When the Boston Bruins learned they would be playing their arch-rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, in the first round of the NHL playoffs, they knew they were in for a battle. What they didn’t count on was a complete shutdown by Carey Price.
Price stopped all 31 Bruins shots, Brian Gionta added a goal and an assist, leading the Canadiens to a 2-0 victory and drawing first blood in the opening round playoff matchup.
Most of the shots that Price saw were not especially challenging, as the Montreal defense did a superb job in keeping the Bruins out of the slot and giving Price the advantage of seeing every shot clearly.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said as much, telling the Associated Press that his forwards didn’t do enough to cloud Price’s vision.
“You need to take away his vision,” Julien said. “We were all around the net but we weren’t in front.”
The Canadiens clearly had a plan to take away that aspect of the Bruins’ game, as many experts and pundits considered the Bruins the more physical of the two.
The victory now gives the Canadiens home ice advantage, however Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is not worried or alarmed.
“Who said it was frustrating?” Chara said. “I think we did a lot of good things. We just couldn’t score a goal.”
The Bruins will get the opportunity to even the score on Saturday night, and they’ll need to figure out a way to cash in on the Price. Carey Price, that is.
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