2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – First Round Series Recap
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 6 - Montreal 2, Boston 1 – Series tied, 3-3
The early theme for this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs is the wondrous mixture of Game 7’s and overtime drama. The Montreal Canadiens worked hard enough to take yet another NHL first-round series to a one-game decider, throwing the Boston Bruins into another do-or-die cauldron for the second straight postseason.
What makes this classic rivalry all the more intriguing is that neither team will have any time to reflect on Game 6 on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. With the teams being forced to play Game 7 without a day off, the only thing the Bruins and Canadiens can worry about is getting enough sleep before the latest and greatest installment of this bitter hockey feud. The Habs from the province of Quebec have little time to savor their latest successful effort at staving off playoff elimination. Sure, they won a game on home ice, but now they've got another do-or-die game staring them in the face.
Montreal jumped on Boston early with a power-play goal scored by Mike Cammalleri at 10:17 of the first period. It was the only goal in the first twenty minutes of hockey, and it was set up by Cammalleri’s frenetic energy at all spots on the ice.
Boston responded 48 seconds into the second period with a goal scored by Dennis Seidenberg. When that goal was netted, it was reasonable to think that another Boston comeback was in the works after the Game 4 Houdini act turned the series around in Montreal. However, that tally turned out to be the last time the Bruins lit the lamp on Tuesday night.
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Then the game got even more interesting than it had been up to that point. Boston’s Milan Lucic was given a boarding major and a game misconduct 4:37 into the second period for his hit on Jaroslay Spacek. Lucic drove the Montreal defenseman's head into the glass on a check from behind directly in front of the off-ice officials. Blood was everywhere and it seemed a no-brainer call for the officials. The Canadiens got their second lengthy two-man advantage of the game
16 seconds later when Bergeron was penalized after his clearing attempt sailed over the glass. Brian Gionta, who had a goal disallowed in the first period, pounced on the opportunity afforded him and his team by the 5-on-3 situation. Gionta got his third goal of the series at 5:48 in the second period and gave Montreal the lead for good.
In the third period, the Bruins made a few advances at net, but Montreal backstop Carey Price was there to parry each and every thrust from the third-seeded Bruins.
There’s no time for flowery orations or dramatic buildups. It’s already time for Game 7 in this quick 21-hour turnaround from one game to another. Who will win the 33rd playoff series between Montreal (24 series wins) and Boston (eight series wins)? We’ll find out soon enough… tonight, as a matter of fact.
By: Matt Zemek
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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