Canadiens’ Christopher Higgins checks Bruins defenceman Dennis Wideman during first peiod of Game 3 Monday night.
John Mahoney, The Gazette
• At a Glance: The Canadiens came out flying for Game 3 Monday night before their fans at the Bell Centre and managed to score the first goal, but not even that was enough to prevent Montreal from falling behind 3-0 to the Boston Bruins in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Christopher Higgins, with his second of the series, opened the scoring before Phil Kessel scored near the end of the first period on a deflection after a bad giveaway by Mike Komisarek in the defensive zone. Shawn Thornton for the Bruins and Yannick Webber for the Canadiens each scored their first career postseason goals for a 2-2 game before Michael Ryder pounced on a rebound with less than three minutes to play in the second to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead, one they would not relinquish the rest of the way. The Canadiens had their chances on the power play, but came up empty in three opportunities, while the Bruins went 0-for-1. Trailing by a goal, the Canadiens managed only five third-period shots on Tim Thomas, who looked shaky on the two goals he allowed. Chuck Kobasek capped the scoring into an empty net.
• Key Moments: Michael Ryder’s goal late in the second period – the second of the series against his former team – was the difference as the Canadiens generated little in the way of scoring chances in the third period.
• What It Means: The Canadiens are one loss away from seeing their centennial season end in disappointment after high hopes heading into the year following their first-place finish in the Eastern Conference last season.
• What’s Next: Games 4 goes Wednesday night in Montreal and should the Canadiens manage to win, Game 5 would be Saturday night in Boston. If not, it’s to the golf course until next season.