Post-game notes: Bruins vs Canadiens 2/15/2012

After an unimpressive game against the Rangers, the Bruins went on the road to Montreal to play their archrivals, the Canadiens. The Habs-Bruins rivalry is a rivalry unmatched by any other team, but lately has lost its intensity. There were a few scuffles here and there and a couple of boos from the fans, but overall the game was not as intense as some of the other games the Bruins have played in (like the Canucks game in January).

The Bruins were not as physical as they  have been in the past, but they were better defensively than they have been in their past few games. They blocked plenty of shots when it mattered. The Canadiens had the edge in the physical game tonight and had plenty of hits against the Bruins.  Montreal was treating this game like it was do-or-die, which for them, could be the case. They currently sit in twelfth place in the Eastern Conference. If the postseason started today, they would not make it.

Ference got the Bruins on the scoreboard first with a wrist shot from the right circle early in the first period. The assist went to Marchand. The best fight (and the only real fight of the night) came between McQuaid and White. McQuaid was stripped of his jersey completely, but he never gave up against White. The fight sparked a bit of life into the Habs as they continued to play a tough game against the B’s, despite being down by one goal.

Eller was caleld for high-sticking for hitting Krejci in the face with his stick and was charged with four minutes in the box. The penalty carried over into the second period. Montreal jumped on a short-handed opportunity in the beginning of the second. PK Subban controlled the puck in the neutral zone and into the offensive zone before taking a shot at Thomas. Darche was there and he made the tip in, giving Montreal their first goal of the game.

Shortly after that, former Habs player, Benoit Pouliot dangled the puck between a Habs player before whizzing it passed Price to hit the back of the net on a sweet wrist shot.

Some how, the referees called a Habs player and a Bruins player on matching goaltender interference calls setting up a 4-on-4 chance. A few seconds later, Cole was called for goaltender interference and sent to the box. If the Bruins missed on this 4-on-3 chance, it would have spelled disaster. Luckily, Bergeron went upstairs on the far side of Price and found the back of the net, giving the Bruins a 3-1 lead in the second period.

Mike Milbury was pretty annoyed about the goaltender interference calls by the end of the second period. He would not stop talking about how all he could see in that game were those unnecessary penalty calls. He called out Brendan Shanahan to make some sort of change about the calls. These days it seems referees will call a slight brush in front of the goal goaltender interference. There were FOUR goaltender interference calls on the night, which has not happened since March of 2011.

The third period was not the Bruins period, at all. Marchand was sent to the box before the clock even started for a late and low hit as time ended in the second. Pacioretty scored on the power play and put Montreal back in the hunt to win the game.

Chara made an unbelievable block in the third period when Thomas was out of net. If Chara ever feels like switching from defense to goaltender, he could do it. He is a brick wall.

Later in the period, Chara made a poor decision and tried to pass the puck across ice. Cole jumped on it and patiently dangled it in front of Thomas before he made a back hand shot and tied the game.

Once the game was tied, it seemed the Bruins finally woke up from their slumber and actually attempted to win the game. In overtime, the Bruins had the edge in shots on goal, but they could not find the back of the net. Price was tough in front of goal for the Canadiens and he stopped all seven shots to send the game into a shoot out.

The Bruins are amazing when it comes to handling a shoot out. Thomas joked that he learned as a “youngin” that he was better off NOT practicing shoot outs if he had a chance of winning in one. Seguin scored in the shoot out to lead the Bruins to a victory against their rivals.

The Bruins were a lot better defensively than in their game against the Rangers yesterday. They scored some pretty big goals, but they because they lost their focus in the third period, they gave up their lead and had to play harder to pull out the win in a shoot out. The Bruins need to remain focused and play all sixty minutes if they want to succeed.

Final: BOS – 4  MON – 3

– Chelsey 


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