The Montreal Canadiens definatly have the Boston Bruins number. Tonight, a 5-2 victory over the Bruins inflated the Habs winning streak over Boston to 8 straight games. A perfect 5 for 5 this season.
We have seen a pretty physical match tonight as many Bruins were trying to derail defensemen Mike Komisarek out of his game. Komisarek was the main target but did not gave an inch to his opponents. He responded bodycheck for bodycheck and avoided the penalty box as best as he could.
Montreal took the lead in the first period when Tomas Plekanec and later Maxim Lapierre both lit the lamp behind Boston goaltender Tim Thomas who looked like he usually does...very bad. Into the second period, Alex Kovalev worked his magic and gave a 3-0 lead to his club with his 19th goal of the season on a power play. A laser beam to the glove side of Tim Thomas gave no chance to the poor goalie. The goal finally goes into the books as the game-winner.
The depleted Boston team attempted a comeback but fell short. First, Aaron Ward closed the scoring of this second period then Milan Lucic two minutes into the third frame made it a 3-2 game. Boston had the game-tying goal on their sticks but missed the net on a couple of glorious occasions.
But more defensive failures sank the Bruins. Matthieu Dandenault scored two goals, smashing the home team hopes of any comeback. First, on a ridiculous backhander that never left the ice, Dandenault softly squeeked the puck thru the goalie’s legs. Once again, Tim Thomas looked like a pee-wee leaguer. Dandenault’s second goal was scored on a tic-tac-toe play during the final minute of the game.
All the blame should go to Thomas. He is clearly not NHL material but nobody seems to ever notice. Last year I was ranting about David Aebisher and his pee-wee plays, this year Tim Thomas wins the NHL worse goalie award.
The Canadiens have three more games to play outside of Montreal. Next up: the New-York Rangers on saturday evening.
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