The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 4-0 in Game 6 of the Atlantic Division Final series, and the two teams will not meet in a winner take all Game 7 on Wednesday night.
Lars Eller opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game when he capitalized on a Bruins turnover. Torey Krug wrapped the puck around the boards behind his own net to defense partner Kevan Miller, but Miller mishandled the puck and it bounced in front of the Boston goal. Rask stretched out for a poke check but missed, and Eller slid the puck into a wide open net to make it 1-0 Montreal.
Montreal played a solid first period overall, outshooting the Bruins 11-8 and not allowing many scoring chances against. They used their speed to control the game for long stretches, and would head to their dressing room with a 1-0 lead.
The Bruins came out flying in the second period after killing an early penalty. They had several chances, and dominated play but could not find the back of the Canadiens net.
With just under five minutes to play in the second frame, and the Habs clinging to a one goal lead, rookie Nathan Beaulieu who was playing in his first NHL playoff game, fed a long pass to Max Pacioretty. The American winger, who had not scored in the series, beat Zdeno Chara to a loose puck and fired it between the legs of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask to make it 2-0 for the Canadiens.
Just over two minutes later, with the Habs on a power play, Pacioretty kicked a puck loose in the crease and Thomas Vanek knocked it into the Bruins goal to give the Habs a three goal lead heading into the third period.
The Canadiens were able to hold off the Bruins in the third period, only allowing a total of eight shots in the final 20 minutes. Vanek found the back of the Bruins net once again, when Rask made his way for the Boston bench with just under four minutes to play in the game.
Carey Price did not have to be as good as he was earlier in the series, but he stopped everything thrown his way. He stopped 26 shots for his 4th career playoff shutout, all of which have come against the Bruins, and his first shutout of this year’s postseason.
Things got a little chippy with 24 seconds to play in the game, as the Bruins reacted unfavorably to an Andrei Markov trip on Zdeno Chara in the Canadiens zone. A total of 28 penalty minutes were handed out at the stoppage of play, as Chara along with Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla along with Hab Mike Weaver were shown the gate early.
It has been a back and forth series and it now all comes down to one game. Game 7 will take place at TD Garden in Boston on Wednesday night. The winner moves on to the Eastern Conference Final and will play the winner of tomorrow night’s Game 7 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers.