BOSTON — After Johnny Boychuk and Mark Recchi gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead with their first period tallies — just 2:02 apart — Habs coach Jacques Martin wasted no time calling his timeout. It seemed to payoff as the Habs cut into the Bruins’ lead after a power play goal by Yannick Weber, but the Black and Gold still lead after 20 minutes by the score of 2-1.
- As stated in the scoring summary, the Bruins had a great start to the period and they couldn’t have asked for anything better really…not even a 3-0 lead. They were outworking the Habs in front and they got a couple of nice shots from Boychuk (from the point) and Recchi (from the faceoff circle).
- Once again, if the Bruins want to do some damage they are going to have to score on the power play. While they seemed to get the Habs defense to commit a little more on their lone power play, the Bruins could only muster one shot on that man advantage late in the period. Perhaps putting Bergeron at the point with Kaberle and moving Chara up front might help a little bit, but at this point who knows if there’s any quick fix with this unit.
- Surprise, surprise, PK Subban is getting away with some of his usual antics this series. It’s pretty amazing how he hasn’t been nominated for an academy award yet. But nonetheless, the Habs capitalized on one of their power play chances with Weber’s goal.
- The Bruins have won both their playoff games against the Habs when scoring first. Might be a good omen, but given their recent Game 7 history, nothing is safe.
- Both teams fired nine shots in the first period. Tim Thomas made eight saves, while Price made seven.