|MTL||1||1||1||(null - null)||3|
|BOS||0||1||0||(null - null)||1|
BOSTON (NHL.com) - More than 21,000 fans at Bell Centre in Montreal got to celebrate a Game 7 victory that took place approximately 300 miles away.
With a sold out crowd watching on the scoreboard in their home arena, the Montreal Canadiens scored early at TD Garden, then again, and finally one more late to knock the Boston Bruins out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and set a date with the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final.
The Canadiens are back in the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2010, when they were knocked out in five games by the Philadelphia Flyers. They will face the Rangers for the 15th time in the playoffs, the first meeting between the Original Six clubs since 1996.
For Price and New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, it'll be a rematch of the gold-medal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Price (Canada) won that game with a 24-save, 3-0 shutout against Lundqvist (Sweden).
Game 1 will be Saturday at Bell Centre (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).
Jarome Iginla scored a power-play goal late in the second period to cut into Montreal's 2-0 lead, but Briere scored a power-play goal with 2:53 remaining with a shot that went in off of Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask faced 18 shots and made 15 saves.
The Bruins had their chances to tie the game. Iginla was close with 15:37 left in the third period, but his backhand off a rebound hit the left post and caromed away.
Boston's top line of Iginla, David Krejci and Milan Lucic had a nearly 90-second shift in the offensive zone shortly before the 10-minute mark of the third, but Price made two saves before covering the puck for a faceoff.
Montreal got a power-play opportunity with 4:31 remaining when Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was called for interference on Canadiens forward Michael Bournival.
The Canadiens, who were 0-for-4 with one shot on goal on the power play to that point, didn't let this one go to waste.
Briere, who assisted on Weise's goal, got the insurance the Canadiens wanted, especially with the Bruins pushing in the third and primed to do so again, with an extra skater, if they could have killed the penalty.
The Bruins scored one goal over the final 125:58 of the series. Price had a shutout streak of 103:46 snapped when Iginla scored off a deflection of Torey Krug's shot.
The play started at the right point, where Lucic held the puck in the zone by gloving it down and pushing it up the wall to Chara, who moved the puck across the zone to Krejci. Krejci, who had one assist in the series and no points in the previous four games, made a move around defenseman Mike Weaver and left the puck for Krug. He had a shooting lane and rifled a shot that went in off of Iginla's perfectly placed stick.
The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead when Pacioretty scored on a one-timer from the right circle off a feed from David Desharnais at 10:22 of the second period. It was the result of a 31-second shift spent entirely in the Boston zone after Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller was guilty of icing.
Brendan Gallagher beat Patrice Bergeron for the faceoff, a rarity for a Canadiens forward against the Bruins center, who won 11 of 13 faceoffs in the first period and 16 of 24 through two. Gallagher beat Bergeron cleanly and the Canadiens were able to keep the puck in thanks to Desharnais and Gallagher.
The Bruins helped; Loui Eriksson whiffed on a clearing attempt then Bergeron did the same, leading to a quick 2-on-1 for Desharnais and Pacioretty. Desharnais sent a rolling pass to Pacioretty, who got all of his shot from the right circle to beat Rask on the blocker side.
The Canadiens went ahead 1-0 2:18 into the game when their fourth line came through with a hard forecheck. Andrei Markov sent the puck into the zone and off Rask. Brandon Prust chased it down in the left corner and avoided a hit from Boychuk before finding Briere near the goal line.
Weise cut to the net, sliding behind Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Daniel Paille. Briere delivered a pass on Weise's tape for a redirection into the net, his third goal of the playoffs and second of the series.
|Dale Weise (3) ASST: Daniel Briere (4), Brandon Prust (2)|
1 - 0 MTL
|Max Pacioretty (3) ASST: David Desharnais (4), Brendan Gallagher (4)|
2 - 0 MTL
|PPG - Jarome Iginla (5) ASST: Torey Krug (8), David Krejci (4)|
2 - 1 MTL
|PPG - Daniel Briere (2) ASST: Brendan Gallagher (5), Nathan Beaulieu (2)|
3 - 1 MTL
|Brad Marchand Interference on goalkeeper against Carey Price|
|Zdeno Chara Holding against Max Pacioretty|
|Max Pacioretty Holding against Zdeno Chara|
|Zdeno Chara Holding against Rene Bourque|
|Brad Marchand Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Lars Eller Interference against David Krejci|
|Max Pacioretty Holding the stick against Dougie Hamilton|
|David Krejci Holding the stick against Lars Eller|
|Johnny Boychuk Interference against Michael Bournival|
|Andrei Markov Interference against David Krejci|
|SA: 30||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 29||EV: 22 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 7|
|SV%: .967||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 18||TOI: 57:46|
|Saves: 15||EV: 13 - 15|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 3|
|SV%: .833||SH: 0 - 0|