It all started with the Anthems. Once again the Frauds who are supposed to be nice people boooed the Star-Spangled Banner. And cheer loudly for O’Canada. Nice people these French Frauds! Fandom is one thing, disrespect is despicable and vile.Then their Habs got going and at 11:52 Chris Higgins gave the Canadiens their first lead of the series as he wristed a hard shot under the left arm of Tim Thomas and Montreal had their one goal lead. And they are still buzzing the Bruin net.But all that would change when Phil Kessel too the puck from behind his own net and with that Kessel speed, made his way through a host of Canadien stick checkers and was broken up on the goal line…..but Mike Komisarek turned the puck over at the blue line and Dennis Wideman blasted it back toward the net where it was going wide, but Kessel never gave up on the play and tipped it home by the catching glove of Carey Price with just over a minute left in the first. After the initial buzz, the Bruins were tied and looking just fine!Boston has begun their usual hard work and fourth liners combine for the lead when Byron Bitz beats a Canadien defender behind the net and feeds Thornton for his first and it’s a 2-1 Boston. Short lived as Yannick Weber put a shot off the face off through Thomas’ legs and in the words of Hall of Famer Bob Wilson, It’s all brand new and shiny.But if you’ve been with us from the beginning of the year, you’ve seen it before. The Bruins keep coming at you and Michael Ryder capped off a flurry of shots and huge rebounds off Carey Price’s pad and finally put in rebound in the open corner stick side and the Bruins had their one goal lead through two periods. Third period was no different as Boston solidified their stranglehold on the Habs and go down three games to love as Chuck Kobasew salted it with an open net goal.What is comes down to is Coach Claude Julien’s system which he never lets them get away from along with good old fashion hard work. The Bruins keep doing whatever it takes to get loose puck and with Montreal turning over the puck, Boston has been right there to take advantage of it every time.
As Tim Thomas said after the game, “they are not dead yet. We have to keep stepping on them until we’ve won four.” Game four is Wednesday night, I’d be happy coming home from Montreal with round 1 in their pocket but we all know how this works. One game at a time.