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Final: Canadiens, 5-1

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  December 4, 2009 08:02 PM

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Mike Cammalleri beat Tim Thomas three times in the second period. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

Tonight, we saw shades of 2007-08, where seemingly every regular-season game at the Bell Centre turned into a horror show for the Bruins.

"We were just terrible all over," Claude Julien said.

Mike Cammalleri recorded a hat trick, scoring three of Montreal's four second-period goals. Tim Thomas was pulled after 40 minutes, although he didn't get much help from his teammates.

* The Bruins failed to score on a two-minute two-man advantage in the second period. The Canadiens scored after killing the penalty. Then in the third, during another two-man advantage, the Bruins went on a six-on-three power play during a delayed high-sticking call on Tomas Plekanec. "Power play let us down," said Dennis Wideman.

* The Bruins missed with 19 shots. In contrast, the Canadiens only had seven missed shots.

STICK SALUTE: Carey Price. Stood tall when the Bruins were applying pressure in the first period.

SIN BIN: Every Bruin. One of the weakest efforts of the season.

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All done at the Bell Centre. Canadiens, 5-1.

11:40 (3). The goodbye chant from the Bell Centre faithful. About a period too late.

9:40 (3). Six-on-three PP for the Bruins and they fail to score.

8:37 (3). Another two-man advantage for the Bruins.

4:45 (3). Canadiens, 5-1. Vladimir Sobotka tips Matt Hunwick's point shot.

0:00 (3). Tuukka Rask replaces Tim Thomas.

Second intermission

After 40 minutes, Canadiens with a 5-0 lead. If the Bruins were off tomorrow, we'd be sure to see Tuukka Rask start the third. But if Rask is to play against Toronto, Tim Thomas might have to suck it up and finish the game.

* Yes, Tim Thomas probably should have covered up Matt Hunwick's clear. But it was an ill-advised pass by Hunwick that appeared to catch Thomas by surprise. Can't fault Thomas for this effort. Getting zero support from his teammates, and it's his numbers that will suffer.

* Don't think Derek Morris has been as good lately as he was early in the season. Bad turnover by Morris leading up to Cammalleri's third goal.

* Not much in terms of puck possession for the Bruins.

17:29 (2). Canadiens, 5-0. Mike Cammalleri with the hat trick. Derek Morris coughs up the puck in the D-zone to trigger the Montreal attack. Rotten night all around for the Bruins.

16:07 (2). Canadiens, 4-0. Glen Metropolit deflects Hal Gill's point floater.

13:33 (2). Canadiens, 3-0. Tim Thomas can't cover a sloppy clear by Matt Hunwick. Mike Cammalleri jumps on the loose puck and beats Thomas. Not looking like the Bruins' night.

10:20 (2). Tim Thomas covers a dump-in. Bruins have to settle down in their own zone. Lots of chances for the Canadiens.

8:10 (2). Canadiens, 2-0. Nobody picks up Mike Cammalleri, the third man high. Killer goal for the Bruins to give up after failing to score on the power play.

7:34 (2). Canadiens kill off the five-on-three PP. Too many point shots by the Bruins.

5:34 (2). Stupid penalty by Maxim Lapierre. The agitator pops Marc Savard in the chest well after the whistle.

4:14 (2). Carey Price continues to shine. First a save on Dennis Wideman in close, then a stop of Andrew Ference's point shot.

3:18 (2). Grade-A scoring chance for Shawn Thornton in front after a Steve Begin feed. Carey Price stuffs Thornton.

2:04 (2). Matt Hunwick loses an edge and allows Max Pacioretty to get a good shot on goal that Tim Thomas turns aside.

First intermission

After 20 minutes, Canadiens with a 1-0 lead.

* Carey Price is looking sharp so far. Price is moving well but staying composed in his crease. As usual, Price is playing the puck well.

* Unlike Wednesday against Tampa Bay, Vladimir Sobotka seems to have his legs tonight.

* Montreal's forecheck is giving Mark Stuart and Matt Hunwick trouble breaking out of their own zone.

16:55 (1). Tim Thomas stops a shorthanded attempt by Josh Gorges, who was the third man high.

15:10 (1). First PP coming up for the Bruins. Interference on Ryan O'Byrne.

9:50 (1). Carey Price stands tall to stop Byron Bitz. Clever feed from Marc Savard.

8:30 (1). Canadiens, 1-0. Jaroslav Spacek takes a pass from Scott Gomez and one-times a point shot past Tim Thomas. Max Pacioretty in front setting the screen.

7:14 (1). Carey Price stones Marco Sturm with a left-pad save. Nice play by Steve Begin to spring Sturm.

6:26 (1). Lots of boos for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who's on the scoreboard praising the Canadiens for their anniversary.

6:26 (1). Offensive-zone hooking call on David Krejci.

5:00 (1). Bruins matching Zdeno Chara against Mike Cammalleri, Tomas Plekanec, and Andrei Kostitsyn.

0:00 (1). Georges Laraque is back in the lineup tonight after serving his five-game suspension for kneeing Niklas Kronwall.

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