Montreal’s Worst Enemy – Themselves

The team that showed up to play the Boston Bruins (in their own arena), had no resemblance to the Montreal Canadiens who had returned from Boston two up in the series. The Bruins took a penalty one minute into the play, but redeemed themselves three seconds after the penalty expired with a goal by David Kreici. Nathan Horton scored on Carey Price at 14:38, and Boston is up 2-0. Price did not look sharp and Montreal’s play was anything but stellar. Benoit Pouliet took two stupid penalties and the Canadiens go into the second short-handed. Boston’s Rich Peverley scored at 2:02 and it was a 3-0 lead for the Bruins. Montreal got on the scoreboard at 7:03, on a weak backhand from Andrei Kostitsyn (his first of the series), but weak or not … at least the Canadiens had found the net. A power play for Montreal in the last two minutes of the second was ineffective. The Canadiens showed up to play serious hockey in the third and Thomas Plekanec put Montreal within one at 4:08. (Plekanec’s first goal in 16 play-offs.) Montreal, of course, pulled Price. If you are going to lose, it makes no difference if you lose by 2 … which they did. What a debacle for the Montreal Canadiens who had come home two days earlier in Crowning Glory.

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