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. sCOTT1243 says:

    Gallyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!! hahha

  2. Prop says:

    DON’T. SING!

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  3. big_green_puffin says:

    Shut up shut up shut up!

  4. Storman says:

    Boone here come the surge,,, ff me enjoy your sh,t..

  5. Storman says:

    Vanek FFFFFFFFFFFF that usually automatic for him…

  6. habsfaninboston says:

    So close!

  7. trolly says:

    Iginla sucks.

  8. monmick says:

    Vanek’s back…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  9. sCOTT1243 says:

    You gotta be shi***g me

  10. danhabsfan says:

    Oh Vanek, you deserved a goal

  11. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Plekanec andVanek!!!!!!!!!

  12. Prop says:

    Gah!

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  13. What’s with the icing. G-dammit!!! Take it out!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  14. Butterface says:

    Ah crap…. gotta buy some of those press on nails tomorrow… bit my own off.

    ***********************
    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..
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  15. Habcouver says:

    Longest 5 minutes remaining of the entire game.

  16. jols says:

    Icings are f’n killing me.

  17. Storman says:

    My fast forward button is fffffffffffffff not working

  18. Habbu says:

    Oh goodie a commercial break which means I can throw up in the toilet rather than the carpet

  19. jols says:

    Clock is counting down way too slowly.

  20. DipsyDoodler says:

    Is this supposed to be fun?

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  21. Storman says:

    I have a good feeling Boone has a bad feeling..

  22. AH says:

    Sign Weaver!

  23. B says:

    Guelph scores 2 goals in the last minute to beat North Bay 4-3. BC down by one late in the 3rd.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  24. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Boston BEWARE of Montreal. Never ever anything positive ….

  25. Monahab says:

    No more shifts for Murray please! His work is done……good job.

  26. danhabsfan says:

    Why is there no offensive pressure by the Habs, why are they in shell?

    • Good question. This is the killer instinct that we need to have but didn’t in the first two games in the third. Gotta take it to ‘em and bury this game!

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  27. Habcouver says:

    How about that Weaver huh.

  28. So… Bourque didn’t get a penalty on that. Blind or just letting them play?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  29. Habbu says:

    Weaver the Warrior!

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    Krug goes after Max knowing offside, but then wonders why Max hits back. He has become a Bruin so quickly. Julien has taught him well how to whine.

  31. Davey93 says:

    Dreeeeaaammm Weavvverrrr

  32. Danno says:

    Ugly Krug

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  33. Storman says:

    Guys panicking a little,, falling all over the ice do not over commit to the blocked shot..

  34. UKRAINIANhab says:

    WeVer!

  35. HabinBurlington says:

    Gallagher, bad clear, but many will blame Murray.

  36. sCOTT1243 says:

    Poor Gally, tossed like a rag doll out there.

    Weaver gets a star tonight.

  37. NLhabsfan says:

    Not liking the camera view on this game.

  38. Mondou6 says:

    That call for hitting Price just means that we’ll be called for some BS ticky-tack penalty later.

  39. Habbu says:

    That little puke Marchand gets away with everything

  40. Dulljerk says:

    The best way to prevent goals is to fill the other net.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  41. habsinnyc says:

    One thing going for us this third period — no chance of a Cube deflection resulting in a Boston goal

  42. Storman says:

    Marchand slashing at will tonight including a slash on Emelin’s hand ,, and ref warns Emelin for trying to make him part of the boards.

  43. sCOTT1243 says:

    KILLING ME tonight Boone…Type this: Boston beware of the win. DO it Do it

    Surge coming from Subby

  44. Habbu says:

    The wife is worried about the veins on my forehead

  45. habstrinifan says:

    Boone:Good third period so far. Safe without being overly defensive.by mike.boone 9:34 PM

    This why you do a good job Boone. Right post at the right time!!!!!

  46. jols says:

    Were they even trying to score on that pp or just kill 2 minutes off the clock?

  47. scamorza says:

    You know for all those who crapped on our captain this year that one play now to chip the puck so that Subban can get off the ice will prove to be a big play

    come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

  48. Davey93 says:

    When will this team learn how to play three full periods!

  49. monmick says:

    Looks like Emelin took pity on Marchand. Pulled-up slighly before the hit…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  50. Storman says:

    Will Cherry and CBC point out Marchand ducking out of that hit,, so dangerous Emelin could have got hurt there..

  51. dexterdog says:

    I haven’t shaved since the start of the playoffs. My face itches.

  52. danhabsfan says:

    Ok boys, now push hard for the rest of this game. Stop sitting back, play like you did before.

  53. Dulljerk says:

    Damn, they look so tentative and backing up. It’s like its going to be a 10 minute Penalty Kill.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  54. scuba says:

    expect a bruins pp before the 5 min mark. hang on habs!

  55. I need oxygen!!!!!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  56. Storman says:

    Price lol what was that,, oh well

  57. big_green_puffin says:

    What a wasted opportunity!

  58. D Mex says:

    3P ” Beware the ” ~ Fatalist

  59. Monahab says:

    Easy Mr. Boone last time you said beware the…..it happened.

  60. Habcouver says:

    Need that killer instinct now!

  61. Storman says:

    Pk in a different league when he plays like this..

  62. monmick says:

    Did Markov’s mistress have a baby yesterday?

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  63. monmick says:

    I’m glad Chris Kelly is not playing…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  64. bjmmn says:

    Boone, STOP SAYING “Beware the _____!!!”

  65. D Mex says:

    CBC worst case scenario : ” Any chance of a comeback could be extinguished here – Healy “

  66. piter says:

    Real hustle by Markov, eh?

  67. Why aren’t we skating like we want a goal?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  68. Storman says:

    win this face off

  69. Storman says:

    Now that was a penalty

  70. danhabsfan says:

    Need one here

  71. duffy says:

    MT really gets excited,

  72. make it so Habs!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…


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