April 16th, 2011 by

After 40: Habs 3 – Bruins 1

BOSTON — Well the Bruins finally got a response, and a goal. Patrice Bergeron scored the team’s first goal — tipping in a Brad Marchand feed — of the playoffs at 7:38 snapping Carey Price’s shutout streak of 87:38 to open the series. However, the Habs responded with a goal from Yannick Weber who buried a rebound home past Tim Thomas to give Montreal a 3-1 lead heading into the second intermission.

  • The Bruins had their foot on the pedal for the first half of the second period. However, they let their foot off seemingly after Bergeron’s goal. The Habs outshot the Bruins, 15-9 during the middle stanza. Boston currently has a 24-23 shots advantage overall.
  • Although Thomas made a couple of good saves during the second period, his rebound control has not been crisp at all tonight. He let in the last two goals off of rebounds from Weber and Mathieu Darche back in the first.
  • Currently, the second line of Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Mark Recchi have been the best line. All three factored into the Bruins’ lone goal so far this postseason.
  • Many people already on twitter are pinning this third period to be the most critical 20 minutes of the Bruins season. I would have to agree with that.
  • That said, here are some questions to ponder. Will Tuukka Rask get the nod in the third period? Will David Krejci live up to his word and help deliver a Bruins win to even the series? Only thing for sure right now is the B’s can’t afford to go down 2-0 in the series going into the Bell Centre Monday night for Game 3.

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