BOSTON – After all the excitement and hype surrounding tonight’s game came to its apex as the puck dropped on Boston’s 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff run, the Boston Bruins fell short.
|APRIL 14: P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals |
Montreal scored early and Carey Price didn’t let anything past him as they Canadiens defeated the Bruins 2-0 tonight, to take a 1-0 series lead over the B’s.
“Well he made key saves. He’s obviously one of the best in the league,” B’s forward Rich Peverley
said of Price.
“But going forward here I think we’re going to have to keep shooting and hope for something to go in.”
Brian Gionta scored in the first and last four minutes of the game to give Montreal the victory. The Canadiens went ahead just 2:44 into the match-up and despite outshooting Montreal 31-20, the B’s weren’t able to net a goal.
“I don’t think we panicked. We didn’t really tighten up once they scored that first goal. We went after them, especially we felt like we had a good second period there. We had a lot of chances, a lot of shots,” forward Milan Lucic
“But if anything with shots we just got to find a way to create more traffic and pounce on rebound and not make it easy on them.”
While the 2-0 shutout—the third postseason shutout of Carey Price’s career—didn’t resemble on the 7-0 blowout the Bruins put on the Canadiens the last time they visited TD Garden, the score should be expected in the playoffs.
“Every game is a different story, some times you get the bounces and sometimes you don’t. playoffs especially, everyone comes to battle every night,” B’s forward Brad Marchand
said. “I don’t think there are going to be any eight-goal blowouts in playoffs, with any team. I think they’re all going to be one, two goal games.
“You have to be prepared for that.”
In terms of Game 2, the Bruins don’t believe they’ll have to change much of their game plan. Boston put up a consistent effort throughout the night.
The one thing the Bruins would like to see more of on Saturday is traffic in front of Price.
“If you’re going to score goals on that goaltender, you need to take away his vision and we didn’t do a good enough job of that. We were all around the net, but we weren’t in front. You know, that’s something that has to get better,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said.
Marchand agreed saying, “We have to get more bodies in front of his face, his eyes. And as much traffic we can in front of the net.
“But to get to that point, I thought we did a great job battling down low and making plays and doing the little things. We just have to get a little more bodies in front.”
Game time for the second installment of the latest playoff series between the two rivals is set for Saturday night.
“We don’t want to go down zero and two. Like I said it’s a long series but we definitely don’t want to go down when we haven’t won a game at home,” Nathan Horton
“You can look at it like that but I think you need to embrace the situation and have fun out there and really press hard to get that win because it’s a big one.”