Liveblog: Eastern semi-final Game 1 – Price shines, P.K. scores in second OT, Canadiens take series lead


P.K. wins it

4:15 into the second overtime period, P.K. Subban scores on a power play to win the series opener.

It was Subban's second PP goal of a crazy game dominated by the home team.

The Canadiens – who blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads – also got goals from Rene Bourque and FrancisBouillon.

Reilly Smith, Torey Krug and Jonny Boychuk scored for Boston.

The Bruins had a 51-33 shot advantage

Price is Halaking Boston

The Bruins had a 14-6 shot advantage in the first overtime period.

The Canadiens will begin the second OT on a power play.

Bruins come back

The home team got early goals from Reilly Smith and Torey Krug to tie the game at 2-2.

Francis Bouillon, of all people, scored to restore the Canadiens lead, but Jonny Boychuk tied it up with less than two minutes left.

Boston outshot the Canadiens 14-6 in the period, 36-23 on the game.

Bruins have won the last four OT playoff games against the Canadiens.


Rene Bourque scored his fourth goal of the playoffs to double the Canadiens' lead.

There were tense moments while Josh Gorges was in the penalty box.

Carey Price made keys stops, and Dougie Hamilton hit the post.

Thomas vanek has been bumped off the DD line in favour of Dale Weise.

Shots were 9-7 Boston.

First blood

P.K. Subban's power-play goal was the first of the series.

Carey Price made a spectacular save on Torey Krug to preserve the lead.

Price was also sharp on Gregory Campbell, Riley Smith and Jarome Iginla.

Boston had a 13-10 show advantage.

The long wait is over

Idle since April 22, the Canadiens are back in action on May Day.

The greatest playoff rivalry in North American pro sports resumes at the TD Garden in Boston.

The Canadiens and Bruins have hooked up in some postseason classics down the years.

The general trend of the rivalry is exemplified by the image of Don Cherry standing on the Boston bench as jeers rain down from Canadiens fans at the old Forum.

My esteemed Gazette colleague Dave Stubbs cites these stats on postseason play between the bitter rivals: 170 playoff games, of which the Canadiens have won 102. The Canadiens have won 24 of  33 playoff series. scoring 511 goals and surrendering 420.

The most recent meeting was the opening round of the 2011 playoffs. The Bruins, who would go on to win the Cup, needed overtime in a seventh game to get past the Canadiens, who won the first two games of the series in Boston.

The Canadiens won three of four regular-season games against Boston.

But so did Detroit.

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• Feel like watching the series opener with a big crowd? Free party at Montreal's Metropolis club.

• Pre-game reading: Ken Dryden on Canadiens vs. Bruins and Mike Spry on the same topic

• Memories:


  1. mfDx says:

    If Vanek has a nick,
    Bournival can’t do mal,
    With DD and Max.
    Sent from my CHphone

  2. Hamayoune says:

    This game was reminiscent of the 2010 miraculous playoff run. I felt like my hair greyed every minute.

    Let’s hope this was a result of Habs players being rusty.

    I expect the team to neutralize Lucic’s line just like they did with Stamkos. And Vanek’s line needs to step it up. Fix these two problems and we’ve got a pretty strong match up to the gorillas on the other team.

    Man, seeing Lucic and Krug beating off their chests after scoring pissed me off.

    But that deadly look on Subban’s face after the OT goal was priceless.

  3. HABitat4humanity says:

    Max didn’t play any better than Vanek. They both compliment each other, thats why they are successful. Good lesson tonight, play the full 60 minutes then u wont have to go into overtime.

  4. 5wings says:

    dont know if Vanek has the stones to go the next level..dont think he has ever done it..has the talent but does he have the desire..we will see through this series…Max has to elevate his game also..he can outskate all the bruins but he has to have desire to win battles and play playoff hockey..DD gave a good effort but overall the line was well below potential..

    GO HABS GO!!

  5. Storman says:

    For PK Subban fans PK hosting new series segment on Sportsnet called the next level..

  6. D Mex says:

    Well, if you’re gonna play 84+ minutes of playoff hockey, you may as well grab the win, right ?!
    – Price was awesome when he had to be, lucky when he couldn’t be,
    – Members of the team are supporting and compensating for each other, and
    – MT and his staff are doing a fine job of remaining steady no matter which way the wind is blowing. Not perfect, but they don’t have to be …
    Great win tonight – home ice advantage is now ours.
    ♡ the Habs … 😀

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  7. Timo says:

    Game signed Carey Price and PK Subban. Other heroes are Gallagher and DD. There were several plays where DD was going into a corner with Chara bearing down on him and he made a play, took the hit and never tried to avoid physical contact.

    Mini can have Vanek… worthless is the best compliment I can give him. Pacioretty wasn’t too far behind. And for a supposedly slow team Bruins were outskating Habs most of the night. I sure hope this was a good wake up call for the team, especially it’s top 2 scorers.

    Anyway… they can’t do this to me often, my heart won’t be able to take it.

  8. ZimHabwe says:

    Here’s how I look at Boston. They remind me of Mike Tyson in his prime. Strong, big and pack a mean punch. If they don’t knock their opponent out early in the game their chance of losing goes up exponentially. I say this because Boston started to slow down in overtime, while the younger Canadiens were able to maintain their pace. So it’s no surprise, there were two penalties in overtime. Rewind your PVR and you’ll see what I mean.

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …The Forum’s/Bell Centre’s Ghosts bought tickets to da Gawden tonight

  10. 5wings says:

    thanks for the steal..

    Eller and Borky were by far the best forwards..thought Weisy worked his a__ off also ..Gio was ok PLeky line was decent nothing much past that..Briere was scary bad 5 on 5..
    I held my breath when Frankie and Weaver were on the ice..I cant see this tandem working..
    PK please keep shooting..

    was Boston that good or did we suck that bad?? We played with no urgency at all..#1 line no show..
    Give the boys the credit STOLE game one..
    We have to be better in game two Crankshaft..maybe
    Whitey..Briere cant play 5 on 5 against Bruins..
    Saturday will come quickly..


  11. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Rask aint no hero!

  12. 24AW says:

    Three words – Thank You Carey.

  13. Prop says:

    I need to explain myself, seeing that someone took offense to my DOOOOOOOOMED comment…

    More often than not, the Habs score a goal after I post that, especially if it’s a close game. It doesn’t always work, but it’s a superstition of mine.

    Telling me to STFU…pssshaw…


  14. habstrinifan says:

    1)Earlier I posted “P.K needs to trot out that huge windup slapshot.. he may miss more than we like but Rask will lose one or two high”. I for one am glad he did and would suggest that we go easy next game when he shoots one or two wide. A player has gotta play ‘instinctively’ without fear of being called a goat.

    2)Agree with Bournival back in.. his speed is a huge factor and he is not SOFT nor careless. Bournival’s entire career is base don defensive responsibility and not backing down form the tough going.

    Someone posted about us going into a cocoon…I agree and hope we learnt from tonigt’s game.

  15. Adidess says:

    MT called PK a leader tonight in the post-game presser. Don’t think I have ever heard the coach use that word before in relation to Subban.

    Also true that he’s been giving PK more praise in the last stretch of the season.

  16. ReasonableBruin says:

    Price outplayed Rask tonight but it looks like each victory is going to be very hard fought. I’m glad it was pretty much a straight up game without alot of diving or acting by either side.

  17. monmick says:

    Wow. Claude just said that the 2 OT penalties were deserved…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  18. ianism says:

    am i the only one who was really uncomfortable with that win? as PK pointed out in the postgame interview, if it hadn’t been for Price they would have lost the game easily.
    there was ONE effective offensive line. their star trade deadline acquisition was awful. lots of turnovers. boston controlling play at least 60% of the time. if they keep playing like that, they’re going to lose in 5 games like the red wings.
    the thing is, i feel that if they bring back Bourni and Vanek finds his game again, we’re good to go….

  19. lizard ranger says:

    West coast drinkers get an early start Saturday . Wife is gonna love the quality of yard work I’ll deliver .

  20. ebk says:

    Bruins D are turnover machines if pressured. The Lost Boys(Eller and Bourque) played great(along with Gionta). If Montreal has their legs under them for game 2. I like the Habs chances to leave Boston with a pair of W’s

  21. DuckDodgers says:

    Perfect Storm perfect metaphor. Rockets off the post X2. Reilly Smith or Daniel Paille sliding the biscuit through the crease. Krejci and Iginla’s hands of stone. Subtract the seeing-eye shot by Reilly Smith, and Bruins still were jinxed out of a win. Habs won on the scoreboard, but the Bruins had their Fenwick Corsi’d by Price. Good thing Bourque helped the D-men in scoring. Bouillon!!! P.K.!!!!!! Price!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Butterface says:

    Wow was MT ever wrong about playing Boullion and Moen !!

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

  23. JohnBellyful says:

    Too bad PK didn’t get the hat trick. Would have loved to see what got tossed on the ice. All those anti-Hab T-shirts the fans were buyin’?

  24. lizard ranger says:

    Five games . Five wins . Nuff said .

  25. monmick says:

    What a stark contrast between Halak and Eller on a day like today. You never know what the future holds…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  26. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    Detroit scored 5 on Rask their entire series. We got 4 on him in game 1, and his already pitiful record against us got even worse. We’re in his head.

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  27. Hugh Jass says:

    I have a Rambo shirt given to me as a Christmas gift this past year and, seeing as how it’s one of the greatest and best acted films of our time, decided that Rambo will guide us to the promised land… so, I decided to wear it (and no, not wash it) each game until they lose. Whatever it takes to win, right? So, go ahead and thank John Rambo tonight. It’ll be on at 12:29 on Saturday, just a little more stinky this time.

  28. Adidess says:

    You know, this loss will hurt for the Bruins. You lost 3 games during the season and you come in with a whole new game plan and attitude tonight, bombarded the net and it made no difference. Another loss…

    Go Team CHanada!

  29. Storman says:

    I am no huge MT fan, by any means,, but he knows his players and his team,, he knows the inner workings we are not privy too,, and he definitely coached to steal this game,, I look for him to change game plan on Saturday,, very interesting to say the least,, I have stopped questioning him,,

  30. CHicoHab says:

    Miss him.

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