In what Don Cherry of Hockey Night In Canada called the best game of the play-offs, the Boston Bruins, in a must win game for them, played the Habs to a scoreless draw through 60 minutes then pounced quickly in overtime on an ugly goal less than two minutes in to avoid going down 3-1 in the series to a determined Montreal team. It was only the second loss in eight playoff games for the Habs that will have to regroup or face elimination in game six scheduled for Monday night in Montreal.
The game was very even overall as the referees let them play calling just three minor penalties on the night. Shots on goal, hits, and great scoring chances were close throughout the entire game. Both goal-tenders were excellent all night until overtime when the Habs failed to test Rask as the Bruins hemmed the Canadians in and threw everything at the net. Three hit the net with the last one counting.
The game winner came on a harmless enough looking play as the Bruins kept the puck alive in the Habs zone with a shot from the point that bounced high off the glass behind Price before settling just beside the Montreal net. Price could not locate the puck and despite three Montreal defenders back and the puck looking as though it was going to be covered, Bruins rookie Matt Fraser came out from behind the net and jammed it behind Price for his first ever play-off goal.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6IAoF-4dWI
In games like these that are truly what hockey is all about, featuring so many phenomenal scoring chances, end-to-end action, and plenty of physical play, as is so often the case, the game-winning goal was an ugly one. In contrast to the intense end-to-end action in this series viewing the Pens Rangers games makes you wonder if you are watching pre-season at times.
The fact the Habs are matching the Bruins in physical play is a surprise, the fact the series is now a best of three with Boston holding home ice advantage, is not. Game 5 goes on Saturday night back in Boston at the TD Garden. http://www.tdgarden.com/