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Bruins Hab Not Looked Better Against Montreal

Boston Bruins' right wing Nathan Horton (18) sends the puck past Montreal Canadiens' goalie Carey Price (31) for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 24, 2011. (AP Photo / Elise Amendola)

Montreal came to Boston looking to make a statement, and instead they laid a giant egg. They collapsed like the U.S. economy. And after losing to Boston 7-0, Montreal’s divisional hopes may have gone up in smoke. There was sure a lot to salivate over, so let’s get to it.

It didn’t take long for Boston to set the tone; Johnny Boychuk scored just 1:01 in after getting a long rebound. Tim Thomas nearly got caught while a man down, but a shorthanded bid caused Montreal to slip up and make it 4-on-4. The Bruins later made it 2-0 while outflanking Carey Price, and nearly made it 3-0 but couldn’t get a shot off with the bad angle.

The first major problem of the game occurred at 14:10, when Tomas Plekanec hit Nathan Horton with a high stick for the double minor. Check out the clip and judge for yourself, but it certainly looked like an awful big windup for an accidental swing. No worries, though. Horton came back on the tail end of the power play, and completely faked Price out. Price moved all the way to the other side of the net, allowing Horton to pick up an easy goal.

The 2nd Period was more about who would control the momentum for the rest of the game. Both teams got some good shots in. Thomas lost track of the puck but regained sight of it just in time for a save. Price made a save after a very quick steal next to his net. Boston couldn’t convert after Price played the puck out from behind his net but lazily didn’t get back. Thomas was in a tough spot when Montreal stole the puck close to his net, and while he likely could have made the save, Dennis Seidenberg helped him out by tipping away a pass. Gregory Campbell and Paul Mara finally had to fight it out to end the period.

Montreal had a good chance on the power play in the 3rd, but after they failed to convert, Nathan Horton beat Price high after David Krejci threaded the pass through two defenders. 26 seconds later, a shot bounced off a Canadien stick to make it 5-0 Bruins, and chase Carey Price from the game.

The TD Garden faithful took the opportunity to usurp the Bell Centre faithful’s “Ole!” chant, and were soon rewarded with yet another goal, this time from Tomas Kaberle. Montreal had another power play chance later on, which was promoted to a 5-on-3 when Brad Marchand received a roughing penalty (just a two-minute minor, nothing special) for a mega hit that was rather close to the head area. But even up two men, Montreal let Boston nearly get a shorthanded goal down two men. Then they did let Boston get said goal after an interception behind enemy lines. In fact, if the game were 60:01 long, Boston would’ve made it 8-0. Fun game, wasn’t it?

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game

Campbell and Mara had the game’s only fight, which was nothing more than a few punches that never landed anything worthwhile, and ended in a bear hug.

That’s What He Said

“You didn’t execute? You might want to go home and take your panties off, guy.” – From the “NESN Daily” dialog after the game, responding to Montreal saying the only problem was their execution.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
1:01 BOS Johnny Boychuk (2) Slap Shot – Assists: Zdeno Chara (27) & David Krejci (45)
13:43 BOS Gregory Campbell (11) Tip-In – Assists: Zdeno Chara (28) & Johnny Boychuk (11)
17:28 BOS PPG – Nathan Horton (21) Wrist Shot – Assists: Milan Lucic (26) & David Krejci (46)
2nd Period
3rd Period
4:03 BOS Nathan Horton (22) Wrist Shot – Assists: David Krejci (47) & Milan Lucic (27)
4:29 BOS Adam McQuaid (3) Tip-In – Assists: Zdeno Chara (29) & Milan Lucic (28)
11:27 BOS Tomas Kaberle (4) Snap Shot – Assists: Mark Recchi (33) & Brad Marchand (17)
13:35 BOS SHG – Gregory Campbell (12) Wrist Shot – Assists: none

Penalty Summary

1st Period
4:18 BOS Dennis Seidenberg: Tripping – 2 min
6:05 MTL Roman Hamrlik: Holding – 2 min
14:10 MTL Tomas Plekanec: Hi stick – double minor – 4 min
2nd Period
10:40 MTL Scott Gomez : Hi-sticking – 2 min
12:43 BOS Mark Recchi: Cross checking – 2 min
12:43 MTL Paul Mara served by Mathieu Darche: Roughing – 2 min
12:43 MTL Paul Mara: Roughing – 2 min
17:43 MTL Scott Gomez: Holding – 2 min
19:43 MTL Paul Mara: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
19:43 BOS Gregory Campbell: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
3rd Period
1:35 BOS Chris Kelly: Tripping – 2 min
12:06 BOS Nathan Horton: Holding – 2 min
12:43 BOS Brad Marchand: Roughing – 2 min
16:55 BOS Nathan Horton: Hooking – 2 min

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total TOI
MTL Carey Price (L) 28/33 44:29
MTL Alex Auld 6/8 15:28
BOS Tim Thomas (W) 24/24 60:00

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd Total
MTL 9 6 9 24
BOS 18 11 12 41

Game Notes

  • Happy 200th NHL game, Carey Price.
  • Milan Lucic’s 28 assists for the season are easily a career high.
  • Tim Thomas earned his 8th shutout of the seasons.
  • Boston’s last 3-on-5 goal against Montreal? February 28, 2002.
  • Their last seven-goal thrashing of Montreal? 1998.
  • Boston leads Montreal by five points with two games in hand; Montreal has seven games remaining.
  • A happy 54th birthday to NESN commentator Jack Edwards. And while I’m at it, a happy 24th birthday to me, so everyone feel free to give me things.

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2 comments for “Bruins Hab Not Looked Better Against Montreal”

  1. This game reminds me a lot of Patriots 45, Jets 3

    Posted by KC Downey | March 31, 2011, 12:02 am
  2. The problem is with the Habs first line playing against the Bruins first line. When the Habs line outplay their first line, and forecheck heavily it creates chances to score goals. We saw that in the first 2 games. The Bruins have been crushing this lately. But the Bruins first line is vulnerable. Lucic is not playing well. Horton is almost an after thought despite his goal. Any thoughts?

    Posted by Jean Carl Parisien | April 24, 2011, 4:40 pm

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