Hard-luck night for Bruins

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

BOSTON -- Birthday boy Tim Thomas felt frustration. Hard-luck forward Marco Sturm felt snakebit. And injured defenceman Aaron Ward felt pain.

It was that type of night for the Boston Bruins, who now face elimination after a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens last night.

When Habs defenceman Patrice Brisebois ripped a shot with just 42 seconds left in the second period, Thomas, who turned 34 yesterday, heard the clank of the crossbar behind him followed by cheering. He figured the puck had stayed out. When he then saw it in the net, he realized the yells of glee were coming from the several thousand Montreal fans in attendance celebrating the game's only goal.

Sturm, meanwhile, missed numerous chances to score, none better than in the first period when he beat charging Habs goalie Carey Price to a loose puck in the high slot, deked around him, then tried to hit the open net only to see it trickle wide.

"Price whacked me on the stick while I was going by. I was just ready to shoot," a dejected Sturm said.

As for Ward, he is listed as being "very questionable" for Game 4 tomorrow and was seen limping out of the TD Banknorth Garden after the game."

"When he took that knee from (Tomas) Plekanec with two minutes left, he was hurt," said Bruins coach Claude Julien, who made no excuses for the loss.

"When you have chances like we did you have to bury them."


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