Heading into last nights game trailing 2-0 in the playoffs series vs. the Montreal Canadians, the Boston Bruins felt the pressure to put on a solid performance or ultimately pack it in for the year. After their 2-1 OT win, they’ll at least be packing their bags for a game 5 in Canada, extending the series for another day with the victory. The win was the Bruins first of the year against the Canadians, and came at home in front of a sellout crowd at the TD Banknorth Garden.
“We got the monkey off our back after 13 losses,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien, who was not the coach of the Bruins when Montreal started its 13-game winning streak over a year ago. “The game was a lot like last night’s, but this time Lady Luck was smiling upon us.”
For the first time all season, the Bruins took a lead against the Canadians with an early 1st period goal scored in the 7th minute of the game. Milan Lucic found the back of the net on a beautiful shot that was assisted by Marc Savard and Mark Stuart.
The Canadians picked up their intensity in the 2nd period and came away with a goal to knot the game at 1-1. Tom Kostopoulos slapped home his second goal of the series 4:26 into the period, the goal was assisted by Bryan Smolinski and Steve Begin.
After a scoreless third period, the two teams would skate on in overtime and it was the Bruins who would take advantage of delayed penalty call and put home the game winning goal 9:25 into the extra period. It was Marc Savard who came off the bench as an extra man for the penalty call, and would put home his first goal of the playoffs for the key victory. Dennis Wideman was credited with the assist.
“I came on as the extra skater,” said Savard, “When Wideman picked it off, I yelled at the top of my lungs and luckily he saw me.”
The Bruins received an outstand effort in goal from Tim Thomas who made 27 saves included several close range shots that came in the overtime.
“I knew at one point they were going to beat us,” Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. “We had a couple of really good chances in overtime, but Thomas played big.”
The two teams will skate in the 4th game of the series tomorrow night, again at the TD Banknorth Garden at 7:00pm. If the Bruins can win at least one of the next two games, a 6th game will also be played in Boston on Saturday April 19th.
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