Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens
4-3, Bruins (SO)
Goals: Andrew Ference (Boston), Mathieu Darche (Montreal), Benoit Pouliot (Boston), Patrice Bergeron (Boston), Max Pacioretty (Montreal), Erik Cole (Montreal), plus Tyler Seguin (Boston) in the shootout
Goalies: Tim Thomas (26/29, .897%), Carey Price (31/34, .912%)
Tim Thomas didn’t receive his first test until about halfway through the first period. Good opening effort from the Bruins!
Adam McQuaid took on Ryan White and, when NBC Sports Network looked like it was going to cut to commercial at the most inopportune time ever, thankfully they stayed with it. Enjoy the battle of the flow 2012.
Andrew Ference scoring on the four-on-four! That was his fifth goal of the year, a career high for him. Better yet, he kept all his fingers down when he celebrated!
Benoit Pouliot scored one against his old team. Just check out the photo above for a fantastic mix of emotions about it. Displeased Habs fans, the one guy in the Bergeron sweater, etc. It was a beauty of a goal, too. He dangled around Chris Campoli like his life depended on it after taking a pass from the neutral zone by Chris Kelly. But it was just made that much better by it being against the Habs. Hey, let’s look at the video.
Then Patrice Bergeron added a power play goal that he put away from pretty much one of the worst angles you can imagine. Bergeron makes it happen. Video isn’t on youtube, but is on NHL’s site. Click here!
At one point Zdeno Chara even played goalie again like he did during the playoffs when Thomas was out of the paint and vulnerable. Thanks, Z!
It’s bad that we managed to drop a 3-1 lead and have to fight back for the shootout win, although we’ve snatched victory from the jaws of defeat recently (at Philadelphia, at Washington, versus Nashville). But we used to be able to take a lead, hold it and build endlessly on it, especially in the third period.
I’m not even going to talk much about how the storied rivalry manifested itself this time in some wicked dirty hits, except to say there was one time where Shawn Thornton wasn’t quick to get up and then Hal Gill hit Rich Peverley so hard he’s injured and can’t follow the team to Winnipeg. Of course, that hit went completely uncalled, whereas everyone immediately proceeded to cry “ten game suspension!” when Brad Marchand got two minutes for clipping Alexei Emelin. (He received no supplemental discipline.)
When we were given a late power play after Erik Cole‘s tying goal, lightning did not strike twice for the Bruins and they could not pull ahead for a regulation win.
Chara also made a mistake when he passed right to Cole, who then put it past Thomas. Chara is just such a charitable man, you see. But we don’t like that kind of charity!
Max Pacioretty‘s goal was also pretty bad because it trickled behind Thomas, who seemed to think he had it. Let’s just hope that was an isolated incident of clumsiness.
What was with those four goalie interference calls? Two of them were coincidental! I’m not as outraged as some of the NBC Sports Network talkers were about it, but the last time there were four “interference with goalkeeper” marks on a scoresheet was March 2001. 200 and 1.
Speaking of NBCSN, this is the second game I’ve watched on there where it seems like they actively want the Bruins to lose. When the score was 3-1, it was all “Montreal has a deficit of two!” and such, just little ways of wording things that made it seem like they’d rather the Habs get the two points.
at Winnipeg Jets
Well, here it is–the last visit this season to the Jets’ barn. Here’s hoping that we can break our recent W-L-W-L pattern and close the book on our series against them decisively.