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 EDT

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. Get your game notes: Avalanche at Wild

    Apr 24, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

    ST PAUL, MN - APRIL 21: Mikael Granlund #64 of the Minnesota Wild shoots the puck as teammate Zach Parise #11 looks on along with Semyon Varlamov #1 and Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche during overtime in Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 21, 2014 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Avalanche 1-0 in overtime. Getty Images

    Mikael Granlund became only the fifth NHL player in the last 75 years to score his first career playoff goal in a 1-0 overtime game.

  2. On ‘score effects,’ and the challenges of playing with the lead

    Apr 24, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

    Ryan Johansen, Artem Anisimov, Marc-Andre Fleury, Brooks Orpik, Tanner Glass, Craig Adams AP

    Seems like a good thing to write about after last night’s game in Columbus.

  3. MacKinnon: Avs ‘shut ourselves down’ in Game 3, not Wild

    Apr 24, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 04: Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche in action against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on February 4, 2014 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Avalanche 5-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Getty Images

    “They played hard, but for us it was more what we weren’t doing than what they were doing.”

  4. Bertuzzi to make series debut for Wings in Game 4

    Apr 24, 2014, 11:43 AM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs Getty Images

    Detroit hosts Boston at the Joe tonight.

  5. Bergeron, Kopitar and Toews named Selke finalists

    Apr 24, 2014, 11:31 AM EDT

    ToewsBergy Getty Images

    Toews won it last year, Bergeron the year before that.

  6. Report: Zetterberg to return to Detroit lineup tonight (Update: Game-time decision)

    Apr 24, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT

    Henrik Zetterberg Getty Images

    Would be his series debut, and first game since the Sochi Olympics.

  7. Bickell elevating his game in the playoffs

    Apr 24, 2014, 9:01 AM EDT

    St. Louis Blues v Chicago Blackhawks Getty Images

    “I think he likes the big stage.”

  8. PHT Morning Skate: Sharks go for the sweep

    Apr 24, 2014, 8:04 AM EDT

    San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Three Getty Images

    Elsewhere, Detroit will play Boston and Colorado will face the Wild.

  9. Hitchcock knows how Quenneville felt as Blues take their own tough losses

    Apr 24, 2014, 1:59 AM EDT

    St Louis Blues v Nashville Predators Getty Images

    The Blackhawks gave the Blues a taste of their own medicine.

  10. Kane’s OT goal ties Blackhawks – Blues series at 2-2

    Apr 24, 2014, 12:52 AM EDT

    Ryan Miller, Andrew Shaw, Alex Pietrangelo AP

    Another memorable moment for the American star.

  11. Stars chase Andersen, tie series with Ducks 2-2

    Apr 23, 2014, 10:50 PM EDT

    Anaheim Ducks v Dallas Stars - Game Four Getty Images

    Just a nightmarish evening for Anaheim.

  12. Penguins blow three-goal lead, Columbus evens series

    Apr 23, 2014, 10:12 PM EDT

    Lee Stempniak, David Savard Lee Stempniak, David Savard

    Pittsburgh once again can’t hold a team to less than three goals.

Featured video

Chances Blue Jackets bounce back?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. D. Backes (3220)
  2. T. Oshie (2570)
  3. M. Duchene (2507)
  4. B. Bishop (2340)
  5. S. Mason (2311)