MONTREAL — It’s shaping up as a defensive battle and Tuukka Rask and Carey Price have been solid in goal in a scoreless battle at the Bell Centre through two periods.
For the game, the Bruins lead in shots, 25-19, and they maintain a big lead in hits, 30-20, but as far as the big number is concerned, but teams have put up zeros.
The David Krejci line has combined for two shots in the game for the B’s. The Soderberg line generated some good chances again in this period.
We did see a couple of penalties in the second.
P.K. Subban took down Brad Marchand for the second time tonight, but this time he went to the box for the holding takedown. But the Bruins fell to 0-7 on the power. Reilly Smith setting up Patrice Bergeron was the best and only real chance the B’s had with the man advantage.
Later in the period, Matt Bartkowski mixed it up with Lars Eller, and went to the box for holding, but the Bruins killed the penalty off.
The Habs had a good scoring threat when Rene Bourque skated past Johnny Boychuk on the right side to get right in front of Rask who was able to make the right pad save.
Rask also turned away Michael Bournival with the glove again and made a big stop on Brian Gionta’s mini breakaway. Max Pacioretty also had decent shot on Rask from the right wing circle.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has been extremely sharp all night and the Habs lead in blocked shots 11-6 as we enter the third period.