Carey Price blanked the Boston Bruins 4-0 in front of an energized home crowd Monday night.
Price stopped all 26 shots on the night to claim his fourth career playoff shutout and the series tying win.
Canadians forward Lars Eller capitalized on a defensive error and beat Rask to claim the lead early in the first period. Max Pacioretty scored his second of the playoffs in the second period to give his team a two goal lead.
The Bruins fought hard but weren’t able to respond. Thomas Vanek scored twice in the third to seal the deal and keep his team alive in this series. This was a very impressive win for the Montreal Canadians. They needed their top players to perform to keep them alive, and they delivered. Andrea Markov, Mike Weaver and David Desharnais all got assists on the night. Desharnais also helped Price save a goal by shoving the puck off the goal line. Rookie Defencemen Nathan Beaulieu was given the start ahead of Douglas Murray, and tallied his first assist and blocked a shot as well.
The Canadians used speed and an aggressive forechecking style to force turnovers and put pressure on the Boston Bruins. As a result, the Bruins didn’t have the set up time their used to enjoying and couldn’t launch effective attacks. Montreal outhit the Bruins 39-34 in the game and also blocked more shots. PK Subban ended the night with four shots on goal, was vocal on the bench, and held the fort in the defensive end for Montreal.
Everything seems to be going right for Montreal. The only thing I didn’t like was Andrea Markov’s unnecessary antics a minute before the conclusion of the game. There is no reason for him to trip Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara at all, and I don’t know why he did that. Chara of course, retaliated and a scrum ensued. It was completely unnecessary and will certainly not help the Montreal Canadians in any way. After all, they’re the ones that have to steal a win on the road.
So, the big question now is, will the Canadians be able to keep the momentum and their composure on the road? Or will the Boston Bruins score early and often, and eliminate Montreal at home again? I believe if the Montreal can draw some penalties and score early, they’ll have a good chance of eliminating the Bruins. Game seven is slated for Wednesday night, and I can’t wait to see which team is going to come away with a win.
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