The Tricolor conceded the equaliser late in the third period before defeating his rival at the TD Garden
BOSTON — Jeff Petry scored after only 15 seconds of overtime play and Carey Price made 41 saves for the Montreal Canadiens in a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday at the TD Garden.
Brendan Gallagher and Paul Byron also hit the target for Montreal (25-17-5), who won three of his last four games.
« I feel like[playing my best hockey], » said Price. I think we’re well structured, too. I’m not alone on the ice, I think we play in a structured way. It is a collective effort. »
David Krejci forced the overtime for Boston (26-15-5) when he scored at 19:22 of the third period. Brad Marchand also found the bottom of the net and Tuukka Rask blocked 19 shots.
« It’s hard to swallow right now, especially since it happened so quickly, » said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. « It was a pretty direct climb. We withdrew instead of challenging the puck carrier. It caused a domino effect and we missed our cover in front of the net. »
Petry pushed the disc behind Rask by hitting in mid-air the return of a Max Domi pitch to give the Canadians victory. This was Petry’s 10th goal this year.
« It wasn’t long and it was the three players who did a good job for us in overtime. It started with the winning face-off, then they got together and used their speed. There was[Byron], then Jeff Petry took off to give us a good three-way attack as we wanted. In addition, Jeff Petry has baseball in his blood and has shown the full extent of his talent on this goal. »
Petry is the son of former major league pitcher Dan Petry.
Marchand led the Bruins 1-0 when he scored his 17th goal of the season at four against four at 14:09 of the first period. After capturing Patrice Bergeron’s pass in the neutral zone, Marchand made his way into the attacking territory to beat Price at the opposite post with a shot from the wrists of the left circle.
Gallagher created a 1-1 tie with a deviation at 18:27. He scored his 18th goal of the year after Phillip Danault beat Marchand at the face-off. Danault handed the disc to Petry, whose left point wrist throw deflected off Gallagher’s stick
Byron threw the Canadians forward 2-1 with a goal down at 17:09 in the second third. Byron harpooned the puck out of Bergeron’s reach at the Montreal blue line, then ran away before cutting towards the centre in the opposing zone and defeating Rask on the mitt side with a backhand shot.
Krejci tied the score with his 10th goal at a power play advantage of six to four after Rask was called back to the bench with an additional striker. Krejci’s wrist shot from the top of the right circle deflected off to defender Jordie Benn in front of the Montreal goal.
« All you have to do is shoot. That’s what we do in training, » said Krejci. But it wouldn’t have been possible if[Jake DeBrusk] hadn’t obscured the guard’s view. It was a big goal for us and we had the wind in our sails, but we couldn’t enjoy it any more. »
What they said
« Yes, I think that’s what I liked most. We have minimized the blatant mistakes and nonchalant decisions that sometimes affect our game. Mistakes in decision making have already cost us victory, so we have done much better in this regard. » – Canadian Coach Claude Julien
« It looks like we’re just prowling around on a numerical advantage. We need to be more structured. If we do, we’ll get more pucks and be in a better defensive position. We have to do better and we have to play better at both ends of the rink. When you don’t have the puck in numerical superiority, you must make sure you are in a position to recover it and not give the opponent any chances. » – Bruins striker Brad Marchand on the reasons why Boston awarded his opponents 10 goals in numerical inferiority
What you need to know
The Bruins and Canadians divided the honours in their series of four clashes this year. Each team won twice on the road. Petry’s goal was his 200th career point in the NHL… Byron scored two goals in a career of numerical disadvantage against the Bruins (the other was on October 22, 2016). He is one of eight players in Canadian history to have scored at least two goals against Boston in a game of numerical inferiority. Claude Provost (six) and Bobby Rousseau (three) are in first and second place. Pierre Mondou, Bob Gainey, Guy Carbonneau, Ken Mosdell and Maurice Richard each entered two. … Bruins striker David Pastrnak was playing in his 300th NHL game.