So after getting some rest after last night’s Bruins loss, I've come to the conclusion that the Bruins are going to win this series in 6 games. Last night game wasn't won by the Canadiens, yes they did score twice on Thomas, but if not for the Bruins playing flat hockey throughout most of the game and the pathetic 31 shots on Price that just happened to hit him in the chest, the B's could of put up a better fight. The Bruins DID NOT play to their potential and lost that game on stupid turnovers and lousy play in the defensive zone.
The Montreal Canadiens on the other hand played their hearts out last night and I don't think they could've played any better. They were playing tight defense and blocking shots before Price had to make the big save, offensively they took advantage of the Bruins turnovers and scored twice. With some questionable calls on the Bruins, for example the dive, oops I mean "hooking call" on Krejci drawn by P.K.Suppan, which by the way I gave an 8 for show, or maybe the phantom interference call late in the second period on Marchand drawn by Plekanec (the puck was in his vicinity). The power play for the Candiens wasn't that great thanks to the penalty kill of the Bruins going 0-4. The Bruins power play was also HORRIBLE going 0-3 and couldn't get ANYTHING going.
Both Canadien goals were scored by former Boston College Eagle, Brian Gionta, who after having a not so great season decided to wake up last night. The Bruins did have a few good chances, none bigger than the open net miss by Marchand with a nice pass from Kaberle; Marchand also had a breakaway late in the first period that he just couldn't get past Price's pad.
For Saturday night’s game I really hope that Claude decides to scratch either Ryder or Paille, who both played miserable last night, and put in the kid who will help on the power play and maybe give the Bruins a spark.
3rd Star = Thomas
2nd Star = N/A
1st Star = N/A
Disappointment = Power Play and all 12 Forwards
Till Next Time,
The B's Knees