By Danny Picard
BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Game One came down to Bruins turnovers, Brian Giontas finish, and Carey Prices dominance, as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Bs 2-0 in their own building on Thursday night for a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven, first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.
Gionta scored both of Montreals goals, with his second of the game putting the dagger into any potential Boston comeback.
Milan Lucic turned the puck over at the top of the Bruins zone, and Scott Gomez dropped it off to Gionta who was skating hard down the right wing. Gionta then let a slap shot go that snuck under Tim Thomas right arm, giving the Habs a 2-0 lead with 3:18 left in the third period.
The Canadiens took an early 1-0 lead that silenced the TD Garden in the first period, when Gionta and Gomez took advantage of a Tomas Kaberle turnover in the Bruins corner.
Kaberle went down deep to retrieve a puck, and frantically sent a no-look, behind-the-back pass up the boards, where Gomez took it, and sent a hard pass through the slot, right onto the stick of a wide-open Gionta at the right post.
Gionta beat Thomas top-right, and gave Montreal the first goal of the series, just 2:44 into Game One.
The Bs dominated the second, out-shooting the Habs 18-6 in that period alone, but they had nothing to show for it. Boston out-shot Montreal 31-20 on the night. Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard. You can listen to Danny on his streaming radio show I'm Just Sayin' Monday-Friday from 9-10 a.m. on CSNNE.com.