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. CHicoHab says:

    Where was Cherry after the OT goal. Did I mid him??

  2. C-Sword says:

    Someone tell me why Eller’s line doesn’t get any pp time? The 2 other lines create nothing.

  3. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Only bad thing about Saturday’s date with the Gooins is the 12:30 start. I usually wake up at 1:00.

  4. boing007 says:

    Hey Claude, your donuts are ready!

    Richard R

  5. HabsFanInKorea says:

    What the eff is up with Vanek? He was honestly pissing me off by the 3rd period. 1) Shlep onto ice 2) skate slowly and do everything possible to give puck to Bruins 3) Scurry off. Rinse. Repeat. It’s like he plans on joining the Bruins next season. I don’t know what it is, but I dare say that it’s inexcusable. It’s like he doesn’t want to be there. I also made a point to watch the shot of the habs bench when Subban scores to win – rewound it like 5 times on NHL GC. Everyone erupts, including MT. Vanek calmly stands up and has ZERO reaction. His teammate is hitting him in the arm, everyone is jumping up and down and he gets on the ice, only because he has to it seems. Vanek – WTF mate?

    • sCOTT1243 says:

      Here for a good time not a long time…MT benching him wont help, but maybe he is injured.

      • HabsFanInKorea says:

        I don’t think he’s injured…. Being seemingly unhappy when you win in overtime is BS. Does he hate the team cuz he got demoted? He’s a pro athlete, and he’s paid to perform, not be happy I suppose. But my point is that his reaction seems to confirm that he’s actually not trying, cuz he doesn’t give a f&*#. I hope MT scratches him. Let someone play who wants to play, at least.

      • Adidess says:

        Mt said Vanek is fine in the postgame presser.

        • HabsFanInKorea says:

          I didn’t get to watch press since GC cuts out the feed right away. I should be ecstatic that they won, but I’m just pissed that Vanek is being a douche. Alright – I think I’m done venting. Go habs go. I have game 6 tix, but I’m hoping we can close it off before then.

  6. sCOTT1243 says:

    Funny i took a stroll to the Boston forum and to sum up the last 16 posts over there:

    1) Bush League refs
    2) No way that was a penalty.
    3) Habs were holding people all night.
    4) Marchand sucks
    5) Bartowski sucks
    6) refs always favour Montreal.
    7) Too many men on ice should have been called on MTL

    Kind of reminds me of this site after a loss haha

  7. HardHabits says:

    Took some melatonin and am drinking a soporific herbal tea. It’ll be lights out for me soon.

  8. monmick says:

    Wow, MT looks and sounds totally spent…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  9. Bun E. Laroque says:

    Awesome interview by PK on CBC. Deadly serious and then “by the way I like that tie”. Ha Ha Ha. And CBC can kiss my

  10. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …completely impressed of Subban’s controlled celebration of the game winning goal

  11. immortalhab says:

    I hate to blame reffing but did the Ruins ever get away with murder. It says a lot that the CH can win against the odds like that. Why don’t the refs sew Bruin patches on their sleeves. How do they resist getting in the hugs when Boston scores?

  12. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Hey Timo, how do you like Bouillion now?

    I thought Cube & Weaver held their own and were very good tonight.

  13. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Oh … YEAH! Great to win a game we didn’t really deserve to win. We’ve on the other side of that equation more than most teams in the last 50 years.

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  14. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Eller’s coming of age

  15. Storman says:

    Bruins actually played a hell of a game and we beat them,,but Detroit won game one as well,, that is why I absolutely love Sooby’s reaction to the OT winner,, still so much more to accomplish,, do not get to high to early,,

  16. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I hope MT kisses Price and PK’s a#$%ses. He almost coached the team into a loss tonight. Moving Vanek to the 4th line…brutal.

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

    Good for the win tonight, but man, I’ve never seen a so weakly turn pucks over with such regularity. That and the ability to not be able to clear a puck out of their zone from above the faceoff circles, which then of course turned into scoring chances for the Bruins. For much of the evening they were playing with fire.

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  18. Bun E. Laroque says:

    Habs 1 Neanderthaals 0

  19. Storman says:

    Pleky Max Vanek DD can play much better, and if they do Saturday ,, lookout NBC..

  20. habstrinifan says:

    jlgib1019 is right. Hard to get to sleep now!

  21. piter says:

    Well I tried, I called 4-2 Habs with an empty netter before the game, down below. It almost happened, if we could have held onto the lead in the third. Oh well, I’ll take the win either way. Go Habs Go

  22. mdp2011 says:

    Sounds like the Habs are in his head big time.

    @Richardlabbe: T.Rask: “I was shit.” #HabsBruins

    @AmalieBenjamin: Tuukka Rask on his play: “If you suck, you suck.”

  23. DuckDodgers says:

    P.K.’s first two goals in around 24 games. Someone should comment on Francis Boullion’s big goal…..Someone?…Someone?….anyone in Calgary awake? Bourque, and Eller too continue their solid play, only that Bjork has the scoring touch. Don’t know if Price can sustain this other worldly level of play. Habs forwards have got to stop turning the puck over at their own blueline.

  24. JohnBellyful says:

    More like Smokey Robinson, cuz he’s Cruisin’.

  25. Et le but says:

    Booing PK and chanting Carey, Carey really worked tonight…thank you TD Gahden fans…

  26. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Jeremy Sterling on the blower to NHL officiating: …’enough calling penalties on your godfather’s team’ !

  27. AH says:

    PK and Priceberg, the Habs 1-2 punch!!!!!!!

    U@ Y@$rs Bruin Scum!

    GO HABS GO!!!!!!!

  28. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    You know what kind of fans there are in Boston when all the music is from professional wrestlers’ entrance music…LOL…cretins.

  29. Slackman says:

    Man it fills me with so much pure, amazing glee to see Boston faithful sauntering out of TD Garden. Goon teams don’t deserve to win. And they won’t.

    Let em Boo PK. IT FUELS HIM.


    “When the going get’s weird, the weird turn pro”

  30. Prop says:

    Hmm…I used to have fingernails…


  31. mdp2011 says:

    I think the HIO hamster is asleep, I logged in and I was Punkster, freaky.

    Anyway, yeah baby!!!!!!!!

  32. Le Jadester says:

    That was a great game !
    Habs, OLE !

  33. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Great recovery by the boys after blowing a 2 goal lead in the 3rd. I was pissed at Emelin for blocking Price’s view on the first Bruins goal but I thought he played one heck of a game. Bourque & Eller were our best forwards & what can you say about PK? A superstar in the making. Great to have the win, I look for the Habs to be much better on Saturday.

  34. rljmartin says:

    Two important stats:

    1. Habs still undefeated when leading after 2 periods
    2. Habs only undefeated team in playoffs

    Nice stats for you stat lovers…. think Hab’s Corsi took a beating tonight. Love it!

  35. Max says:

    Bergevin has the most awkward celebrations.He does that hand shuffle and then kind of misses with the high five.

  36. Commandant says:



    Go Habs Go!

  37. immortalhab says:

    What options are available to the refs when they blow the whistle and then it dawns on them that they are calling a penalty against Boston? Can they pretend it’s something else? Feign a heart attack? Run?

  38. UKRAINIANhab says:

    @ all those who say Pk should be paid 6 mill.

  39. UKRAINIANhab says:

    “Plekanec can’t win a faceoff”

  40. Storman says:

    PK Subban the PK Subban of the NHL…..

  41. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    “Socchi” Price showed up tonight. Every time the Bruins took a shot from the point, I had a heart-attack…LOL

  42. Storman says:

    BIG TIME PROPS to Weise for drawing that holding call by going to the net..

  43. HardHabits says:

    Analogy fail.

  44. Fansincebirth says:

    and wait for the “refs helped the Habs win” bullshit tomorrow

    • Give it right back to them–it was the weak holding call on Gorges that started their comeback.

      Defense wins championships

      “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

      • twilighthours says:

        Both holding calls were weak, I thought

        • I agree. I’m surprised they gave us one. Like the RDS announcers were saying, it was a gift. 😉

          Defense wins championships

          “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

          • Adidess says:

            I was on RDS as well. They didn’t say the call itself was a gift, in that it was weak. They said whenever you get two power plays in OT, it’s a gift because you know refs normally swallow their wistle.

  45. gumper says:

    Took my stuffed moose with the Habs jersey and stuck it on top of the TV for second OT. A little line juggling of my own. Tipped the balance in our favour.

    Favourite moment. Watching Subban skate off with (I think) Andrei’s arm over his shoulder. Remember when the rumours were going around that Markov hated Subban?

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  46. smiler2729 says:


    AMAZING what could happen you (a) WIN A FREAKIN’ FACEOFF and (b) SHOOT THE FREAKIN’ PUCK!!!

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  47. Storman says:

    YA BABY,, steal game 1,, and now nothing to lose can play relaxed and change it up and force the play more on Saturday,,

  48. Habbu says:

    And let’s have a round of antidepressants to the CBC Studios right away

  49. Habcouver says:

    PK the fashion critic to Scott Oake!

  50. Storman says:

    Bergevin has to stop those girly reactions LMFAO

  51. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    PK sticks it to the Boston bigots…LOL

  52. Storman says:


  53. dexterdog says:

    Guess I’m eating that toothpaste sandwich and chocolate bhutlah…

  54. HabsKid says:

    Now we can move back into the Bruins’ heads

  55. JohnBellyful says:

    Whadda win! Lot of character, lot of resilience, lot of giveaways — but we won’t dwell on that — lot of saves, by Price and his mates.

    Geez, I wonder if NBC’s gonna ask for a 11 a.m. start now.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      They may not want game on against sat. Morning cartoons……

      • JohnBellyful says:

        You’re right. The Bruin fans would get confused — turn on the wrong channel and think they’re watching the game. Beavis and Butthead, Ren and Stimpy, Chara and Lucic, Marchand and Boychuk …

  56. Adidess says:

    Give that man a $10M per for 10 years please!

  57. Mondou6 says:

    Haha…NBC going to Milbury in the studio after the game. I’ve seen happier funerals.

  58. smiler2729 says:


    AMAZING what could happen you (a) WIN A FREAKIN’ FACEOFF and (b) SHOOT THE FREAKIN’ PUCK!!!
    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  59. johnnylarue says:

    That goal was positively VILLAINOUS.

  60. piter says:

    Price played his best game in the playoffs so far.

  61. HabinBurlington says:

    Now PJ Stock can tell us how Bruins deserved win and are better.

  62. Feraco says:

    8 yrs 8 mil

  63. slapshot777 says:

    Had my Price jersey on. He is a beast.

  64. Storman says:

    Hey Pricer, Steve Penney would be proud..

  65. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    @slapshot: Cherry will say, “see, kids? What’d ah tell y’ah? Shots from the point win games.”

  66. Fansincebirth says:

    Well, this is the only game I get to see for a bit. Off to Cuba on Saturday and back late on the 10th. Thanks Habs for a great send off!!

  67. Cal says:

    And now we bask in the glory that is PK Subban.
    That’s 1. The next one will be harder.

  68. Habbu says:

    Love PK’s subtle messaging…..”F*CK ALL OF YA”

  69. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …LOVE !!! watching Beans fans with their hands in their pockets and hang-dog expressions on their faces 🙂

  70. The Jackal says:

    Phoque yeah, phoque yeah!
    That was awesome. What a character win – scoring first, surviving the onslaught, playing with discipline, and staying calm to win it.
    What a team!

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  71. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …LOVE !!! watching Beans fans with their hands in their pockets and hang-dog expressions on ther faces 🙂

  72. icemachine says:

    Double post

  73. monmick says:

    Nice change-up by PK after having pitched wristshots all night…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  74. icemachine says:

    Was wearing my Subban tee under my sweater tonight, just saying!

    Its time to switch to whiskey, we’ve been drinkin’ beer all night

  75. HabsKid says:

    Woo Hoo!

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