The Montreal Canadiens return home tonight to the Bell Centre to face the Boston Bruins in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
The teams head into tonight’s contest tied at one game each, splitting the series in Boston.
Nobody said this series would be easy; the Bruins are a tough physical team who have been bombarding Carey Price with every shot they can get. The B’s have managed to get 86 shots on Price thus far compared to the 61 shots Rask has had to face.
According to the Bruins, they say they have solved the problem of how to beat Price.
“He gets really low, so it seems like we score a lot of goals up high when we have net front presence. I don’t know if we’re really trying to do that but we’ve definitely noticed that. When we can get our shots through their defenceman – especially the ones trying to block it — we have a really good chance of getting it in.” ~ Doug Hamilton
Krug added “It seems like almost all of the goals so far have gone to the upper half of the net”
Michel Therrien quickly squashed those comments saying the Bruins were clearly just trying to get under their skin, and that’s what the Bruins did midway through the game on Saturday afternoon.
Les Canadiens were up 3-1 when the halfway point of the 2nd period came along, most were sitting back comfortably thinking the game was in the bag. It wasn’t the case, the Bruins continued to pressure hard, even through their discipline was lacking.
Watching the game you could see the Habs folding under the pressure that was being put on them. The Bruins managed to get 3 goals past Price in the 3rd. Sadly three of the four goals put past #31 were deflections (2 Off Bouillion, 1 Off Price) Add to that an empty net goal to insure they came in to Montreal all tied up.
Game 2 however, did finally see the arrival of Thomas Vanek in this series. Vanek who saw limited ice time in Game 1, proved to his coach he has what it takes. One can hope this will finally get the #HotLine the spark they need to produce.
One thing that the Canadiens seem to have figured out this round is their Power Play, after a horrific showing in the Tampa Bay Series, where they went 2/6 on Saturday and 5/11 in their last 3 playoff games.
The Habs return home tonight with a record of 2-0 at the Bell Centre this post-season, the Bruins come in 2-0 on the road thus far.
Rene Bourque who missed practice on Monday will be in the line up tonight, his offensive touch and toughness have been an asset for the team in these playoffs.
No news yet on any lineup changes for either team going in to tonight’s battle.
The Habs look to take the series lead in front of their 7th man, the best fans in the NHL.
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