February 15, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Habs

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 3 
MTL - 1

SHOTS
BOS - 25
MTL - 16

At the conclusion of a wildly eventful second period, the Bruins lead Montreal 3-1.

The Habs knotted things up early in the frame as Boston coughed up their first shorthanded goal of the campaign to Mathieu Darche.

With the B's on their heels, Benoit Pouliot ended his 15-game goal drought with a gorgeous snipe from the slot to put the Bruins back on top.

With 5:27 to go, Patrice Bergeron roofed one over Carey Price from in close, as the Habs' netminder may have gone down prematurely. 

With a 3-1 lead and a few ticks left, Brad Marchand made the oh-so-stupid decision to clip Alexei Emelin in the corner. No. 63 got two minutes for the infraction, but will likely be receiving a phone call from league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan in the near future.

Midway through the period, with a delayed goalie interference call on Louis Leblanc, Boston negated their pending power play when Dan Paille was also called for a penalty. The call? Goalie interference, of course. There's been four such penalties in 40 minutes of play.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 1 
MTL - 0

SHOTS
BOS - 12
MTL -  5

Twenty minutes are in the books up in Montreal where the Bruins have a 1-0 lead over the Habs.

It was an absolute penalty fest in the opening frame. The two teams racked up a combined 20 penalty minutes, 10 of which were assessed during the bout between Adam McQuaid and Ryan White at 14:15.

Shorthanded thanks to Dennis Seidenberg's second trip to the sin bin, the Bruins capitalized during 4-on-4 play late in the period after Max Pacioretty went off for goalie interference. 

Andrew Ference capitalized on a giveaway by Hal Gill and beat a screened Carey Price with a wrister to make it 1-0 Boston.

The Montreal crowd exuded the utmost class when they cheered loudly over Zdeno Chara taking a clearing attempt straight to the face in the closing seconds.

Despite holding a 12-5 edge in shots, Boston -- strangely enough -- seemed to get outplayed by the Canadiens. Hits were eight apiece for the two clubs, but Montreal seemed to be far more physical than usual.