The Boston Bruins routed the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 last night. Powered by 2 power play goals from Marc Savard to take a 2-0 lead sending the series to Montreal. The Bruins outplayed the Habs in every sense of the word and were clearly the aggressors of the night. The Bruins and Canadiens both had 31 shots on goal, but the Bruins had better puck movement in front of Carey Price, capitalizing on power play opportunities. The Bruins scored three of their five goals on the power play(60%). Tim Thomas had another excellent game in front of the net, stopping 30 shots and strengthening his case for a Vezina trophy. The Habs seemed like they were going through the motions with no sense of urgency.
The epitome of the Bruins' intensity could best be summed up in the 3rd period when Patrice Bergeron, not well known for his fighting abilities, took the Hab's Josh Gorges to the ground to the crowd's delight. Later in the period, Milan Lucic was given a five minute major for fighting Maxim Lapierre, causing a brawl between both teams. This was a hard hitting match where the Bruins lived up to the playoff slogan of "We Want It."
The crowd was crazy last night, hanging on every movement of the puck with "oohhhhssss" and "ahhhhhhsss." The fans were given yellow towels before the match and the Garden was filled with a sea of spinning yellow. The crowd also gave it to Habs goalie Carey Price, chanting "Car-ey, Car-ey!" every time the Bruins scored. It was so bad that Carey Price was pulled in the third period in favor of back up Jaroslav Halak.
All in all, it was a dominant performance by the Bruins and they are on course to get over the hump and beat the Habs in the playoffs for the first time since 1994. This was a great way to cap the night in Boston sports after the KG-less Celtics lost a 105-103 heart breaker in OT to the Bulls.