After surrendering four goals to the Boston Bruins through two periods, the Montreal Canadiens pulled Carey Price from the net and replaced him with Peter Budaj. The Canadiens managed to claw back and force an overtime period, followed by a shootout. In the end, they were able to score one more goal during the shootout and take the victory, 6-5. With the win, the Canadiens hold sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division as of Wednesday night.
The Canadiens and Bruins rivalry continues. Both teams are still in a fight for the best possible playoff spot heading into the postseason. With only 15 games remaining in the regular season, tonight’s game was very important for the Canadiens postseason hopes.
Bruins goaltender, Tuukka Rask and Canadiens goaltender, Carey Price were not at the top of their games during Wednesday night’s rivalry game. Rask surrendered five goals on 28 shots over 65 minutes play. Price surrendered four goals on 26 shots and was sat after the team returned to the ice entering the third period.
Coming cold off the bench, Budaj was outstanding and improved his record against the Bruins this season to 2-0-0. Canadiens backup goaltender has only seen action in seven games this season, but two of them have come in wins over their rivals. He has faired well when playing this season, he has posted a 5-1-0 record with a 2.47 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. Over the past two season, he has been an outstanding backup to Price.
Budaj was the difference maker in the third period, stopping a number of great Bruins shots and was able to out-duel the Bruins net-minder in the shootout. If the Canadiens find themselves in a bind again this season, look for their backup to come up big once again.