The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 3-1 in Game 7 of the Atlantic Division Final series, and advance to the Eastern Conference Final where they will face the New York Rangers.
Brandon Prust won a battle for the puck in the corner, and came up with the puck while surrounded by Bruins. He fed a short pass to the veteran Briere, who found Weise through a wide open lane to the goal mouth and the Habs had an early 1-0 lead.
The Canadiens were unable to capitalize on a pair of power plays in the first period, and the rivals headed to the second period with Montreal hanging on to a 1-0 lead.
The Canadiens had another power play chance when Brad Marchand was sent to the box for snowing Carey Price just seven seconds into the second period. Montreal failed to score on the PP again, but did add to their lead half way through in the middle frame.
David Desharnais won a faceoff in the Bruins zone and won a puck battle shortly after, leaving himself and Max Pacioretty behind all but one Bruins defenseman. The slick Habs center slid the puck across to the sniper Pacioretty, and he made no mistake firing the puck behind an outstretched Tuukka Rask.
With just over two minutes to play, the Bruins drew within one, when Jarome Iginla tipped in a Torey Krug point shot on a Bruins power play. Pacioretty was sitting in the box for a holding the stick penalty that he took while behind the Bruins goal line, nearly 200 feet from his own net.
Montreal headed to the third period, against the best third period team, in their building, with a one goal advantage. Boston carried the pace of play, getting a few chances on Price, none better than an Iginla rebound that just slid by Price and hit the post before ricocheting to the corner.
The Bruins continued to press until late in the third, when speedy rookie Michael Bournival chipped the puck past Johnny Boychuk and drew an interference penalty as he attempted to blow past the Boston defender.
Montreal finally capitalized with the man advantage, as an errant Daniel Briere pass hit off a Bruins skate and found its way into the back of the Boston goal. It was the veteran’s first shift since midway through the second period, but he suddenly had his second point of the game.
The Habs took a late penalty when Andrei Markov was called for interference, but they were able to hold off a furious late rally by the Bruins, and advance to the Eastern Conference Final.
The series against the New York Rangers will begin on Saturday afternoon, and the Montreal Canadiens will have home ice advantage.