Johnny Boychuk scored at 1:01 of the first period and that proved to be enough as the Bruins easily handled a lackluster Canadiens 7-0 at TD Garden in Boston.   Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell each scored twice for the winners.  Tim Thomas stopped all 24 Canadiens shots for his eighth shutout of the season.  Other goals for Boston from Adam McQuaid and Tomas Kaberle.  The win all but clinched first place in the Northeast division, leaving the Canadiens five points behind Boston with only seven games left to play.

Summing It Up-

….The Canadiens laid an egg.  Simple as that.  Tell me how you could not get up for a game that had all of this attention attached to it.  Their lack of emotional commitment was clear.  The worst message of all was the total capitulation demonstrated in the third period.

….The Canadiens had no answer for the Bruins ability to dump the puck into their zone and then retrieve it almost at will. 

….For the second game in a row, the Canadiens fell behind 2-0 in Boston and from that point they were dead in the water. 

….In a complete reversal of what we like to consider “form”, it was the Canadiens, not the Bruins, who showed poor discipline.  It was the Bruins who had the speed and the net presence.    

….At one point the Canadiens took six consecutive penalties.  The third of them, which was the second half of a double highsticking minor called on Tomas Plekanec, produced the goal that made it 3-0 and, for all intents buried the Canadiens.

….The Canadiens put all four of their walking wounded back in the game at once; Plekanec, Halpern, Darche and Sopel.  Perhaps it was the rust, but they had little positive effect on the game. 

….Plekanec’s  four minute highsticking penalty on Nathan Horton with the score already 2-0 can, at best, be called irresponsible.

….The Canadiens failed to get a shot through the first six and one-half minutes of the second period and then seemed to start to get their skating legs.  But penalties to Gomez, Darche and Gomez stopped that. Momentum lost.

…..The only difference between this game and the Feb. 9th 8-6 loss in Boston was Bruin discipline.  The Canadiens were able to score four power play goals in that game.  In this one the Bruins stayed out of the penalty box.  But the cruel fact is, the Bruins have scored fifteen goals on the Canadiens in their last two games in Boston.

….It wasn’t all bad, at least through the first two periods.  Andrei Kostitsyn and Lars Eller tried to put their stamp on the game.  Subban did some very good things.  After a slow start, Brian Gionta seemed to find his legs.  Scott Gomez ruined a pretty effective night with those two lazy penalties in the second period.  David Desharnais wound up playing on four different lines and would up with 14:11 ice time – 3:15 on the power play and 2:37 killing penalties.

….On the other side – Roman Hamrlik looked tired, especially during a play in the first period when he was forced to take a holding penalty because he was unable to keep up with Chris Kelly.  And Michael Cammalleri was minus-4 and managed just two shots on goal.

….Whether the score is 7-0 or 2-1, a loss is a loss.  How psychologically damaging this one is remains to be seen.  The Canadiens have to face Washington Saturday night and they’ve won eleven of their last 12 games.

The Goalscorers – Boychuk (2nd) (Chara-Krejci); Campbell (11th) (Chara-Boychuk); Horton (21st) PPG (Lucic-Krejci); Horton (22nd) Krejci-Lucic); McQuaid (3rd) (Chara-Lucici); Kaberle (4th) (Recchi-Marchand); Campbell (unassisted)       Canadiens – none.

Shots on Goal –  Canadiens   9-6-9  = 24   Boston –  18-11-12 = 41

The Three Stars –  First – Zdeno Chara (3 assists – plus-3 – 3 shots)  Second –David Krejci  (3 assists – plus-3 – 2 shots.   Third – Nathan Horton (2 goals  – plus 3 – 2 shots)

The Fenwick/Corsi Numbers

Game Number Team Player Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
21102 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 0 0 6 5 3 2 2 0 5 -3
21102 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 0 3 2 7 3 1 -6 0 2 -8
21102 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 0 3 1 6 2 1 -7 0 1 -8
21102 MTL 15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF 0 2 1 3 2 1 -3 0 1 -4
21102 MTL 20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES 0 1 9 9 3 3 -1 1 6 -6
21102 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 0 0 6 5 2 2 1 0 4 -3
21102 MTL 22 – D – MARA, PAUL 0 1 3 5 1 0 -2 3 0 1
21102 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 0 4 13 15 5 2 -3 4 5 -4
21102 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 0 0 4 5 2 2 -1 0 4 -5
21102 MTL 35 – G – AULD, ALEX 0 1 3 6 2 2 -4 2 2 -4
21102 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 0 2 10 11 4 3 -2 3 6 -5
21102 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 0 2 5 6 1 1 -3 5 2 0
21102 MTL 52 – L – DARCHE, MATHIEU 0 1 3 5 0 1 -4 2 1 -3
21102 MTL 53 – C – WHITE, RYAN 0 0 5 5 2 0 2 1 0 3
21102 MTL 55 – D – SOPEL, BRENT 0 2 2 6 1 0 -5 5 0 0
21102 MTL 57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT 0 1 6 3 2 0 4 4 0 8
21102 MTL 58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID 0 1 6 5 1 0 1 3 0 4
21102 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 0 2 3 6 2 1 -4 0 1 -5
21102 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 0 2 5 6 3 1 -1 0 1 -2
21102 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 0 2 3 7 1 1 -6 3 1 -4