The Bruins dropped Game 1 to the Montreal Canadiens in double overtime. They dropped Game 1 to the Red Wings in the first round before reeling off four consecutive wins to close out the series. Lean back from that panic button. There are, in fact, plenty of reasons to be optimistic about Game 2.
Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty joins Kevin Walsh to preview Saturday's showdown.
The Bruins put 51 shots on net. They scored three goals but they easily could have had four, or five, or six, or seven.
David Krejci said after the game that his line could have had 10 goals in the game all by themselves.
The chances where there, and not just in quantity, but quality as well.
"If you do that every single game," says Haggerty, "with the talent that they have, and the ability to finish that they have, the bounces are not always going to go against the Bruins and for Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens. They’re going to find the back of the net sooner, rather than later. They’re just too good offensively to pass by a lot of those golden chances.”
For the Bruins to even the series, they'll have to do a better job of containing P.K. Subban. In their first round series, the Bruins held the Red Wings 2-for-20 on the power play. The Bruins allowed the same number of power play goals to Subban in the first game of this series.
Fortunately for the Bruins, Game 2 will start at 12:30pm. The Bruins are 16-3-1 this year in matinees.