A look back at Game 1

It was all about the Ks for the Canadiens on Thursday night as they managed to overcome a sloppy first period with several rallies before finally winning Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals 4-3 in overtime on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

Down 2-0, Andrei Kositsyn and Alex Kovalev scored in the second period to tie the game 2-2, and Kovalev scored again late in the third period to tie the game 3-3 and send it to overtime. That’s when the last K, Tom Kostopoulos scored 48 seconds into the extra period to give the Canadiens a 1-0 series lead.

Here’s a look at what’s being said about Thursday’s series opener:

• Dave Stubbs: No-quit Habs win in overtime
• Pat Hickey: Habs steal opener
• Hickey: Boos don’t bother me, Brière says
• Red Fisher: Canadiens’ OT win anything but easy
• The Gazette: Granny with cancer set for game
• Herb Zurkowsky: A long way from Buffalo
• Zurkowsky: Them’s the breaks: Carter, Richards
• Canwest News Service: Timonen up to the challenge
• Canoe.ca: Journal de Montréal coverage en français
• Cyberpresse.ca: La Presse coverage en français
• Phil Sheridan, Philadelphia Inquirer: In a blur, Flyers lost to Canadiens
• Tim Panaccio, Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers lose to Montreal in OT
• Inquirer: Both clubs whiff on power play
• Ed Moran, Philadelphia Daily News: Questionable calls spoil solid effort by Flyers in loss to Canadiens
• Moran: Forget Philly, these fans are in a crass of their own
• Marcus Hayes, Daily News: Flyers’ loss to Canadiens leaves Capitals fans smiling
• Tim Wharnsby, Globe and Mail: Habs steal a stunner
• Roy MacGregor, Globe and Mail: All the makings of a dream series 


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A look back at Game 1

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After all the build-up, Game 1 didn’t disappoint for Canadiens fans as their team continued its dominance of the Boston Bruins with a 4-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

The playoff rookies led the way as Sergei and Andrei Kostitsyn scored quick goals early in the first period, and Tom Kostopoulos, playing in his first NHL playoff game despite being an established NHLer, scored a goal and added an assist in his debut. And the team’s most experienced playoff performer, Bryan Smolinski, also scored a goal, continuing the run he had late in the regular season.

And while rookie netminder Carey Price wasn’t overworked, he came up big when he had to and looked as comfortable as always.

Here’s a look at what’s being said today about the game:

• Red Fisher: Hard-hitting Habs wanted game more than Bruins
• Dave Stubbs: Playoff magic
• Pat Hickey: Habs draw first blood
• Hickey: Habs refuse to let Bruins take control
• The Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky: Bruins’ Bergeron hungry for Habs
• Zurkowsky: Bruins couldn’t match Canadiens’ intensity
• Mike Boone: A collective feel-good
• Canoe.ca: Journal de Montréal coverage en français
• Cyberpresse.ca: La Presse coverage en français
• Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe: Bruins had the look of a beaten bunch
• Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe: Canadiens dominate Bruins in Game 1
• Steve Conroy, Boston Herald: Loud, rude awakeningfor Thomas
•Conroy: Bergeron awaits final approval for return
• Conroy: Nothing ever changes
• Stephen Harris, Boston Herald: Black et bleu


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