Wednesday, April 16, 2008
BRUINS ON SHORT END OF 1-0 CLASSIC
This was the type of game you'd see in black and white on ESPN Classic at 3 in the morning. Lots of hitting, checking, scuffles, and very few goals. It was such a close game that even the 1-0 score is deceptive.
The first period was full of your typical soft penalty calls for Montreal. Peterri Nokalainen was called for interference and negated a Bruins power play. Zdeno Chara was called for one of the weakest hooks in NHL history at 10:15, which gave Montreal an abbreviated 5 on 3. But both teams went into the room without a goal.
The Bruins had their chances, though. Marco Sturm and David Krejci broke away on a short-handed bid, but a perfect pass from Sturm was fanned on by Krejci as he crashed the net.
Later, Sturm broke away once more, but goalie Carey Price greeted Marco at the faceoff circle with a stick check that did just enough to misguide Sturm's shot wide of the net.
A bogus tripping call on Andrew Ference gave the Canadiens a power-play at the end of the 2nd. After a short-handed bid was broken up, the Canadiens worked the puck into the highly trafficked slot, where Patrice Briesbois almost accidentally tipped the puck in to give Montreal a lead.
The Bruins put up a good effort in the 3rd, but the goaltending of Price coupled with a lack of calls against Montreal and the puck seemingly afraid to go in the net for the B's allowed Montreal to escape Boston with a 3-1 series lead.
The series resumes Thursday night in Montreal.
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