The Canadiens scored two goals in the third period to overcome a 3-2 deficit and edged the Bruins 4-3 in Boston Sunday night. The Canadiens now have at least a point in eleven straight games (8-0-1). Max Pacioretty tied the game at 3 and then David Desharnais scored the game winner, his second of the night. The victory put the Canadiens back into sole possession of first place in the Northeast division and the Eastern Conference. Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens. Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron and Dougie Hamilton for the Bruins who outshot the Canadiens 34-26.
Adding It Up
Bell Ringers – There were three goalposts in the first nine minutes. Lars Eller put it past Tuuka Rask and hit the iron. Then in the span of 75 seconds Chris Kelly and then Patrice Bergeron put it off the post.
Paying the Price – Andrew Ferrence skated right through his own crease to flatten Brendan Gallagher and was handed an interference penalty for his effort. Twenty seconds later the Canadiens were on the board on a quick three-way, Subban to Ryder to Desharnais who’s shot behaved like a changeup on Rask.
Quick Comeback – Less than a minute later, from a faceoff Josh Gorges failed to control the puck against Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin scored to tie the game.
Even Quicker Comeback – Eleven seconds later David Krejci had his pocket picked by David Desharnais who fed it in front where Max Pacioretty was being covered by John Boychuk. It was reviewed because there was concern it was kicked in by Pacioretty. Turned out it never got to Pacioretty. It came off Boychuk’s stick. Desharnais –unassisted.
Fast Work – Three goals in 76 seconds. In a Montreal-Boston game, the fastest three since 1987.
Taking Over – The Bruins got it going from the start of the second period. Andrei Markov caught at centre ice and Tyler Seguin set up Patrice Bergeron off the two-on-one. And five minutes later Dougie Hamilton took advantage of a deflected shot to give the Bruins the lead. Through the first ten minutes of the second the Bruins outshot the Canadiens 11-2.
The Rivalry Heats Up – With the Canadiens back on their heels Brandon Prust decided to change the atmosphere by taking on Milan Lucic. Forty-four seconds later took on Milan Lucic. Forty four seconds later Alexei Emelin hit Tyler Seguin from behind and that brought Zdeno Chara in to exact some revenge on Emelin. Chara wound up with a ten minute misconduct and instigator along with the fighting majors. End of the second period, Bruins led 3-2.
The Pacesetter – He didn’t get credit for the Canadiens second goal but there was no doubt about Max Pacioretty’s tieing goal. Another of his high hard wrist shots through a screen. If you’re counting (and who isn’t?), that’s eight goals his last eight games.
Game Winner -Pacioretty was in the middle of the go-ahead goal, digging out the puck off Gallagher’s slap shot and shoveling it back in front where David Desharnais was waiting. Second of the night for Desharnais.
Big Finish – With the goaltender out for the extra attacker, Peter Budaj saved his best for last. Tyler Seguin, who probably Boston’s best forward on the night, found himself alone at the side of the net with seven seconds left. Budaj came across and shut it down and the clock ticked down. 4-3 final.
Turning Point – Zdeno Chara may have made a point when he went after Emelin but would this game have been different if Chara had not been sitting in the penalty box for 17 minutes which included the whole first half of the third period when the Canadiens scored their comeback goals.
Warrior – Alexei Emelin had a night. An assist on the tieing goal. Was beaten up by Zdeno Chara who outweighed him by 45 pounds and then took a puck in the face on a deflected shot by Lucic.
Moving On – The Canadiens will play on Long Island Tuesday, then at Carolina Thursday.