After several missed chances, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will have a seventh and decisive game at the TD Garden on Wednesday night. Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily.
MONTREAL - The Boston Bruins missed on several scoring opportunities to close out the Canadiens in Game 6. More importantly, they missed out on closing the series.
There was the Kevan Miller turnover in their own end that led to the first goal from Lars Eller. There was Max Pacioretty flat out beating Zdeno Chara and putting the puck past a hesitant Tuukka Rask. There was an ill-advised penalty from Gregory Campbell that led to the Bruins killer Thomas Vanek striking again - and later for the empty netter.
There was the missed chance by Milan Lucic in the second period that would’ve tied it up. There was Loui Eriksson hitting the post - something the Bruins have been doing quite often this series. There was Iginla's shot that landed on the goal line but was stopped by David Desharnais at the last second. Then there was the frustration showed in the last minute that resulted in 28 penalty minutes between Iginla Zdeno Chara and Mike Weaver.
There was the missed chance by Milan Lucic in the second period that would’ve tied it up. There was Loui Eriksson hitting the post - something the Bruins have been doing quite often this series. Then there was the frustration showed in the last minute that resulted in 28 penalty minutes between Zdeno Chara, Jarome Iginla and Mike Weaver.
All this resulted in a 4-0 Habs victory in front of a raucous crowd of 21,273 at the Bell Centre. It also resulted in a seventh and decisive game Wednesday night at the TD Garden.
Simply put, it just wasn’t the Bruins night.
“There were a couple times, but you just have to fight through it and you have to keep battling to get that first goal,” noted Johnny Boychuk on the feeling that tonight “wasn’t their night.”
“You just have to try and fight and get that first goal, and we know that it’s in here and we have to be ready for this next game.”
The Bruins kept battling for that first goal all night. They had their chances too. Those included Lucic’s missed shot in the second period and a botched 2-on-1 attempt early in the first. Moreover, the first line of Lucic, Iginla and David Krejci spent nearly three minutes of time in the Habs zone in the second period, but still couldn’t convert.
Despite the momentum they built through the second period, the missed chances caught up to them and the Habs took advantage.
“In the second, we had some good chances, good zone time and good energy,” Iginla said. “Third [period] was the same and we just kept trying to stay with it. But when they put the fourth one in, then you knew it wasn’t going to happen. But, no guys weren’t quitting in our room.”
By the end of Game 6, the emotions got the better of them. Now, they need to put Game 6 in the past and look forward to Game 7.
“We kept pushing. We tried to get ourselves back in it, but, like I said, there’s nothing more to talk about,” Lucic said. “We look forward to Game 7 here and that’s where our focus is. That’s basically all I got.”
It all comes down to Wednesday night. The B’s must capitalize on their chances, otherwise, Claude Julien’s Presidents’ Trophy winning squad will have to face the music when they exit stage right.
See what the Bruins had to say after their loss to the Habs. Video by Peter Manderino, Bruins Daily