Tyler Seguin stopped by Peter Budaj
Alex Galchenyuk stopped by Tuukka Rask
Patrice Bergeron stopped by Peter Budaj
David Desharnais stopped by Tuukka Rask
David Krejci stopped by Peter Budaj
Lars Eller stopped by Tuukka Rask
Brad Marchand stopped by Peter Budaj
Michael Ryder stopped by Tuukka Rask
Nathan Horton stopped by Peter Budaj
Tomas Plekanec stopped by Tuukka Rask
Rich Peverley stopped by Peter Budaj
Brendan Gallagher scores
End overtime, 5-5: The Bruins got plenty of chances, including a David Krejci slapper from the slot just before the horn, but he puts the puck right in Peter Budaj’s stomach, and we’re headed to the shootout.
Overtime, 3:40, 5-5: The Bruins are going to get a chance to win this on the power play.
Alexei Emelin just spilled Torey Krug in front of the Montreal net, and Emelin was called for the hooking penalty.
Overtime, 3:30, 5-5: Plenty of back-and-forth action in overtime, and Zdeno Chara just tried to send the fans home happy. The big defenseman carried the puck into the end on a break, but the B’s couldn’t do anything with it.
Third period, 19:52, 5-5: With just a few seconds to play, the Bruins see their regulation win slip away.
The Canadiens get the game-tying goal, on the power play, when Brendan Gallagher tips an Andrei Markov shot in with just 8.2 seconds to play.
Third period, 18:33, Bruins 5-4: Not a good time for a bad Bruins break.
Aaron Johnson is called for delay of game after flipping the puck over the glass.
Third period, 18: 00, Bruins 5-4: The Montreal power play was killed off by the Bruins and thus begins the frantic rush to the final horn.
Third period, 15:11, Bruins 5-4: Zdeno Chara was hot about the call, but he’s heading to the penalty box for an elbowing penalty behind the play.
That’s a big one with the B’s clinging to the one-goal lead.
Third period, 12:18, Bruins 5-4: Remember that insurance goal Tyler Seguin scored and how it was much needed? Yeah, it was needed all right.
Just 28 seconds after Seguin potted his goal, Brendan Gallagher scores an ugly goal — one that Tuukka Rask will want to have back — to make this a 5-4 game.
Third period, 11:50, Bruins 5-3: Tyler Seguin is something else, huh?
The forward just showed off his blinding speed and finishing touch by giving the Bruins a much-needed insurance goal. Seguin came bursting through the neutral zone and Brad Marchand moved the puck to him at center ice. Seguin walked in all by himself with a burst of speed and used the backhander to lift it up under the bar to give the Bruins a 5-3 lead.
Third period, 10:46, Bruins 4-3: The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty, and they almost extended the lead in the process. Gregory Campbell had a fantastic chance at a shorthanded goal, but he rang the post on a breakaway attempt.
Third period, 8:18, Bruins 4-3: The Habs have one of the game’s best power plays, and they’re going to attempt to tie it up with said power play.
Dougie Hamilton just got a penalty for holding, and the Boston PK goes to work.
Third period, 6:31, Bruins 4-3: The Canadiens don’t look like they’re ready to go away just yet.
The Habs have looked to get a jump out of Michael Ryder’s second goal, and they have turned things on a little bit here in the third period.
We all know how the Bruins have struggled to hold leads in the third period at times this season, and that was the case a few weeks ago against this same Montreal team.
Third period, 3:58, Bruins 4-3: Michael Ryder’s return to the Garden three weeks ago was unspectacular, but he’s trying to make up for that tonight.
Ryder just cashed in on a 2-on-1 with Tomas Plekanec, and the B’s lead is cut to one.
Third period, 0:42, Bruins 4-2: The third period is under way and the Canadiens have a new goaltender. Peter Budaj takes over in net.
He’ll have to deal with the Boston power play, too, as Michael Ryder is sent to the box for two minutes for hooking.
End second period, Bruins 4-2: The second period comes to an end with the Bruins on the penalty kill. They will have to kill off 16 seconds of an Andrew Ference penalty.
Second period, 17:36, Bruins 4-2: To say that the TD Garden is rocking right now would be a major understatement.
Nathan Horton just broke through in a big way, as he took a gorgeous pass from David Krejci on a 2-on-1, and the Bruins push the lead to 4-2.
Second period, 17:01, Bruins 3-2: Lars Eller’s penalty was a bit of a head-scratcher seeing that he took down Shawn Thornton of all people. It came back to bite them in a big way.
Patrice Bergeron continues an absolutely sensational night as he slams home a power-play goal by Carey Price to give the B’s a 3-2 lead.
Second period, 14:15, 2-2: The Bruins are going to get their second crack at the power play.
Shawn Thornton was just hauled down in the Montreal end by Lars Eller, and that means the B’s will go back on the power play.
Second period, 13:55, 2-2: Brad Marchand came awfully close to making it 3-2 Bruins, but Carey Price came up with his biggest save of the night.
Marchand walked in all alone, and he tried to beat Price gloveside, but the goalie made the save and the puck went into the netting above the glass.
Second period, 13:24, 2-2: The Bruins are certainly getting the majority of the chances here in the second period. They’ve opened a 22-10 lead in shots, and they have certainly tilted the ice.
In one of those possessions, a shot from the left point appeared to hit P.K. Subban in the hand or the wrist. He was favoring it pretty good as he finished the play. We’ll keep an eye on it.
Second period, 7:23, 2-2: Patrice Bergeron lost a rare faceoff, but he didn’t give up on the play. Now the game is tied.
Bergeron chased the puck into the left corner and won the puck battle, tossing the puck in front to a wide open Brad Marchand. Marchand missed the net with his first attempt, but he hustled to get the puck and was able to jam it home by Carey Price to tie the game 2-2.
Second period, 6:51, Canadiens 2-1: P.K. Subban is fun to watch, so long as there isn’t anyone around him to get him to go flopping around like a fish.
The defenseman almost extended the lead with a brilliant rush up the ice in and around Bruins players, before putting the puck through his own legs and putting the shot on net. Tuukka Rask was able to make the save, though, as Subban wasn’t able to get much on it.
Nathan Horton continues to take exception to just about everything Subban does, as the Bruins forward did some pushing and shoving with Subban following a whistle at the other end a few seconds later.
Second period, 3:32, Canadiens 2-1: It didn’t take long for the Bruins to respond to the P.K. Subban goal.
Dougie Hamilton picks a corner from the high slot by Carey Price, and the Bruins are right back in this game.
Second period, 2:53, Canadiens 2-0: P.K. Subban has been a focal point of this game so far, and he continued that here in the second period.
The defenseman just ripped a bullet from the right point by Tuukka Rask, a shot that hit the post and then went in.
Second period, 0:20, 0-0: The second period is under way.
First period reaction: All in all, that was a pretty typical first period in a Bruins-Canadiens game. The two clubs were fired up and ready to go, but the Habs had just a little more jump in the early going. That paid immediate dividends when Michael Ryder scored just 4:15 into the game.
The Bruins weathered the storm for the most part, and they actually started to get some things going later in the period. They’re leading in just about every statistical category including shots, hits and faceoffs. That hasn’t yet developed into anything on the part of the scoreboard that matters most, though.
Tyler Seguin looks to have brought his skating game. He was a little quiet Monday night against Toronto, at least relatively speaking, but he’s come out with a little bit of a spark in this one. He’s already put three shots on goal, and like I said, he sure is skating well.
End first period, Canadiens 1-0: Another highly entertaining Bruins-Canadiens first period comes to an end with the Habs leading 1-0.
The Bruins killed off the penalty to Brad Marchand with no real issue, thanks to some more stellar penalty killing.
First period, 14:46, Canadiens 1-0: Twenty-three seconds into the power play, it ends.
Brad Marchand gets the high-sticking for some stick work up around the head of P.K. Subban, a call that was not well-received by the Garden crowd. But you probably knew that.
First period, 14:23, Canadiens 1-0: Now it’s the Bruins’ turn to try and get something going on the power play.
Alex Galchenyuk picks up the hooking penalty.
First period, 14:17, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins were able to kill off the game’s first power play, as they just did a fine job of shutting down the potent Montreal power play. It’s even more impressive considering the B’s were able to do it without Zdeno Chara who was in the box for high-sticking.
First period, 11:54, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins will have to kill off the game’s first power play, as the physical play continues to increase.
Zdeno Chara just earned himself a two-minute minor for high-sticking.
After the play, Dougie Hamilton and Lars Eller did some pushing, shoving and face-washing, and they get matching minors for roughing.
First period, 11:38, Canadiens 1-0: Still not much offense for the Bruins, but the intensity was just upped thanks to Gregory Campbell.
The center just engaged in a rather lengthy fight with Travis Moen in front of the penalty boxes, and the crowd has been sparked.
It all started when David Krejci and Andrei Markov got tangled up and trade shoves and cross-checks all the way back to the bench.
First period, 10:03, Canadiens 1-0: The Bruins finally have their first shot of the evening (two actually), but still not much to show for it. The Canadiens are doing an excellent job of not allowing the B’s to get their offense started, and that’s been a big factor thus far.
In other news, there are reports that Jarome Iginla is a healthy scratch tonight for the Flames in Calgary as they’re set to take on the Colorado Avalanche. Worth keeping an eye on.
First period, 7:36, Canadiens 1-0: The Canadiens may have played last night in Pittsburgh, but it’s the Bruins who look like they are on the back end of a back-to-back.
The B’s obviously gave up the early chance and then the goal, but we’re now 7:36 into the game and Boston has yet to put a shot on goal.
First period, 4:15, Canadiens 1-0: Tuukka Rask stopped a great chance from Michael Ryder in the first couple of minutes, but the Bruins’ goaltender wasn’t able to stop the former Bruin’s second chance.
Ryder just scored from the slot — with plenty of time to aim and fire — and the Habs take the 1-0 lead early on.
First period, 0:01, 0-0: The barn is jumping, and the Bruins and Canadiens are under way here at TD Garden.
7:27 p.m.: Johnny Boychuk is still out with a foot injury and Matt Bartkowski is the healthy scratch, which means Torey Krug will be in the lineup for the Bruins.
7:15 p.m.: Adding to the intrigue of what’s already been a busy day, it appears that Bruins prospect Alexander Khokhlachev is a healthy scratch for the Providence Bruins in their game against the Portland Pirates.
According to reports, the Russian forward was one of the potential pieces in a proposed Brenden Morrow deal before he was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
7:10 p.m.: It’s nothing out of the ordinary to have a bevy of scouts on hand for each NHL game. This one will be no different as seating up here on press level is scarce with the Boston and Montreal media contingents as well as a handful of scouts.
As you might imagine, the Calgary Flames are represented as are about 10 other teams by my count. It’s that time of the year, and you have to think that both of these clubs (as well as the other teams in attendance) are all keeping an eye on everyone else.
7:05 p.m.: Not much of a surprise really, but Johnny Boychuk is not on the ice for the Bruins in pregame warmups. The recently called up Torey Krug, however, is on the sheet.
6:50 p.m.: You can always tell when the Canadiens are in town just by walking from your car into the Garden, and this night is no different. There’s definitely a playoff atmosphere outside right now, and I don’t expect anything different inside in a little less than an hour.
As always, there was a good amount of people hanging out around the Bobby Orr statue and the TD Garden sign. Among those was a Bruins fan who was holding a B’s jersey in his hands. He wasn’t wearing that jersey just yet because he was wearing another sweater — Jarome Iginla. In addition to the Flames sweater, the fan was holding a sign that simply read “Free Iggy” while posing for a photo. Ya think B’s fans want to see No. 12 in black and gold or what?
5:30 p.m.: The Bruins and Canadiens will come into this one tied for the lead in the Northeast Division with 45 points after the Habs lost a 1-0 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
That obviously means that the Bruins, who are as rested as they’ve been in a while thanks to a day off Tuesday, may have the upper hand going in.
The B’s will have some help on the blue line should they choose to use it as well. The club recalled Torey Krug from Providence. The defenseman had 10-24-34 totals in 55 games with the P-Bruins this season. He is available to play in this game, the team said in a release detailing the move.
2:45 p.m.: Like we said earlier, it’s been a busy day. Let’s get caught up with all of the links that we’ve sorted through and posted so far.
The Bruins have claimed Kaspars Daugavins off waivers.
Peter Chiarelli insists the Bruins aren’t going to trade goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban.
The Bruins are reportedly the leaders in the clubhouse when it comes to landing Jarome Iginla.
Finally, here’s Bruins president Cam Neely hanging out with the Easter Bunny.
12:45 p.m.: It’s not yet even 1 in the afternoon here in Boston, but it’s already been a busy, busy day for the Bruins.
First, let’s start with a juicy bit of information. The B’s have reportedly claimed forward Kaspars Daugavins off of waivers from the Ottawa Senators. Daugavins, as you may remember, is the dude who used the wacky shootout attempt against the Bruins a couple of weeks ago.
The B’s also had a morning skate, which was their first time on the ice since Monday night’s win over the Maple Leafs, as the club took Tuesday off.
The line shakeups continued, but they were far from the breakups the club saw on Monday night. The first line is back together, as they were toward the tail end of Monday’s game, but the second line remains a little different. Daniel Paille remains with that line, while Brad Marchand falls to the third line. Here’s what the lines looked like at morning skate.
Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Nathan Horton
Daniel Paille — Patrice Bergeron — Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand — Rich Peverley — Jordan Caron
Jay Pandolfo — Gregory Campbell — Shawn Thornton
On the defensive front, Johnny Boychuk skated at morning skate on Wednesday. He’s been out for almost a week with a foot injury. Claude Julien called Boychuk’s status “uncertain.”
8 a.m. ET: This one has been circled on the calendar since March 3. That was the night that the Canadiens came into Boston and beat the Bruins 4-3 in one of the most entertaining games all year.
Much of the entertainment came off of the ice, though, when Bruins head coach Claude Julien criticized and accused the Habs for diving and embellishing. It was just another chapter in the longstanding rivalry.
The latest chapter will play out Wednesday night at the Garden when the two teams meet for the third time this season. There’s plenty at stake, too. These two longtime rivals are jockeying for position in the Northeast Division. While the Bruins jumped out to the early lead in the division, Montreal chased them down and bumped them from the top spot.
The Canadiens may be ripe for the picking, too. They’re playing the back half of back-to-back games after taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
Puck drop from TD Garden is slated for 7:30 p.m.
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