Game 75: Bruins destroy Habs

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On this night, the fan on the left would get little argument.
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• At a Glance: Humiliation? Embarrassment? Both? The Boston Bruins made a mockery of the season’s most hyped game Thursday night, destroying the Canadiens 7-0 at TD Banknorth Garden. The ice was still wet at 61 seconds of the first second when Bruins’ Johnny Boychuk slapped a screened drive past Carey Price. Gregory Campbell made it 2-0 at 13:43 on a tip-in that ultimately Price back-kicked into his own net. Nathan Horton upped it to 3-0 on the power-play, returning Tomas Plekanec sitting out a four-minute high-sticking penalty for having cut Horton, the Bruins’ first-period romp complete with an 18-9 shots edge and total territorial domination. The Canadiens pushed back a little in the second period, testing Boston goalie Tim Thomas at least a little, still outshot 11-6, but even defenceman Paul Mara’s willingness to rough it up first with Mark Recchi then fight with Gregory Campbell did nothing to change the tide. Then, two quick Bruins goals in the third period by Horton and Adam McQuaid spelled the end of the night for Price at 4:29. Tomas Kaberle made it 6-0 at 11:27. Then the insult: Campbell scoring with the Habs “enjoying” a 5-on-3 at 13:35.

• Key Moment: Would it be sarcastic to say when the Canadiens took their charter to Boston? The Habs were never in this one, from Boston’s first goal 1:10 into the game. Montreal has gone 126:05 without a goal, since beating Minnesota 8-1 last Sunday.

• What It Means: The Bruins have pulled five points clear of the Canadiens, still with two games in hand, in the Northeast Division. A shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators still gave the New York Rangers a point, lifting them to within two points of the sixth-ranked Habs in the Eastern Conference.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens were to return home to Montreal immediately after the game and will practice Friday morning in Brossard, the Alex Ovechkin-less Washington Capitals the Bell Centre visitors on Saturday.

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