Saturday, April 16, 2011

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - Game Two

Boston Bruins center David Krejci said before the game that tonight's game against the Canadiens was a game that they had to win and a game that they will win. Must be the newly grown beard that he is growing that triggered this confidence....but he was right.

If the Bruins fell to Montreal tonight, they would be in a huge hole as they will fall behind two games to none heading back to Montreal (a place where they did not win a game this season). Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was a scratch from the game because he did not receive medical clearance after being hospitalized last night due to dehydration. Shane Hnidy took his place in the line up.

Montreal began the game the same way they started game one: scoring an opportunistic goal. Mike Cammalleri scored his first postseason goal after skating up the weak side and putting in a rebound off of a shot by James Wisniewski. Later in the period, Mathieu Darche added to Montreal's lead by scoring a power play goal.

Here we go again. The Bruins had to fight from behind yet again. Patrice Bergeron gave the TD Garden crowd something to cheer for when he scored Boston's first postseason goal. Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand had the assists. The energy that was generated from that goal was short lived when Yannick Weber gave Montreal another two goal lead. Montreal sat on the puck by playing solid defense to close out another game. Montreal won tonight's game by a score of 3-1.

Gold Star: Patrice Bergeron (1 goal, 6 shots on goal, 14 face-offs won)

Black Star: Milan Lucic...supposedly Lucic plays his best hockey in big games. Well, he did not do that tonight. He could not find the puck. Even when head coach Claude Julien switched up the lines to throw off the Canadiens, Lucic still could not get involved in the play.

Game three will be Monday night at the Belle Centre in Montreal. Will we see Zdeno Chara return to the line up? Will we see Tyler Seguin make his playoff debut? Will the Bruins win? Will Jack Edwards have a heart attack before this season is over? All valid questions believe it or not.

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