The Montreal Canadiens celebrated their 100th anniversary with a 5-1 win over the Bruins at the Bell Centre on Friday night. Mike Cammalleri lead the way for the Habs with a hat trick, while Carey Price stopped 37 of 38 shots. Vladimir Sobotka was the lone goal scorer for the B's in the loss.
Montreal took a 1-0 lead 8:30 into the game when Jaroslav Spacek finished off a good cycle with a blast from the blue line that found it's way past Tim Thomas for his 3rd tally of the season.
Moments after killing off a 5 on 3 Bruins power play, the Habs made it 2-0 8:10 into the second period off a wrister from the slot by Mike Cammalleri. Tim Thomas got a piece of the shot, but it was not enough to keep the puck from crossing the goal line for Cammalleri's 13th goal of the year.
The Habs made it 3-0 when Mike Cammalleri took advance of some sloppy play in the defenive zone by the Bruins for his second goal of the game. Matt Hunwick tried to make a diagonal pass from behind the net but fanned on the pass, allowing the puck to trickle through Thomas Thomas' crease. Thomas was caught off-guard by the slow moving puck and could not corral the it before Cammaleri deposited the puck into the back of the net at 13:33.
The home team increased their lead to 4-0 less than 3 minutes later when Glen Metropolit tipped in a Hal Gill shot from the point.
The Habs got their 5th goal of the night just 1:22 later. Derek Morris coughed up the puck creating an odd man rush for the Habs and Mike Cammalleri finished off the play with slapper from the slot to record his second hat trick of the season.
After 40 minutes of play and 5 goals against, Claude Julien pulled Tim Thomas and sent Tuukka Rask out to start the thrid period in goal for the Bruins. Rask was not really tested much in the third period and stopped all 6 shots that he faced.
The Bruins finally got on the board with 15:15 remaining in the third period when Vladimir Sobotka deflected a point shot from Matt Hunwick past Carey Price to make it 5-1 to account for the final score.
- You can't really take many positives out of this game for the Bruins. I bet the B's couldn't even beat the Habs old-timers that were in attendance.
- Ryan O'Byrne pulled a Ray Bourque by taking off his #3 jersey and presenting it to Butch Bouchard, who was being honored by the Habs by having his number retired before the game. Elmer Lach was also honored before the game. Ryan O'Byrne switched to #20. I think is safe to say that an O'Byrne #20 banner will never hang from the rafters in Montreal.
- The Habs had a steady stream of visitors to the penalty box in the third period, but the B's could not take advantage.
- The Bruins had an odd 6 on 3 situation due to a delayed penalty call on a 5 on 3 power play.
- Bruins were 0 for 7 on the power play, including 0 for 3 in 5 on 3 situations.
- The Bruins will have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow night when #81 and the Toronto Maple Leafs visit The Garden for what is being billed as "Kessel-Mania".