BOSTON BRUINS (4-1) vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS (4-0)
11:38 p.m. - Second Overtime Snapshots: FINAL: BOS 4, MTL 3
BRUINS BESTED BY HABS IN OT THRILLER: The Bruins fell to the Habs in Game 1 by the hand of a P.K. Subban sudden death goal, for his second tally of the evening. The Bruins are back in action on Saturday for Game 2 of their Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens in Boston at TD Garden. Game time is set for 12:30 p.m. ET
PRE-SECOND OVERTIME FUN FACT: The Bruins enter a second OT period for the 22nd time in their post-season history. They enter this session with an 8-7 record in 2OT games.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Saturday for Game 2 of their Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens in Boston at TD Garden. Game time is set for 12:30 p.m. ET
11:07 p.m. - First Overtime Snapshots: BOS 3, MTL 3
TRADING CHANCES: The Bruins and Habs partook in a wild first overtime frame trading chances up and down the ice, with both teams coming close to bringing an end to Game 1, but neither able to close. By the conclusion of the first OT frame the B's have accumulated 50 goals. The last time the Black & Gold put up 50+ shots on goal came when the B's put up 54 on June 12, 2013 against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, in what ended up being a triple overtime game. In total, the B's have participated in 14 playoff games where they have notched 50 or more shots on net.
PAILLE CALLED FOR TRIPPING: Daniel Paille was called for tripping at 19:33 of the overtime frame sending the Bruins on the PK for the final 27 seconds of the first overtime frame. The Bruins managed to stay even to the conclusion of the first OT frame but will begin the second overtime period with 1:34 of penalty time left on the penalty.
PRE-OVERTIME FUN FACT: Six current Bruins have OT playoff goals: Bergeron (3), Krejci (2), Iginla, Kelly, Marchand and Paille.
10:16 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 3, MTL 3
BOYCHUK POTS THE EQUALIZER: Johnny Boychuk provided the the Bruins second game-tying goal of the contest at the 1:58 mark when he connected with an absolute blast from the blueline to even the score at three. The goal is Boychuk's first of the postseason. Huge goal for Johnny Rocket & the Bruins, however not terribly surprising after Boychuk's postseason scoring success last season, which saw him lead all B's defensemen with seven goals.
HABS REGAIN LEAD: WIth 7:51 to go in the third period, Francis Bouillon regained the Habs lead capitalizing on multiple Montreal attempts that caused the Bruins to become slightly disorganized, yielding a hole in the Black & Gold defense. The goal marks Bouillon's first goal of the playoffs.
KRUG KNOTS IT UP: With 13:30 to go, Torey Krug came up with another huge playoff goal, as he became known for in last years playoffs, to even the game at two goals apiece. The goal is Krug's second of the postseason, with Bergeron and Lucic picking up the helpers for their fifth and second of the playoffs, respectively. Bergeron extends his point streak to five games with his assist, giving him a goal and five assists in six games.
SMITH GETS B'S ON THE BOARD: Reilly Smith notched the Bruins' first goal of the series to cut the deficit in half when sent in a wrister from the right faceoff circle at a tight angle that found its way past Carey Price to make the score 2-1. Dougie Hamilton picked up the assist on the goal, giving him points in four-straight games. The goal definitely put a spark into an already loud crowd at TD Garden, which in turn seems to have given the B's a little extra hop in their step too.
9:09 p.m. Second Period Snapshots: BOS 0, MTL 2
BRUINS GENERATE POWER PLAY CHANCES: With 5:44 remaining in the second frame, Montreal's Josh Gorges was sent to the sin bin for holding Carl Soderberg, giving the Bruins their first two-minute man-advantage of the game. Coming into the series the Bruins owned the best power play, having converted on six of 16 chances (37.5%). The Bruins came close on various opportunities during their man-advantage, including a nearly open net bid Jarome Iginla that sailed just wide, as well as a Dougie Hamilton chance that caught iron, but deflected out. Ultimately, Montreal weathered the Boston power play storm to kill off the penalty, rendering the Bruins scoreless with 3:44 to go in the frame.
CANADIENS DOUBLE THE LEAD: The Canadiens doubled their lead with 16:22 left in the second period when Rene Bourque beat Tuukka Rask with a wrister from the right faceoff circle. The goal is the fourth of the playoffs for Bourque while Lars Eller earns his fourth helper of the postseason. Eller now has a point in all five on Montreal's postseason games.
8:20 p.m. First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, MTL 1
AFTER THE FIRST FUN FACT: The team that has won the first game of the previous 33 series between the Bruins and Canadiens has gone on to win the series on 24 occasions (72.7%).
HABS TAKE A 1-0 LEAD: With 9:55 to go in the first period, Matt Bartkowski was whistled for tripping on Montreal's Dale Weise putting the B's PK to the test for the first time in the evening. With 42 seconds to go on the Montreal man-advantage, P.K. Subban sent in a firm wrist shot with traffic in front, that was able to beat Tuukka Rask blocker-side to give the Habs the first goal of the series and a 1-0 lead. The goal marks first of the 2014 playoffs for Subban with Andrei Markov (1) and Tomas Plekanec (2) picking up the assists.
GOALTENDERS HOLDING STRONG: With 12:02 to go in the first frame of Game 1, Tuukka Rask and Carey Price have thwarted all scoring generating by their opposition with Rask's three saves and Price's eight. Price flashed some leather on one of his bigger saves on a Patrice Bergeron backhand that Brad Marchand was charging in on, hunting for a loose rebound. Shortly thereafter Price made another slick glove save on Reilly Smith who let a wrister fly from the high-slot, but Price was able to snatch it clean out of the air. Tuukka Rask made a big stop of his own as Rene Bourque tried to punch one in on the doorstep, but remained firmed to deny Bouque the opportunity.
7:00 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. MTL
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (4-1, 1.16 GAA, .961 Save %) vs. Price (4-0, 2.33 GAA, .904 Save %). In 40 postseason games, Rask has amassed a 25-15 record with a 2.03 GAA & .933 save % with four shutouts. In 34 playoff matchups Price has compiled a 13-17 record with a 2.82 GAA & .905 save % with three shutouts.
BRUINS VS CANADIENS LIFETIME PLAYOFF HISTORY: Tonight’s game will kick off the 34th lifetime playoff series between the Bruins and Canadiens, which is the most by any two opponents in all of North American pro sports, as are their 171 lifetime games between the two rivals (including tonight). In 170 postseason games versus Montreal, the Black & Gold have accrued a 68-102 lifetime playoff record, and have been outscored by the Habs by a 511-420 margin in those contests. In 81 lifetime postseason games in Boston, the Bruins have compiled a 45-38 record against Montreal with a 224-216 scoring advantage on home ice.
CLIMBING THE LADDER: Milan Lucic enters tonight’s matchup two postseason appearances shy of Brad Park (89) for eighth on the team’s all-time playoff games played list, while Patrice Bergeron sits three games shy… David Krejci needs just two more goals to reach Wayne Cashman (31) for ninth on the Bruins all-time playoff goals list and is one assist short of ninth on the all-time postseason helpers list, where Ken R. Hodge currently sits with 47. Krejci is also three total points away from tying Brad Park for ninth on the all-time playoff points list (78).
STREAKING: Patrice Bergeron enters tonight’s game riding a four-game point streak, notching one goal and four assists during that span. Blueliner Dougie Hamilton rides a streak of his own, having tallied one goal and three assists in his last three games.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. Tonight, as a continuation of the Bruins 90 Years Celebration, former Bruin Rejean “Reggie” Lemelin, will serve as tonight’s Fan Banner Captain to kick off Game 1 against Montreal.
FIRST BEHIND THE B POSTSEASON EPISODE: The Boston Bruins announced Thursday, May 1, that the team will air the first postseason episode of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani on Monday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET on NESN. The series' 14th installment will chronicle the Black & Gold's First Round defeat of the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The episode will then re-air on NESNplus on Tuesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET as part of NESN's pregame coverage before Game 3 in Montreal.
209 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, April 26, the Boston Bruins have reached 209 straight regular season and playoff game sellouts. This sellout streak began on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
CANADIENS NOTEBOOK: Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller ride four game point streaks coming into this evening’s contest, with Gallagher accruing 3-2=5 totals and Eller racking up 2-3=5 totals during that span. Defenseman P.K. Subban also rides a point streak, having tallied five assists in his last three games… Brian Gionta is expected to play in his 100th career NHL postseason game tonight… Daniel Briere currently sits for tied for sixth (Sidney Crosby, PIT) on the active postseason top scorers with 111 points.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 6-for-16 (37.5%, 1st NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 18-for-20 (90.0%, 2nd NHL)… Canadiens power play: 2-for-13 (15.4%, 8th NHL), Canadiens penalty kill: 5-for-7 (71.4%, T-14th NHL).