By Danny Picard
BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Just like that, the Montreal Canadiens have taken a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Bruins, defeating Boston 3-1 on Saturday night at the TD Garden, thanks to a pair of early goals from Mike Cammalleri and Mathieu Darche in the first 2:20 of the game.
Cammalleri first put home a juicy Tim Thomas rebound at the left post, just 43 seconds into the first period, giving Montreal an early 1-0 lead. Then, 2:20 into the first, and just six seconds into a 5-on-4 power play, Darche put home a one-timer from the left post after receiving a quick cross-slot pass from Cammalleri to make it 2-0 Montreal.
The Bruins showed some life in the second period, and cut the Canadiens lead to 2-1, when Patrice Bergeron finished a perfect setup pass from Brad Marchand, 7:38 into the second.
But Montreal made it a two-goal game once again at 3-1, with 2:39 left in the second, after Yannick Weber put home another juicy rebound from the left post, after Lars Ellers shot from the right circle couldnt be handled by Thomas blocker and bounced out to his right.
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BOSTON – The Bruins ice a young lineup for their preseason opener against the Blue Jackets, and they got some solid results from the next generation of skaters ready to wear the Black and Gold. It wasn’t enough for the win, however, as Sam Gagner won the game in the shootout for the Blue Jackets by a 3-2 score after both Riley Nash and Jake DeBrusk dinged the left post with their first two shootout attempts.
DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Brandon Carlo, Jakub Zboril and Austin Czarnik all had very strong games as young players vying for NHL roster spots with a couple of jobs potentially open at the NHL level.
DeBrusk set up Jimmy Hayes for Boston’s first goal, and Heinen redirected a Carlo point shot past Curtis McElhinney in the third period to tie things up.
Sonny Milano opened up the game’s scoring by beating Anton Khudobin to the short side on a play where the B’s backup goaltender was a little bit sloppy with his technique. Hayes scored to tie things up for the Black and Gold on a nifty transition play up the ice that embodied the “play fast” philosophy that Claude Julien is espousing.
Daniel Zaar added a goal for the Blue Jackets midway through the second period that again gave Columbus the slim one goal lead, but that evaporated in the final 20 minutes when Heinen redirected a Carlo point shot from the slot area past the Blue Jackets netminder.
The Bruins will get back at it with another home preseason game at TD Garden against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
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