Bruins can’t finish comeback as Canadiens take Game 3
|05.06.14 at 9:56 pm ET|
MONTREAL — The Bruins weren’t able to complete their now regular comeback Tuesday as they fell behind by multiple goals and — get this — lost Game 3 of the second round against the Canadiens in regulation at the Bell Centre.
The Bruins spotted Montreal a 3-0 lead in the first two periods, and though Jarome Iginla brought the B’s within one with the extra attacker on with 2:16 left, Carey Price and the Canadiens held on and Lars Eller scored an empty netter to give the Canadiens a 4-2 win and a 2-1 series lead.
Tomas Plekanec scored Montreal’s first goal, with Thomas Vanek sending a slap pass from the point to Plekanec and the Montreal center putting the puck in the open net with Tuukka Rask respecting Vanek’s angle. After P.K. Subban was sent off for a questionable hit on Reilly Smith, Dougie Hamilton misplayed a two-on-two with Subban coming out of the box, leading to a breakaway goal and a 2-0 Canadiens lead that was taken into the first intermission.
Dale Weise made it 3-0 at 13:52 of the second, slipping past Andrej Meszaros and Johnny Boychuk and taking a long pass from Danny Briere before beating Rask on a breakaway. The play came as a result of Mike Weaver blocking a Meszaros shot.
The Bruins finally got on the board when Patrice Bergeron won an offensive zone draw and dished to Brad Marchand before getting to the front of the net and tipping a Torey Krug shot past Carey Price to make it 3-1.
Game 4 will be played Thursday at the Bell Centre.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
— That’s a major goof on Hamilton’s part with Subban getting out of the box and a two-on-two unfolding. Hamilton skated across to take out Eller, though Bergeron already was on Eller. With Hamilton skating further and further out of position, Eller hit Subban with a pass to set up the breakaway.
In general, it didn’t appear to be Hamilton’s night, as he also had a defensive zone turnover early in the second that could have been costly. The B’s second-year defenseman has enjoyed a very productive postseason (two goals and four assists for six points), but Tuesday served as a reminder that he’s still 20 years of age.
— Meszaros was given just one shift for the rest of the second period after Weise’s goal. Matt Bartkowski makes mistakes, but he remains the better option over Meszaros. Perhaps Claude Julien will agree for Game 4.
— Zdeno Chara took a slash to the hand from Michael Bournival on the opening shift of the game that not only went uncalled but cost the Bruins’ top defenseman some time. Chara left the ice and went to the training room and didn’t return until 6:19 of the first.
— The Bruins had a couple of close calls that they should have buried in the second period. Iginla hit the left post on a shot with Milan Lucic screening Price in front, while Carl Soderberg failed to properly handle a pass in front from Daniel Paille, with the puck getting caught in his skates.
— Vanek, Bruins killer, has shown up. His vision was on full display when he took Subban’s pass at the point and saw that Rask had a clean look at him. Knowing a shot would probably at best produce a rebound, he sent a slap pass down low to Plekanec for the first goal of the game.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
— Bergeron now has nine points (three goals, six assists) in eight games this postseason. The only game in which hasn’t registered a point this postseason was Game 1 against the Red Wings, when the B’s were shut out in a 1-0 loss.
— For the first game this series, the Bruins did not allow the Canadiens to score a power-play goal. Soderberg took the Bruins’ only penalty in Game 3, but the timing wasn’t great as Soderberg shoved and knocked Price’s helmet off at 8:44 of the third period with the B’s trying to erase a two-goal deficit. The B’s killed off the penalty, so it was a step in the right direction for Boston’s PK after allowing four goals on nine Montreal power plays over the first two games of the series in Boston.