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Bruins, Boston Take Out Frustration on Canadiens

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Don't piss off anger Boston.

Or this will happen.

The world found that out last April.

The Canadiens, a handful of haters on Twitter, and those who extrapolated that vile behavior onto 10 million Bruins fans learned that lesson again in excruciating fashion Saturday, as the Bruins shipped up to Montreal with a 5-3 victory.

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Montreal frustrated Boston in Game 1, winning in double-overtime 4-3 after surviving 51 shots from Boston. The Habs held a 3-1 lead in the third period and appeared headed for an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the series. [Sorry, but this isn't 2011 yet.]

Turns out, the Bruins had them just where they wanted them. Once again, "3-1" proved to be the most dangerous lead in hockey.

The Canadien "CH" turned out to mean "choke" - at least in English. Boston scored four goals in a wondrous 7:58 stretch that not only won this game, but allowed Boston and all its "racist" fans to savor whatever counts for momentum tied 1-1 in a seven-game series.

The Boston sports world spent 24 hours dealing with and reeling from a series of spiteful morons dwelling in the cesspool of social media. That word, the world breathlessly reported, was trending in Boston.

Of course, it wasn't. That lie was perpetuated by a "journalist" in Montreal and given "legs" when it was reposted by one of the city's well-known soccer players.

You know, this is Boston. A firestorm that began as an indictment of a region, a team, and its fans quickly descended into another lesson about how what passes for journalism by many in 2014 continues to find new and exciting ways to embarrass itself.

The Bruins, quite nobly, made sure the world knew where they stood, as did the 99.99 percent of Bruins fans and humanity who found the sentiments expressed about P.K. Subban despicable.

When this game began, mercifully enough in the early afternoon, the Bruins came out super-charged. Boston dominated the affair throughout the first period but was left frustrated by Carey Price after too many fruitless scoring opportunities.

The Bruins nearly collapsed in the second period. Foolish penalties, an inability to clear the puck out of the zone, both during the power play and regulation, and skillful shooting left the Canadiens up 2-1.

There was enough left on the ice to give Bruins fans and those who chronicle the team plenty of reason for pause until Game 3 on Tuesday. Thomas Vanek decided to participate in the series on Saturday, reminding the Bruins of what they missed out on at the trade deadline. The sports hate he was generating while the Bruins trailed 3-1, rest assured, had nothing to do with his Austrian heritage.

Boston's foolishness almost proved fatal. The dumbest of the dumb this day was Andrej Meszaros, who took the bait and decided to smother Tomas Plekanec and absorb a roughing penalty. That opened the door for Vanek's first goal and a 2-1 Canadiens lead. Vanek put Montreal up 3-1 6:30 into the third on another power play courtesy of Doug Hamilton's interference. Nothing questionable about that call.

There is little question that the Canadian National Diving team will be on full display starting in Game 3 back at the Bell Centre.

But it was when the Bruins were all but extinct is when Boston played its best hockey of the year, at least given the timing, thus far. The Bruins clawed back thanks to goals by Dougie Hamilton, Patrice Bergeron, and Reilly Smith.

"We didn't play a full 60 today," Subban said. "We played 50 minutes, we didn't play 60."

He spoke far more eloquently when talking about what happened after Thursday's victory.

No matter what a handful of Twit-Idiots say, Subban would look nice in a Bruins uniform someday down the line [his contract is up after this season], along with his brother Malcolm, who will someday be the Bruins' starting goalie.

When it was over, it was just plain "Bruins" that was trending on Twitter.

[As you can see with "Riley Smith" spelling doesn't count for much on Twitter. Often, neither do facts.]

Bergeron's goal proved to be the "game-winner" even though it just tied things at 3-3. It was an angled shot from the point that rolled up and past Price, forever crushing whatever metaphorical and psychological wall had been constructed in front of Montreal's goal.

The Bruins found leadership and words of wisdom and inspiration from an all-too-likely source. Shawn Thornton came off the ice in the third period in Boston's darkest hour and told his teammates, "All we need is one every five minutes."

It was Thornton's version of the "King's Speech" delivered by David Ortiz in Game 4 against St. Louis. While Thornton's role on the ice may have diminished this season, his status as de facto leader in the foxhole remains unchallenged.

The Shawn Thornton Inspirational Hour came after he lumbered to the bench after being victimized by a turtling Subban, who went down and low as Thornton was about to levy a clean and legit hit along the boards. The ever-coy Thornton labeled his ailment as a "full-body" injury during his post-game appearance on CSNNE. Thornton served a bench minor for Boston, as well, that was precipitated thanks to some colorful language from coach Claude Julien.

"He's definitely a warrior," Bergeron said after the game.

A hockey warrior, for sure, on a team full of hockey warriors.

And beloved by a wonderful city and region.

No matter what you may have read on Twitter.

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