Skip to content

Bruins need overtime to kill off Canadiens in Game 7, will face more demons in Round 2

Apr 27, 2011, 11:01 PM EST

Nathan Horton, Adam McQuaid, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic AP

Much like the Vancouver Canucks last night, the Boston Bruins didn’t shake off the Montreal Canadiens in the prettiest way possible. This Game 7 match fits this gripping, up-and-down series like a glove. Even though it took three overtime wins and plenty of nervous moments, the B’s will play in the second round thanks to Nathan Horton‘s second overtime game-winner of the series.

Although the Bruins got one longer term monkey off their backs by beating their historical rivals, they will face another ghost of their playoff past in the second round against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Boston 4, Montreal 3 (OT); Bruins win series 4-3

Even though Boston won, both teams seemed to thrive in their preexisting roles in elimination games. The Bruins kept shooting themselves in the foot, making mental errors to cough up 2-0 and 3-2 leads. Montreal remained defiant in desperate moments, as they scored timely goals and Carey Price made astounding saves.

Give the Bruins credit, though. They kept their heads down and wouldn’t let some tough breaks sap their energy, ultimately overwhelming their hated opponents at home.

Boston builds, then squanders lead in first and second periods

The Bruins came out humming in Game 7. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk and 43-year-old wonder Mark Recchi made it 2-0 in a two minute span in the first period before Habs coach Jacques Martin wisely calmed his team down with a timeout.

Much like in Game 6, mental errors plagued the Bruins throughout this game. Yannick Weber scored an absolutely brilliant power-play goal to make it 2-1, which is the way the first period would end.

The Bruins’ abysmal power play (0 for 21 in the series) reared its ugly head in the second period, as Tomas Plekanec added injury to the insult by scoring a shorthanded goal. Yup, that means the Bruins’ PP was actually a -1 in this series.

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

Boston can’t kill off Montreal until OT

To little surprise, the third period was full of drama. One of the carryover stories from this game will be the suspension debate regarding Andrew Ference‘s hit on Habs forward Jeff Halpern. Decide for yourself if Ference deserves supplementary discipline for the hit (he didn’t get a penalty in the game, if that matters).

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

The Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley-Michael Ryder line hasn’t been together very long, but they seem to work incredibly well together. Kelly scored another big goal to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead, but it wouldn’t last.

Say what you want about cocky Canadiens rookie P.K. Subban, he’s clearly a special talent. Subban rifled a one-timer through Thomas for a power-play goal, the Habs’ third special teams tally (two on the PP, one on the PK).

Despite some tense moments, the Bruins were spot-on in overtime for the third time in this series. Once again, it was Horton, who scored his second overtime-winner of the first round to win it for Boston.

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

The outlook for both teams

The Bruins won, but they face some serious questions. Becoming the first time to win a seven game series without a PP goal isn’t something to be proud about. They also struggled protecting leads, as they coughed up two in this game. They cannot expect to go deep in the playoffs without improving on special teams and they need to avoid taking bad penalties, as well.

One of the areas they don’t need to worry about is the play of Tim Thomas, as their Vezina Trophy candidate made 34 out of 37 saves in Game 7.

While the Habs must feel great sadness about this defeat, they were tough to finish off once again. Price might not have won a series, but he silenced just about anyone who wondered why the team went with him instead of Jaroslav Halak. Montreal’s top line also grossly outplayed Boston’s, although some will forget that after watching those two Horton OT winners.

So both teams had some pluses and minuses to look at, but Boston overcame their historical headache. Will they also avenge their 2010 collapse against the Flyers? We’ll find out in Round 2.

Latest Posts
  1. Sharks recall Haley from the AHL

    Dec 26, 2014, 7:00 PM EST

    New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils Getty Images

    Will be filling the spot vacated by the suspended John Scott.

  2. Eichel earns assist and scores in shootout as U.S. squeaks by Finland

    Dec 26, 2014, 5:38 PM EST

    United States v Finland - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship Getty Images

    Decent start for the Americans at the World Juniors.

  3. The Devils are old, and that’s a problem no coach can fix

    Dec 26, 2014, 4:30 PM EST

    Jaromir Jagr Getty Images

    New Jersey has three of the five oldest skaters in the NHL.

  4. Five team stats you may find interesting

    Dec 26, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

    Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry Getty Images

    The Anaheim Ducks have been good — or is it lucky? — in one-goal games.

  5. Canada enters World Juniors as 11/10 favorite; USA next at 9/4

    Dec 26, 2014, 2:30 PM EST

    Canada Training Sessions - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship Getty Images

    Connor McDavid headlines a loaded host side that hasn’t won gold since 2009.

  6. Devils fire DeBoer

    Dec 26, 2014, 12:43 PM EST

    Head coach Peter DeBoer works the bench against the New York Islanders during a preseason game at the Barclays Center on September 21, 2013 in Brooklyn borough of New York City.The game is the first professional hockey match to be held in the arena that is slated to be the new home for the Islanders at the start of the 2015-2016 season.
(September 20, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

    New Jersey off to a disappointing 12-17-7 start. The coach pays the price.

  7. More love for 3-on-3 overtime

    Dec 26, 2014, 11:59 AM EST

    Matt Duchene Getty Images

    Put Matt Duchene on the list of supporters.

  8. Orpik reflects on ‘outside pressure’ in Pittsburgh

    Dec 26, 2014, 11:17 AM EST

    Marc-Andre Fleury, Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin, Brandon Dubinsky AP

    “That was something that wore on guys.”

  9. Expect Ekblad to shatter Florida’s rookie D records

    Dec 26, 2014, 10:20 AM EST

    Aaron Ekblad Getty Images

    He already grabbed the franchise’ assists mark in that category.

  10. Canada tabs Fucale for WJC opener

    Dec 26, 2014, 9:39 AM EST

    Zachary Fucale AP

    They picked him over Eric Comrie.

  11. PHT’s top 14 of ’14: Viva Las Vegas?

    Dec 25, 2014, 10:00 PM EST

    LasVegasHockey

    The waters are being tested with a ticket drive.

  12. PHT’s top 14 of ’14: The NHL gets the mumps

    Dec 25, 2014, 9:00 PM EST

    crosbyface

    Sidney Crosby and Corey Perry are just two of the players that have been inflicted by the NHL outbreak.

  13. PHT’s top 14 of ’14: Slava Voynov’s domestic assault case

    Dec 25, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznpte3nju0ywnmnjbkytrlmwjlmtu4mgixnzhhmdlhzme5 AP

    And the NHL’s swift, significant response.

  14. PHT’s top 14 of ’14: Another Leafs collapse ushers in analytics era

    Dec 25, 2014, 7:00 PM EST

    Leafs practice Getty Images

    2014 was another painful year, but was it also one of progress?

  15. PHT’s top 14 of ’14: St. Louis forces his way out of Tampa Bay

    Dec 25, 2014, 6:00 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Rangers Getty Images

    The perfect storm that led to a shocking trade deadline captains swap between two teams looking to make serious playoff runs.

  16. PHT’s top 14 of ’14: Ovechkin’s great big year of disappointment

    Dec 25, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    Sochi Olympics Ice Hockey Men AP

    A major letdown in Sochi, followed by the Caps missing the playoffs.

  17. PHT’s top 14 of ’14: Canada dominates en route to Olympic gold

    Dec 25, 2014, 4:00 PM EST

    Carey Price Carey Price

    One of the best performances in international hockey history.

Featured video

Holiday wish lists for NHL teams
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. B. Bishop (2806)
  2. C. Perry (2348)
  3. S. Crosby (2265)
  4. B. Elliott (2225)
  5. J. Howard (2037)
  1. S. Weiss (1944)
  2. S. Varlamov (1879)
  3. J. Schwartz (1699)
  4. S. Mason (1546)
  5. J. Neal (1522)