Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/8/14
Boston Bruins (54-19-9) at Montreal Canadiens (46-28-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +118 / Boston Bruins -130 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBCSN, TSN, RDS
The Boston Bruins look to even their series with the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre Thursday.
Montreal's success against Boston added another chapter with the Canadiens taking a 4-2 decision on Tuesday at the Bell Centre. No late rally from Boston this time around as the Habs jumped out early and finally finished off strong for a 2-1 series lead heading in to Thursday's bout at the Bell Centre. The Bruins had to be confident heading in to the final stanza where they had dominated play against their rivals but not this time around although the thought had to cross the minds of the fans at the Bell Centre when Boston cut the lead to 3-2.
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Tomas Plekanec gave the home team a 1-0 edge before the midway point of period one with PK Subban doubling the lead when he came out of the penalty box and received a pass from Lars Eller and scored on a breakaway. Boston found themselves in a 3-0 hole when Dale Weiss received a long pass from Danny Briere and beat Tuukka Rask on another breakaway at 13:52 of the second for what looked like an insurmountable lead. The Bruins found some life with just over two minutes remaining when Patrice Bergeron beat Carey Price to enter the third down 3-1 with a bit of momentum.
Jerome Iginlia's redirection cut the Habs lead to 3-2 with 2:16 remaining in regulation as Boston pulled Rask for the extra attacker but Eller found the empty net in the waning seconds to secure the victory. Price was solid in the nets with a 26 save performance while Rask absorbed the loss was charged with three goals on 25 shots and was victimized by a few breakdowns from his defense. Perhaps there is something different about Montreal when they face Boston because few teams have stood toe to toe with the President Trophy winner. Of course a few breakaway tallies didn't hurt but the bottom line is this series could be 3-0 if the Habs protected a lead in game two. Leaning Canadiens pending a line and further examination...