Eastern Conference Second Round Series : Game 2
Canadiens leads series 1-0
The Habs will try to leave Boston with two wins in the bank when they take on the Bruins at TD Garden Saturday afternoon.
Playing their first game in ten days, the Habs came into Game One with the intention of standing tall against the NHL’s regular season champs. Michel Therrien’s squad drew first blood in the series in the opening period thanks to a P.K. Subban wrist shot which eluded Tuukka Rask. Despite the Bruins attacking the Canadiens zone early and often, the visiting team managed to stretch their lead to two when Rene Bourque forced a neutral zone turnover, skated in on a two-on-one and beat Rask with a snap shot between the pads. Bourque now leads the team with four goals in five postseason games.
The Bruins showed their mettle by tying the game early in the third period thanks to tallies from Reilly Smith and Torey Krug. After Montreal edged ahead once again on the basis of Francis Bouillon’s first of the playoffs, Johnny Boychuk forced overtime with a point shot which made the score 3-3. In extra time, Boston had several opportunities to close out the game, but all were snuffed out by an in-form Carey Price. Inspired by the performance of their starter, the Habs managed to draw a penalty late in the first overtime period. The man advantage carried over into the second OT frame, when P.K. Subban shocked the hometown crowd by blasting a slap shot over Rask’s shoulder to end the game.
Beyond Subban’s clutch scoring, Carey Price was undoubtedly the man of the night for Montreal. He made 48 saves on 51 shots to outduel Rask, who allowed four goals on 33 shots.
It was the first time since March 18 that the Canadiens scored two goals or more on the powerplay. The team is now sixth among playoff teams with a 25% success rate.
Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Michael Bournival will take Travis Moen's spot in the lineup for Game 2.
Exceptionally, puck drop will be at 12:30PM E.S.T.