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