Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Plenty of Chances but No Goals for Boston Bruins against Montreal in Game 6

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Plenty of Chances but No Goals for Boston Bruins against Montreal in Game 6

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Bruins can't solve Habs defence in Game 6


MONTREAL - The Boston Bruins just couldn't bury their chances.

On a night when Boston was looking close out the series, the Bruins made a hash of numerous opportunities in a 4-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 on Monday night.

The Bruins hit posts and crossbars, missed open nets, blew odd-man rushes and couldn't capitalize on key chances throughout the game.

Most noteworthy was a frenetic 5:11 sequence of uninterrupted play in the second period during which the Bruins penned Montreal in its own zone for more than two minutes.

With the Bruins down 1-0 early in the second period, and their power play expiring, Boston took advantage of tired Habs legs to play keepaway with Montreal in the offensive zone. The Bruins peppered the net with shots, but couldn't take advantage of the unrelenting pressure.

"We were all around the net, getting a lot of chances. And then they scored that second one," said Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron. "It definitely took the momentum out of us. It's about finishing the job, and we have to be a lot better."

On the sequence, Carl Soderberg took two shots on Carey Price, and had another two blocked by Canadiens defenceman Mike Weaver. Brad Marchand missed the net, Jarome Iginla was stopped by Price and Kevan Miller had a chance blocked by P.K. Subban.

The Bruins took a total four shots on net, had three shots blocked and missed the net once.

"If we capitalize on a chance there, it's a different game," said Milan Lucic, who was also denied by Price on the sequence. "We're not frustrated with what happened here today because we established some pretty good zone time."

Price made 26 saves for his fourth career post-season shutout. One of his best of the evening was on Lucic during Boston's dominant spell. Lucic was fed the puck across the crease, but Price made it back in time to rob the left-winger.

"Bouncing puck, I overshot it," said Lucic. "It was one of those plays that you put in nine out of 10 times. …

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