The Boston Bruins will try to make it two in a row against the Canadiens as the series shifts to the Bell Centre in Montreal for Game 3. Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily
The Boston Bruins have made their way to the Bell Centre in Montreal for tonight’s Game 3 versus the Canadiens. It looked as if the Black and Gold would be down 0-2 heading into a hostile environment, but four unanswered goals in the third period of Game 2, helped the B’s even the series at one game apiece.
It seems as if the B's are a confident group heading into enemy territory. The team will look to make it two in a row against the Canadiens, but must keep their composure, stay out of the penalty box and set the tone early, silencing the crowd.
The Bruins split the two games at the Bell Centre this season - most recently beating the Canadiens 4-1 on a 36-save performance by Tuukka Rask.
Series details: Tied 1-1
Game 3 puck drop: 7 pm
Networks: NBCSN, CBC, RDS, 98.5 The Sports Hub
Location: Bell Centre
Bruins’ projected lines:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller
Canadiens’ projected lines:
Max Pacioretty-David Desharnais-Vanek
Rene Bourque-Lars Eller-Brian Gionta
Danny Briere-Tomas Plekanec-Brendan Gallagher
Michael Bournival-Ryan White-Dale Weise
Josh Gorges-P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov-Alexei Emelin
Douglas Murray-Mike Weaver
Morning Skate Update:
Dennis Seidenberg was the first Bruin to step foot on the ice this morning, but continues to work in a green, no-contact jersey. He was joined by Matt Bartkowski who may be a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
Chris Kelly is still not skating since his injury he suffered towards the end of the regular season. Thirteen forwards and nine defensemen were accounted for while Jordan Caron was taking repetitions on the fourth-line along with Justin Florek.
The Canadiens had an optional skate this morning. Rene Bourque was out there testing out his injury and will play tonight according to John Bartlett of TSN.
Who to watch for in Game 5: Brad Marchand and Carey Price
Brad Marchand struggled significantly during the early part of the postseason. He Missed two wide open nets against the Detroit Red Wings and struggled through the first seven periods against the Canadiens. But Marchand might have turned a corner after contributing two game-changing assists in the B's third period comeback in Game 2.
Marchand hasn't lit the lamp yet, but he does have four assists in seven games while sporting a plus-3. His three 20-goal seasons with the B’s aren’t a fluke. He will bust out of this scoring draught sooner or later and tonight may be the night.
Carey Price stood on his head in Game 1, but the Bruins seem to be getting to him as of late scoring seven goals in two games against the Montreal net minder. Price deemed the Bruins “got lucky” in Game 2.
We will see how Price will play in front of the Bell Centre crowd. Price turned in a 22-11-4 record in 37 home starts this season with a 2.05 goals against average.
Gameday Edge: Special Teams
While the Bruins dominated the special teams’ battle against the Detroit Red Wings, the Canadiens are giving the Black and Gold a taste of their own medicine.
It seems as if the B’s cannot stay out of the penalty box through the first two games of the series and the Canadiens are taking full advantage of the B’s miscues. The penalty-kill is not the unit we saw during the Red Wings series, but we know adjustments will be made.
One main reason is the play of P.K. Subban who scored two power-play goals in Game 1 including the game-winner. It looked as if the B’s were giving Subban too much room as he walked a tight rope along the blue line on the man advantage. That must change.
When playing five-on-five, the Bruins are outright the better team. Discipline is another major factor in the outcome of Game 3 at the Bell Centre.
The power-play goals for the Bruins will come. The Black and Gold have hit numerous posts and a couple of cross bars, but Price thinks the B's have been lucky? If the man advantage can get back to what it was during the Red Wings series, the Canadiens may be in for a long few days at the Bell Centre. The only problem is, the B's need to draw a penalty against the Canadiens, but that's been a tough thing to do.
Relive postgame reaction from Game 2