Boston vs Montreal, Game 2

Saturday, April 10th, 2004 @ 12:32 am | Sports

2 down, 14 to go.

Although the end result was the same — another Bruins victory — game 2 was a decidedly different beast from game 1.

Unlike game 1, when the Bruins came out flying, both teams started out pretty slowly. The Canadians put 4 shots on Andrew Raycroft in the first 5 or so minutes, then put 3 more shots on in the remainder of the period.

The B’s jumped out to 1-0 on Michael Nylander‘s second postseason goal on a nifty setup from Patrice Bergeron in the closing minutes of the first.

Raycroft finally yielded a goal with about 5 minutes left in the second while the Canadians had a 2-man advantage. Over the course of the game, the Bruins were called for 6 penalties (as was Montreal) in what felt like a very uneven game by the officials.

When overtime rolled around, I really felt like it was going to be a drawn-out affair. As it turned out, I couldn’t have been more wrong. In the second minute of OT, Patrice Bergeron broke up the middle of the ice, where Michael Nylander proceeded to hit him in stride with the puck. Bergeron deked the defender and then put the puck behind Jose Theodore to win the game by a score of 2 – 1.

If Bergeron keeps making big plays like he did tonight, I might be able to get over the fact that he’s almost 7 years my junior. 🙂

The Bruins did suffer one loss in Game 2, though, as Ted Donato was felled by a broken foot after blocking a shot in the first period. Donato’s spot on the fourth line was filled by a variety of folks for the remainder of the game, including Mike Knuble and Martin Lapointe.

Donato’s evolved into a key penalty killer for the Bruins and I think his presence could be missed. According to ESPN, Donato’s expected to miss 4 weeks, so he could return for the latter rounds of the playoffs should the Bruins advance.

I think the most likely options to take Donato’s spot in the lineup are Doug Doull and Michael Grosek (although the B’s did call up Andy Hilbert prior to game 1). Based on the tenor of game 2, I wouldn’t mind seeing Doull in uniform when the team’s reconvene Sunday.

With luck, I’ve attended my last Montreal game of the season.

Now to Game 3. Sunday night, 7 PM.

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