Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Brother, Can You Spare a Goal?
The Montreal Canadiens shut out the Boston Bruins, 1-0 at the TD Banknorth Garden last night, taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
The lone goal was put home by Montreal defenseman Patrice Brisebois (on a power-play) with 42 seconds left in the second period.
The Bruins had some chances to score: two golden short-handed bids in the first period and some late shots (Glen Murray was stoned point-blank in the third) but ultimately the lack of a scoring punch has bitten Boston when it matters most.
There's only so much dumping and chasing, hitting and cycling you can do against a quality team. The Bruins are over their heads and while they can't be faulted for their effort, their lack of offensive talent is pitiful.
Tim "the Tank" Thomas was his typical solid self with 27 saves which was matched by Canadiens goalie Carey Price.
The series goes to Montreal Thursday night and frankly, who expects it to come back to Boston (let alone go to a Game 7)? Nobody.