The winning goal was scored 61 seconds into the long-awaited showdown.
Your Montreal Canadiens, who scored eight goals in Minnesota, look like they might not get another one this season.
They were that bad in Boston, and it is painfully evident the Bruins are a better team, and the Canadiens are not going to catch them for the Northeast Division title.
This is the time of year when your best are supposed to be at their best. With the exception of Carey Price and P.K. Subban, the Canadiens’ best are Missing in Action.
Scott Gomez, Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta are earning a total of $18 million this season.
David Desharnais, Lars Eller and Ryan White are making $2,060,00.
Tomas Plekanec played hurt, looked slow and was minus-4, as was Cammalleri.
Ah, what’s the point of dwelling on the stats?
Here’s the crucial one: The Canadiens have seven games left, four of which are on the road.
Barring a total collapse – which can’t be ruled out – the Canadiens will make the playoffs.
But based on what we’ve seen this week, the postseason could be one and done.
The Canadiens did not show up in Madison Square Garden last Friday, and the consensus was: File it and forget it.
They scored eight goals, a week’s supply for this team, in Minnesota.
Ryan Miller posted his easiest shutout of the season at the Bell Centre Tuesday night.
And then the hated Bruins bent this team over a log in a part of the woods where no one could hear them scream.
Revenge on Zdeno Chara? He had three assists and was plus-3.
Revenge on Gregory Campbell? Two goals … including an unassisted shorty when the Canadiens had a 5-on-3 power play.
Revenge on bigmouth Mark Recchi? An assist … plus fun and games with Carey Price’s stick.
On L’Antichambre, they’re showing a third-period sequence in which, at even strength, the Bruins controlled the puck through a shift while white-shirted defenders poked tentatively at the end of their sticks.
“Pas d’effort,” lamented Michel Bergeron.
Gaston Therrien showed a clip in which Gomez, with no one checking him, circled in the Canadiens’ end, as his wont, and then made a nonchalant play that resulted in a Boston takeaway – whereupon Gomez took a frustration penalty.
The Bruin who picked the $8-million man’s pocket?
Gomez took two penalties. Plekanec took an early double minor.
The Canadiens are one of the most penalized teams in the league, and it’s all pussy-ass stuff that results from losing puck battles and lagging behind the play.
Two games do not a season make, but this is crunch time.
And the Canadiens are being crunched …. decisively.
Jacques Martin has a lot of work to do between now and Saturday, when the Ovechkin-less Caps visit the Bell Centre.
The team has sucked in three of its last four games, and this thing threatens to go pear-shaped.
OK, I’m done ranting.
More in the morning.