D. Paille (07:10 - 2nd)
BOS: T. Rask (L)
MTL: C. Price (W)
Earlier tonight in Montreal, it was the battle for 1st in the Northeast Division between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. 2 minutes in, Francis Bouillion dropped the gloves against Andrew Ference. Bouillion was wrestled to the ice. 5 minutes later, Subbans shot was deflected to the side of the net and Gallchenyuk threw it back in front and it went off the leg of Matt Bartkowski and in to make it 1-0 Montreal. The shots were 10-5 Montreal in the first.57 seconds into the second with the Habs on a powerplay, Subbans point shot was tipped in by Ryder to make it 2-0 Montreal. 6 minutes later, Paille won the faceoff right to Boychuk and his shot from the point deflected off the back of Paille and in to cut the lead to 1.
A minute later, Charas shot was stopped and the rebound went to Horton and he was robbed by the glove of Carey Price. The shots in the second were 12-11 Boston.Late in the third, Eller took a 2 minute holding penalty. So with 56 seconds to go the Bruins pulled their goalie and they have a powerplay. Sound like trouble right? For the full the final minute, the Bruins cycled the puck from the point to the wings and behind the net and they never took a shot as the Habs blocked off all the shooting lanes and hung on for the 2 to 1 win. The shots in the third were 10-8 Boston in a scoreless period.
With the win the Canadiens take a 3 point lead over the Bruins for second in the East and they have also won the season series 3 to 1."We're finding ways to win games," Canadiens center Lars Eller said. "This time we protected a lead over three periods. The last game we played in Boston we caught up after being behind by two goals."There's a lot to like about this team. Really. But there are still 10 games to go, and if you want to go to the Stanley Cup finals you have to be good enough to beat every team. You want to finish with as good a record as you can and feel good going in, and this one felt really good."In the win, Price made 26 saves. In the loss, Rask made 27 saves. The Habs have won three straight games against the Bruins and are beginning to look like Stanley Cup contenders.
Written By Andrew Di Pardo