BOSTON No Chris Pronger for the Flyers and no Adam McQuaid for the Bruins at the pregame warm-up on the TD Garden ice.Pronger is out with depending on who you talk to a bad back, a balky hamstring, a sinus infection or a setback in the broken hand that kept him out for the last month of the season. Danny Syvret will again take his spot in the Philly lineup.McQuaid is out with a strained neck, and has been replaced in the Boston lineup by Shane Hnidy. Hnidy was skating with Tomas Kaberle on the third defensemen pairing, and their minutes could be scaled back even more than it was with the McQuaidKaberle pairing over the first few weeks of the postseason.Jeff Carter was deemed able to play right before the game so the Broad Street Bullies will have their 40-goal scorer back. It's a big addition to their lineup, even if only for the power play finish he could provide.The Bs lines were exactly the same as theyve been in the first two games, and both Tim Thomas and Brian Boucher will get the starts in net for the Bruins and Flyers. Philly coach Peter Laviolette continues to tout the theory that all of the pressure is on the Black and Gold, but its pretty inconceivable that any squad would have their slippers and smoking jacket on when theyre down 2-0 in a best-of-seven series."We're going to go into Boston and have some fun," said Laviolette. "We just put our comfortable slippers on. The pressure, it really gets alleviated a bit when you're down."The action on the ice will tell who has the comfy slippers on once and for all.
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BOSTON – It was a nice night for Claude Julien in his return to Boston with a well-done video montage and a warm ovation from the still-appreciative Bruins fans. But that’s where it ended for the Habs coach as his hockey club pretty much no-showed for the game and rolled over in a 4-1 win for the Bruins at TD Garden on Wednesday night.
The Canadiens scored the game’s first goal just 31 seconds into the game when a Jakub Jerabek perimeter shot bounced off Zdeno Chara in front and skipped past Tuukka Rask. But it was all Black and Gold after that with David Pastrnak tying things up six minutes later, and the Bruins outshooting the Habs by a 13-7 margin in the second period while extending their lead.
This time it was Ryan Spooner taking the puck to the net and watching as his centering pass attempt bounced off Jonathan Drouin’s skate and into the net. It was three goals in his last four games for Spooner, who had to feel a pretty big sense of satisfaction at netting the game-winner against a coach he clearly didn’t see eye-to-eye with early in his B’s career.
Brad Marchand added a necessary power play strike in the third period to give Boston the insurance marker that they needed, but it didn’t really matter against a Canadiens team that was pretty lifeless for long stretches of the game.
Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and went into lockdown mode after the first goal allowed, but truth be told the Canadiens didn’t have much in the way of quality chances throughout the game. David Krejci added the empty net goal late in the third for icing on the cake in a pretty one-sided affair for a Boston/Montreal rivalry game.
In his return to Boston, former Bruins head coach Claude Julien gets a standing ovation for the crowd at the TD Garden.