The Bruins are winning the battle, but not the war at a 4-3 score
|04.09.09 at 7:17 pm ET|
16:48: Phil Kessel the sniper is back. Kessel scored his 33rd goal of the season on a picture-perfect wrist shot from the right faceoff circle that beat Price top shelf and against puts the B’s on top.
16:05: Ryan O’Byrne just completely turtled when Shawn Thornton came calling after O’Byrne did some pushing and shoving in front of the net, and then threw a shoulder at Thornton as the two passed each other during a stoppage in play. Once again the timeouts in play are no longer a safehaven if you’re the Bruins. As soon as Thornton grabbed him and dropped the gloves, O’Byrne dropped to his knees and covered his head like a man half his size. O’Byrne got hit with a double minor and a misconduct for his Avery-esque actions.
14:30: It’s time for the Chant at the Garden again. Zdeno Chara unloaded a big bomb from the right point after missing wide on his first attempt, and the sure-handed Mark Recchi tipped the puck past Price for a Bruins score. You may see a lot of those in the playoffs. It’s going to be that tough to stop.
13:54: This is a great way to rev up for the playoffs. A Byron Bitz goalie interference penalty in front of the Montreal net just turned into total pandemonium with Shane Hnidy and Josh Gorges tossing each other around in the corner and Milan Lucic taking on half the Habs lineup at the right faceoff dot. This has been entertaining Old Time Hockey tonight, even if the Canadiens are playing turtle-hearted hockey. Half of the Bruins team is in the penalty box following the melee with Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Shane Hnidy and Bitz all taking up residence in the sin bin.
12:33: Rookie Matt D’Agostini just made it a one-goal game with a hammered slap shot from the high point with traffic in front of goaltender Tim Thomas. The large Montreal contingent in the crowd just let out a big roar.
11:48: Milan Lucic is back in the box again after getting cross-checked from behind by Komisarek and then retaliating with a horse collar tackle from behind after Shawn Thonrton had already dropped the gloves and begun engaging the Montreal troublemaker. Lucic grabbed Komisarek in a head lock from behind and threw him to the ice while he was still tangling with Thornton. Double minors and a misconduct for Lucic and a pair of minor penalties for Thornton and Komisarek. It might be prudent to have Lucic hit the showers for a bit before he does something suspension-worthy with the playoffs just a hair’s breath away.
9:32: Mathieu Schneider is off the injured list and into the scoresheet. The Montreal defenseman just beat Thomas to the far post with a sizzling slap shot that passed through the big body of Zdeno Chara on its way to the net.
5:38: Huge save by Price in front when Bitz redirected a Stephane Yelle set up pass from the side of the net. Yelle had picked off a Montreal turnever by the blue line while moving with speed into the offensive zone.
3:07: D’Agostini scored his second goal of the period after skating into the Bruins zone with speed and picking a corner with a nifty wrist shot from the left faceoff circle. Not bad for a kid who hadn’t dressed in six of the last nine games for the Habs. Tim Thomas isn’t having one of his better nights tonight, and Montreal is taking advantage.
1:10: Komisarek at it again, going after Shawn Thornton and Shane Hnidy after Thornton leveled a blast at Carey Price following an off-sides call. Thornton and Komisarek have both gone back to the locker rooms with minor penalties.
The Bruins and Habs are knotted together with a 3-3 score after two full periods of play at a raucous TD Banknorth Garden.