What a game. The Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 yesterday, tying the series at 1-1.
After going down 3-1 about five minutes into the third period, the Bruins staged a furious comeback, scoring four unanswered goals to beat the Habs. The Bruins are the best team in the third period, and they proved that yesterday. It was concerning to see them go down 3-1 to begin with, but the effort after that was stellar, even though the statistics may not show it. One area of concern has to be the penalty kill for the Bruins; they’ve given up two power-play goals in each of the last two games. They’ll need to improve that area if they want to win in the Bell Center.
The Habs went up 3-1 for a few upsetting reasons. Before I get into that, I will admit that they were playing well, and may even have had the Bruins’ number on the game. Still, going up by a 3-1 margin in the third was made possible by a few unpreferrable reasons. They built their lead due to unlucky bounces for the Bruins, bullshit officiating and the stellar play of Carey Price.
As for the bounces, anyone who watched the first two games can attest to how Boston had absolutely no luck go their way – by all means, they should be up 2-0 in the series. The officiating in yesterday’s game was horrendous. As in some of the worst officiating I’ve ever seen. As in I’m no conspiracy theorist, but by God the referees were trying to spoonfeed the Habs a victory. Absolutely terrible; I wanted to throw a brick at the TV a couple times. The first Montreal goal shouldn’t have counted because of goalie interference, the Bruins were penalized on a couple dives by Montreal, and were unfairly penalized in scrums. The officiating was infuriatingly awful, and I hope it doesn’t happen in the series (though I fully expect it to). I won’t blame that on the Bruins’ lackluster play for the first two periods though; Carely Price continued to play incredible, and seemed to have gotten into the Bruins’ head before the figured him out in the third period (with a couple lucky bounces, granted – bounces that were nonexistent for most of the game). The Bruins will need to kepp up their play and stay disciplined if they want to win, and above all, they’ll need to get into Price’s head before he gets into theirs, because he’s a huge obstacle for the Bruins in the series.
Game 3 is set for Tuesday next week at the Bell Center in Montreal, and I’ll keep you updated with my thoughts then. I’m entering a pretty busy period for school, so the blogging may decrease for a couple weeks. I’ll do my best, and I hope you’ll continue to read. Go Bruins!