MONTREAL, QC - APRIL 18: Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens looks away while the Boston Bruins celebrate their second goal of the game in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre on April 18, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 3: Montreal Tries To Mount Comeback But Boston Wins, 4-2

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 3: Montreal Tries To Mount Comeback But Boston Wins 4-2

The Montreal Canadiens tried to mount a comeback in the second and third periods, but the Bruins early three goal lead was too much to overcome for the Habs as the Bruins take their first game of the season 4-2. 

The Boston Bruins got off to an early lead with a David Krejci goal 3:11 into the first period. Patrice Bergeron fed Krejci with a good pass on a 2 on 1 breakaway and Krejci found the back of the net. The goal was the first lead the Bruins had in the series. Nathan Horton scored later in the first period as he banked the puck off goaltender Carey Price and into the net. The Bruins finished the period with the two goal lead. 

The Bruins got the second period started off well with a Rich Peverley goal two minutes into the period. His goal was assisted by Mark Recchi. The Canadiens offense woke up in the middle of the second period as Andrei Kostitsyn got the Canadiens on the scoreboard at the seven minute mark of the second period. The Canadiens outshot the Bruins 13-10 in the second period, but only found the one goal. 

The Canadiens narrowed the gap to one goal at the four minute mark of the third period with a Tomas Plekanic goal. That would be the only goal the Canadiens could muster through the game as the Bruins sealed the deal with a Chris Kelly empty net goal at the end of the game. 

The Canadiens ended up outshooting the Bruins 36-25 in the game but Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas played well and made 34 saves in the win. Montreal's Carey Price had 22 saves in the loss. 

The Canadiens and Bruins will meet again for Game 4 on Thursday night. For more information on this game, please check out our Canadiens site, Habs Eyes on the Prize, and our Bruins site, Stanley Cup of Chowder. For more on this series, check out our coverage here at SBnation.com

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 3: Boston Still Leads By Two After Teams Exchange Goals In Second

The Boston Bruins are still leading by two goals at the end of two periods as each teams scored one goal in the second period. Boston's Rich Peverley put the Bruins up 3-0 at the 2:02 mark of the second period while Montreal's Andrei Kostitsyn scored the first goal for the Canadiens of the game. 

Peverley scored early in the period as the Canadiens were coming off another powerplay. The only assist on the goal was recorded by Mark Recchi, Kostitsyn's goal came five minutes later to give the Canadiens a breath of hope. The assists on that goal were from Mike Cammalleri and Roman Hamrlik. 

The Canadiens outshot the Bruins 13-10 in the second period and are now outshooting the Bruins 21-19 overall in the game. Boston's Tim Thomas has 20 saves on the night while Montreal's Carey Price has 16 thus far. 

The Bruins will most likely start to lock down their game and limit the Canadiens' chances in the third period. 

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins Game 3: Boston Gets First Lead Of Series From Krejci And Horton

In the first two games of the Canadiens and Bruins series, Montreal jumped out to an early lead in both games. The Bruins returned the favor on the road as David Krejci gave the Bruins their first lead of the series at the 3:11 mark and Nathan Horton scored his first career playoff goal at 14:38 into the period. 

Krejci scored the first Bruins goal from a 2 on 1 breakaway along with Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron feathered a pass across the offensive zone to Krejci and Krejci one-timed the goal in the net. Dennis Seidenberg recorded the other assist on the goal.

Horton's goal was a bank shot off goaltender Carey Price and just barely crossed the red line to count for a goal. Assists on the goal came from Zdeno Chara and Andrew McQuaid. Both of the Bruins goals came within a minute of the Bruins returning from the penalty kill. 

The Bruins are outshooting the Canadiens 9-8 in the first period. Montreal's Carey Price has seven saves in the game while Boston's Tim Thomas has the eight save shutout in the first. 

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Zdeno Chara Likely To Play Game 3 Vs. Canadiens; Andrei Kostitsyn Likely Back, Too

If one thing was evident in the Boston Bruins Game 2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, it was that Shane Hnidy is not Zdeno Chara. But, well, you knew that already anyway. Chara's absence loomed large in the Bruins big loss in that game, but despite weird dehydration issues, it looks like he'll be back for Game 3 as the series shifts to Bell Centre.

Chara skated with the Bruins during the morning skate, and according to reporters in Montreal, coach Claude Julien called him a game-time decision. Via NHL.com:

Chara did not speak to the media after taking part in the entire skate, leading his teammates in the post-practice stretch, but Bruins coach Claude Julien suggested the chances his captain will play Monday night are strong.

"As of right now he's looking good," Julien said. "But I can't stand here and say he's definitely in."    

It's a must-win game for the Bruins. You don't really think he's sitting out, do you?

Meanwhile, one of Chara's many, many victims is also set to return to the lineup for Game 3. Andrei Kostitsyn took a Chara blast to the foot in Game 1 and missed Game 2 as a result. He also skated with the team on Monday morning and is listed as a game-time decision for Game 3. 

For more, get up to speed with our blogs: Habs Eyes On The Prize covering the Canadiens, Stanley Cup of Chowder covering the Bruins. You can find full SBNation.com series coverage here.     

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