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These two words can change millions of lives across the globe. Two teams that carry the hearts of millions of fans on their back, face off against each other and only one can move on. This is what hockey is all about: the do or die moments where one small piece of circular rubber can change history.
If you walked towards the TD Garden Thursday night, you would have sensed that something great was about to happen. Once inside the building, the electricity was felt by every fan both Bruin and Canadien fan alike. Game 7 was going to be epic for one team, and heartbreaking for the other. The “Lets Go Bruins” chant rang louder than ever before because fans knew this is where history would happen.
Finally, the puck was dropped.
The Bruins controlled the tempo early on and cashed in on great scoring chances. Johnny Boychuck lifted the fans out of their seats at the 3:31 mark in the first period with the game’s first goal. Less than two minutes later, the ageless wonder Mark Recchi lit the lamp to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
Yannick Weber of the Canadiens scored about halfway through the period to cut the Bruins lead to one, a lead they held until the end of the first period.
The second period went exactly as Montreal planned. The Habs defense played flawlessly and didn’t give the Bruins a chance at good quality scoring chances.
Tomas Plekanec then scored a shorthanded goal 5:50 into the period to tie the game at 2-2. The second period came to a close and once again, Bruins fans couldn’t help but remember a much similar 3-0 lead lost to the Flyers one year ago.
The third period brought on the cowardly play by the Habs that we are so accustomed to seeing. This time however, the refs weren’t buying it. Roman Hamrlik was checked into the boards by Andrew Ference and stayed down on the ice to attempt to draw a penalty. Chris Kelly picked up the loose puck and deposited it into the net promptly to give the B’s a 3-2 lead.
Thank you Roman, maybe you can take diving lessons from P.K. Subban.
Unfortunately, P.K. Subban scored the game-tying, power play, goal with less than two minutes left in the game to tie it at 3.
The high-sticking penalty on Patrice Bergeron, upon instant replay, revealed that once again, the Bruins were the victims of the diving act the Habs play. James Wisniewski, while controlling the puck, saw Bergeron’s stick riding a little high towards his shoulders and immediately, through his head back and held his face to draw the high sticking penalty. At no point did Bergerons stick come into contact with Wisniewski’s face.
Regardless, the scoreboard remained tied at 3-3 and overtime was about to unfold.
Now I’m no priest, but the hockey gods must have been watching the game. Nathan Horton’s deflected shot snuck behind Carey Price’s body and in just under six minutes into the overtime period. As Boston’s spirits were lifting, Montreal fans were left to facepalm.
In just seven playoff games, Nathan Horton has scored two game-winning goals that have resulted in Bruins wins and Canadiens losses. Its safe to say that Horton has earned the “B” on his chest and and all of Boston hopes he can continue his hot hand into the Philadelphia series next week.
Montreal played a great series but it just wasn’t enough. Carey Price was phenomenal in net and will be a force to be reckoned with eventually. He just couldn’t get the job done when it counted. Maybe it was his mustache . That thing should have been shaved off from the beginning. Just saying…
Just a reminder, Montreal had a 2-0 series lead going back HOME and surrendering it must be killing not only the team, but the fans as well (honestly, I don’t care).
I may be extremely radical when it comes to the Habs, but my love for the Bruins fuels me to hate them. Sure, beating the Yankees is a great feeling, but New York has plenty of other professional sports teams they can shift their focus to. Montreal only has one team, and that one team will be playing golf, curling, cricket, or whatever Montrealers play in the offseason. I’m sure their fans will drink their crappy Molson Beer to try and fill the void in their hearts the Canadiens ripped out of them.
I will sleep soundly tonight knowing that the Montreal Canadiens fans will be tossing and turning in their beds.
Alas, we must move on to the Flyers, but honestly, I’m not worried about them either. We were 3-0-1 against them in the regular season and are riding high off our victory over evil Wednesday night.
On a closing note, I would like to thank the Montreal Canadiens for giving a much needed momentum boost to our Bruins. We will take that energy and heart into our series with Philadelphia and play even better. You are more than welcome to watch our Bruins, the more the merrier. At least this will make you feel better.
P.S. Where was Max Pacioretty on Twitter after the game? Don’t worry, I got one for him:
“@MaxPacioretty Your Hab’s defense broke in half in overtime just like your body did from Chara’s hit. Hmmmm, too soon?”
P.S.S Ham Cubes aren’t Bacon. So can we all stop pretending? Enough of the Canadian bacon routine.