B’s and was phenomenal. Aside from allowing two goals to literally “slip” by him at odd angles, he was near unstoppable. By flashing the glove and making strong saves with a crowd in front of the goal, Thomas was able to stop 34-of-36 shots-on-goal.
Carey Price was in net for the Canadiens and to say the least, he lost the game for his team. Krejci’s goal was the only one that was an actual goal, not just a lucky shot or an empty-netter. Price stopped 21-of-24 shots. Horton’s goal was hard for him to stop as it hit his back and ended up in the net and Peverley’s goal was just a bad mistake on Price. The netminder came out of the crease to get the puck, made a bad pass and it ended up going to Peverley with a near open-net shot. So it wasn’t Price’s fault entirely, but he didn’t help the cause either which was surprising after two solid games to start the series.
Before the game, Bruins head coach Claude Julien noted that it’s his team’s commitment and willingness to play hard that cost them the first two games and that they needed to play more like a team if they wanted to succeed.
“When you’re down in the series like that and you’ve got to climb back up it definitely is a challenge of characters and will, desire, commitment, and everything else that goes with it,” Julien said. “We’ve got to roll up our sleeves here and go back to work. And we’re going back to work in another rink that hasn’t always been good to us. But we plan on making it a successful one.”
Also on a positive note, Zdeno Chara returned to action after missing Game 2 due to dehydration. He was on the ice for 26 minutes and 20 seconds, with two shots-on-goal and three hits.
The Bruins and Canadiens will have Tuesday and Wednesday off before playing Game 4 on Thursday night, staying in Montreal. The B’s will practice at Lake Placid New York on Tuesday and Wednesday, the same arena the 1980 U.S. hockey team played it’s “Miracle on Ice” Olympic games.