On March 3 the Canadiens entered the TD Garden and battled the Bruins for first place in the Northeast divison. Last night the Canadiens entered the TD Garden and battled the Bruins for first place in the Northeast division. On March 3, the Bruins entered the third period with a lead, only to see the Canadiens come back and earn the two points. Last night the Bruins entered the third period with a lead—a two goal lead—only to see the Canadiens come back—down 4-2 and 5-3—and earn the two points, this time in a shootout.
Thanks to a first period goal by Michael Ryder, and a rocket of a shot from P.K. Subban in the second period, the Bruins found themselves in a 2-0 hole. That’s when the Bruins woke up, and woke up to the tune of four unanswered second period goals.
Dougie Hamilton, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, who had a goal and three assists and Nathan Horton all found the back of the net in the second as the Bruins took a 4-2 lead into the final stanza, too bad for the Bruins, hockey is a three period—sometimes more—sport.
Ryder and Tyler Seguin would exchange third period goals and it looked like the Bruins would move into sole possession of first in the Northeast as the Black and Gold held a two-goal lead with just under ten minutes to go, but the Canadiens would have something to say about that.
Goals by Brandon Gallagher and then a power play goal by Andrei Markov with just eight seconds left in regulation would send the game to overtime, and then eventually the shootout where Gallagher would score the only goal after five rounds without one.
Last night was a night that Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask will certainly want to put behind him as Rask allowed five goals on 28 shots.
“I guess we just weren’t meant to win that game” said Rask.
Canadiens goalie Carey Price didn’t fare too well either as Price was pulled after the four-goal second period. Peter Budaj relieved Price and came up with big saves for Montreal and then went on to completely shut the door in the shootout.
“I prepare for every shootout like I always do. I just try to be patient. They have a very good line up with a lot of great shooters. Their shootout record is pretty good, I think. They are good players but thank god I felt good today. I felt confident and I was able to read what they wanted to do. I felt good tonight” said Budaj.
The loss was another frustrating one for the Bruins as not being able to hold onto third period leads is becoming a routine for Claude Julien’s Bruins.
“Well, I would tell you that tonight the lead that evaporates wasn’t the same as the other ones I’ve seen, we’ve totally collapsed as a team. Tonight, when everything was fine, we were doing well and then, like I said, a bad bounce, pucks bounces, we try to get out, we don’t get it out off the faceoff that we win. It turns over, it goes off the face, then we get the penalty. It’s an unfortunate break, with eight seconds left to tie the game” said Julien.
“I don’t think we sat back, we had some chances to score. Campbell had a breakaway there shorthanded, we had some chances, we didn’t score. But I certainly don’t think we held back like we did probably in some other games.”
Seguin was a bit more straightforward with his thoughts on the loss.
“Yeah, it sucks” said Seguin.
“ It’s a tough one to swallow. I thought that we earned the most portion of that game and deserved to walk away with two points. I got to swallow this one and move on.”
Check out what Seguin and the Bruins had to say postgame.