From the wings, Canadiens goaltender Peter Budaj has quietly gone about fashioning himself a five-game winning streak. Budaj will tell you his team has won the last five games in which he’s played, so perhaps it’s a matter of phrasing. But the bottom line is this: Budaj’s 10-save third period Wednesday in Boston, four more stops in overtime then his blocking of all six in the shootout lifted the Canadiens to their dramatic 6-5 win over the Bruins. Again, Budaj shone in his role of backup to Carey Price, who was lifted after 40 minutes by coach Michel Therrien for strategy, not a dissatisfaction in the starting netminder. The 30-year-old Budaj now has a 5-1-1 record, .906 save percentage and 2.47 goals-against average. Down 4-2 after two periods in Boston, the Canadiens clawed within a goal of their hosts in the third, again fell two behind, then scored twice in the game’s final 7:42. Andrei Markov’s screened snap from the point with nine seconds left in regulation, exquisitely tipped past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask by Boston captain Zdeno Chara, completed the comeback. That set the stage for Brendan Gallagher, who followed up his scoring of the Canadiens’ fourth goal with the shootout winner.
Budaj comfortable in backup role to Price
Montreal Gazette | Mar 30