Behind a sellout crowd, the Boston Bruins defeated the arch-rival Montreal Canadiens last night 3-1. Every Bostonian has to love seeing the Habs go down. And every Bostonian has to love the Habs' fans going home looking like idiots.
Though the garden was sold out, there were way too many Canadiens' fans. Every section had several rows of fans wearing red and white, including the rows directly in front and behind me, and every time we scored, I let 'em know.
Anyway, the game itself was great. The Bruins defense played spectacular, and with Tim Thomas behind them it was impossible for Montreal to score. (Sheldon Souray got lucky in the third, with an assist going to a struggling Sergei Samsonov.) The first period was deadlocked at zero the entire time. Both teams had scoring chances that were swiftly taken away by the two goalies.
In the second, the Bruins took the lead when Petr Tenkrat (who played with Sturm and Bergeron) took a shot from within the blue line that hit off the glove of Halak and went into the net. Then later in the period, a great shot by Brandon Bochenski (who played with Kessel and Chistov) went in the net and the Bruins had a 2-0 lead going into the break.
Towards the beginning of the third period, the Bruins were a little flat and Montreal got lucky as previously mentioned. Glen Murray finally made it known that he's back from the IR by scoring his 28th of the season with 5 minutes left. Murray's goal finally sent the jerk three rows in front of me home to Canada.
Last night's game was great, and the Bruins are right back on the ice tonight against the New Jersey Devils.