The Boston Bruins survived early domination from the Canadiens to come from behind three times and win 5-4 in overtime.  The Bruins victory, the second straight at the Bell Centre evened the series at two.

The Canadiens variously led 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3 before bowing on Ryder’s second goal of the game at 1:59 of overtime. Ryder also assisted on a goal from Peverley.  Also scoring for Boston were Andrew Ference and Patrice Bergeron.  Brent Sopel, Michael Cammalleri, Andrei Kostitsyn and P.K. Subban scored for the Canadiens.  Cammalleri also had two assists.  The Canadiens outshot Boston 38-35 but were outshot 25-10 through the final thirty five minutes of the game.  Next game, in  Boston Saturday.

 Summing It Up –

….The Canadiens apparently like life on the edge.  They went to seventh and deciding games twice last year and appear on  their way another white knuckle trip this playoff season.   The Canadiens had clear home ice advantage after the first two games and the Bruins took it right back.

…..It is a given that, if the Canadiens are going to win, Carey Price has to be at the very top of his game.  He had a rough night.  Price fanned on the first two Bruins goals which were high to his glove side.  The next two were the result of uncontrolled rebounds. .  Price wasn’t alone though.  There was no defense in sight to clear the two goals off rebounds. And of course the overtime winner came off a three-on-one break.

……Statistically, this was a very strange game.  (Check the Corsi/Fenwick Numbers Below).  The Gomez line had a terrible night.  Gomez and Gionta were on the ice for the last four Bruins goals.  And leftwinger Travis Moen was out there for three.  But at the other end of the ice they produced thirteen shots on goal, seven by Gionta and four from Gomez.   All of that produced one goal.  The two lines they played against managed four. 

…..It’s unfair to blame things on Travis Moen.  He played very well.  But he’s not a top-six player.  He had his chances around the net, but doesn’t have the hands to finish them off.  Watch for Mathieu Darche to replace him on the Gomez line for game fivd.

…..The early part of the game was all-Canadiens.  When Andrei Kostitsyn made it 3-1 the Habs led the shot clock 28-10.  Then they fell into a well known trap.  They started to fall back giving the Bruins the proverbial “time and space” that they weren’t getting in the game’s first twenty-eight minutes.

…..In his post game news conference, Jacques Martin blamed the game winning goal on a failure to get the puck deep in the Bruins zone while one member of the defense was in the middle of a change leading to the 3-on-1 break.

…..It wasn’t all bad.  The Plekanec line continues to check the Bruins top line to a standstill.  The Krejci line again was held off the scoreboard.  At the same time Michael Cammalleri had a goal and two assists.  Kostitsyn also scored.  No goals were scored while they were playing.

…..For a guy with limited ice time (11:45), David Desharnais stirred things up pretty well.  The crowd loved it when he actually outmuscled Zdeno Chara for the puck at one point.  His line, with Tom Pyatt and Ryan White, had a pretty good night.  Martin finally put Desharnais on  Patrice Bergeron in the third period.  Bergeron had seven shots on Price through the first two periods, none the rest of the game.

….…..While he was ineffective on the Gomez line, Travis Moen actually played very well.   But he’s not a top-six player.  He had his chances around the net, but doesn’t have the hands to finish them off.

……..On defense, there was P.K. Subban logging another 26 minutes.  On this team, he’s in a class by himself.  Hal Gill was steady and no Bruins goals were scored while that pair was on the ice.  The same can’t be said for the others.   Spacek and Sopel were both minus-2.  Hamrlik and Wisniewsk were minus-1 each.

…….So it’s back to Boston.  Series tied 2-2.  Most thought this series would be over in five games.  Anybody betting there won’t be a seventh game?

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The Corsi/Fenwick Numbers

Game Number Team Player Number Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
30134 MTL 6 – D – SPACEK, JAROSLAV 1 3 2 6 4 1 -3 4 5 -4
30134 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 1 4 14 7 7 7 4 6 3 7
30134 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 2 1 15 12 1 5 0 5 6 -1
30134 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 1 0 12 14 1 6 -6 3 6 -9
30134 MTL 15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF 0 1 6 3 4 3 3 4 3 4
30134 MTL 20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES 1 2 14 13 7 9 -2 7 6 -1
30134 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 1 4 14 10 7 8 0 6 6 0
30134 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 3 5 32 30 14 15 -1 15 15 -1
30134 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 1 3 10 9 4 8 -5 4 2 -3
30134 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 1 2 14 14 8 9 -2 8 7 -1
30134 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 1 0 11 10 1 4 -1 3 4 -2
30134 MTL 52 – L – DARCHE, MATHIEU 0 1 4 2 6 2 5 3 3 5
30134 MTL 53 – C – WHITE, RYAN 1 0 1 7 2 0 -3 2 2 -3
30134 MTL 55 – D – SOPEL, BRENT 1 3 2 3 5 1 1 3 5 -1
30134 MTL 58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID 1 0 2 3 4 1 3 3 3 3
30134 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 1 0 14 10 2 5 2 3 3 2
30134 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 1 0 18 14 2 5 2 5 4 3
30134 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 0 1 4 6 2 0 -1 4 3 0
30134 MTL 94 – C – PYATT, TOM 0 0 3 7 3 1 -2 2 4 -4

 

Game Number Team Player Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
30134 BOS 11 – C – CAMPBELL, GREGORY 0 1 2 10 0 4 -13 2 1 -12
30134 BOS 12 – D – KABERLE, TOMAS 1 1 4 2 2 6 -2 5 4 -1
30134 BOS 17 – L – LUCIC, MILAN 0 0 11 9 3 1 4 5 2 7
30134 BOS 18 – R – HORTON, NATHAN 0 0 10 13 4 1 0 4 3 1
30134 BOS 20 – L – PAILLE, DANIEL 0 1 2 10 1 3 -11 2 2 -11
30134 BOS 21 – D – FERENCE, ANDREW 2 1 8 14 6 4 -3 3 7 -7
30134 BOS 22 – L – THORNTON, SHAWN 0 1 2 10 0 3 -12 3 3 -12
30134 BOS 23 – C – KELLY, CHRIS 3 1 5 1 1 5 2 3 4 1
30134 BOS 28 – R – RECCHI, MARK 2 1 12 8 9 5 9 5 6 8
30134 BOS 30 – G – THOMAS, TIM 5 3 30 32 15 14 1 15 15 1
30134 BOS 33 – D – CHARA, ZDENO 2 1 17 16 6 3 5 6 4 7
30134 BOS 37 – C – BERGERON, PATRICE 2 1 11 10 9 5 6 4 5 5
30134 BOS 44 – D – SEIDENBERG, DENNIS 2 2 13 17 6 6 -4 6 4 -2
30134 BOS 46 – C – KREJCI, DAVID 0 0 11 11 3 1 2 6 3 5
30134 BOS 49 – C – PEVERLEY, RICH 3 1 6 1 2 4 5 3 5 3
30134 BOS 54 – D – MCQUAID, ADAM 1 1 6 2 2 3 3 4 2 5
30134 BOS 55 – D – BOYCHUK, JOHNNY 2 0 12 13 8 6 3 6 9 0
30134 BOS 63 – C – MARCHAND, BRAD 2 1 12 12 10 5 6 5 7 4
30134 BOS 73 – R – RYDER, MICHAEL 3 1 6 1 3 5 5 3 4 4