The Boston Bruins were beaten by the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series in double overtime on Thursday night, 4-3. Despite heavily outshooting the Canadiens, an untimely penalty led to Boston’s demise. Both sides exhibited matching intensity, setting the tone for what promises to be a physical, tightly contested series.
Boston fired 51 shots on Carey Price and attempted 98 in total. Price made 48 saves. The defense in front of him blocked 30 of them, while another 17 missed the net. The Bruins compiled one scoring chance after another. Ultimately their remarkable offensive onslaught wasn’t enough to claim a victory in the back-and-forth duel.
Matt Bartkowski was whistled for a penalty at 4:10 of the second overtime after he hauled down Dale Weiss in front of Tuukka Rask. Just moments later, P.K. Subban rocketed a shot from the point that found its way through traffic to seal the deal.
It was Subban’s second power play goal of the game. He tallied the game’s opening score on the man advantage as well.
Though the Bruins did show a great deal of resiliency in defeat. The Canadiens jumped out to a 2-0 lead, holding Boston scoreless through two periods, in large part due to the sparkling play of Price in net.
Reilly Smith and Torey Krug scored in the third period to tie the game. Boston shifted momentum back to their side before Francis Boullion regained the lead for Montreal with a snapper that beat Rask top shelf.
With time dwindling down and hope slipping away, Johnny Boychuk let a howitzer of shot fly from the point that found twine. It brought the game even at three with 1:58 left in regulation.
The Bruins outshot the Candiens 14-6 in both the third period and first overtime.
Boston had a multitude of chances, as frequent episodes of frantic moments broke out in front of Price. Boston nearly won it in sudden death, but Carl Soderberg‘s tip on a point shot rolled behind Price, through the crease, narrowly missing the far post. Dougie Hamilton was denied by the iron on one occassion as well.
Rask’s struggles against Montreal continued. After playing near perfect hockey against Detroit, he regressed Thursday night, allowing four goals on just 33 shots.
The game was gritty, nasty and bitter. Boston connected on 56 hits. Montreal dished out 45.
Montreal has yet to be beaten in the postseason. The Bruins will once again be forced to battle back in a series opposite their most hated rival. They’ll look to regroup and capitalize on their scoring chances come Game 2 on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.