BOSTON – While the Bruins took to the ice for a morning practice yesterday, the Montreal Canadiens took the day off to rest up and prepare for tonight’s Game 2 match-up with the B’s.
|Montreal head coach Jacques Martin |
Montreal took Game 1 by a score of 2-0, backed by two goals from Boston College product Brian Gionta and goaltender Carey Price’s 31 saves.
“I think we did lots of things right. We played smart and we didn’t take too many turnovers and chances against,” said Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek.
“I think it was the kind of game where we wanted to go into it and we did a good job with it.”
After taking a 1-0 series lead over the Bruins in the first round of the postseason, the Canadiens know they can’t rest and are looking to improve on Thursday night’s performance.
“I thought that they had several good scoring opportunities and I thought they did a real good job defensively,” Montreal head coach Jacques Martin said yesterday.
“For sure we need to be better tomorrow night. We know they’re a tremendous team, they’re an excellent team. They have some great players so we know that we’re going to have to be better in our own end tomorrow night. We’ll have to have a better execution.”
Winning Game 1 on the road, subsequently stealing home-ice advantage from Boston, is a good start for the Canadiens, but with a possible six games remaining on the docket, Montreal knows they can’t rest now.
“They have experience on their team. They know it’s just the one game, and same for us -- just one game. We all expect a long series, so we have to be ready for the game and we know they will come out harder and better and we have to do the same thing,” said Montreal forward Tomas Plekanec.
“In the playoffs it doesn’t matter if you win or lose [Game 1]. It’s one game and it’s going to be a long series.”
In terms of the Bruins, Montreal knows that Boston won’t be shut down after falling in the first game. In fact, the Canadiens expect the B’s to be more determined and fighting for their postseason life.
“I’m sure they’re just going to try to throw more pucks at the net and go to the net and try to get more traffic in front of Carey. He did a great job in stopping even rebound shots. They didn’t score a goal, so they’re going to try to change something,” said defenseman James Wisniewski.
Forward David Desharnais is also counting on Boston playing a better all around game tonight and noted the intensity the Bruins will bring to the game.
“They’re going to adjust. We know what to expect from them,” he said.
“They’re going to come hard, they’re a good team. So for sure they are going to be better than what they’ve been, but we just have to keep playing and keep our game plan.”