Round 1, Game 2: Bruins crush Habs, lead 2-0

Canadiens goalie Carey Price watches the third period, having been pulled after surrendering five goals.
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Gainey  • Higgins  • Lapierre  • Schneider

At a Glance: One goaltender made the saves when he had to, the other did not and that was the difference in a 5-1 Bruins win over the Canadiens on Saturday night. At one end, Bruins’ Tim Thomas made some key saves when he had to, while Carey Price was beaten five times – several of them the weak variety – before being replaced by Jaroslav Halak for the third period. The Bruins scored three power-play goals on five opportunities. Marc Savard scored twice and added a pair of assists, while Chuck Kobasew, Michael Ryder and Shane Hnidy also scored for the Bruins, Hnidy was added to the lineup after Matt Hunwick was rushed to hospital Saturday morning and underwent surgery to remove his spleen. Later in the day, his teammate used surgical precision to deliver what could be a fatal blow to the Canadiens playoff run. If there was one bright spot for the Habs, it was Halak, who stopped all five shots he faced in the third. Alex Kovalev was the only Montreal player to slip one past Thomas with a perfect shot only 46 seconds into the second period. After that, it was all downhill for Montreal. Near the end of the game, Milan Lucic cross-checked Maxim Lapierre in the head during a scrum in front of the Montreal net. Lucic was given seven minutes in penalties and could well have a meeting with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, further punishment possible.

• Key Moments: After seeing the Canadiens close the gap to 2-1, the Bruins exploded for three goals in the second period and put the game – and quite possibly the series – to rest.

• What It Means: The Canadiens have lost their last six games, regular season included, and would have to win four of the next five games to upset the Bruins, who lead the series 2-0 and have dominated the Canadiens.

• What’s Next: Games 3 and 4 of the series goes Monday and Wednesday nights. Game 5, if necessary, would be on Saturday, April 25 back in Boston.

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