MONTREAL — It never really felt like the Bruins were in this one.
Bruins nemesis P.K. Subban led the charge on offense and Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was on top of his game, while Tuukka Rask was not, in the 4-2 Montreal win.
For the Bruins, the offense never got going and they didn’t help themselves with a few key defensive lapses in the first two periods.
The Canadiens scored first at 9:03 in period one when Subban dropped a pass to Tomas Vanek who set up Tomas Plekanec for the score.
Subban was then involved in what looked like a nasty run at Reilly Smith midway through the first. Smith avoided being decked, but Subban picked up the roughing call. The Bruins had a pathetic power play and added insult to injury when Subban rushed out of the penalty box and was all alone skating towards the Bruins blue line when Lars Eller made the heads up pass and Subban faked Tuukka Rask right out of his skates for the easy goal. Subban’s third goal of the playoffs. You’ll be seeing that one over, and over, and over again with Subban scoring just six seconds after getting out of the box.
The Bruins got on the board and had more scoring chances in the second period but still find themselves two goals down with 20 minutes to play as Price was stopping everything the B’s fired his way.
Patrice Bergeron got the Bruins on board late in the second period when he deflected a Torey Krug wrist shot from the blue line to finally put one past Montreal goaltender Carey Price to get Boston back in the game, making the score 3-1. Jarome Iginla made it interesting by adding a goal for the Bruins with 2:12 to play in the third, but it was not enough.
Lars Eller scored an empty-net goal with two seconds to play to make the final 4-2.
The Habs went up 3-0 when another Canadien slipped through the Bruins defense and went in clean on another breakaway. Dale Weise scored after Daniel Briere set him up on a beautiful pass between two Bruins defenders off a blocked shot and Weiss went in on Rask all alone scoring through the 5-hole. It seemed the entire Bell Centre knew Rask had not shot to stop it before the puck found the net.
Halfway through the second the B’s had a couple of excellent scoring chances, but could not find the net.
First Brad Marchand missed the net on a good scoring chance, then Jarome Iginla clanged one off the post on a long shot, then shortly afterwards, Carl Soderberg missed an open side near the goal after he was set up by Daniel Paille.
With 6:29 to play, the Bruins had a scrum in front of Price after a nice passing play from Iginla to Krug to Milan Lucic, and it appeared the puck went in. But the officials said Price was pushed back during the play by the Bruins — no goal.
In the third period, the Bruins best scoring chance led to a Montreal advantage as Carl Soderberg was set up by Dougie Hamilton in front of the Canadiens net but Soderberg knocked down Habs goale up high and was called for goaltender interference. The Bruins killed the penalty.
The beginning of the game belonged to the Canadiens and their raucous home ice crowd at the Bell Centre. Boston looked sluggish for most of the first period, with Montreal outshooting them early, and outhitting them for most of the period. The Canadiens outshot Boston 10-9 in the period.
Earlier in the first, Subban also set up Rene Bourque for a good chance on Rask, but the shot went wide.
The other early story from period 1 was that Bruins Zdeno Chara went to the dressing room after being slashed in the left hand by Michael Bournival. Chara returned to the ice.
The Bruins failed to get strong net presence on Price all night and they were pushed around by Montreal for most of the game as well.
We’ll be back with reaction from the Bruins locker room and more shortly.