Although I hate losing to Montreal, and going down 3-0 in the season series, I wasn't too angry about losing this one. If you're going to go down, winning four fights in the meantime is the way to go. Alberts, Chara, and Stuart were the winning fighters for the Bruins (Mark Stuart winning twice). The habs looked to have figured out the Bruins neutral zone trap and were really able to penetrate the Bruins defense, registering 52 shots. Tim Thomas, who had 45 saves and playing in his tenth consecutive game, did not have his usual NHL's-top-goalie performance either. The Habs showed that they were the dominant team, and that should never happen.
In the first period, Saku Koivu started the scoring when he put in a rebound on the Power Play. Glen Murray quickly answered when his really nice snap shot went in, tying the game.
Early in the second period, Tom Kostopoulos, killing a Bruins power play, stole the puck and scored on Tim Thomas short handed. Zdeno Chara's one-timer, slapped very hard, went in to tie it up at 2. Very quickly, however, Andrei Kostitsyn on the power play retook the lead. The Bruins once again tied it up in the middle of the period. Glen Murray found Sturm in front of the net who scored a great goal. Latendresse put in a rebound though to give the Habs the lead going into the third.
Four minutes into the third period playing 4 on 4, Hamrlik on the ground put in his own rebound to give the Habs a two goal lead. Down 5-3, Alberts decided to try to spark the Bruins midway through the final period. He beat up Tom Kostopoulos, however the spark did not catch. On the next faceoff, Komisarek took the puck and shot it by TT, giving the Habs a 6-3 lead. This time it was Mark Stuart who tried to spark the Bruins. He beat up Kostitsyn, and this time it worked. Glen Murray's rocket from the faceoff circle went in. Zdeno Chara beat up Latendresse (who didn't even get in a punch) but that didn't do anything as Ryder found Kovalev across the ice on a power play to seal the three goal lead for the Habs, 7-4. With under thirty second left, Tom kostopoulos instigated a fight with mark Stuart. Stuart easily beat him up, while Tom K. was suspended for one game for instigating a fight late in the third (new rule).
Game 689 of the biggest rivalry in the NHL is on Thursday December 6th, 2007 at the TD Banknorth Garden. I've already got my tickets and seats are still available. Too many Quebecois crowd the Garden during these games. We need more Bruins fans to help drown out the "go Habs go". The Bruins-Canadiens games are always fun to go to so please come if you can!