Much like game 3 which featured the Canadiens looking as though victory was theirs well into the third period, the same script played out again in game 3 at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Tuesday night. After taking a 3-0 lead at 13:52 of the second when Canuck cast off Dale Weise went in alone on Rask and beat him five hole the stage was set and one could not help but think it was now the Bruins turn to make yet another comeback as the best third period team in the NHL. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZVFlKJPyLI
The Bruins didn’t wait for the third to hit the board when Patrice Bergeron beat Price at 17:48 of the second setting the stage for another round of third period heroics but it was not to be on this night. Unlike game two, the Habs kept skating and causing havoc for the Bruins defense on break outs which created turn overs and scoring chances for a motivated Montreal squad that looked faster than Boston.
The Bruins managed just seven shots in the third after registering 21 through the first two periods while the Habs only got off 4 but scored an empty net goal with just a few seconds remaining to seal it. Surprisingly it was a relatively tame affair with just one penalty called on each team however there was plenty of physical play both ways. In the second, Subban miss timed a hit and took out Vanek as well as Smith and was given a penalty for having his elbow up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYFaL0zfU08 Later in the third, Iginla got crunched into the boards and in the first Bergeron got rocked as he entered the Montreal zone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i90C7BqEcpc
As was the case during the regular season it is apparent Montreal can play with Boston with the Canadiens speed advantage looking to be more evident on the night. Should that trend continue the Habs could well be in the final four by this time next week. The always-pivotal game four goes Thursday May 8th again in Montreal at the Bell Centre. If the Habs can keep it going at home with another win, it would put Boston on their heels facing elimination in each of the possible three remaining games. Then again, if not for the meltdown in game 2, the Habs would be up 3-0.