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Final: Canadiens 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  January 8, 2011 06:54 PM

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MONTREAL -- The Bruins, up 2-0 in the third period tonight at the Bell Centre, saw the Canadiens scored two late goals to tie the game.

Scott Gomez scored Montreal's first goal at 17:38 of the third. Gomez's shot deflected off Andrew Ference, then appeared to hit traffic once again before sliding past Tim Thomas. With 47.7 seconds remaining, James Wisniewski's point shot hit off Brian Gionta's left skate and squirted into the net.

At 3:43 of overtime, Max Pacioretty ripped a shot over Thomas to give the Canadiens a 3-2 OT win.

"I thought we played a really good game until we took that bad penalty in the third," said coach Claude Julien. "We gave up a bad goal, and from there on in, we took another bad penalty in overtime. We shot ourselves in the foot. Those are individual mistakes and things that end up costing you. This is where we've got to get better. It's not acceptable that you play so well all night, then those kinds of things come back to cost you a hockey game."

The Canadiens had a goal waved off in the third. Mathieu Darche believed he had scored Montreal's first goal after he batted in the rebound of a James Wisniewski shot. But referee Kevin Pollock ruled that Darche had hit the puck with a high stick. Video review confirmed Pollock's call.

Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the second with his first of two goals. Brad Marchand got the puck to Blake Wheeler on the left wing. As Bergeron drove to the net, Wheeler wasted little time getting the puck off his stick and onto the blade of his center. With Carey Price leaning the wrong way, Bergeron had an easy tap-in at 4:18.

Bergeron doubled the Bruins' lead at 12:27 of the second. As Mark Recchi battled Alexandre Picard in front of Price, Zdeno Chara wound up one of his signature slappers. The puck never got through, but as Picard battled with Recchi, Bergeron flew in and beat Price with a close-range shot to give the Bruins a 2-0 edge.

Tempers flared between Marchand and Scott Gomez halfway through the second. Gomez didn't like how Marchand drove him into the end boards. Gomez retaliated with a slash on Marchand's right foot. No penalties were called.

Neither team scored in the first period, although both goalies had to make sharp saves. At 9:44, Price squared himself up to Brad Marchand to stuff the winger's close-range bid. Then at 12:57, after Michael Ryder dropped a pass to Steven Kampfer, Price flashed his glove to snatch the defenseman's fast-moving shot.

At 18:47, following a pileup in front of Thomas, Adam McQuaid squared off with Travis Moen. McQuaid landed a series of left jabs while grabbing Moen's jersey. With neither man going down and fatigue setting in, the linesmen busted up the scrap.

3:43 OT: Canadiens 3-2
Max Pacioretty ends it with a top shelf shot.

1:25 OT: 2-2
Timeout Bruins. Good movement by Montreal during the four-on-three.

0:10 OT: 2-2
Blake Wheeler off for hooking James Wisniewski. Lazy penalty.

20:00 3d period: 2-2
OT. Both teams get one point. Canadiens really brought the heat late.

19:12 3d period: 2-2
James Wisniewski's shot from the point bounces off Brian Gionta's left skate and in. Under review but no distinct kicking motion.

18:54 3d period: Bruins 2-1
Zdeno Chara's floater goes just wide right of the empty net. Timeout.

17:38 3d period: Bruins 2-1
PPG for the Canadiens. Scott Gomez sends a puck that appears to deflect off Andrew Ference.

16:32 3d period: Bruins 2-0
Michael Ryder off for tripping. Penalty on the Bruins was inevitable. Just a matter of time.

7:57 3d period: Bruins 2-0
No goal, says referee Kevin Pollock. Video confirms Mathieu Darche hits the puck in with a high stick.

7:57 3d period: Bruins 2-0
No goal is call on ice. High stick by Mathieu Darche off James Wisniewski's rebound. Video review taking place.

5:26 3d period: Bruins 2-0
Tim Thomas covers up on Mathieu Darche. Benoit Pouliot looked like he got hooked on way in.

2:35 3d period: Bruins 2-0
Jeff Halpern rides Johnny Boychuk feet first into the wall. This time it's the left foot. Rough game for Boychuk.

0:23 3d period: Bruins 2-0
Johnny Boychuk on the ice. Looks OK.

20:00 2d period: Bruins 2-0
Excellent defensive work by the Bruins through 40 minutes. Not many good scoring chances for the Habs. That should change in the third as they bring the heat.

15:30 2d period: Bruins 2-0
Johnny Boychuk very slow getting back to the bench. Heavy limp en route. Looks like he hurt his right foot.

12:27 2d period: Bruins 2-0
Patrice Bergeron pots his second. Bergeron scoops up a loose puck after Zdeno Chara's shot hits Alexandre Picard in front. Strong work by Mark Recchi to muck and grind in front.

9:20 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Fireworks between Brad Marchand and Scott Gomez. Gomez doesn't like Marchand's check and retaliates with some stickwork. No penalties.

4:18 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Patrice Bergeron beats Carey Price. Slick, slick dish by Blake Wheeler to find Bergeron driving to the net for the easy tap-in. No chance for Price.

3:18 2d period: 0-0
Surprise, surprise -- nothing on the PP.

1:18 2d period: 0-0
Tomas Plekanec nabbed again, this time for slashing. Bruins can't repeat their first-period PP.

0:29 2d period: 0-0
Patrice Bergeron gets all iron with his wrist shot. Pings off the right post.

20:00 1st period: 0-0
Even first period. Decent pace. Bruins not taking advantage of Montreal's young defense.

18:47 1st period: 0-0
Adam McQuaid vs. Travis Moen. Fight triggered after a pileup in front of Tim Thomas. McQuaid with a bunch of left jabs while grabbing Moen's shirt. Both fighters tire and linesmen break it up. Slight edge to McQuaid.

16:05 1st period: 0-0
Tim Thomas slides from right to left to get in front of a Mike Cammalleri one-timer. Both goalies on their games.

12:57 1st period: 0-0
Another good save by Carey Price. This time on Steven Kampfer's shot after Michael Ryder's drop pass.

9:44 1st period: 0-0
Sharpest stop so far by Carey Price. Squared up to stuff Brad Marchand at close distance.

7:03 1st period: 0-0
Nothing on the PP. Hardly any clean entries.

5:03 1st period: 0-0
Hook on Tomas Plekanec. First PP of the night. Bruins 0 for 10 in last four games.

0:00 1st period: 0-0
Nathan Horton is out because of an undisclosed injury. Daniel Paille is in after being a healthy scratch for the last two games.

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