They’re only two games into what looks like will be another memorable seven-game series, but so far this has been one of the stranger Bruins and Canadiens series we’ve seen.
Ask any Bruins’ fan and they will tell you the Bruins should be leading the series 2-0. Ask any Canadiens fan and they will tell you the Canadiens should be leading the series 2-0. Well, both fan bases would be correct.
Despite the fact that both teams could easily be leading the series, the series is tied at one, heading to Montreal for Game 3 Tuesday night,
If you’re wondering why the series is tied at one, you can look no further then Carey Price.
“The saves he makes, the way he keeps us in a game, that’s why we had a two-goal lead” said Canadiens Captain Brian Gionta following the Habs’ Game 2 loss. “He made some big saves and we capitalized on the power play. Without Carey, that’s not a close game.”
In Game 1 the Bruins were the better team, but thanks to Price’s performance the Canadiens were able to steal Game 1 in Boston. Through two periods of Game 1, it looked like it was nearly impossible to get any rubber past Price. The Bruins did manage to eventually break through, scoring three times in the third period before ultimately dropping Game 1 in double overtime-two more periods that were dominated by Price.
Price made 48 saves in Game 1 for his fifth straight postseason win. Game 2 saw much of the same from Price. The Bruins got to Price early in the first in Game 2, but from Daniel Paille’s first period tally to Dougie Hamilton’s third period goal, Price completely shut the door.
Hamilton’s goal kicked off a stretch of four goals in the final 9:04 of the third period, helping the Bruins complete the third period comeback, their second in as many games. Through two games it seems as if the third period is the only time the Bruins can get pucks past Price.
Price has stopped 62 of the 63 shots he has seen in the two first, two second and two overtime periods in the series. In the two third periods the two teams have skated in, the Bruins have scored five times on 22 shots sent towards Price.
To Price’s defense, nearly all of the Bruins’ goals have been screen shots or lucky bounces. Regardless of how you look at the goals Price has allowed, he’s played the role of difference maker in this series.
“He’s an unbelievable goalie. I don’t think that surprises anyone. I think we’re all aware of how talented he is. He’s been playing well. We’re going to have to figure out ways to get pucks by him” said Bruins’ forward Shawn Thornton.
Price has always been a thorn in the Bruins’ side, but his play through two games has been as good as anyone in Boston has seen from Price. The Bruins and their fans hope Price doesn’t carry his stellar play back to Montreal for Game 3.
After having a 2-0 series lead ripped away from them, Price knows he and his Canadiens teammates need to regroup and get ready for a key game in the series Tuesday night.
“It’s time to regroup. Like I said, winners regroup and realize the situation they’re in” said Price.
“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”