Carey Price thinks Bruins ‘got pretty lucky’ in their comeback win in Game 2, and Patrice Bergeron agrees (sort of)
|05.03.14 at 5:33 pm ET|
Call it sour grapes. Call it the frustration that comes with letting in a highly questionable goal that tied the game. Or just call it Carey Price answering a question the way he saw it.
However you characterize the Canadiens goalie’s response to letting in three goals in a span of 5:32 of the third period Saturday, you can’t help but read the frustration in his words after the Bruins came from behind and beat Montreal, 5-3, to even the best-of-seven second-round series at 1-1.
“Well, they poured it on at the end of the game,” Price said. “They got pretty lucky, I thought. They were playing desperate at the end of the game, and they found a way to put it in the net. We’ve just got to regroup, realize the situation were in, we’re in a good spot, and move forward.”
But still, a closer look shows what the Bruins might be trying to do the rest of the series to be successful. For the better part of five periods, the Bruins had point-blank range shots on Price, including several by David Krejci in Game 1, and Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla in the first 40 minutes Saturday.
But then, with the B’s trailing 3-1 and facing the prospects of heading to Montreal down 0-2, Dougie Hamilton fired a shot from the center point that made its way through two Bruins parked in front of Price. That goal gave the Bruins desperately needed momentum. Just over three minutes later, Patrice Bergeron fired a shot from the sharp angle along the boards that went off defenseman Francis Boullion and past a screened Price to tie the game. Then, with the Canadiens unable to control the puck in front and Price racing around to his right, Reilly Smith fired a puck past P.K. Subban and into an empty net for the go-ahead goal.
Create mayhem in front of Price and live by the adage, “You can’t stop what you can’t see.” That is what got the Bruins back in the game in the third period and turned the game and series around heading to Montreal for Game 3 Tuesday night.
“That’s playoff hockey,” Price said. “That’s what it’s all about. Right now, they’re throwing pucks at the net and they’re finding a way through. So, we’re going to have to do the same on their end. I thought we’ve played well so far. You’ve got to give that team a lot of credit. They didn’t quit, and in that third period they found a way to come back.”
Price thought the Bruins got “pretty lucky.” Bergeron didn’t argue that point.
“I was just trying to find the net,” Bergeron said. “Sometimes, you never know. I can’t say that I meant to do it, but I got lucky and I’ll take the bounce.”
Blowing three two-goal leads in the third period has done nothing to harm Price’s confidence, at least on the outside.
“No, not at all. It’s time to regroup,” Price said. “Like I said, winners regroup and realize the situation they’re in. I thought we did an excellent job so far. We came and did what we wanted to do, split these two games. Now we’re going to move forward and take it to them on home ice. We weren’t expecting to come in here and sweep two games. So I think keeping in mind what we came here to do, and like I said, it’s all about moving forward at this point.”
Price faced 51 shots in Game 1 and the Canadiens escaped. He saw 34 shots in Game 2 and lost. The Bruins are getting their chances and shots. Now, it’s a matter of making sure Price doesn’t see them.
“I knew the character would be there. I was just hoping the pucks would go in,” Shawn Thornton said.
Will the four-goal barrage in the third period open the floodgates? Maybe. But don’t expect Price, the Olympic goalie who led Canada to gold in Sochi, to melt.
“You have to be mentally strong and move forward,” Price insisted. “That’s what winning teams do, and you’ve got to have a winning attitude. You can’t hit panic right now.”
Added Subban, “We aren’t in panic mode by any means. They are a good team, I’ve said it before, they are a resilient team. I’ve seen them do that a couple of times since I’ve been in the league, and they’ve got a lot of good players over there. We’ve got to prepare, refocus and focus for a full 60. We are playing good hockey, we just have to focus for a full 60 and get back to it.”
The Bruins didn’t panic Saturday, and that’s why it’s a brand new series.