Round 1, Game 3: Bruins narrow Habs’ lead

Canadiens’ Tom Kostopoulos goes flying through the
air over Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas following hit by centre David Krejci (46) during first period of Game 3 Sunday night.
Pierre Obendrauf, The Gazette

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For the second consecutive game, the Canadiens and Bruins took extra time to decide the outcome but, unlike Saturday night, Boston came away with a 2-1 win, their first in 11 games against Montreal this season.

Marc Savard scored the winner for the Bruins after a Montreal turnover 9:25 into first overtime to close the gap in the first-round playoff series to 2-1.

It was a game that started well for the Bruins, who desperately needed a win if they had any hope of staying in the series. For the first time in 11 games against Montreal this season, they finally managed to grab a lead when hulking rookie Milan Lucic beat Carey Price with a quick shot over the goalie’s blocker 6:30 into the first period.
As was expected, the Bruins came out hungry and dominated the Canadiens for a large portion of the opening period, hitting the Habs’ defencemen harder than they had in the first two games of the series. One notable hit was Lucic going full speed at Canadiens defenceman Mike Komisarek.

The 19-year-old Lucic played perhaps one of the best games of his young career as he had several great scoring chances and landed crushing hits throughout the game.

The Canadiens started to pick up their game late in the first period, but were unable to get anything past Tim Thomas, who didn’t look terribly confident on the stops he did make.

Guillaume Latendresse and Shane Hnidy got into a fight after the siren sounded to end the first period, depriving the Bruins of a solid defender for the start of the second period.

Tom Kostopoulos scored his second goal of the series to tie the game at 1-1 early in the second period as his line with Steve Bégin and Bryan Smolinski continued to give a solid contribution to the Canadiens on the scoresheet and in the corners with a solid forecheck.

After having the best power play in the NHL during the regular season, the Canadiens went 0-for-4 on Sunday night and are 1-for-18 in the series as the Bruins have done a good job of getting into the shooting lanes and keeping Montreal to the perimeter.

Boston was 0-for-5 with the man advantage in Game 3 and outshot the Canadiens 31-28.

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