The Bruins found Friday night hockey to their liking, taking the Montreal Canadiens into an overtime frame before collecting their second win in this year’s quarterfinal. Patrice Bergeron scored the winning goal at the 1:36 mark of the first overtime period, a frustrating 2-1 loss for the Canadiens as they battled through the game to stay even with Boston. Michael Nylander tallied the other marker for the Bruins, while Patrice Brisebois scored the tying goal in the second.
Andrew Raycroft once again had a monster game for the Bruins, stopping 25 of the 26 shots fired at him by Montreal. Jose Theodore didn’t face as many shots at Raycroft, but none the less kept his Habs in the game when it counted; stopping 15 of the 17 shots fired his way.
For Montreal the task gets a little harder now, Boston high with confidence is playing some solid defensive hockey and taking advantage of the errors when they happen. For the Canadiens the upcoming two home games offer a chance to get back into this series, should the Bruins continue on with their style of play, the series may not last much longer than the trip to Montreal. The Habs need to get their scorers scoring, with few shots on net there isn’t much chance of a goal going up on the board, In order to beat the Bruins, Montreal has to start making the shots count when they take them.