Game Two preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens

Game Two preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens

Bruins (46-26-11) vs. Canadiens (45-30-8)

Canadiens lead series 1-0

Starting Goalies

Bruins: Tim Thomas is the odds-on favorite to win the Vezina Trophy after a season during which he posted a league-low 2.00 goals against average and a .938 save percentage highest in NHL history. Thomas, however, allowed two goals on 20 shots in Game 1.

Canadiens: This season, Carey Price was named an All-Star for the second time in his career, and he played like one in the series opener. Price stoned all 31 of the Bruins shots to post his ninth shutout of the year, tying him with Thomas for the second-most clean sheets in the NHL.

Previous games

Entering the playoffs, the Bruins had won seven of their last 11 games. They outscored their opponents 33-18 over that span.

Montreal, however, went 4-5-0 in their final nine games, enduring a three-game goalless stretch at the end of March.

The Canadiens took four of the six regular-season contests between these two teams, but Boston outscored the Habs in the season series 22-20 thanks to a 7-0 win in the final matchup before the postseason.

Milan Lujic posted nine points against Montreal this season four goals and five assists while David Krejci added seven assists.

Brian Gionta scored five goals against the Bruins this year, including the only two markers of Game 1.
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Dennis Seidenberg posted at least one point in each of the final three games of the regular season for the Bruins.

Including his sparkling performance in the series opener, Price has allowed just six goals in five games in April. Offensively, Gionta has five goals in his last three contests.

There is no love lost between these two squads. Both members of the Original Six, the rivalry was amped up at the beginning of March when Zdeno Chara laid his controversial hit on Max Pacioretty. The clubs also had a riotous game in February as Boston won an 8-6 brawl.

Bennett on Goodell: 'Where is he? He's like Waldo right now'

Bennett on Goodell: 'Where is he? He's like Waldo right now'

FOXBORO -- Leave it to Martellus Bennett, the children's book author, to make a cartoon reference when asked about the lingering effects of Deflategate. 

Could hear the "Where's Roger?" chants that rang throughout Gillette Stadium on Sunday night, a reporter wondered? Bennett deflected at first. 

"Who's Roger," he asked? 

Then it was pointed out to him that the chants were directed to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who opted to attend the NFC title game in Atlanta -- his second trip to the Georgia Dome in as many weeks -- instead of the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers. 

"Oh yeah," Bennett said, his memory apparently jogged. "Where is he? He's like Waldo right now. He didn't want to come here."

Tom Brady was asked about the chants as well. He had to have heard them, a reporter noted. 

"I didn't hear that chant," Brady insisted. "I did hear them singing to Bon Jovi, though, that was pretty cool."

Awaiting the Patriots in Houston will be the Atlanta Falcons, obviously, but one side plot will be the potential for a face-to-face for Goodell and the Patriots.

In the past, Goodell has handed the Lombardi Trophy to the Super Bowl winner following the game -- a tradition one would expect would continue this year regardless of who wins. The commissioner has also awarded the game's MVP award to the honoree on the morning after the game. Following the Super Bowl two seasons ago, Brady and Goodell shared a stage as Brady accepted the MVP hardware.