GOLD STAR: Two power play goals in 33:49 of ice time for P.K. Subban was a pretty stunning example of what the flamboyant Montreal defenseman can do when he’s focused on playing the game, and less on the distractions he can create for himself on the frozen sheet. Instead Subban was throwing the body around and knocking Reilly Smith off the puck in one of his first shifts of the game, and playing, hard, physical defense as attested by the five registered hits. He blocked three shots and did the requisite dirty work against Boston’s best offensive players, but it was the two point shots that eluded Tuukka Rask on the power play that truly did the damage. When Subban is focused just on the game, he’s a dangerous player.
BLACK EYE: Matt Bartkowski had a tough game taking a tripping call on Dale Weise in the first period when he used a little too much stick, and then set up the power play game-winner by bear hugging Weise in front of the net in double overtime. Both of the penalties led to power play goals for P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens, and the double overtime infraction came one shift after a horrendous turnover nearly gave the Habs a game-winner a couple of minutes earlier. A group of the young defensemen could take the blame for the B’s however, as Torey Krug was on the ice for two goals against that he directly held a piece of the blame for, and Dougie Hamilton was pretty quiet outside of a post hit on a second period power play.
TURNING POINT: Twice the Bruins couldn’t cash in on scoring chances, and twice the Montreal Canadiens stormed down the other end of the ice moments later and scored big momentum swinging goals. It happened in the second period prior to Rene Bourque’s goal, and it happened again in the third period when Milan Lucic couldn’t hammer home a David Krejci pass across the front of the net, and then Francis Bouillon scored at the other end after an ill-advised Torey Krug clearing attempt around the rim. It’s difficult to let that happen twice in a game during the playoffs, and actually expect to win that playoff game.
HONORABLE MENTION: Carey Price was excellent in making 47 saves and stopping everything that the Bruins could throw at him, but he was also aided by a couple of posts and a group of B’s attackers that couldn’t finish off some great scoring chances in and around the net. The Bruins top line alone had 20 shot attempts and 11 shots on net while chewing up the offensive zone time, and each of Jarome Iginla, David Krejci and Milan Lucic had Grade A scoring chances. But Krejci missed on a backhanded shot all alone, Lucic fanned on the Krejci passing attempt through traffic and Iginla couldn’t force the puck past Price on Boston’s first power play. So Price was excellent and better than Tuukka Rask in Game 1, but he also has Boston’s offensive ineptitude to thank for some of his success.
BY THE NUMBERS: 0-5-3 – the career record of Tuukka Rask in games against the Montreal Canadiens on the TD Garden ice.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “I was [expletive] today. I’ve got to be better. From a goalie’s standpoint, Carey Price played a lot better than I did.” –Tuukka Rask, kicking himself for losing a game where the Bruins had 51 shots on net.