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Final: Canadiens 2, Bruins 1

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  October 27, 2011 04:19 PM

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THIRD PERIOD

All done on Causeway. Habs win, 2-1.

Price freezes again with 7.5 seconds to go.

Price freezes puck with 19.1 seconds to go.

Horton, alone at top of crease with 3:23 to go, can't provide forehand lift to beat Price.

Bruins not showing any presence at the north end of the ice. 5:10 to go. Montreal, 2-1.

Just under 8:00 to go. Habs still with 2-1 lead.

10:46 -- Montreal, 2-1. Plekanec connects with sharp wrister from right circle after McQuaid blocks initial shot. Scoring play begins with McQuaid's pass being cut off.


Thornton stirs it up with big hit on Subban at 6:20 and yapping with Darche near the 7:00 mark. More fireworks to come.

If B's don't get a point or two out of this one, they'll have to point to their many failed power plays. Lack presence.

Habs played last night. Will they sag in the final 20:00 or 25:00?

SECOND PERIOD

All tied, 1-1, after 40:00. Technically not a great game, but as is often the case, spicied up by the rivalry -- and Marchand vs. Subban hate-a-thon.

17:55 -- Finally, Marchand and Subban go sweet science, dropping gloves as they leave penalty box. Much smaller Marchand holds own, after Subban falls to ice when trying to land first punch. Both get in a couple of good shots, but highlight is Subban repeatedly missing with wild rights, which Marchand cleverly ducks. Moe, Larry...the cheese! Bruins come out of it with two-minute power play.

15:53 -- Subban and Marchand again try to date. Both sent off again, this time delay of game. Linesemen won't allow them to engage. Might have to rent a hall in Southie.

14:23 -- Peverley stoned by Price at doorstep, after Bruins winger breaks in all alone from blue line.

13:47 -- Marchand and Subban tussle briefly in the Montreal end, each sent off for holding. Holding? Maybe aggravated hugging. Or dancing too closely. But holding?


10:27 -- Canadiens tie, 1-1. Cole makes tip in left faceoff circle on a quick swat by Spacek above the circle. Darche with key screen at left post. Boston's lead time stopped after 16:22. Only second time in seven games the Bruins have had lead.

8:13 -- Cole off for slashing, handing Boston its fifth PP chance.

8:10 -- Sensational Thomas save, left pad, on Cammalleri breakaway, triggered by Corvo's broken stick in the Montreal end. Preserves Boston's 1-0 lead.

Bruins fail to increase lead with the 52 seconds of power play time they have on backside of Pacioretty call.

5:40 -- Pacioretty hauls down Chara in Boston slot, negating final 1:08 of Montreal's 5-on-4 PP. Pacioretty just can't win when he's around Big Z.

4:48 -- Seidenberg off for slashing. Habs wtih 5-on-3 power play for 48 seconds.

3:35 -- Montreal's first PP chance when Campbell sent off for tripping Nokelainen. Thornton serves minor as Campbell needs to go to dressing room, for injury or equipment repair.

Ference back on Boston bench to start period.


FIRST PERIOD

First period is a wrap. Bruins with 1-0 lead on 10-6 shot advantage. Ference misses final 13:00 minutes of period, departing ice immediately after a scramble around the Boston net. On the NESN broadcast, it appeared that Eller's stick caught Ference in the face.

Bruins hosing Habs at faceoff dot, winning 10 of 16 drops, for 63 percent win factor. Begeron's goal came on one of his five wins (vs. two losses). The Bruins fired off 26 shots (including 10 blocks and 6 misfires) in the period, while the Habs mustered only 11 attempts.

16:37 -- Plekanec sent off for interference. Boston's third PP opportunity.

14:05 -- Boston, 1-0. Bergeron scores it off the draw vs. Plekanec. Puck sails from left wing faceoff dot and into net, ricocheting off inside of Price's right skate. Goalie caught napping. Zzzzzzzz.

14:04 -- Ex-Bruin Nokelainen to penalty box for interference. Second Boston chance on PP.

Just under 8:00 to go in scoreless first, still no sign of Ference returning from dressing room.

10:28 -- Thornton attempts to engage Blunden in fight, but Habs wingers wants no part of it. More pushing at shoving at whistle at 10:55. Hal Gill steps in, prevents any punches. Moments later, Gill booed when word comes over PA that he played his 1,000th career game last week. Hal hate. Something different. Kessel denied monopoly.

9:01 -- Marchand just misses with laser pass to Peverley at right post. Bruins need to bury those chances.

7:00 -- Ference leaves ice and heads to room. Does not appear to be an equipment issue.

2:49 -- Subban off for roughing. First Boston power play.

Tim Thomas led the Bruins out for warmups, and gets the start tonight. It's his seventh start in nine games.

Adam McQuaid, sidelined with concussion-like symptoms since taking a nasty fall in Carolina on Oct. 12, is on the ice for warmups as one of seven defensemen. He is likely to play, but Boston coach Claude Julien said he would make that decision following the pre-game skate.

''The probably of [McQuaid] playing,'' Julien said late in the morning, ''is probably very good.

Sure enough, McQuaid is in the lineup. Steve Kampfer gets the night off. Julien rolls him out in second pairing with Andrew Ference.
Following tonight's action, the Bruins will work out at the Garden this morning and then catch a flight later in the day for Montreal, where Saturday night they will face the Habs at the Bell Center.

Off to their worst start in 70 years, the Habs Wednesday night polished off the Flyers, 5-1, in Montreal. The goal scorers included Yannick Weber, Andrei Kostitsyn, Max Pacioretty (2), and Mike Cammalleri.

Defensive stalwart Hal Gill is on the backline for the Habs. Pal Hal, who began his NHL careeer with the Bruins in 1997, played his 1,000th career game last week.

Another ex-Bruin, Petteri Nokelaien, is playing his third game for the Habs after being acquired last week from Phoenix.

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