The hub of hockey will be taking a look at the top 10 Bruins regular season games of 2010-11, followed by the top ten playoff games of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Today we take a look at No. 3: March 24, 2011, Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins.
Exactly 16 days after the Zdeno Chara, Max Pacioretty incident the Bruins and Canadiens squared off in Boston. Many expected a physical Canadiens team seeking payback for their fallen teammate. It was hyped up as a must see game in the storied history of the longtime rivals, well yes it was a must see game, if you are a Bruins fan.
The Bruins scored early and scored often en route to a 7-0 beating of their division rivals. The win kept the Bruins comfortably ahead of the Canadiens atop the Northeast division. With it looking more likely the two would meet in the playoffs, the win sparked confidence in the Bruins that they could beat the Habs in a playoff series.
The Bruins got off on the right foot with a blast from Johnny Boychuk a minute into the game. The score would stay the same till Gregory Campbell and Nathan Horton scored giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead after the first.
A scoreless second period set up a four-goal outburst in the third. Another goal by Horton, one from Adam McQuaid and Tomas Kaberle was capped off by Campbell’s second of the game, a shorthanded goal giving the Bruins the lopsided win.
Canadiens goalie Carey Price was pulled after the fifth Bruins goal. Price was replaced by Alex Auld who saved six of the eight shots he saw.
Tim Thomas stopped all 24 Canadiens shots for his first career shutout against the Habs, and his eighth of the season.
Bruins Goal Scorers: Boychuk, Campbell-2, Horton-2, McQuaid, Kaberle.
Canadiens Goal Scorers: None
The shutout by Thomas was the 25th of his career, tying him with Byron Dafoe for fifth on the Bruins all-time-list.
Carey Price played in his 200th NHL game.
The 7-0 loss was Montreal’s largest deficit since a 9-2 loss in Boston on October 28, 1998.