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Bruins Don't Have 6 Seconds to Spare Against Canadiens

Six seconds.

Hardly a blip in hockey.

There 3,600 seconds of play in a regulation hockey game.

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Six seconds represents 0.16 percent of the allotted time you get in those three periods.

But try stopping P.K. Subban when he's exiting the penalty box uncovered on a breakaway, especially when you only have six seconds to catch him.

Six seconds was an eternity for the Bruins and Tuukka Rask Tuesday night in Game 3 of their playoff series against Montreal.

Subban bolted the penalty box in the first period after he was whistled for roughing and rocketed toward Rask with all the power of a tsunami.

He barrelled toward Rask and made one quick move before depositing the puck into glove side of the net.

The score put the Canadiens ahead 2-0, giving Montreal its third two-goal lead in three games. This time, Montreal would not crumble, nor allow All The President's Cup Men to tie the game.

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There are many, many things one can - accomplish in those six seconds.

You can remove a stripped screw:

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The penalty that set up this goal for Montreal came when Subban rolled high and hard into Reilly Smith in addition to his Canadiens teammate, Thomas Vanek. Smith added just enough drama and flair to his fall to ensure the whistle.

This power play and the embellishment that helped enabled it to happen blew up in the Bruins' face far, far quicker and with more vengeance than those oft-discussed Tweets about Subban the other night.

Boston's scoreless playoff power-play streak against Montreal hit 35 after the Canadiens consumed the penalty. The last Bruin to score a power-play goal against Montreal in the postseason was Michael Ryder in Game 2 against the Canadiens in the first round of the 2009 playoffs.

After Subban scored, a sense a dred spread southward from St. Johnsbury, Vt. This night would not be Boston's. Subban has 11 points in the playoffs. He wore a killer fedora on his way into the arena, leaving Pharrell Williams searching for a new haberdashery. Subban even delivered impact from the bench when Montreal scored to make it 3-0.

Boston would score and keep hope alive among Black and Gold devotees until the game's final seconds and Rask watching from the Bench. With Boston trailing 3-2, Subban struck again, this time by dislodging his own net 10 seconds to play, the Bruins pressing Carey Price and David Krejci open and alone at the point. It was a very coincidental accident.

No penalty here.

It took Lars Eller less than six seconds to finally snuff out Boston via an empty-net goal with 2.8 seconds to play and the Canadiens ahead 3-2. A missed pass in the offensive zone left Eller all alone as he slowly skated in to ice the 4-2 victory and Montreal's 2-1 lead in the best of seven series.

The Bruins must find a way to win at least one game in Montreal if their season it to continue past this round. If that is to occur Thursday in Game 5, Boston will have to play at least, perhaps, 50 minutes of hockey. In Game 2 Saturday, the Bruins showed up for 7:58 of the third period, notched four goals and tied the series. Tuesday, Boston wandered across the Bell Centre ice, perhaps mesmerized by the pageantry of the fire and ice of the pregame ceremony, and all but skipped the first 18 minutes of play. The Bruins were on the ice during the first period but it's hard to determine whether they believed there was a game going until the jet-engine roar of the Bell Centre partisans woke them up following Tomas Plekanec's goal.

It was as if the Bruins had not idea there was a playoff game occurring on in the building near the corner of Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal and René Lévesque Boulevard. "The biggest thing was a lack of awareness, from that first goal," Bruins coach Claude Julien said in his post-game press conference. "Our lack of awareness ended up costing us tonight. Our team wasn't good enough at the start to give us a chance tonight."

There is no more room for the Bruins to continue slow starts and spot their opponent two goals in each game.

They are down 2-1 to Montreal and the Canadiens hold home-ice until further notice.

You might say Boston doesn't have a second to spare, never mind six.

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