BOSTON – Aside from cashing in on a few more of their offensive opportunities and not allowing an early power-play goal to a Canadiens team built for those kinds of gifts, the Bruins seemed to collectively be OK with their performance in Game 1.
Yes, it was a 4-3, double-overtime loss to the hated Habs and that usually doesn’t go over well in Boston.
Still, the Bruins leveled 51 shots on Montreal goaltender Carey Price, had a dozen golden scoring chances that simply weren’t finished off into goals and pushed three pucks past an “in-the-zone” Price, while coming back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits. There was a lot to like about the effort from a Black-and-Gold perspective, but there were also some areas that Torey Krug said “need to be fine-tuned.”
Tuukka Rask was emotional after the loss, expressing in no uncertain terms that he “sucked” and was “[expletive]” in being outplayed by Price. There were a few more defensive breakdowns by the young blueline crew than B’s coach Claude Julien might have liked.
Still, Julien and his Bruins players were encouraged by some of the developments Thursday night and know they’ll win more than they lose vs. Montreal if the dominate five-on-five play as they did in Game 1.
“It's about coming back in and getting ready for [Saturday afternoon],” said Julien. “There's no panic after losing Game 1. It’s going to be a long series. It was emotions [for Rask]. He's in a better place today after good night’s sleep. We know he’s going to bounce back.”
The Bruins were back to work with an optional practice on Friday afternoon at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., and have some level of optimism about the early 12:30 p.m. Saturday matinee against the Habs. Above and beyond the glass half-full attitude from some of the good things about Game 1, the Bruins are 16-3-1 in matinees this season, including both the regular season and the postseason.
So they have that going for them, which is nice.