BOSTON – The Montreal Canadiens took a 2-0 series lead over Boston with their 3-1 victory tonight in TD Garden.
|In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) makes a save as defenseman Brent Sopel, right, and Boston Bruins' Nathan Horton look on during the second period of Montreal's 3-1 win in Game 2 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoffs hockey series in Boston, Saturday, April 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) |
“You just have to earn your wins in the playoffs. It’s the fairest competition there is. The team that plays better and makes the least amount of mistakes deserves the win,” defenseman Andrew Ference
“It’s about focusing on the game at hand. For us, that’s obviously the next one moving forward.”
Montreal scored early and despite laying 35 shots on Carey Price, the Bruins were only able to net one goal.
Michael Cammalleri started the scoring off just 43 seconds into the game with his first postseason tally. Mathieu Darche followed that up with a power play goal less than two minutes later.
Darche scored the man-advantage goal just six seconds after Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg headed to the box for interference.
“Well the first one, I kicked out the perfect rebound. The second one, it went off [a defenseman’s] shin pad, it was just bad luck. It just changed the angle by about three or four inches and that’s the difference between controlling the rebound easily and having there be a rebound,” Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas said.
Boston went into the first intermission down two goals, despite outshooting Montreal 15-8.
The second period showed a bit of a role reversal with the Canadiens outshooting the B’s 15-9. But Patrice Bergeron put Boston on the board at 7:38 mark as he tipped the puck past Price for the Bruins first goal of the postseason. Linemates Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi were credited with the assists.
“It was there but it obviously wasn’t good enough,” Bergeron said.
“One goal isn’t going to beat Montreal.”
The goal gave the Bruins some energy, but Montreal stifled their excitement ten minutes later, scoring their third goal of the night. Yannick Weber slipped the backhand past Thomas, shutting the door on Boston’s comeback opportunity.
“I think we gave them those three goals. That was pretty much our fault. Our fault on breakdowns and we got to give them credit. We knew we were going to play against a good team,” Bergeron said.
“Montreal has always been good.”
The Bruins will look to regroup tomorrow as they prepare to travel to Montreal for Game 3 on Monday.
“I think we’re probably one of the top teams in the league on the road. It might be a good thing for us to get there and really simplify things and get more composed than we are right now. We’ll be fine as long as we regroup here and as long as we embrace it and get ready for a big situation on Monday,” Recchi said.
“The pressure is on us now. I believe in this group of guys and we’re going to have to go show them on Monday.”