Bruins’ David Krejci celebrates the second goal against Canadiens goalie Carey Price as Ryan O’Byrne drags the puck
from the net Wednesday night.
Allen McInnis, The Gazette
• At a Glance: For the second straight game, the Canadiens scored first and just like Monday night, the Bruins stormed back to defeat the Canadiens 4-1 Wednesday night to eliminate Montreal 4-0 in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Andrei Kostitsyn scored a quick goal for the Canadiens only 39 seconds into the game. But the Bruins scored four unanswered goals on Carey Price, who at one point raised his arms to the fans after they cheered a routine save after the fourth goal. Former Canadien Michael Ryder did it to his old team again, scored his third and fourth goal of the series, as well as collecting an assist on David Krejci’s goal with 35 seconds left in the first period, only two minutes after Ryder tied the score 1-1. Phil Kessel also scored his fourth goal of the series as he was sent in alone as he came out of the penalty box 11:58 into the second period. Ryder then scored his second of the game 45 seconds later.
• Key Moments: The Bruins scored two quick goals in the final three minutes of the first period and never looked back.
• What It Means: The Bruins advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs, while the Canadiens will head home for the summer.
• What’s Next: A summer full of questions and searching for answers as to what went wrong during the centennial season. The Canadiens have a long list of unrestricted free agents and the 2009-10 edition of the team could look vastly different.