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Frenzied TD Garden Crowd Will Need to Dominate in Third Period

Through the first period of Game 7, with the Canadiens leading 1-0, the Bruins did little to pump up the TD Garden crowd as the home team headed to the locker room with a deficit.

The beginnings of the second period were better, with the Bruins getting the first six shots on net in the frame, including a couple great chances that Carey Price stood on his head to rob.

All the energy got sucked out of the building halfway through the period, however, when a turnover by Patrice Bergeron in the Bruins’ zone left Max Pacioretty wide open to get a pass from David Desharnais and slam it past Rask to make it 2-0.

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The crowd finally got back into it with just under 4:00 left in the second, as Pacioretty was called for holding the stick of Dougie Hamilton.

Just when it looked like it was going to be another failed opportunity, Torey Krug unleashed a shot that Jarome Iginla tipped past Price to put the Bruins on the board and send the crowd into a frenzy.

The deafening continues for a couple minutes, even after the puck was dropped to start play. It was hard to hear the goal announcement, Iginla from Krug and David Krejci, due to the noise.

The crowd was silenced, however, as a penalty on Krejci killed the Garden buzz with 45 seconds to play in the period.

One factor in throwing the Bruins off their game in Montreal was the vibe of the Canadien fans, who surely contributed to the Bruins failing to get into a rhythm in most of their time up north.

If the second period score stands, then this is the last time that the Garden Faithful will be seeing their team until September, so it will be critical for the arena to be as play-altering as possible over the last 20 minutes in hopes of willing this Bruins team to more games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.