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

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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.

Bourque!

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0EKJFihZfE

1,706 Comments

  1. johnnylarue says:

    Oh man, I think this 12-year cask-strength Aberlour isn’t strong enough… major NERVES!!!

  2. Fansincebirth says:

    Gleefully nervous! Go Habs Go!

  3. UKRAINIANhab says:

    LETS #%^%ing BEAT THE BRUINS.

  4. monmick says:

    If Boston had any class, they would invite Ginette Reno to sing the Canadian anthem…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  5. The Teacher says:

    There are no parallels to a CBC opener.

  6. Mon Can Fan says:

    Go Habs Go!!!!!! Price has got to be on his game!

  7. RoofDaddy says:

    Habbies gonna get slaughtered tonight

    BOS 6
    MTL 1

  8. CJ says:

    Sweaty palms, upset stomach and uneasy feeling. Check, check, check.

    I have nothing of any value to add. Haven’t for days. I just can’t wait to get rolling. I hope the hockey Gods are with us. From what I’ve seen this postseason, the series winner has a great chance to go the Stanley Cup finals.

    Go Habs!

    Cheers, CJ

  9. JVF says:

    1:24 in Paris… 5-4 Habs.

  10. trolly says:

    Doogies mom and dad debating where he got his sporting ability, not hard to see where he got his good looks.

  11. Habies says:

    1:23am here in Copenhagen.

    LET’S GET IT AWWWWN!

  12. duffy says:

    Has anyone asked MacLean if he approves of the REFS in this game?

  13. monmick says:

    Game on, mes ami(e)s…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  14. HotHabs says:

    Why is that all hockey analysts, not just the homers on CBC, hate Habs? Are they really that much of a long shot?

    • The Jackal says:

      I don’t think it’s hate. TBH we are the underdog here and the Bruins are a very good and dominant team. I think we will win this series and we match up well against them, but the Bruins are still a real good team that can definitely beat us too. I don’t think it’s a question of not liking the Habs.

      That being said, PJ Stock is an idiot.

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  15. Danno says:

    The city of Boston is warning downtown residents to be on flood alert as Bruins’ forward Brad Marchand reportedly has a runny nose.

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  16. frontenac1 says:

    Ok amigos! Bruins won’t know what the fu#k is is coming at them tonight. They will be dominated physically, mentally, and sexually. Watch it and enjoy. Saludos!

  17. habsfan0 says:

    Get an early one on Rask to put doubt into his mind.
    That shouldn’t be tough considering his record against the Habs is 3-10-3

  18. HabsKid says:

    PK on NBC Sports. Good interview. Great attitude.

  19. paul_b says:

    Go Habs Go!!

  20. Maritime Ronn says:

    For those that loathe CBC
    Rosetta Stone, then RDS.
    You’ll never regret that choice for a whole host of reasons beyond hockey and Healy.

  21. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Awkward interview…

  22. HabsKid says:

    HNIC is a despicable show. Can’t give the Habs their due.

  23. piter says:

    I still chuckle whenever I hear someone say “Dougie” Hamilton. He’s going to be 40, and still be referred as Dougie. Can Dougie come out and play? Hehehe Grow up already!!!

  24. habsfan0 says:

    “Refs: Marc Joannette, Kevin Pollock”

    And Maclean is ok with this?

  25. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Who the hell names there kid “Dougie”

    Sorry if your names Dougie…

  26. Da Hema says:

    To Claude Julien and the Bruins: ┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐

  27. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Habs 2
    Bear Meat 1

    Plekanec, Vanek (OT)

  28. Danno says:

    Doogie Hamilton MD

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  29. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    ( ︶︿︶)_╭∩╮___ʕ•͡ᴥ•ʔ

  30. Prop says:

    GO HABS GO!

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  31. HabinBurlington says:

    Not sure what I dislike more, the present day CBC coverage of hockey or the Bruins….. a shame it should be such a tough decision.

    • Storman says:

      Remember the days when we used to be excited for HNIC, if they only could step back and really honestly analyze just how far they have fallen..

  32. Mavid says:

    Why is Healy yelling..not sure how long I will last on CBC..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  33. Ton says:

    for some of you younger fans…….(please don’t take offense!) watch Chris Nilan……..man did he watch over his teammates……..and as well he played on a great line with Gainey and Carbo……….he was a good hockey player……….we could certainly use a player like in this series!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwRDsYrueUU

  34. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Michael Boone; “I called Bruins in six during the HIO TV show. But I have no strong feeling for the series.”

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    Campaign to Retire Toe Blake’s Number 6 !!!

    …and, last, but not least:

    Mike Boone MARCH 25, 2014 AT 7:54 AM

    “Finding every way to stir up sh.. is pretty much my job description.”

  35. HabinBurlington says:

    Don’t forget Boone you like the Bruins to win also, not just the entire CBC panel. ;-)

  36. Storman says:

    Glen Nealy and BJ Stock driving me nuts all ready. pun intended

  37. HabinBurlington says:

    Oh Glenn Healy still has fecal matter coming out of his mouth also. Hmmmm what a surprise.

  38. UKRAINIANhab says:

    If Habs 3 and 4 play well…

    Habs in 6

    If not

    Bruins in 5

  39. HabinBurlington says:

    Oh PJ Stock still has fecal matter jumping out of his mouth, what a surprise.

  40. Storman says:

    Babcock is so bang on,, when you play the Bruins you have to what you do best not what they do best..

  41. Danno says:

    Will it be the washed-up gigolo singing the anthems tonight?

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  42. UKRAINIANhab says:

    ….and the Boston love starts…

  43. Maritime Ronn says:

    To get into the mood, a clip of Subban nailing the rat Marchand with a classic lateral big boom.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cMVSwVZqvTQ

  44. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …tell Me, WHO ??? can say it more eloquently and perfectly than Ken Dryden ?

    Wall Street Journal; Ken Dryden: “During the regular season, the Canadiens’ few big players—Rene Bourque, Brendon Prust, Douglas Murray, Jarred Tinordi—had to playbig. Playing big means doing some of the goony things that teams believe are essential for their players to survive an 82-game grind. The Canadiens’ big guys looked slow doing it.

    But now, freed from that burden, Bourque and Prust look quick, too. (Murray and Tinordi, still appearing slow, have been dropped from the lineup.) And Montreal’s small players, who all their hockey lives had to prove they were feisty and gritty, not small—Brian Gionta, David Desharnais, Brendan Gallagher, Daniel Briere—look feisty and gritty again. In the playoffs, with greater risk from penalties and stupid stuff gone wrong, it’s being big, not playing big, that matters.

    Last week, the NHL announced the three finalists for this season’s Vezina Trophy for the league’s best goalie. Tuukka Rask of the Bruins was nominated. Carey Price of the Canadiens was not. Yet it is hard to imagine either team wanting anyone else to guard its net. Both are athletic, technically flawless and routinely outstanding. Both have shown they rise to the moment. In the Sochi Olympics, Rask was excellent; his Finnish team—which didn’t have him for the semifinals because of the flu—wasn’t good enough. Price, on a better team, was better.

    In this series, if goaltending seems the difference, it probably won’t truly be that way. It will be because those in front of Rask and Price were weak enough or strong enough to make it seem so.

    More interesting may be what happens on defense. Few players have been more important to a team than Zdeno Chara has been since he came to the Bruins eight years ago. On defense, on offense, he is never less than very good. He can handle anything—physically, psychologically—and his teammates and opponents know it. He is a presence. He cannot be defeated.

    The Canadiens’ P.K. Subban is a presence of a different sort. Chara doesn’t seem around until you need him to be; Subban is everywhere. After some in-and-out seasons, there is little he can’t do. He will not be defeated either. If he messes up, he seems without embarrassment. He simply tries again.

    For the Canadiens to win, there may need to be a changing of the guard. Chara is 37, Subban 24. If the Canadiens can avoid being run over by the bigger Bruins; if they can continue to look quick, not small, they may make an older Chara look less overwhelming.

    Every great competitor needs a great opponent. Ali needed Frazier; Nicklaus needed Palmer; Federer needs Nadal. Each forces the best out of the other. The Canadiens need the Bruins, and the Bruins need the Canadiens. Each will put the other to the test.

    After 89 seasons and 895 regular-season games going head-to-head, these teams don’t hate each other. Nor do their fans. One team, the Canadiens, celebrates skill (and admires toughness). The other, the Bruins, celebrates toughness (and admires skill). The truth is that if Canadiens fans weren’t Canadiens fans, they might be Bruins fans. And vice versa.

    That’s why Canadiens players and fans, and Bruins players and fans, crave this matchup. Why there is nothing like a Bruins-Canadiens series.”

    • athanor says:

      He had me until that bit about if Habs fans weren’t Habs fans, they might be Bruins fans.
      I’m happy to admire toughness, but once it transcends into dirtiness, I will not. And the Bruins seem to do that regularly, and the fans applaud it.
      Not a chance I could be a Bruins fan.

  45. Danno says:

    That Andre Roy playoff song sucks

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  46. Mavid says:

    I am so excited and nervous I can hardly stand it

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  47. bjmmn says:

    Don’t see either team sweeping this, but should be fun. Owned ‘em in reg season, which means nothing now, just like their President’s trophy. More clean hipchecks from Emmy, please… :)

  48. Maritime Ronn says:

    Stephabe Richer on RDS.
    He looks terrific.

    He said the series will be all “About character”… and said it was a cliche, but it will all come down to that and a will to win.

  49. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Us CBC guys getting Hughson? Would rather have Bawwb Cole!

  50. maciekhockey says:

    GO HABS GO from Poland …. here middle night

  51. Danno says:

    We will have to keep an eye out for that habitual nut cracker

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  52. L Elle says:

    We are the Iceberg.

    Go Habs Go!

  53. Habfan10912 says:

    @D Mex. Congrats to you and especially your lad! CHeers to you both!

    Enjoy the game everyone. See ya in the morning.

  54. BUCK THE FRUINS

    Home Ice means nothing when you gots da sweeps!

    GOHABSGO

    Heading to the only sports bar in town with some of my coaches, best part is they are all Habss fans, and that’s Brisk baby considering which province we live in.

    GOHABSGO

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    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Milan Lucic Has a Severe Problem

  55. JohnBellyful says:

    The The X Factor: Hmmm … maybe a few Bruins will have a problem crossing the border.

  56. Maritime Ronn says:

    1) What is the record for Mr. Boone Liveblog posts?

    2) What is the record time for the 1st whining referee post?
    a) Warm ups?
    b) National Anthem?
    c) 1st faceoff?
    d) 5 seconds after the puck drop?
    e) 12 seconds after the puck drop?

    • Strummer says:

      What’s the over/under on the first CBC or Healey whine?

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  57. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …let’s keep it in the crevices at the back of Our minds that Boone has called-it ‘the Bruins in 6′ ! …and use towards Him the appropriate opprobriums

    …thank You

  58. 24 Cups says:

    Definitely worth a re-post, Ronn. Let’s all stay calm and hope the Habs can survive the first period onslaught.

    Maritime Ronn:
    May 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm (Edit)

    “No doubt the guys are going to be somewhat rusty for the 1st period. Habs need to get through/survive that.

    Some bad passes, missed shots, missed checks and assignments – maybe even a questionable goal, should all be given a mulligan.”

    24.4 Cups

    • The Jackal says:

      Yup. We need to shake the rust off and weather the storm. Ideally we take 1 game in Boston before returning to Montreal. Hopefully that is game 1 but I am prepared to give the boys a mulligan like Ronn suggested. The important thing this game is to get the wheels turning and to start playing how we have been lately – get the blood pumping and send the message to the Bruins that we won’t be an easy foe.

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      • 24 Cups says:

        A split in Beantown this weekend sets the Habs up nicely for the rest of the series. Posters should keep that objective in mind when reacting to the events of the next 48 hours.

        24.4 Cups

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          Cups

          A split is ideal, yet even a well played 2 game loss where the Habs came away KNOWING they could come back and win (Kings) is OK.
          Posters reacting to the next 48 hours?
          Try 4.8 seconds….

  59. AliHaba says:

    I was just watching Bobcat and he had that fountain of knowledge Glenn Healy on. Healy repeated three or four times about Boston’s 13 Stanley Cups. Well, I just had to check and of course he is wrong again. Only six by my count. So I thought he should be contacted somehow to set him straight…..but then why not let him continue to be the fool we all know he is.

  60. Ton says:

    A Boston team that doesn’t like to get hit! Live by the sword die by the sword………just hope justice prevail’s………go habs go.. give it your all guys!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZUCRBkfgo4

  61. Say Ash says:

    According to Dean Brown, somebody will be calling the game tonight.

  62. The Teacher says:

    Either we come out blazing in te first or we come out REAL sluggish. Who thinks what?

  63. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …rare that I drink without a dinner (beer/wine) …notwithstanding, I have a weird metabolism to be able to drink a case of beer or litre of scotch without being inebriated

    …again, notwithstanding, as a young pup, as a US Marine, I was introduced and enjoyed more than My share of Colt 45 …an 8 % beer

    …it, over the years, has never let Me down for the essential moments in Life We wish a certain buzz

    …this is one of Life’s ‘essential’ moments

  64. Izzy says:

    Im afraid the boys cant help but be incredibly flat tonight. Practice cannot simulate Luchicken spearing you in the nads. This is the game I fear most. Habs in 6, but tonight is the toughest one.

    After Emelin hits you, you get coloring books for christmas……

  65. DipsyDoodler says:

    Let’s hope Rask has a bad cold and Chara the runs.

    Only way we’re in this.

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  66. UKRAINIANhab says:

    HURRAYY UP

  67. mrhab says:

    Got the morning off in Melbourne Australia. Hoping the layoff does
    n’t affect us too much. A few days off is good but hopefully they can shake the rust of quickly as the bruins are going to come hard from the start. A win in game 1 goes a long long ways in this series. Wouwld lime to see the lines stick the same as the last series. Let Moen sit for another game

  68. Danno says:

    WANTED:

    Big Time Power Play

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  69. The Jackal says:

    This is it! Go Habs!
    Full confidence in this team, I think we win this series in 6 games.

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  70. Le Jadester says:

    Holey moley……..game 1 is taking forever !
    The longest 10 day wait in my life it seems?

    Habs, OLE !

  71. icemachine says:

    Beers are chilling, nacho’s at the ready, got to pick up the Wife from the train in 20 minutes, and then it’s game on!

  72. Cal says:

    Book of Hab
    Chapter 14
    p.5

    And on that day they danced about the May Pole,
    Yet within the Lair of the Beast the Ste-Flanelle
    Lit a Torch to fend against Its ravening hordes.
    And the Faithful gathered together in a global village,
    Their faces eager with both anticipation and despair,
    For the Time of Truth had come and the Blessed Ones
    Steeled themselves for the trials to come.

    So sayeth the Book of Hab

  73. B says:

    I think the objective is to go home with a split. A win tonight would be great, but not the end of the world if they don’t.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  74. DipsyDoodler says:

    You’re even more of a parody of yourself than the parody.

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  75. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Boring, i prefer scrotchland!

  76. Storman says:

    Without Bergeron the Bruins would have a large hole in their line-up or better yet without Bergeron Bruins have largely aholes in the their line-up

  77. frontenac1 says:

    Agreed! This is War. Deck him!

  78. The Jackal says:

    Loving these parody accounts!

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  79. I don’t think lucky. They played well, and yes Price did save their arse more than once.

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  80. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    Flip Bourni and Briere.

  81. boing007 says:

    Bournival wouldn’t be MIA.

    Richard R

  82. He does. He’s calmed down a little. Still a Bruins homer, but far better than MacLean and Cherry. Can’t believe I’m saying that.

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  83. Frozen Village says:

    Bourni better than omen, subby good, price great

    More Swedes for the Lions in Winter

  84. Ton says:

    you waited 10 days and the zamboni is bothering you……lol

  85. monmick says:

    Message to Vanek. Play like you mean it or sit…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  86. D Mex says:

    And you’re a class act. 3rd is a class, right ?

  87. Adidess says:

    Why, what did he do? Do people have to latch out at somebody at random just because the opposition scores?

  88. The Jackal says:

    Lol ok

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  89. UKRAINIANhab says:

    He DESEREVES IT

  90. Storman says:

    They have all been laid off.

  91. D Mex says:

    A blessing … ;-)

  92. Dust says:

    I like it. i love hearing the crowd

  93. Prop says:

    No.

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  94. His button is “Panic”. That’s his role! Where’s Matty?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  95. Dust says:

    Because he is a great defensive forward

  96. dr. schmutzdeker says:

    love him but can’t win a faceoff if his life depended on it

  97. Dust says:

    do you watch him play?

  98. Now now….

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  99. habstrinifan says:

    WTF’s wrong with you. We are playing the leagues #1 team and we are ied going into overtime. FFS.. .. be strong!

  100. habs-fan-84 says:

    Suck it up princess.

  101. Adidess says:

    OMG! First game, on the road, we’re on to OT and you see a sweep coming. Which team you think would sweep again? Because I can’t really guess…

  102. HardHabits says:

    Woe to the lamentations.

  103. UKRAINIANhab says:

    SHUT UP

  104. Congrats to Team Canada says:

    Whats wrong with you.

  105. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Sprague Cleghorn isnt rolling in your spell-checker.

    And little girls can be very tough.

  106. Ton says:

    ok blame the coach for the teams less than desired performance tonight.

  107. Habcouver says:

    Is Pacs playing?Just to reinforce the reverse jinx.

  108. Chwinsy says:

    thanks for your input DB.

  109. Dust says:

    hope for what. our coach has led us to a successful regular season. a first round sweep. and who knows what else this year

  110. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Price has looked shaky? He has looked screened at times, but has been rock solid.

  111. StevieM61 says:

    maybe if it was game 7

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  112. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    You could watch the dead blue whale explode in Newfoundland. Apparently, the show is similar.

  113. D Mex says:

    Bye – have a good trip !

  114. Et le but says:

    Have fun in Virginia…

  115. D Mex says:

    Sure. We also need to stay calm.

  116. D Mex says:

    You’re an optimist, aren’t ‘ya ?

  117. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    With Lucic out there, they’d need to grow two pairs. I think you should cheer up.

  118. Adidess says:

    What the heck is wrong with you? You’re embarrassing yourself tonight. Please stop!

  119. D Mex says:

    That’s ignorant – that hit ended a career you jacka$$

  120. piper says:

    very similar only two big guys = more damage.

  121. HardHabits says:

    Seriously.

  122. Adidess says:

    He’s only speaking in hyperboles tonight.

  123. on2ndthought says:

    too bad bruin fans don’t have a lively site

    “a cannonading drive”

  124. D Mex says:

    Your comment was ignorant – happy to see you go.

  125. L Elle says:

    Someone will score. ;)

    Hopefully, the good guys.

  126. Mavid says:

    who cares

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  127. Et le but says:

    Get lost you attention seeking loser… Or better yet, get some professional help

  128. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Moen unsung hero? He was responsible for the second goal!

  129. boing007 says:

    Bournival can block shots just as well.

    Richard R


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