BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins cannot get the puck past Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 14, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Bruins Vs. Canadiens, Game 6: Brian Gionta Forces Game 7 With Game Winner

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens, Game 6: Montreal Forces Game 7 With 2-1 Victory

The Montreal Canadiens have won their first home game of their series, 2-1, against the Boston Bruins to force a Game 7 on Wednesday night. 

The Canadiens thought they had started the game off on the right note with a Brian Gionta goal, but it was waived off after referee Kevin Pollock lost sight of the puck from across the rink and blew the play dead. Shortly after he blew the whistle, Gionta got the puck and scored what would have been an easy goal. This infuriated the Bell Centre patrons who started pelting the ice with anything they could get their hands on which caused a few minute delay in the game. 

After the rink was cleaned up, the Canadiens actually ended up taking the lead at the 10:07 mark of the first period. Michael Cammalleri scored a on five on three powerplay for Montreal from above the left faceoff dot in the offensive zone. The Bruins penalties came from a too many men bench minor and then three seconds later, Dennis Seidenberg slashed a Canadiens player's stick in two coming off the faceoff. 

The Bruins started the scoring in the second period rather quickly. The aforementioned Seidenberg was able to beat Carey Price for the lone goal of the game within the first minute of the second period. The assists on the goal came from Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley

The Canadiens answered the tying goal with another five on three powerplay goal of their own. Brian Gionta reclaimed the goal that was taken away from him in the first period. Gionta gathered a rebound off of a Scott Gomez shot in front of the net and just put the puck past goaltender Tim Thomas

The Bruins outshot the Canadiens 32-27 in the game, but Montreal goaltender Carey Price looked fantastic throughout the game making 31 saves in the win. Boston's Tim Thomas made 25 saves in the losing effort. 

Game 7 will be at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday night. For more information on this game, please visit our Canadiens site, Habs Eyes On The Prize, and our Bruins site, Stanley Cup Of Chowder. For more information on this series, check out our series page.  

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens, Game 6: Brian Gionta Keeps Montreal Up 2-1 After Second

After being down 1-0 after the first period, the Bruins started the game on a quick note as Dennis Seidenberg evened the game within the first minute of the second for the Bruins. Assists on the goal came from Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. 

Milan Lucic was given the gate in the second as he drilled Montreal's Jaroslav Spacek into the boards early in the second. Lucic was given a five minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct. Spacek returned to the game after it being helped off the ice. Here is the video of the hit:

Brian Gionta gives the Canadiens the lead again at the 5:48 mark of the period on another five on three powerplay. The five on three came from the Lucic major and Patrice Bergeron delay of game penalty that came 16 seconds later. The assists on the goal came from Scott Gomez and Mike Cammalleri, his second point of the night. 

The Bruins outshot the Canadiens 11-10 in the second period and shots are now even at 21 each through two periods. The Canadiens need to hold on for this period to force a Game 7 in Boston tomorrow night. 

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens Game 6: Mike Cammalleri Gives Montreal 1-0 Lead After First

The Montreal Canadiens are looking to force a Game 7 with their first home win of the series. A 1-0 lead after the first period seems to be the right way to start. 

Brian Gionta seemed to have given the Canadiens an early 1-0 lead after beating an out of position Tim Thomas but the play was blown dead by referee Kevin Pollock after he lost sight of the puck and thought that Thomas had frozen the puck. The Bell Centre crowd was livid and started throwing things on the ice in their disgust which caused a delay in the game. 

The real Canadiens lead came at the ten minute mark of the period on a five on three powerplay for the Canadiens. Mike Cammalleri scored his third goal of the series while P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec each registered an assist on the goal. The Bruins gave up two penalties within three seconds of each other to give the Canadiens the five on three advantage. The first penalty came as a bench minor for too many men and then off the draw Dennis Seidenberg slashed a Canadien stick in two. 

The Canadiens finished the period outshooting the Bruins 11-10. The Canadiens are also 1 for 2 on the powerplay while the Bruins haven't had a chance on the man advantage yet. 

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens, Game 6: Carey Price, Habs Look To Live Another Day

While two Game 7's play out in the NHL on Tuesday night, the Boston Bruins are hoping to win their fourth straight game and avoid one of their own as they return to Montreal for Game 6 against the hated Canadiens.

The Bruins, if you remember, were down 0-2 in this series to the Habs, but after sweeping Games 3 and 4 at Bell Centre, Nathan Horton's overtime winner at TD Garden in Game 5 pushed Montreal to the brink. Panic in Boston has turned back to excitement, especially with the prospect of not even needing a full seven games to end this thing.

We all know the Habs won't be going down easily though, as this is the same team that upset their way to the Eastern Conference Finals a season ago. It's likely to be another goaltender battle in Game 6, and because of that, every little mistake will be magnified.

Failed clears, missed coverage, momentary lapses in judgment could be the difference between a Game 7 and the end of the season for the Canadiens. They'll need Carey Price, who made 49 saves on 51 shots in Game 5, to be incredible again. He'll also have to outduel Tim Thomas, who earned the victory in Game 5 mostly on his own, stopping 44 of 45 shots.

The Bruins attack has been easily neutered thanks to their atrocious power play. It's yet to score a goal in the series, and when that happens against a goalie like Price, it's going to be tough to put many pucks in the net. Of course, P.K. Subban playing 40 (!) minutes of hockey on the Habs blue line makes things tough too.  

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