Friday, 8 February 2013

Boston @ Montreal

On Wednesday night Boston travelled up to Montreal to take on their biggest rivals. Who will come out on top in this top of Conference and Division Game.

1st Period
Boston's David Krejci won the opening faceoff. The first shot of the game went to Montreal's Colby Armstrong, as he drove the puck to the net nearly passed Lars Eller to put it past BOS's Tuukka Rask but it did not convert. MTL's Tomas Plekanec nearly put the puck past BOS's Rask, on the door step but could not poke in the rebound. BOS's Rask made some nice saves right after. 

In the 5th minute BOS got their first Power Play (PP) as MTL's Rene Bourque went to the box for a goaltender inference call. BOS's Tyler Sequin went to the box for a holding call. For 10 seconds it was 4-on-4 and then MTL had their first PP of the game. MTL's Eller had a breakaway down the middle but BOS's Rask made another save. 

BOS's Rask had been the busier of the two goaltenders as MTL Carey Price had not one single shot at that point in the game. For every MTL shot BOS's Rask had been in the right spot. Under the 4th minute BOS started to keep the puck in the o-zone more and started to create more chances down low. With less than 4 mins left in the 1st, BOS had their 2nd PP of the game, when MTL's PK Subban went to the box for a hooking call. 

The horn sounded to bring the 1st to a close with the score at 0-0. MTL's were leading 11 shots to BOS's 4 on goal.  

2nd Period
With 55 seconds of the start of the 2nd BOS's Johnny Boychuk went to the box for a tripping call, as he tripped up MTL's David Desharnais at the back of the goal. MTL's Plekanec had the best chance to score when he went on a breakaway up the middle but the puck rolled off his stick and went the harsh marks. BOS went on their 3rd PP of the game as MTL were called for having too many on the ice so MTL's Brendan Gallagher sat on the bench. 

BOS's Rich Peverley had a great chance to open the scoring after being planted in front of MTL's Price, not long after that chance BOS's Milan Lucic went to the box for a hi-sticking call, halfway through the 2nd. 

MTL did not have a single shot on goal with nearly 10 minutes gone in the 2nd and BOS had 5. In the 11th min MTL took the lead. MTL's Subban, fired a shot that looked it deflected of MTL's Bourque. But the assists went to Plekanec and Andrey Markov.  

 Subban celebrates his teams first goal. 

That MTL's goal was on the PP, which Rask nearly gloved but unluckily he could not keep it out of the net.  With 6 minutes left of the 2nd BOS went on a penalty kill (PK) as Lucic went to the box for a slashing call.  

BOS's Adam McQuaid exchanged with MTL's Travis Moen, after Moen hit BOS's Patrice  Bergeron along the boards, but no fight came out of it. 

The horn sounded to bring the 2nd period to a end. How will Boston react to the MTL goal.

3rd Period
BOS's Seguin tied the game with just 20 seconds into the 3rd after BOS's Krejci fed Sequin behind the goal line.  

 Seguin celebrates with Krejci

In the 3rd minute of the 3rd BOS took a 2-1 lead. BO's Krejci had a great net drive to tip in pass from crashing the crease.  

 Krejci scoring BOS's 2nd goal, 3rd goal of the game. 

Both of the BOS's goals were, scored down low and both of them with goal line passes thrown towards the front of the net. 

In the 6th minute of the final period BOS's Chris Kelly went to the box for a hooking call. BOS's McQuaid and MTL's Brandon Prust wrestled a bit and both exchanged words after a scuffle in front of Rask's goal but did not come to blows. Both McQuaid and Gallagher went to the box for a unsportsmanlike conduct and a roughing call. 4-on-4 in the midpoint of the 3rd period. 

Desharnais had a chance on Rask's door step, but Rask done the splits and made him self big in front of the goal and the puck skirts passed left pad. 

BOS's Lucic with a huge block and then drove the puck down left and nearly generated a chance in front of the goal. Less than 2 minutes to go in the final period Subban went to the box for a slashing call. MTL pulled Price out of the net with under 1 minute to go in the game.  Krejci went to the box for a hooking call with 34 seconds left of the game. 4-on-4 hockey for the remained of the regulation. 

The horn sounded to bring the game to a end. Boston won the game 2-1, and now leads the Eastern Conference. Boston now heads to the TD Garden where they welcome Tampa Bay Lightening with a 7p start. 

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