The Big, Bad Bruins arrive in Montreal for Games 3 and 4.
Game 3. Markstrom vs. Shesterkin
The Habs come out with all guns blazing in Game 3. The Habs shooters become snipers, as the buried Markstrom by potting numerous Goal 1-X chances. Markstrom is sent to the showers early, and Sorokin mops up. Meanwhile, Bell Centre is awash in “Igor, Igor” chants, as he turns away all Boston scoring opportunities. It was a case where Montreal played a virtually perfect game, and the excellent Boston team played as poorly as they could, as the Habs shut out the Bruins 7-0.
Game 4 Sorokin vs. Shesterkin
Boston Coach Harry Sinden got lit up by Jack “Homer” Edwards in the post-game scrum after Game 3. Edwards was nearly in tears on the air, as he labelled the Bruins Game 3 performance as “horrible.” Sinden vows that a different Boston team would show up in Game 4. Sinden was right, a different Boston team showed up, as they played Big, Bad, Bruin physical hockey. Unfortunately for them, zebras Wes McCauley and Kelly Sutherland kept a tight whistle. They called 6 Boston penalties, and the Habs scored 3 PP goals. Edwards was beside himself in the broadcast booth, railing at soft calls against the Bruins. This was not the Bruins only issue in Game 4. Shesterkin was solid again, as he allowed just 2 goals, outdueling a busy Sorokin. The Habs win Game 4 by a score of 4-2, tying the series at 2-2.
Games 5 and 6 are on the horizon.
Bruins superstar Connor McDavid was angry after Game 4. He said, “It is hard play Montreal, deal with that crowd, and the refs, too. I can’t wait to get back to Boston, and show Montreal who the better team is in Game 5.” When asked about the turnaround, Habs coach Pat Burns said, “That’s hockey, man. We caught some breaks in Games 3 and 4. Boston is a great team, but Igor is standing tall for us. We can play with all those superstars over there.”
Our CMI for Game 5 and the Game files for Games 3 and 4 are attached.