MONTREAL — It’s amazing what can happen when Zdeno Chara and the Bruins offense return on the same night.
Most importantly, the Bruins turn a disaster into a series.
Starting the night down two games to none in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with Montreal, the Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead and hung on for a 4-2 victory at the league’s most hostile venue, the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens now lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 set for Thursday in the same venue.
Boston had scored just one goal total in the first two games. Chara missed Game 2 with dehydration.
Here’s a quick glance at the box score:
•The disappointing Bruins’ first line turned things around, as David Krejci and Nathan Horton both scored. Rich Peverley added the third goal and Chris Kelly scored into an empty net.
•Tim Thomas stopped 34 of 36 shots, including 14 of 15 in the wild third period.
•The Bruins’ penalty kill was 5-for-5 with just two shots on net allowed during shorthanded situations.
•Boston blocked 22 shots, led by Andrew Ference with four. Ference also picked up a fighting major coming to the defense of Johnny Boychuk after a high hit by Ben Pouliot on the forecheck.