Don’t you get the feeling that if someone offered the Bruins an unlimited supply of bread for the rest of their lives, they’d still opt to grow their own wheat and bake it themselves.
The Bruins, especially in the Peter Chiarelli/Claude Julien era, never do anything easy. And so once again they’re headed to a Game 7 with their season on the line for the fourth straight year.
Montreal scored two 5-on-3 goals and Carey Price made 31 saves for a 2-1 Canadiens win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Bruins at Bell Centre.
The winner-take-all Game 7 is Wednesday night at the TD Garden.
While there was definitely some questionable officiating against the Bruins, there was also a goal inexplicably waved off for Montreal. And the referees had no choice but to call a delay of game when Patrice Bergeron shot the puck over the glass and a too-many-men penalty when the puck hit Adam McQuaid during his attempt to jump back over the boards onto the bench.
Once again, as they did almost all season, the Bruins had numerous chances to score and failed to finish.
Here’s a glance at the box score:
•What’s the difference if the Bruins draw some penalties? Their power play remained pathetic with an 0-for-4 in 4:35 of man-advantage time. The Bruins are now 0-for-19 in the series.
If there was a lemon law in the NHL, the Bruins could get Joe Colborne and their first-round pick back for Tomas Kaberle.
•Milan Lucic received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his second-period hit from behind on Jaroslav Spacek. Head coach Claude Julien said he was told by the referee that because Spacek was cut, there had to be a five-minute call and a game misconduct.
•Dennis Seidenberg scored the lone Bruins goal. Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta found the back of the net for Montreal.
•Tim Thomas finished with 25 saves.
•Nathan Horton finished with no shots on net and David Krejci managed just one. Lucic had no shots on net in his 7:20 of ice time before the ejection. If the Bruins have a first line right now, those three are obviously not on it.