Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 2: Habs Win 3-1, Take Both Games In Boston

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 2: Scoreless Third Period Gives Habs The Win

If the Boston Bruins had some sense of urgency in the third period of Game 2 of their series against the Montreal Canadiens, they certainly didn't show it. The score was 3-1 at the end of the second period, and the third period ended with the same score. Boston didn't give Carey Price a true challenge at all in the third period, and the Habs coasted to a 3-1 win.

The Canadiens now lead the series 2-0 after two games in Boston, and there appears to be no way back for the Bruins. They could very well play better when Zdeno Chara returns, but just as many of their problems stem from a lack of toughness and an inability to get bodies in front of the net. Even with their superstar, Boston look like they will struggle to turn these bad results around in Montreal.

For more information on this game, please visit our Bruins site, Stanley Cup of Chowder, and our Canadiens site, Habs Eyes On The Prize

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 2: Boston And Montreal Both Score In Second Period, Habs Lead 3-1

The Boston Bruins finally scored a goal in the second period of Game 2 in their playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, but they gave a goal back late and will be going into the third period down by two goals. The Habs lead by a score of 3-1, and Boston have their work cut out for them in the third period.

Boston's goal came with 12:22 remaining in the second period, and their fans will be happy that they were finally able to create something off the rush. Brad Marchand started the move, surging down the wing into the zone. He hit an impressive cross-ice pass for Mark Recchi, who hit a centering pass for Patrice Bergeron. The entire Montreal defense and Carey Price were caught out of position, and Bergeron scored easily to make it 2-1.

Things got a bit chippy with 7:37 remaining in the period, when James Wisniewski got caught for committing a charging penalty. Shane Hnidy took offense and the two fought, resulting in seven minutes of total penalty time for Wisniewski. Rather than wait out his penalty, he decided to take a walk down to the tunnel to the locker room.

Even without Wisniewski, the Habs looked good throughout the end of the period and they created a goal with 2:39 remaining in the period. Yannick Weber, a defenseman in the lineup for forward Andrei Kostitsyn. Once again Johnny Boychuck was at fault, just like the first goal of the game. Boychuck gave the puck away to Lars Eller who chucked it at the net, but Tim Thomas didn't control the rebound. Boychuck made a second mistake, puck watching, and he was beaten to the puck by Weber, who poked it into the back of the net.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 2: Habs Lead 2-0 After First Period

The Montreal Canadiens lead the Boston Bruins 2-0, thanks to a couple of terrible mistakes early in the first period. Boston came out slow and sloppy, and Montreal has made them play the price. Since the two early goals, Boston has looked better, but they're suffering from the same problems that caused them to get shut out in Game 1.

It only took 43 seconds for the Habs to jump out in front, thanks to some heads up play by James Wisniewski. The defenseman made a great neutral zone interception shortly following a faceoff, then carried the puck into the offensive zone and ripped a wrist shot towards the goal from just inside of the blue line. Tim Thomas saved the shot, but his rebound control was poor. The puck fell right to Michael Cammalleri, who was crashing the net, and he tapped it in to make it 1-0.

Just a couple minutes later, with 17:30 left in the period, the Habs scored their second just six seconds into a power play. The visitors picked up a man advantage when Dennis Seidenberg committed a silly and unnecessary interference penalty, and his team paid the price. Just after the faceoff, Andrew Ference committed a terrible giveaway, throwing the puck behind the net towards a waiting Cammalleri. The man who scored the first goal picked up the puck, came out from behind the net, and centered for a waiting Mathieu Darche, who scored to make it 2-0 to the Habs. Does that error happen if Zdeno Chara is in the game? Probably not.

Boston tried to pick up the pace to recover from their early deficit, creating a good shot for Milan Lukic just after the second goal, but Carey Price made a fantastic save to keep up his team's momentum.

As the period wore on, Boston had more of the puck and gradually looked like a better team, but their offensive play was sloppy. Even in their good periods, they're suffering from the same problems as they had in game one. They have plenty of shots on the box score, but they're not quality shots, and the Bruins are struggling as a team to get bodies to the net. Besides the one great save on Lukic, they're not really making Carey Price work that hard. Additionally, they're consistently getting out-toughed and out-hustled by the Habs. Right now, the Bruins do not look like a team who are in a mental state to win a playoff series.

For more information on this game, please visit our Bruins site, Stanley Cup of Chowder, and our Canadiens site, Habs Eyes On The Prize

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 2: Zdeno Chara Out With Dehydration

After Thursday night's Game 1, Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins checked himself into a hospital due to illness. Earlier today, Pro Hockey Talk reported that his status for the game was unknown, but that one source speculated that Chara would play Game 2 against the Montreal Canadiens. Now, just minutes before the puck drops, we've learned that Chara will not play, via the official twitter feed of the Bruins.

Tough news: It's official -- Chara is a scratch.^BISHless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Veteran defenseman Shane Hnidy, who was a healthy scratch in Game 1, will be Chara's replacement. There's no word yet on how the Bruins will set up their defensive lines, but there will be a lot of pressure on the likes of Tomas Kaberle, Johnny Boychuck, Andrew Ference and the other Boston defenders to up their games in Chara's absence.

On the other side of the ice, Habs forward Andrei Kostitsyn will be unavailable tonight after injuring himself in Game 1 while blocking a Zdeno Chara shot. He will be replaced by Yannick Weber, as the Habs dress seven defensemen and just 11 forwards.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 2: Carey Price, Brian Gionta Look To Stay Hot

In the first game of their Eastern Conference playoff series, the Boston Bruins didn't play poorly in their 2-0 loss. They out-shot their opponents 31-20, while goalie Tim Thomas had a solid game in net. However, their shots weren't always of a extremely high quality, and though Carey Price was flawless for th Montreal Canadiens, he wasn't made to do anything absolutely spectacular. They defended well for most of the game, but simple lapses in concentration allowed Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez to create two goals.

Thomas and Chara brought what they needed to bring in Game 1, but the talent around them needs to step up if Boston is going to keep the series tight. Simple fundamentals like keeping concentration and getting bodies towards the net were the Bruins' undoing in Game 1, not any inherent talent deficiencies or systemic flaws. Simple upgrades in the effort and concentration departments should be all the Bruins need to play winning hockey. For the Canadiens, there aren't any changes to make. They keep it simple, and they do simple well. 

For more information on this game, please visit our Bruins site, Stanley Cup of Chowder, and our Canadiens site, Habs Eyes On The Prize

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