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BRUINS 21-7-3 (45 pts) vs CANADIENS 20-7-5 (45 pts)
FINAL (SO) CANADIENS 6, BRUINS 5
The shootout took six rounds to finally determine the victor with the deciding goal coming from Brenden Gallagher of the Candiens. Seguin, Bergeron, Krejci, Marchand and Horton were all stopped by Habs goaltender Peter Budaj to give Montreal an opportunity to grab two points. Rask was able to stop all Habs shooters except Brendan Gallagher who was able to sneak beat Rask five-hole, to give the Habs the extra point and leave with the Northeast Division lead over the Bruins.OT Snapshot:
Bruins went on the power play with under two minutes remaining to finish up the overtime frame. The Bruins came close on a pass to Bergeron in the seam, poted up on the doorstep of the Canadien's crease. Bergeron got his tape on the puck, but it wasn't quite enough and it continued out wide of the net. No team was able to capitalize in the extra five OT minutes, sending the game to a shootout with two points up for grabs.
10:13 - Third period snapshots: BOS 5, MTL 5
Canadiens Tie It: With 8.2 seconds left in the Candiens tied the game at 5, with a goal by Brendan Gallagher, after Aaron Johnson was called for delay of game when he shot the puck out of play with 1:27 to go. The Canadiens pulled Budaj with 47.3 seconds remaining.
Gallagher answers: Just 28 seconds later, Canadiens' rookie Brendan Gallagher responded with his 10th goal of the season to make it 5-4. Max Pacioretty delivered Gallagher a backhanded, no-look pass in the slot, and Gallagher was able to beat Tuukka Rask, who had come far out of the net to try and make the save.
Seguin Puts B"s Back Up by Two: Tyler Seguin turned on the jets after Brad Marchand fed him a pass through slot on a two-on-one. Seguin went in alone on Budaj, decked, and lifted a wicked backhander past the Canadiens' net minder to put the Bruins back up by two, 5-3. It was Seguin's 11th goal of the season.
B's PK Delivers again: The Bruins started the third period by killing off the final 16 seconds off Andrew Ference's high-stick penalty. After Ryder's goal, Dougie Hamilton was called for a holding penalty at 8:18 of the third. The B's killed off the penalty to remain perfect (5 of 5) on the night. Gregory Campbell also had a shorthanded breakaway chance denied by Budaj on the kill. Zdeno Chara was called for elbowing at 15:11, but the B's were able to kill of their sixth penalty of the night to stay up, 5-4.
Ryder Makes it Two: Michael Ryder potted his second goal of the night at 3:58 of the third, when he connected off of a pass from Tomas Plekanec on a two-on-one. The goal cut the Bruins lead to 4-3.
Third period changes: After allowing four unanswered goals, Carey Price, who was playing the second night of a back-to-back tonight, was pulled and Peter Budaj was place in between the pipes for Montreal. Another change during the period saw the primary assist on the Bruins third goal, the go-ahead by Patrice Bergeron, changed to Rich Peverley, and the second assist given to Torey Krug.
9:15 p.m. - 2nd intermission snapshots: BOS 4, MTL 2
B's back on the PK: At 18:16 into the second period, Andrew Ference was called for high-sticking to put the Bruins on the penalty kill. The Bruins were able to remain unscathed to finish out the second period but will have 16 seconds to kill at the beginning of the third.
Horton Makes It 4-2: 35 seconds after Bergeron's power play goal, Nathan Horton converted on his 9th goal of the year (his first since his March 16th Gordie Howe hat trick vs Washington) to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead. With a 2-on-1, David Krejci had the sweet saucer pass to Horton over Alexei Emelin's stick to earn an assist on the goal for his 19th of the year.
B's Score on the PP: At 15:15 into the second period, Lars Eller was called for holding after wrapping his arm around Shawn Thornton's neck as the two pursued the puck that was on it's way behind the Habs net. The Bruins sustained pressure on their second power-play opportunity of the night with great puck movement and consistent shots on Price, with Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, Rich Peverley, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron doing a secure job of keeping the puck in the zone. The B's were eventually rewarded after Torey Krug sent a shot on Price which ricocheted off Peverley in front and right to Bergeron at the left faceoff circle to give the Bruins the 3-1 lead.
Marchand Ties It: With 12:37 remaining in the second period, Seguin was able to win a puck battle in the corner of the Habs zone off the forecheck, which Bergeron was able to control and throw to Marchand along the goal line in front of Montreal's net. Brad Marchand attempted to put a shot on goal but instead sent it to the end boards behind the Habs goal. The puck ricocheted to the other side of the net where Marchand hammered it home from right on the door step, banking it off Price and in to tie it 2-2, off his team-leading 14th goal of the season. Bergeron and Seguin each now have two assists tonight.
Hamilton Scores: Hamilton's fourth goal of the season started with Seguin and Bergeron rifling back-to-back shots off the post. Seguin was able to pick up the loose puck and throw a pass to Hamilton in the slot, who put a wrister past a disoriented Carey Price, to shave the Habs lead to one.Those assists were Bergeron's 19th and Seguin's 13th of the year.
Subban Connects: At 2:53 into the second period, PK Subban put the Canadiens up 2-0 with a seeing-eye slap shot ripped from the point, beating Rask top-shelf, for his tenth of the season. Earning assists on the play were Galchenyuk (12) and Eller (13).
8:21 p.m. - 1st intermission snapshots: MTL 1, BOS 0
Four-on-Four: At 14:23, Alex Galchenyuk was sent to the box for hooking. Just 22 seconds after Galchenyuk was sent to the box, Marchand got called for high-sticking PK Subban, hence the four-on-four and brief power play for Montreal. Both penalties expired without either team scoring to bring the teams back to even strength.
B's Best Chance: Patrice Bergeron led a two-on-one rush up the right boards through the neutral zone near the midpoint of the first with Brad Marchand slightly ahead of him near the left faceoff circle. Bergeron, about fifteen feet from the Habs net, threw a cross-ice pass to the streaking Marchand, but Carey Price made a strong right to left push to body up the puck and stop the B's scoring chance.
B's on the PK: At 11:54, seconds after the Hamilton and Eller roughing penalties (see below), Zdeno Chara was called for high-sticking to give the Habs the man-advantage for two minutes. The Bruins' league-leading penalty kill was able to successfully kill off the penalty to the Captain to keep the game 1-0, in favor of Montreal. After a slower start to the first, Boston's PK helped them settle into their game.
Campbell Drops the Mitts: At 11:38 into the first period, 6'0'', 197-pound Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with 6'2'', 218-pound Travis Moen of the Habs. Both exchanged a flurry of punches, with neither landing a substantial hit. The refs eventually intervened, with both fighters exhausted but still on their feet, and were sent to their respective penalty boxes. The bout ensued after David Krejci and Andrei Markov had traded shoves all the way to the bench, after Markov had hit Krejci along the boards.
Not long after the fight, as Chara was being called for the high-sticking penalty, Dougie Hamilton and Lars Eller were sent to the box for roughing after the two jousted deep in the B's zone, near the end boards.
Ryder Scores: At 4:15 into the first period, Thomas Plekanec found the former 'B' Michael Ryder with a pass in the seam about six feet from the net. Ryder hesitated for a split second to find a shooting lane then released a wrister that beat Tuukka Rask under his glove to give the Habs an early 1-0 lead. That was Ryder's 11th goal of the season, with Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec earning their eighth and 13th assists of they season, respectively.
7:00 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. MTL
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (15-4-3, 1.90 GAA, .928 Save %) vs. Price (16-6-4, 2.28 GAA, .913 Save %). Rask is 2-7-1 with a 2.71 GAA and .905 Save % with one shutout in 11 career games against Montreal. Price is 15-8-3 with a 2.52 GAA and .918 Save % in 26 career games against Boston.
BOSTON LINEUP: During warm-ups, Boston line rushes reflecting the following lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Daniel Paille-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Jay Pandolfo-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Johnny Boychuk remains out of the lineup (day-to-day, lower body) and will miss his third straight game. Matt Bartkowski will be the healthy scratch tonight after playing in two games, and Torey Krug (recalled earlier today) is in the lineup.
Defensive pairings to start the game:
BRUINS CLAIM DAUGAVINS OFF WAIVERS: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, March 27, that the club has claimed forward Kaspars Daugavins off waivers. The former Ottawa Senator will join the club after his United States work visa has been secured. In 19 games with the Senators this season, Daugavins has registered one goal and two assists with nine penalty minutes.
TOREY KRUG RECALLED: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli also announced today, that the team has recalled defenseman Torey Krug. Krug will join Boston on today and be available to play in tonight’s game. Krug has skated in 55 games with Providence (AHL) this season and has registered 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points with 33 penalty minutes.
BRUINS VS CANADIENS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Habs will meet for the 720th time tonight with the B’s holding a 270-339-103-7 record with the Canadiens holding 2,177-1,903 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 165-135-56-4 in 360 games at home with a 1,059-974 scoring edge against Montreal. The 720 games between these teams are second to only the 723 games played between Chicago and Detroit.
FACEOFF LEADERS: The Bruins currently rank first in the NHL in faceoff percentage, winning puck drops at a 57.3% clip. Patrice Bergeron leads all NHL players on the dot with a 62.1% success rate. Not far behind Bergeron is David Krejci who has a faceoff percentage of 56.5%, which is 11th in the league.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: Seven of the last eight games between these two teams has been decided by one goal. The series score is knotted at 1-1 this season, with the Habs topping the Bruins 4-3 on March 3, and Boston beating Montreal on February 6, 2-1.
143 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 143 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
CANADIENS NOTEBOOK: The Canadiens are playing in their second game of a back-to-back after falling to Pittsburgh last night 1-0. Last year, Montreal was 5-5-3 in the first games of a back-to-back and 4-4-5 in the second games… Thomas Plekanec is one goal shy of tying Brian Savage for 36th on the team’s all time scoring list… Alexei Emelin is one game short of his 100th NHL game in a Montreal sweater… P.K. Subban currently leads all NHL defensemen in goals with nine. Subban is also fourth among NHL defensemen with 22 points, and is two points removed from his 100th NHL point… Carey Price currently ranks third in NHL wins with 16…
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 13-for-86 (15.1%, 24th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 99-for-108 (91.7%, 1st NHL)… Canadiens power play: 29-for-137 (21.2%, 9th NHL), Canadiens penalty kill: 92-for-115 (80.0%, 19th NHL).