Monday, April 20, 2009

4-20-09: Hockey Monday: Big Win in Montreal

Les Canadiens are, more often than not, a very tough opponent for the Bruins, and tonight was simply the latest chapter in that rivalry. Already up 2-0 in the series with two stirring wins at home, Boston was looking to put the series nearly out of reach at the Bell Centre in Montreal tonight as they took on the eighth place Canadiens.

Things started off a little edge for the Bruins as they got used to the tough Montreal crowd. But, even after going down 1-0, the B's fought back hard to go into the second period tied 1-1. The second period was more of the same tough, close battles, with Boston going up 2-1 on a very nice goal by the fourth line. Bitz fought hard in the corner to maintain puck possession, finding an opean Thornton for the go-ahead goal. Despite Montreal tying it up a few minutes later, a late goal by former Canadien Michael Ryder gave Boston the 3-2 advantage going into the third.

The third period proved to be a very close and exciting game. Montreal certainly had its chances on the power play, but couldn't muster anything, falling to the Bruins 4-2 after a late empty netter by Kobasew. A very nice, hard fought win for the B's.

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