The Boston Bruins scored two quick goals on the Canadiens early in the third period to come from behid for a 2-1 win at the Bell Centre Wednesday night. Montreal had taken a 1-0 lead on a deflected second period power play goal iin the second period. Tyler Seguin scored fourteen seconds into the third period and David Krejci scored what proved to be the winner less than two minutes later. The Canadiens dominated the game’s first period, outshootingtheBruins 11-4. They were only able to muster another eleven shots in the final two periods. Final shots on goal were 23-21 in favour of the Bruins. Boston has now beaten the Canadiens five times in a row. Each game has been decided by a single goal. The three stars were Boston goaltender Tuuka Rask, Tyler Seguin (1 goal, 1 assist) and Subban.
Random Thinking –
Nothing To Show – The Canadiens were in complete control in every department in the first period. The shots on goal were 11-4. Of the eleven shots, seven were outstanding scoring chances. The Bruins first shot didn’t come until the 11:35 mark at the end of the period the scoring chances were 7-0 in favour of the Canadiens, they outhit the Bruins 13-7 and were in complete control.
No Reward - In order the Canadiens missed opportunities when Armstrong failed to convert, Plekanec missed on a break and five seconds later Bourque on a wrap around. Gallagher set up Galchenyuk and his tip attempt just missed. Eller had a breakaway and was stopped by Tuuka Rask.
What Happened? - The second period started and it was clear the Canadiens had stopped moving their feet while the Bruins were beginning to find their legs. The game turned. Bruins outshot the Canadiens 11-5 and took over the game.
And Yet …..? The Canadiens took the lead on a power play midway through the period when P.K. Subban’s slapshot was deflected by Rich Peverley past Rask. The Canadiens took a 1-0 lead into the third period.
Sudden Victory – Going into the third period, one could argue that Tomas Plekanec could have been of the game’s stars. In two minutes he was off the board. Fourteen seconds into the period he was stripped of the puck by David Krejci who set up Tyler Seguin who promptly tied the game.. A minute and half later, in his second shift of the period, Krejci beat him in a neutral zone faceoff and it was Seguin to Lucic and back to Krejci who had eluded Plekanec, for the tip-in. Game winner.
One That Got Away -And so it went. the Canadiens were throttled by a veteran hockey team. After eleven shots in the first period they totaled eleven through the final two periods. Scoring chances were hard to find. The Canadiens, with any kind of puck-luck could and maybe should have won this game in the first period. Five one-goal losses in a row to the Bruins isn’t all bad. Not all good either.
Next up- The Sabres Thursday night in Buffalo. Not getting easier.