The Bruins blew their latest third-period lead, allowing the Habs to come back from a 5-3 deficit in the third to force overtime and eventually beat the B’s in a shootout, 6-5. The win puts the Habs, who have played one more game than Boston, ahead of the B’s in the Northeast Division with 47 points to Boston’s 46.
Brendan Gallagher, who factored into the final two goals in the third to tie it, scored the game-winner in the sixth round of the shootout after the teams were a combined 0-for-11.
The Bruins came back from a 2-0 Canadiens lead (goals from Michael Ryder and P.K. Subban) by exploding in the second period with goals from Dougie Hamilton, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Horton. The second-period outburst by the B’s landed Carey Price on the bench to begin the third period, with Peter Budaj taking over.
After Ryder scored his second goal of the night in the third period to make it 4-3, Tyler Seguin scored a breakaway goal to give the B’s the two-goal lead again. Gallagher made it 5-4 with 7:42 to play and Andrei Markov tied it with less than 10 seconds to play on a power-play goal.
For the second straight game, the Bruins started with tweaked lines before returning to their normal trios. Marchand began on the third line with Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron before being returned to Bergeron’s line in the second period.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Bruins blew a two-goal lead in the third period. Holding on in the final period continues to be an issue for this team, and it’s the second time in three games against Montreal this season in which the B’s have allowed the Habs to come back in the third.
– The Bruins had to kill off two penalties in the final 10 minutes of a one-goal game game thanks to penalties to Zdeno Chara (elbowing at 15:11) and Aaron Johnson (delay of game with 1:27 left). Bergeron came up with a mammoth clear by swiping the puck out of the zone with just over 30 seconds to play, but the Habs had time to get set up again, with Andrei Markov firing shot past Tuukka Rask to tie the game.
– Some tough luck for Dennis Seidenberg, as the puck bounced up and hit him in the face (luckily he wears a shield) before Gallagher took it and put it around and past Rask.
– Michael Ryder struck again, but this time he did it twice. The former Bruin has now scored in both games against the B’s since being re-acquired by the Habs, and he was able to beat Rask to open the scoring despite taking quite a while to handle the puck after receiving the puck at the left circle from Tomas Plekanec. With his two goals Wednesday, Ryder now has 12 goals on the season.
– Holy smokes is P.K. Subban a bad man. His second-period goal — an absolute laser of a slapshot from the right point that beat Tuukka Rask top right corner — was reminiscent of his game-tying goal against Tim Thomas in Game 7 of the 2011 Eastn Conference quarterfinals. He also had an end-to-end rush in the second in which he went past three Bruins before being stopped by Rask. Bruins fans might not like him, but Pernell Karl is as talented as they come and pretty exciting to watch.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– A couple of goal-scorers who hadn’t been scoring too much were able to find the back of the net, as Marchand scored his second goal in the last 12 games and Nathan Horton picked up his second in the last 15 games. Marchand was all alone in front of net on his second-period tally, and scored it the hard way despite being set up to score it pretty easily. Marchand was all alone in front of Price when he took the feed from Bergeron and had plenty of time before backhanding it over the net. The scrappy forward stuck with the play though, picking up the puck as it bounced off the boards and jamming it in to tie the game at two.
– Bergeron had a four-point night (one goal, three assists), but his performance was already notable prior to him getting his third assist of the night on Seguin’s goal. Some great research from WEEI’s Michael Berger, who pointed out that Wednesday’s performance from Bergeron gives him three three-point games this month, which makes for the most three-point games he’s had in a single month in his entire career. Of course, this month has more games than usual given that it’s a more compressed schedule, but it’s still impressive to see such a good performance from a Bruin in a month that has given the B’s trouble in recent years.
– Hamilton now has points in consecutive games (a goal and an assist) after going the previous 10 contests without a point. He was back on the 2-on-1 that yielded Michael Ryder’s goal and took a holding penalty in the third period of a one-goal game, but it’s good to see the points starting to come a bit more for the rookie.
– Playing in his first NHL game of the season after being recalled Wednesday, defenseman Torey picked up his first point of the season by assisting Bergeron’s goal on the power play. Krug was actually pretty shaky on the earlygoing of the man-advantage, struggling to handle the puck, but his slapshot yielded a rebound that found its way from Rich Peverley to Bergeron.