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Tuesday, May 6, 2014


             Earlier tonight in Montreal, the Canadiens were looking to rebound from blowing a 3-1 lead (which lead to a 5-3 loss), in the third against Boston in Game 2 by re-taking a series lead. 11 minutes into the first, Vaneks slap-pass from the point went to Plekanec and he had an empty net and scored to make it 1-0. A minute later, Subban took a run at Smith and ended up hurting Vanek on the play. Subban was given a 2 minute roughing penalty for god knows what... Since it was a clean hit. Vanek left the game, but would return in the second. After the Habs killed off the Boston Bruins powerplay, Eller sent the puck up to Subban and he had a breakaway and scored to make it 2-0 after 1. The shots were 10-9 Habs in the first. 14 minutes into the second, Briere sends a stretch pass up the middle and Dale Weiss had a breakaway and scored! Weiss celebrates by mocking the Bruins with a chest pump.  Bergeron would score late in the second to cut the lead to 3-1 after 2.

       The shots were 12-12 in the second. Late in the third, Plekanec had the puck in the slot and played it to Vanek on the left wing and he ripped a shot off the post. The Habs nearly ended it right there. Then with under 3 to play, Bruins net empty, Meszaros's shot was tipped in by Iginla to cut the lead to 1. Then with 14 seconds to go, Subban's right knee knocked the net off (accidentally on purpose). After that, Eller had a breakaway on the empty net and scored to make it 4-2 and thats the final. The Montreal Canadiens take a 2-1 series lead and are now 5-0 when scoring first in the playoffs and they're 3-0 on Home ice. "We're playing well as a team," said Subban. "I'm just the beneficiary of the guys playing well around me, supporting me.It starts in goal. Well, it actually starts with our coaching staff and making sure everybody is feeling confident. We're doing it together. It starts with Pricey. From our defence to our forwards. We're sticking together. When we had adversity, we're sticking together doing the right things.It's fun to play on teams where you know guys are going to support you."In the loss, Rask made 22 saves. In the win, Price made 26 saves.

- Andrew Di Pardo

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