Sunday, 10 March 2013

Montreal @ Boston

On Sunday night Boston took on their fiercest rivals the Montreal Canadiens  in the TD Garden. Are MTL looking for revenge on BOS, because BOS came out on top 2-1 in the Bell Centre on February 6th. 

1st Period

In the first six minutes MTL had four shots to BOS's 1 on goal. BOS's Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille with a 2-on-1 down the right wing. Kelly held and fired a shot that hit the post and ricochets right out. Within 10 minutes of the 1st MTL drew the first penalty of the night, as BOS's Andy Ference went to the box for interference. During MTL's Power Play (PP), Tomas Plekanec opened the scoring. Plekanec fanned on a shot, right at the top of the crease and the puck went right off the heel of his stick and through Tuukka Rask's leg.

Just forty seconds after MTL scored BOS tied the game 1-1. Patrice Bergeron won the faceoff and Brad Marchand got the puck behind the goal and past it to Bergeron who then fed it to Tyler Sequin who then tapped it in.

Seguin celebrates his goal with Marchand.

Right back to the other end David Desharnais gave MTL a 2-1 lead. Play was under review as the puck looked to come off his skate but the goal stood. A serious momentum shifted back and forth at midway point of the 1st period. The three goals were scored in  two minutes but MTL were leading 2-1.

With less than 2 minutes to go in the period BOS had their first PP of the game, as Brendan Gallagher went to the box for a charging call.

The horn sounded to bring the 1st to a end..MTL leading 2-1.

2nd Period

Five minutes into the second BOS tied the game 2-2. Seguin raced down the left wing and feed Bergeron, who then slotted the puck past Peter Budaj and into the net. Lars Eller went to the box for a cross-checking call but just five seconds later Milan Lucic went to the box for a holding call. 4-on-4 action for 1:55. With ten minutes gone in the second BOS took the lead 3-2. Marchand's initial shot was deflected and it ended up on Dougie Hamilton's stick whose quick shot put it home. There was a lucky bounce on Hamilton's goal.

 Hamilton celebrates his goal against MTL.

MTL had a two player advantage as both Adam McQuaid and Ference went to the box for cross-checking and a hooking calls. Milan Lucic and Brandon Prust squared off near the blueline in a heated bout. Lucic with a handful of hard rights. McQuaid and Eller nearly had a go in front of Rask's goal. The crowd in the TD Garden erupted.

 Lucic and Prust with their bout in the 2nd period.

Not long after the Lucic and Prust fight, BOS captain Zdeno Chara, took a exception hit on Seguin by Alexei Emelin. Chara threw eight or nine upper cuts on Emelin behind the goal line. Chara had a triple penalty (fighting, misconduct and a instigator). Shawn Thornton served Chara's instigator.

The horn sounds to end the second. BOS leading 3-2.

3rd Period

Six minutes into the last period MTL tied the game 3-3. Max Pacioretty with a shot from the high slot, and from Rask's reaction, he didn't see the puck through the traffic.

 Pacioretty celebrates his goal against BOS.

Thornton lost his stick and Marchand made a drive with the loose puck shot it over the errant stick. But Budaj made the save. Right after the great chance by BOS, thanks to Daniel Paille's forecheck. MTL rushed right to the other end and Desharnais found the loose puck in front. Pacioretty's initial chance nearly went in at the goal mouth but Rask's right pad and the post saved it. But Desharnais then pounced on the loose puck to poke it in. MTL leads 4-3. BOS were looking for a delay of game call after the puck went over the glass but the call did not come. With less than three minutes to go BOS were looking for their comeback magic

With less than a minute to go BOS pulled Rask out of the goal. Twenty seconds left BOS called a Timeout. At the end of the game Budaj robbed Seguin.

The horn sounded to end the game....

MTL won 4-3

Tonight's three stars were:

1st*     David Desharnais
2**     Patrice Bergeron
3***   Tyler Seguin.

BOS now travel down to Washington to take on the Capitals on Tues with a 7p start.

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