Before I start my recap, I’d like to take care of one piece of business. The Montreal Canadiens fans booed the American national anthem at the Bell Centre last night and I just want to voice my disappointment. Go ahead and boo the Boston Bruins – they’re your opponent and they’re kicking your a$$ – but don’t disrespect an entire nation. It shows an extraordinary lack of class and really has no place in an NHL arena, especially during the playoffs.
Things seemed to start off well for the Habs – their energy was high and they were getting a lot of support from the stands. The game was tied until, late in the second period, former Hab, Michael Ryder, brought the score up to 3-2 for the Bruins. Out of desperation, Montreal pulled goaltender, Carey Price, to get an extra attacker but the decision went wrong when Chuck Kobasew put the puck into the empty net.
I don’t know what interim coach, Bob Gainey, is going to do but I think it’s time to pull Carey Price and possibly try Jaroslav Halak between the pipes for Game 4. I’m actually disappointed that Halak didn’t start in last night’s game but what do I know?