As Seen on NESN – After a hard fight all through their Stanley Cup quarterfinal series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins 2007-2008 playoff run came to a close with a 5-0 loss in the seventh game of the series Monday night at the Bell Centre.
“I think there’s a lot of positive to build on, but when you get to this stage you get a little greedy,” said head coach Claude Julien. “I think we all believed that we could get to the next round of the playoffs, and I think our expectations were there, and they were high.”
After coming back from a 3-1 deficit in their Stanley Cup quarterfinal series against the Montreal Canadiens and tying the series by winning the last two games, the Boston Bruins headed to the Bell Centre Monday night for a seventh, series-deciding game.
The Habs took an early 1-0 lead when Mike Komisarek scored the first goal of the game at 3:31.
Boston had a chance to even out the score with a power play as Patrice Brisebois earned a slashing penalty at 10:40, and then another one with an interference call on Andrei Markov at 13:48, but both were to no avail.
A penalty for cross-checking to Mark Stuart at 17:02 gave Montreal a late man-advantage of their own, but the Bruins penalty killers kept the score at 1-0 to end the first period.
“I think where the game got played, is in that first period,” said Coach Julien. “We had some unbelievable chances that we couldn’t bury, and I think that was the turning point right there.”
The penalties and physical play continued in the second, and an interference penalty to Sergei Kostitsyn gave the Black & Gold another power play opportunity at 7:04.
But it was Mark Streit who found his way through the Boston defensemen, took a pass from Maxim Lapierre, and found the back of the net to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Canadiens at 10:45.
With Zdeno Chara in the penalty box for holding, called at 13:12, Andrei Kostitsyn used the man advantage to give the Habs a 3-0 lead at 15:13.
Alex Kovalev was called for hooking at 18:55, giving the Bruins a period-ending power play, as well as a short man advantage to start the final 20 minutes.
Players from both teams found themselves in the penalty box throughout the third period: Francis Bouillon was called for cross-checking 1:22, followed by a high-sticking call on Sergei Kostitsyn at 4:17, an interference penalty to Andrew Ference at 6:36, and two minutes for Marc Savard for goaltender interference at 16:24.
Andrei Kostitsyn had his second power-play goal of the night during Savard’s penalty at 17:58, and his brother followed with a goal at 19:52, making the final score 5-0 Montreal and advancing them to the next round of the playoffs.
But even with the loss, the Bruins know they have a lot to be proud of.
“I think the reason we’re here today is because our expectations were high right off the bat, and it allowed us to grow as a team,” said Coach Julien.
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