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Kessel ties things up at 1-1 to end the first period

04.20.09 at 6:19 pm ET
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MONTREAL, Quebec — 18:46: The Habs, as expected, are all over the Bruins in the opening moments. Tim Thomas makes a number of saves including stop on a Saku Koivu forehand and a backhander from Alex Kovalev while thingsd were getting scrambly in front of the net,

17:10: Another good save by Thomas on Georges Laraque in front after Chrisopher Higgins threw a pick at the net from the sideboards.

16:20: First penalty once again goes to the Canadiens. Tom Kostopoulos is in the sin bin for the Habs.

The crowd is taunting Thomas with a sing-sing chant of “Thomas, Thomas, Thomas”.

The crowd has already banged around Patrice Bergeron several times in the game, and the Canadiens look like they’re targeting the B’s center.

15:00: Carey Price looks sharp tonight. Great save in front by Price on Chuck Kobasew on the rebound of a Marc Savard shot. This is the best the Montreal goaltender has looked in all three playoff games. Whatever Bob Gainey used as motivation today seems to have worked.

13:45: A P.J. Axelsson bids slides behind Price, but trickles right through the crease.

A good deal of testing shots on Thomas in the early going from the Canadiens skaters. Looks like they’re trying to make him work a bit more than the first two games.

10:22: Another move to rattle Thomas. Gregory Stewart shoved Dennis Wideman right into the netminder after the whistle.

10:02: Good stop by Price on Bitz the right post.

8:08: Goal by CHristopher Higgins. He wound up and took a blast from the left faceoff circle with Glen Metropolit acting as diving human screen in front of the net. Thomas got a piece of the puck, but it still trickled into the net.

5:05: Sharp glove save by Thomas Tomas Plekanec with Gregory Stewart rushing at him.

2:46: Snapping back-handed wrister from Alex Kovalev at the right faceoff circle. When the puck releases from his stick, it looks like it’s been shot out of a gun.

1:25: And like that, the Bell Centre is silenced. It all starts with a bad Mike Komisarek turnover in his own end that ended up on the stick of Dennis Wideman inside the blueline. Wideman snapped off a shot that looked as if it hit Phil Kessel’s raised stick in the slot, and then shot high past Price.

The Canadiens and Bruins are locked in a 1-1 tie after one full period before a frenzied home crowd in Game 3 at the Bell Centre.

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