Snapshots: Bruins vs. Canadiens (Game 2)
In-game news, notes and numbers.
BOSTON BRUINS (4-2) VS. MONTREAL CANANDIENS (5-0)
3:25 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 5, MTL 3
BRUINS STAGE COMEBACK: The Black & Gold stage a furious third period comeback to top the Canadiens, 5-3, in Game 2 to even the series as the series shift to Montreal on Tuesday. Stay tuned to all the Bruins digital media platforms for postgame coverage!
SMITH GIVES B'S THE LEAD: In a furious comeback, the Bruins retook the lead with 3:32 to go when Reilly Smith came up with the biggest goal of his young postseason career, putting one past Price to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead.
BERGY COMES UP BIG: The momentum kept coming for the Bruins, creating chance after chance until they finally converted on a tough angle Patrice Bergeron shot from the right faceoff circle. The Bruins have been one of the hottest third period teams all season and tonight has epitomized their offensive prowess in the final frame of regulation. The goal marks Bergeron's second of the postseason, with Marchand earning the helper, giving both players multiple point games.
DOUGIE CUTS THE DEFICIT: With 9:04 to go in the third period, the Bruins shows no signs of quit when Dougie Hamilton cashed in on a snapshot that beat Carey Price up top, making the score 3-2. Following the goal, the TD Garden crowd got arguably the loudest its been thus far in these playoffs, understanding how big this game is for the Black & Gold. Marchand and Bergeron get credited with the assists on the play, which increases Bergeron's point streak to six games.
MONTREAL EXTENDS LEAD: For the second time in the contest, Dougie Hamilton was called for interference giving the Habs power play and a chance to extend the lead. Vanek, a notoriously strong player against the Bruins, converted on his second of the night when he redirected a well executed shot by P.K. Subban to increase the Montreal lead to 3-1 at 6:31 into the third period.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for postgame coverage and follow the B's Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday for Game 3 of their Second Round series against the Canadiens as the series shifts to Montreal. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET
2:21 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, MTL 2
HABS TAKE THE LEAD: Following a scrum with 3:51 to go in the middle frame, Torey Krug and Lars Eller were sent to the box for their part in the short melee behind the Bruins net to force two minutes of four-on-four play. 14 seconds after the call, B's blueliner Andrej Meszaros was called for roughing, giving the Habs a four-on three man-advantage. Right as the four-on-three was expiring, which would have made it a five-on-four advantage for the Habs, Montreal converted as Tomas Vanek tipped a P.K. Subban pass past Rask to take the lead, 2-1. The goal is Vanek's second of the playoffs, as Subban extends his point streak to five games with his assist.
LUCIC GOAL WAVED OFF: Milan Lucic's goal was called off at 4:36 after the officials determined that it had been punched in my Lucic's pass off of a David Krejci pass.
MILLER CALLED FOR ROUGHING: At 4:01 into the second period, Kevan Miller was whistled for roughing to put the Bruins on the PK for the third time in matinee matchup, after killing off the Habs previous two man-advantage's. Following suit from their first two successful kills, the Bruins kept the Habs power play off balance, to eliminate their third straight penalty this game without surrendering a goal, as the game remains tied 1-1 less than 15 minutes to go in the second.
HABS TIE IT UP: At the 18:51 point in the second period, Montreal knotted the game up when Mike Weaver connected on a slapper from the right faceoff circle following a puck battle melee on the doorstep in front of Rask. The goal is Weaver's first of the postseason, while Tomas Plekanec earns an assist on the tally extending his point streak to four games.
1:29 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, MTL 0
MATCHING PENALTIES FOR SUBBAN/CHARA: WIth 1:21 to go int her first period, Zdeno Chara and P.K. Subban were issued matching minors, both for unsportsmanlike conduct following some shoving and words as they were transitioning up ice. Following the matching minor four-on-four play resumed, seeing the Bruins generate chances, one from Dougie Hamilton and another from Torey Krug, but Price was able weather both chances. The B's and Habs will begin the second period with another set of four-on-four play for the 39 seconds remaining on the penalties.
PAILLE POTS ONE: Daniel Paille gave the Bruins their first lead of the series when he beat Carey Price top corner on a beautiful wrister off of an excellent pass from Carl Soderberg from the right faceoff circle. The goal marks Paille's first of the playoffs in his second postseason game, while Soderberg grabs his second assist and Meszaros earns his first.
BRUINS AWARDED A POWER PLAY: With 12:42 remaining in the first frame of action, the Bruins potent playoff power play was sent to work as Montreal's Dale Wiese was assessed a two-minute hooking infraction. One minute into the man-advantage the Bruins drew another penalty when Brandon Prust was called for holding giving the Bruins a 5-on-3 power play for one full minute. The Black & Gold created several chances with great puck movement, including a slick feed from Reilly Smith to Jarome Iginla in front, but the puck hopped just over Iginla's stick, but were unable to convert. Ultimately, the Canadiens weathered the storm and were able to escape the shorthanded situation without any damage done.
B'S GO ON THE PK: With 16:21 to go in the first period, Jordan Caron was called for hooking, putting the Bruins penalty killers to work for the first time in today's matchup. Special teams, a big factor for the B's in Round 1 success vs. Detroit, was able to come up big, keeping Montreal scoreless due in large to big saves from Tuukka Rask, including a stop on Max Pacioretty from the right faceoff circle, where the Canadien had a clear look on net.
CHIPPY OFF THE BAT: Just over one minute into the game, both teams showed the intense emotion expected coming into the matchup as Boston's Torey Krug and Montreal's Rene Bourque were sent to the box for two minute minors yielding four-on-four play (Krug for roughing, Bourque for cross-checking). Both teams traded chances moving up with faced pace up and down the ice play, but neither squad was able to convert, rendering the game with no score.
12:00 p..m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. MTL
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (4-2, 1.52 GAA, .946 Save %) vs. Price (5-0, 2.28 GAA, .916 Save %). In 41 postseason games, Rask has amassed a 25-16 record with a 2.05 GAA & .932 save % with four shutouts. In 35 playoff matchups, Price has compiled a 14-17 record with a 2.80 GAA & .907 save % with three shutouts.
BRUINS VS CANADIENS LIFETIME PLAYOFF HISTORY: In 171 postseason games versus Montreal, the Black & Gold have accrued a 68-103 lifetime playoff record, and have been outscored by the Habs by a 515-423 margin in those contests. In 82 lifetime playoff games in Boston, the Bruins have compiled a 45-39 record against Montreal with a 227-220 scoring advantage on home ice. The team that has won the first game of each of the previous 33 series, has gone on to win the series on 27 occasions. The B’s have won twice before when losing Game 1 of a series against Montreal, most recently in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals when they overcame an 0-2 deficit, clinching the series in Game 7.
STREAKING: Patrice Bergeron enters tonight’s game riding a five-game point streak, notching one goal and five assists during that span, having tallied at least one point in five of six playoff games thus far. Blueliner Dougie Hamilton rides a streak of his own, having recorded one goal and four assists in his last four games. Milan Lucic and Torey Krug enter today’s matinee matchup riding three-game point streaks, with both B’s racking up 2-2=4 totals during that span.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Milan Lucic is expected to play in his 91st NHL playoff game this afternoon, which will tie him for eighth on the team’s all-time playoff games played list with Brad Park. Next up after Park is Glen Wesley with 105 appearances… David Krejci comes into today’s matinee contest one assist shy of Ken R. Hodge (47) for ninth on the team’s all-time playoff assists list.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. Tonight, as a continuation of the Bruins 90 Years Celebration, former Bruin Terry O’Reilly, will serve as tonight’s Fan Banner Captain to kick off Game 2 against Montreal.
BERGY NAMED NHL FOUNDATION AWARD FINALIST: The NHL announced that Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron had been named a finalist for the 2014 NHL Foundation Award. The NHL Foundation Player Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) player "who applies the core values of (ice) hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community." The other finalists were Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.
FIRST BEHIND THE B POSTSEASON EPISODE: The Bruins announced that the team will air the first postseason episode of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani on Monday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET on NESN. The series' 14th installment will chronicle the Black & Gold's First Round defeat of the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The episode will then re-air on NESNplus on Tuesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET as part of NESN's pregame coverage before Game 3 in Montreal.
210 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins have reached 210 straight regular season and playoff game sellouts. This sellout streak began on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
CANADIENS NOTEBOOK: Lars Eller extended his point streak in Game 1 of this series, giving himself 2-4=6 totals over his last five games. P.K. Subban kept his point streak alive as well with his two goals in Game 1, including a double OT game-winner, giving him two goals and five assists in his last four games. Tomas Plekanec also rides a point-streak entering today, with 1-2=3 totals in his last three games… Goaltender Carey Price needs just one more playoff victory to tie Steve Penney (15) for seventh on the Montreal’s all-time postseason wins list.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 6-for-18 (33.3%, 1st NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 19-for-23 (82.6%, 9th NHL)… Canadiens power play: 4-for-16 (25.0%, 6th NHL), Canadiens penalty kill: 7-for-9 (77.8%, 11th NHL).