May 6, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) skates by while Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller (81) celebrates with teammates including Brian Gionta (21) after scoring an empty net goal against the Boston Bruins during the third period in game three of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins’ comeback bid falls short, Habs take series lead


Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of their semi-final series on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, 4-2. Montreal jumped out to an early lead. Boston again put forth a valiant effort in rallying late, though unlike Game 2, it fell short.

Fresh off their first loss of the 2014 playoffs, Montreal wasted little time in rebounding. Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban each netted goals in the opening period.

Plekanec stuffed the puck into a gaping cage after a Thomas Vanek fed him with dead-eye slap pass. Tuukka Rask was left helpless. Subban cashed in on a breakaway bid upon exiting the penalty box. Lars Eller made a heads up pass to spring the walk-in goal.

Subban now has three goals and three assists in the series. He’s on a six game point streak.

Dale Weise gave Montreal a 3-0 lead in the second, scoring on a breakaway of his own. Again it was another stetch pass that led to the score. Daniel Briere coralled the puck and hit Weise on a tape-to-tape pass in behind the Boston defense.

The Canadiens took a three goal into the dressing room after two periods of play. To that point in the game, the Bruins were suffering because of the many uncharacteristic mistakes they were making with the puck.

Boston struggled to generate attacking pressure aside from a few near misses early on. Patrice Bergeron instilled the Bruins with hope after redirecting a Torey Krug point shot past Carey Price prior to the end of the second.

Though in third Claude Julien‘s club kicked it into high gear. High on momentum from Bergeron’s goal, the Bruins mounted several noteworthy scoring chances, but could only find the net once in the period.

With just over two minutes remaining, Jarome Iginla made things interesting. He tipped home an Andrej Meszaros slapper, making it 3-2.

Julien pulled Rask in a last ditch effort to draw even. Montreal spoiled whatever heroics Boston had up its sleeve as Eller potted an empty net tally to seal the deal.

Boston was again plagued by a poor start, had mistakes exploited, and now trail their hated rival two-games-to-one. Game 4 will be played in Montreal on Thursday night.

Rask summed up the loss perfectly following the game saying, “I don’t think we played bad, we just made stupid mistakes.”

The Bruins will need to rectify their powerplay woes moving forward. They are now 0-6 with the man advantage in the series.

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