For the second night in a row the Canadiens survived a poor first period and then turned in a dominating final forty minutes for a come-from-behind victory.
Key to the Game – Canadiens speed. The Canadiens forechecking game was the best we’ve seen this season. After long first period stretches in the Canadiens zone, the tables were turned in the second and third.
Leading the Way – The line of Desharnais/Cole/Cammalleri produced 13 shots on goal. Cole and Cammalleri had six shots each. Desharnais, ever the playmaker, had just one. Cole now has eighteen shots on goal his last three games.
Back In a Hurry – In just his third game since returning from the rib injury he suffered in the second game of the season, Jaroslav Spacek was dominant on defence. How often can we say that? He blocked six shots and recorded two hits, two takeaways and assisted Erik Cole’s goal that tied the game.
Oh, Carey! Oh, No!!! – Petteri Nokelainen picked up a bad interference call at 14:04 of the first period. On the faceoff to the right of Price Patrice Bergeron broke his stick and Tomas Plekanec pulled the puck back toward the goal. Price wasn’t ready and fanned on the puck. It wound up as an embarrassing “own goal” credited to Bergeron.
Moving On – Price has the ability to forget his gaffes. He stopped the last 24 shots the Bruins directed at him. Including a breakaway by Peverley and terrific saves on Nathan Horton with 3:15 remaining and Lucic in the final minute.
Byegones are Byegones – The highly publicized head to head meeting of Chara and Pacioretty was largely uneventful. They were on the ice together to start the game and a total of 6:31. Pacioretty’s ice time was only 12:07 a total that was reduced because of a string of Canadiens penalties in the second period. He managed one shot on goal in the game but he was plus-1 because he was on the ice for the game winning goal.
Where Their Mouth Is – Two of the league’s biggest trash talkers, Brad Marchand and P.K. Subban decided to get after each other in the second period. It started with a wrestling match at 13:47 that got them both holding penalties. Six seconds after they were released from the penalty box they were given minors for delaying the game after they tried to get at each other. Two seconds after those minors expired they finally got after each other. Not much accomplished in terms of fisticuffs but the fight seemed endless. Probably seemed that way to the combatants as well.
The Game Winner – Tomas Plekanec, who was a big part of the Canadiens forechecking game, took a pass from Gionta and broke in off the right wing. His shot was blocked by Adam McQuaid but it came right back to Plekanec who rifled the puck past Tim Thomas, who was adjusting to the initial shot. First goal in five games for Plekanec.
Game Saver – With ten seconds left in the second period, Carey Price was caught outside the net (again!). With the net empty Raphael Diaz dove into the crease to block Patrice Bergeron’s shot. Diaz’ fan-base just doubled.
Penalty Trouble – Jacques Martin will not be happy with the penalties his team took in this game. But he will be happy with the penalty killers who were successful in killing of five of the six shorthanded situations. The only failure was that fluke own goal Carey Price let in.
Quote of the Night – “I just Bill Bucknered it.” Carey Price talking about the “own goal” scored on him in the first period and comparing himself to 1986 World Series Boston Red Sox goat, Bill Buckner. “I took my eyes off the puck for a half second and it went right through me.”
Return Match – The teams meet again Saturday at the Bell Centre. Gametime 7:15pm.