Liveblog: Eastern Semifinal Game 3: Canadiens win 4-2, take series lead

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Ginette is undefeated in the playoffs

Ginette Reno sang O Canada for the third time in the playoffs.

The Canadiens have won every game.

The latest was a nailbiter.

First-period goals by Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban gave to Canadiens a lead, and Dale Weise made it 3-0 in the second period.

A remarkable redirection by Patrice Bergeron set up a tense third-period.

Andrej Meszaros made it a one-goal lead with 2:16 left. But with Tuukka Rask on the bench for an extra attacker, the Canadiens held the fort and got an empty-net goal by Lars Eller.

Boston outshot the Canadiens 28-26.

Never easy

A late goal by Andrej Meszaros made things interesting.

But the Canadiens withstood two-plus minutes of Boston pressure, and Lars Eller potted an empty-netter to seal the deal.

Third period should be special

Dale Weise took a great head-man pass from Daniel Brière and beat Rask to make it 3-0.

But with a shade over two minutes left, Patrice Bergeron redirected a Torey Krug point shot past Carey Price.

Shots in the period aere 12-12.

Hang on to your hats for the third.

Dangerous lead?

The Canadiens withstood an early Boston surge and got goals from Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban to take a 2-0 lead.

P.K.'s goal was spectacular. Fresh out of the penalty box, he took a Lars Eller feed and deked Tuukka Rask.

Canadiens outshot the Bruins 10-9 and outhit them 17-11.

 

Must-win?

It's not an elimination game.

But after being outplayed twice in Boston – while gaining a split – the Canadiens will have to be better on home ice in Game 3.

Carey Price has been superb in the series, as has P.K. Subban. The Canadiens' power-play has clicked on four of its nine advantages, and the penalty-kill is is 6-for-6.

But the Canadiens are strugling at even strength. And the top line of David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Thomas Vanek has underwhelmed. Boston's comebacks in Games 1 and 2 have included long stretches of chaos in the Canadiens' defensive zone. And Price's heroics have been accomplished despite a parade of Bruins crashing the net and effectively screening point shots.

Crease-clearing defenceman Douglas Murray is expected to draw in for Francis Bouillon.

Puck drops 7:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

• Ominous stat, courtesy of my man Paul Antoniadis: Since 2010, Boston has won 12 straight Game 3s.

1,558 Comments

  1. duffy says:

    Healy ,should have been a penalty shot, what an idiot ,

  2. Hoegaarden says:

    Do not forger to book Ginette for Thursday.

  3. habsfaninboston says:

    Fukken Julien puts Thornton out there to goon it up.

  4. habsinnyc says:

    LOVE the center ice crowd salute after a home win!!

  5. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Ghg!!!!!

  6. jols says:

    Way too much nerves for me…

  7. monmick says:

    My wife is concerned about about the veins in Julien’s head….

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  8. DipsyDoodler says:

    And of course Julien puts his goons on the ice.

    Dirtbag.

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    Moving. Forward.

  9. sCOTT1243 says:

    What a game! I need an IV

  10. Marc10 says:

    Nice work boys. The better team wins!

  11. UKRAINIANhab says:

    2-1

  12. punkster says:

    That Eller kid really sucks eh?

    And that Plex sucks too eh?

    Release the Subbang!!!

  13. SportsFan31 says:

    YESSS!

  14. trolly says:

    A Viking dagger.

  15. slapshot777 says:

    STFU Simpson

  16. DipsyDoodler says:

    Yeah!

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  17. Stuck_in_To. says:

    Lars is large!

  18. OMG! Why so hard! Glad for Eller, he can skate!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  19. Mondou6 says:

    Does the ref want to check the time again after that goal? Maybe put another few seconds back on the clock?

  20. slapshot777 says:

    Eller the man.

  21. habsfaninboston says:

    Nice work Larry!

  22. Hoegaarden says:

    B E A U T I F U L !!

  23. Habcouver says:

    Now, you can sing that damned song.

  24. Danno says:

    It was…

    NEVER IN DOUBT!!!

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  25. Butterface says:

    PHEW …. okay this is good.

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    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..
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  26. sCOTT1243 says:

    Not over yet…:)

  27. habs-fan-84 says:

    YAYYYY BABY!

  28. Storman says:

    We wre the better team tonight by far

  29. danhabsfan says:

    Yes, CBC do you love that?

  30. habsfaninboston says:

    Yessss!

  31. piter says:

    Right on, statement made…..

  32. Habcouver says:

    Longest 10 seconds!!

  33. Turning blue here!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  34. HabinBurlington says:

    Craig Simpson can’t be more Pro Boston.

  35. Davey93 says:

    The refs didn’t call anything tonight

  36. HabsKid says:

    Weise! What a great acquisition.

  37. Habcouver says:

    Whine, whine, whine!

  38. trolly says:

    FU Iginla!!!!!!!

  39. habstrinifan says:

    Anyone still alive?

  40. Storman says:

    Moen shift of the year

  41. Habcouver says:

    No more Ole, k?

  42. big_green_puffin says:

    Subban had better play defense this time!

  43. Monahab says:

    Stay calm……we’ve got this…

  44. Storman says:

    Sphincter getting a workout.

  45. piter says:

    We got this, np.

  46. bjmmn says:

    Nononononono…..

  47. Prop says:

    Pucker factor engaged.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  48. danhabsfan says:

    Common boys, win the face off and control the game

  49. jols says:

    Too much!!! Wow.

  50. My heart!!!!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  51. danhabsfan says:

    Oh boy

  52. trolly says:

    Beware the empty netter.

  53. Habcouver says:

    C’mon boys!

  54. Et le but says:

    Not good for the heart…

  55. big_green_puffin says:

    No one cover the guy in front! Are you f$&@ing kidding me! Sub ban and gorges doing f$&@ all defensively there

  56. Storman says:

    FFFFFFFFFFFF Vanek’s goal post better not be a haunting

  57. NLhabsfan says:

    Push back now guys

  58. Sorry, we really suck in the third period you just knew it was going to happen…. FFFFFFFFFFFF

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  59. monmick says:

    Phoqu’n Murray!

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  60. sCOTT1243 says:

    ah fawkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

    Josh get that out ffs

    I’m gonna puke

  61. danhabsfan says:

    All because we didn’t clear it when we had the chance… Wow

  62. Et le but says:

    Oh, oh….

  63. big_green_puffin says:

    Dammit Eller, skate

  64. Habcouver says:

    Mr. Boone, bang on. refs have been non- factors

  65. B says:

    Gallagher must be pretty strong, a little shrug and Hamilton goes flying down to the ice.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  66. Butterface says:

    Bunch of weasels calling for a penalty on every stoppage…

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    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..
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  67. Peajay says:

    It’s too early to be singing! There’s still too much hockey to play, and these Bruins can score two goals in three minutes…

  68. big_green_puffin says:

    Agreed Boone! Refs have done okay!

  69. sCOTT1243 says:

    16 degrees in the house….sweating like a pig for some reason

  70. Get it over with already!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  71. HabinBurlington says:

    Wow Gallagher must be strong to send two players flying!

  72. Butterface says:

    Rask went looking for collision.

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    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..
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  73. habstrinifan says:

    Breathing easier now!

  74. Habcouver says:

    No Ole!

  75. big_green_puffin says:

    Don’t poke the bear


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