By Danny Picard and Joe Haggerty
BOSTON -- Thursday night marked the first time all season theBruins allowed more than one power-play goal in a game. And they paid for it,allowing Montreal to score twice on the man advantage as they lost to theCanadiens, 3-1, at the TD Garden.
Brian Gionta put the Habs ahead 2-1 just 29 seconds into thethird period as he beat Tuukka Rask with a one-timer from the left post on thepower play. It was Montreal's second power-play goal of the game, and cameas a result of a perfect saucer pass from Michael Cammalleri from the rightwing.
Cammalleri lifted the puck over a sprawling DennisSeidenberg, and Gionta put it home, which proved to be the game-winner.
Scott Gomez added insurance just over 10 minutes later on apuck that trickled past the goal line after Gomez' initial shot appeared to hitthe cross bar and come down off Rasks skate.
The goal made it 3-1 Canadiens, and sealed the deal onRasks fifth loss of the season (0-4-1) in as many appearances.
The Canadiens got on the board first, after P.K. Subbanblasted a one-timer past Rask just 5:19 into the first period. It was apower-play goal for Montreal, coming 18 seconds after Tyler Seguin was called for tripping.
Zdeno Chara tied the game at 1-1 just over 10 minutes later,wristing a puck top shelf after Milan Lucic showed an extraordinary amount ofpatience, taking the puck behind the net, drawing several Canadiens playerstowards him, and hit Chara with a cross-ice pass up to the top of the leftcircle.
GOLD STAR:Patrice Bergeron helped set up Boston's only goal when he sacrificedhis body to keep possession in the offensive zone in the first period,and played nearly 21 minutes of competitive, battling, quality ice time. He finished with four shots on net along with hisassist, and won 14-of-21 faceoff attempts while continually creatingoffensive pressure in the first two periods.
BLACK EYE:One shot for Nathan Horton after he passed up numerous chances on thepower play? No registered hits for Zdeno Chara in a game against theMontreal Canadiens? Did Daniel Paille even actually play in Thursdaynight's game against the Habs? The Bruins had some pretty solidperformers in the loss to Montreal, but there were some curious momentssurrounding the rivalry game.
TURNING POINT:Once the Bruins started making a parade to the penalty box in thesecond period a trend punctuated by Shawn Thornton, who normally has shown the ability to stay out of the box for non-fighting penalties, taking twostraight minors it was only amatter of time for the Habs to break through.
BY THE NUMBERS: 6-1-1 the record of Habs goalie Carey Price at TD Garden against the Bruins during his star-crossed career with Montreal.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Last four games we gave up the first goal. The goal tonight was toscore the first goal. But as you saw it didnt happen. I don't knowwhat the problem is with it. We gave up the first goal. I don't knowwhy. We just don't come out like we want to." Dennis Seidenbergaddressing question about Bruins giving up first goal of game fourstraight games.
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