P.K. Subban the villain as Habs beat Bruins in double OT in Game 1
|05.01.14 at 11:28 pm ET|
The Bruins came back from deficits of two goals and one goal in the third period, but the Canadiens got the last laugh in double overtime as Montreal took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 4-3 win at TD Garden.
P.K. Subban scored his second power play of the night to end it for Montreal, as Matt Bartkowski had taken a holding penalty seconds earlier. Prior to the game, the Habs were 2 for their last 36 on the power play.
Boston had its chances in overtime with Carl Soderberg getting a puck off the end boards in front and sending it across the crease behind Carey Price but not going in. Price later came up with a big stop on Brad Marchand and robbed David Krejci on a feed from Milan Lucic.
After the Bruins had come back from a two-goal deficit in the third period, Francis Bouillon beat Tuukka Rask to break at 12:09 of the third period. Boston had one more comeback in them, as Johnny Boychuk fired a slapshot from the top of the zone that flew past Carey Price with Loui Eriksson in front of the net to tie the game at three.
The Bruins carried the play throughout the first two periods, but Subban’s power play goal in the first and a Rene Bourque goal off a Torey Krug turnover gave Montreal the lead through two. Prior to Subban’s goal, Montreal’s power play was 2 for its last 36 opportunities.
Reilly Smith finally got the Bruins past Price 2:44 into the third period, taking a wrist shot from the half wall through the legs of Andrei Markov that went past Patrice Bergeron and Alexei Emelin before sailing past the Habs netminder. After the B’s wasted a power play off a Subban interference penalty, Torey Krug tied the game by taking a feed from Milan Lucic and blasting it past Carey Price for his second goal of the postseason.
Price stopped 33 of the 36 shots he saw in regulation, while Rask made 20 saves on 23 shots through the first three periods. Paille made his return to Boston’s lineup after missing the first round with a head injury.
Game 2 will be played at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
— Wasted opportunities were a theme throughout regulation for the B’s, and it cost them again in the third period. Lucic fanned on a feed in front from Krejci with the game tied, and when the puck went the other way, the Habs went on to have a long stay in Boston’s zone by Montreal’s third line eventually leading to Bouillon’s goal.
Looking at replays, Lucic missed the pass by a mile, suggesting he may not have seen it given that it went through Brendan Gallagher on its way to him. Either way, he had half the net empty and those are the types of opportunities on which you need to capitalize in the postseason.
– Price was superb for the Habs, which actually shouldn’t be much of a surprise. As it turned out, one of his biggest saves was on Shawn Thornton of all people, as the Bruins’ fourth-line winger backhanded a loose puck on net in the slot about eight and a half minutes into the third in an attempt to break the tie.
Price also came up big on Jarome Iginla during Boston’s second-period man advantage, stopping a bid on the doorstep and coming up lucky when Iginla missed the net on the rebound.
— Hindsight is 20-20, but Lucic missed out on a goal at the end of the first period with Carey Price pulled. With a faceoff in the Bruins zone with 1.9 seconds left, Michel Therrien pulled Price for an extra attacker. Daniel Briere won the faceoff, but in drawing the puck back put it in position for Lucic to get to. Lucic got the puck and put it on his backhand before sending an attempt down the ice, but had he whacked the puck toward the net as soon as he got to it, there’s a chance it could have gone in before the horn sounded.
— Though it looked like a fine call in real time, replays — which were not shown by the NBC telecast, for whatever reason — showed that Montreal got the power play on which it scored in the first period by virtue of a dive. Dale Weise went down as soon as Matt Bartkowski’s stick made contact with his pants and the tripping call was made on Bartkowski.
— The Bruins were dominating play early in the second period, and it was a misplay that let the Habs go the other way and score. Johnny Boychuk sent a pass into Torey Krug’s skates in the neutral zone. In an attempt to kick the puck to his blade, Krug iced it ahead to Bourque, who went the other way with Brian Gionta for a 2-on-1 against Boychuk and beat Rask.
— Speaking of Rask, he did not look himself early on. Rask gave up an uncharacteristic rebound on a power play bid moments before Subban’s goal. After Boychuk went down to take away the pass on the second-period 2-on-1, Rask still had an eye on Gionta, allowing Bourque to beat him five-hole.
— Krug missed out on a couple of points in the first two periods. He had an opportunity on a loose puck in the high slot in the first period with Price down, but Price was in position to take away the top of the net, forcing Krug to maneuver to the left, and by the time he had done that, Subban was in the net and Bourque was also in the way. Krug finally shot the puck right at Price. In the second, Krug sent a beauty of a feed up to David Krejci that gave Krejci a breakaway on which he missed the net after dekeing.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
— There was actually a lot to like about the Bruins’ game even when the Habs held the lead through two. The B’s had possession for most of the game, with each line getting chances and Price serving as the biggest obstacle.
— Eriksson’s work in the front of the net has long been documented, and though Subban looked to be a bigger screen in front for Price on Boychuk’s goal, there’s no denying that Eriksson is a difference maker in front despite not being the most physical guy.
— With the secondary helper on Smith’s goal, Dougie Hamilton has points in four straight games (one goal, four assists). Hamilton rang the post on a point shot during a second-period power play.
— Bergeron, who got the secondary apple on Krug’s goal, has points in five straight games (one goal, five assists).