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Final: Bruins 7, Canadiens 0

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  March 24, 2011 07:10 PM

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Final: Bruins 7, Canadients 0

The Bruins came out fast, erupting for three first-period goals, and finished even faster, scoring four goals in the third-period to administer an epic beatdown of their hated archrivals, 7-0, before a TD Garden sellout crowd of 17,565.

Nathan Horton, who scored two goals, sparked the third-period frenzy at 4:03 and 26 seconds later Adam McQuaid followed with a blue-line blast that knocked Montreal goaltender Casey Price out of the game. Alex Auld, Price's replacement, hardly fared any better, giving up a pair of goals to Thomas Kaberle (11:27) and a shorthanded unassisted tally by Gregory Campbell (13:35).

Tim Thomas improved to 31-10-8 after making 23 saves and recording his eighth shutout of the season and 25th of his career.

Third period

4:29, Third period, Bruins 5, Canadiens 0

Twenty-six seconds after Horton made it 4-0, Adam McQuaid knocked Montreal goaltender Casey Price out of the game when he tallied a blue-line blast that beat Price five-hole for a 5-0 lead. It was McQuaid's third goal of the season and fourth of his career. The Canadiens responded by sending Alex Auld into the game for Price to stop the hemorraghing.

4:03, Third period, Bruins 4, Canadiens 0

Twenty-eight seconds after killing off a Chris Kelly tripping minor, Nathan Horton tallies his second goal of the night on a pretty feed from David Krejci. It's Horton's 22d goal of the season.

Second period

End of second period, Bruins 3, Canadiens 0

Gregory Campbell and Paul Mara threw down with 16.5 seconds left before the end of the period after Campbell took umbrage for the cheap shot Mara took at Brad Marchand on a shift change. No major shots were landed as both exchanged glancing blows. Bruins retain a 3-0 lead, but it should have been 8-0 given the numerous power play chances they failed to capitalize on. Shots on goal: Boston 29, Montreal 15.

12:43, Second period, Bruins 3, Canadiens 0

After failing to convert several chances on the power play, the Bruins gain another man advantage opportunity (5 on 4) when Mark Recchi is sent off for cross-checking, but Montreal's Paul Mara is hit with a double-minor for roughing. Mara joins Mathieu Darche in the penalty box.

10:40, Second period, Bruins 3, Canadiens 0

B's go on power play for the fourth time in the game when Montreal's Scott Gomez is sent off for high-sticking.

6:19, Second period, Bruins 3, Canadiens 0

After going the first 6:18 of the second without a shot on goal, Benoit Pouliot finally pulled the trigger for the Habs, but had his backhand flip snatched away by Tim Thomas's glove.Thomas has now made 14 saves in a 30-minute stretch of scoreless hockey.

6:02, Second period, Bruins 3, Canadiens 0

In control of a 3-0 lead, the Bruins are clearly carrying the game to the Canadiens.The B's have had several Grade-A scoring chances this period, but were not rewarded. Shots on goal: Boston 20, Montreal 9.

First period

End of first period, Bruins 3, Canadiens 0

Wonder if anyone has dared call 911 to report the criminal assault and battery that was prepetrated by the Bruins on a hapless Canadiens in the first period, taking a 3-0 lead on goals by Johnny Boychuk (1:01), Gregory Campbell (13:43) and a power-play tally by Nathan Horton (17:28). NHL Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Ray Bourque are in the house doing a NESN interview with Mike Milbury and Kathryn Tappen. Shots on goal: Boston 18, Montreal 9.

17:28, First period, Bruins 3, Canadiens 0

What a beating! Nathan Horton scores a pretty power-play goal, potting a rebound of Milan Lucic's hard shot from the right wing to give the Bruins a whopping 3-0 lead. It was Horton's 21st goal of the season. Krejci was credited with an assist, giving him two for the night and 46 for the season.

13:43, First period, Bruins 2, Canadiens 0

Gregory Campbell tallied his 11th goal of the season when he poked a Zdeno Chara blue-line blast through the padding of Montreal goaltender Carey Price. Chara and Boychuk, were both credited with assists giving each player two points for the night. During a timeout, P.J. Axelsson was spotted seated in the crowd and was treated to a rousing ovation.

10:17, First period, Bruins 1, Canadiens 0

Chara, the object of Montreal's scorn, got a rise out of the Garden crowd when he shoved Travis Moen behind the net. Evidently, Moen had invaded Big Z's space and he took it none too lightly. No punches traded. During the timeout, NESN play-by-play man Jack Edwards was recognized on the big board on the occasion of his 54th (no kidding) birthday. Happy Birthday, Jack.

6:05, First period, Bruins 1, Canadiens 0

B's go on the power play when Roman Hamrlik is sent off with 13 seconds remaining in Montreal's first man advantage of the night for holding Boston's Chris Kelly on his short-handed rush on net.

4:18, First period, Bruins 1, Canadiens 0

Dennis Seidenberg is sent off for tripping, giving Montreal its first power play opportunity of the night. Tim Thomas, in goal for the Bruins, makes a pair of outstanding saves on shots by Michael Cammalleri and Mathieu Darche.

1:01, First period, Bruins 1, Canadiens 0

Johnny Boychuk gives the B's a 1-0 lead when he tallies his second goal of the season off a long rebound of a Zdeno Chara blue-line blast. Chara and David Krejci were credited with assists. It came on Boston's second shot on goal, which was one more than the B's had in the first 10 minutes of Tuesday night's 4-1 home win over the Devils.

Start of game

We're underway at the Garden. Puck dropped without incident.

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