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The Canadiens struggling power play came to life Thursday against the Boston Bruins at the most opportune time.
P.K. Subban scored the game-winning goal in double overtime as the Habs beat the Bruins 4-3 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series. It was Subban’s second power play goal of the game.
The Bruins outshot the Canadiens by a wide margin: 51-33. The Habs also blocked 30 shots.
“There are a lot of positives about the way we found a way to win,” said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.
“But we looked like a team that hadn’t played for 10 days,” Therrien said, adding their timing was off.
“I know our team is going to be better next game.”
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who made 48 saves, was outstanding, Therrien said. And Subban had a “very productive game,” and played well defensively, he said. Subban led all skaters on both teams in ice time with 33.49 minutes.
Subban said he knows from experience that the Bruins are a resilient team.
“That’s not something you can say about every team. But against these guys I’ve got to give them credit,” Subban said.
“They always battle back. They always find a way to persevere. And tonight it feels good to be the team that found a way to get it done.”
The Canadiens led 2-0 going into the third period when the Bruins started their comeback and sent the game into overtime thanks to Johnny Boychuk’s goal at 18:02.
Rene Bourque and Francis Bouillon also scored for the Habs.
You can watch what Subban had to say here:
You can watch what Price had to say here:
And you can watch what Canadiens captain Brian Gionta had to say here:
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