On Tuesday night, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins met in a do-or-die Game 7 with the opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for a match up with the New York Rangers on the line.
Unfortunately for the Bruins, their season came to an end as the Habs skated away from Game 7 with a 3-1 win.
Montreal was able to once again get off to a hot start by beating Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask for a goal just over two minutes in to the game. Dale Weise netted the goal for the Canadiens, with Daniel Briere and Brandon Prust recording the assists.
Boston attempted to buckle down and even the score, but Max Pacioretty netted the second goal for Montreal that gave them a two-goal advantage midway through the second period.
There was some hope for the Bruins at the end of the second, when Jarome Iginla scored a power play goal for Boston to put them on the board and draw within one goal with just over two minutes remaining until the final period.
Neither team was able to beat their opponents netminder throughout the first half of the third period, but the Bruins were putting some heavy pressure on Carey Price as the intensity picked up.
A penalty from Bruins defender Johnny Boychuk with just over four minutes remaining hurt the Bruins chances of mounting the comeback they were hope four in front of their home fans at the TD Garden and the Canadiens delivered the nail in Boston’s coffin with a power play goal with just 2:53 remaining.
Danny Briere took a shot from an awful angle, but the puck ricocheted off of Zdeno Chara’s skate right past Rask into the back of the net to give the Habs a 3-1 lead.
That was all the Canadiens needed to get past Boston in the final game of the series.
The Habs will now take on the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals, with a shot at reaching the Stanley Cup Finals on the line.