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Price, Canadiens blank Bruins to force Game 7

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 11:24 PM

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Price, Canadiens blank Bruins to force Game 7
Boston Bruins 0, Montréal Canadiens 4
Three Stars of the Game
Carey Price
1st
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 24-24
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Max Pacioretty
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:41
Tomas Plekanec
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:39

MONTREAL (NHL.com) - Carey Price made 26 saves for his first shutout of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Thomas Vanek scored two goals to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-0 win in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Boston Bruins on Monday at Bell Centre.

Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist, and Lars Eller also scored for Montreal, which evened the series at 3-3.

Game 7 is Wednesday in Boston (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). It will be the ninth time the Bruins and Canadiens have gone the distance in a best-of-7 series, and the fourth time in their past five series since 2004.

Montreal holds a 24-9 lead in 33 previous playoff series against Boston, including a 19-8 advantage in 27 best-of-7 series.

Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots for Boston, which has now failed to close out five straight series in which it entered Game 6 on the road with a 3-2 lead.

Pacioretty made it 2-0 with his second goal of the playoffs at 15:24 of the second period. Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, got an assist on the goal, Pacioretty's first in six games.

Beaulieu flipped the puck to clear the Canadiens zone, and it struck Bruins forward Loui Eriksson's left arm and carried down the ice past Pacioretty at the Boston blue line. Pacioretty outraced Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara for the bouncing puck and swatted a shot between Rask's pads.

Pacioretty got his second point of the game on Vanek's power-play goal at 17:39 of the second.

Rask made a sensational sliding save on Rene Bourque early in the third to temporarily prevent Montreal from going up four goals.

Boston clamored for a goal at 11:05 of the third when a shot dropped behind Price and Canadiens center David Desharnais batted the puck back under the goalie with his right glove. However, a video review upheld the on-ice ruling that the puck had not crossed the goal line.

Vanek got his team-leading fifth goal of the playoffs at 16:04 of the third with a shot into a wide open net with Rask on his way to the Boston bench in favor of an extra attacker.

Chara was called for tripping and roughing, and Jarome Iginla was given a roughing penalty and a misconduct with 23.5 seconds left in the third as tempers flared in the waning moments with Boston on the power play. Montreal's Mike Weaver was called for slashing.

The Bell Centre crowd first roared to life when Eller scored at 2:11 of the first. The Canadiens center took advantage of a Bruins turnover when Boston defenseman Kevan Miller misplayed partner Torey Krug's backhand pass off the boards behind the net.

The puck went off Miller's stick in the right corner straight out into the slot, where Eller went to his backhand to tuck a shot around Rask, who had sprawled to the ice and waved his stick in an attempt to prevent Montreal from grabbing the early lead. It was the Danish center's fourth of the playoffs, Montreal's first at even strength in a span of 149:38.

Rask had better luck later in the period when he made a desperate lunging save with the back of the paddle of his goal stick on Brendan Gallagher's backhand to prevent the Canadiens from taking a two-goal lead.

Gallagher had an even better chance during a Montreal power play at the beginning of the second period after Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton was called for roughing at the end of the first.

Milan Lucic missed a golden opportunity to draw Boston even in the second when his shot at an open net from the left edge of the crease went through the goal mouth.

The Bruins were exerting intense offensive pressure at that point, shortly after their power play ended following a holding the stick penalty against P.K. Subban. Weaver and Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges were trapped on the ice for a three-minute shift, and Montreal center Brian Gionta was on for 2:32.

Lucic misfired on a 2-on-1 pass from David Krejci a little more than a minute into the game. Eriksson fired a shot off the crossbar at 8:47 of the first.

Boston won three of the four previous best-of-7 series at home after failing to close out a 3-2 series lead on the road, including their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Toronto Maple Leafs last season.

The Bruins also won playoff series against Montreal and the Tampa Bay Lightning under the same circumstances on their way to winning the Stanley Cup in 2011. Boston lost their fourth game in a row to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 at home after taking a 3-0 series lead.

Beaulieu, who was paired with Weaver, played in favor of Douglas Murray and Francis Bouillon. Murray played the previous three games after replacing Bouillon, who played Montreal's first six playoff games.

Forward Daniel Briere returned for Montreal after he was left out the lineup for Game 5 on Saturday. Travis Moen was scratched.

Bruins coach Claude Julien used the same lineup for a third straight game.

The shutout was the fourth of Price's playoff career, all against Boston.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:11
MTL
Lars Eller (4) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
15:24
MTL
Max Pacioretty (2) ASST: Nathan Beaulieu (1), Mike Weaver (3)
2 - 0 MTL
17:39
MTL
PPG - Thomas Vanek (4) ASST: Max Pacioretty (4), Andrei Markov (5)
3 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
16:04
MTL
Thomas Vanek (5) ASST: David Desharnais (3)
4 - 0 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
12:23
MTL
Mike Weaver  Hi-sticking against  Loui Eriksson
15:38
BOS
Patrice Bergeron  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
15:38
MTL
P.K. Subban  Roughing against  Patrice Bergeron
20:00
BOS
Dougie Hamilton  Roughing against  Tomas Plekanec
2nd Period
05:08
MTL
P.K. Subban  Holding the stick against  Carl Soderberg
17:13
BOS
Gregory Campbell  Hi-sticking against  Andrei Markov
3rd Period
03:58
BOS
Milan Lucic  Tripping against  P.K. Subban
19:10
MTL
David Desharnais  Interference against  Patrice Bergeron
19:36
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Slashing against  Mike Weaver
19:36
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Mike Weaver
19:36
BOS
Jarome Iginla  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
19:36
BOS
Jarome Iginla  Misconduct (10 min)
19:36
MTL
Mike Weaver  Slashing against  Zdeno Chara
19:36
MTL
Mike Weaver  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Tuukka Rask
Tuukka Rask
7-4-1
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1
Carey Price
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0