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Five Thoughts on Bruins-Canadiens Game 1

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The Montreal Canadiens, led by P.K. Subban, outlasted the Boston Bruins in double overtime.

Five Thoughts on Bruins-Canadiens Game 1

The Montreal Canadiens took home ice advantage as they defeated the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in a Game 1 double-overtime thriller to begin the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Here are my five thoughts on last night's game:  

1. P.K. Power

After being relatively ineffective in the first round, the Canadiens' power play came alive in a huge way, thanks to P.K. Subban. The Habs converted on 2 of their 3 man advantage opportunities against an usually stingy Bruins' penalty kill. The first came in the opening period off a sweet Subban wrist shot and gave the Habs an early 1-0 lead. Then in double overtime, the Bruins made the mistake of giving Subban too much space. He unleashed a scorching shot from the point and beat Tukka Rask high to seal the 4-3 victory.  Heading into the series, the power play was just 2 for 13.  

2. The (Carey) Price is Right

If the Canadiens have any chance of beatingthe heavily favored Bruins, they'll need Carey Price to steal some games for them and he did just that last night. The Bruins peppered Price with 51 shots, but he stood tall and stopped 48 of them. Off the top of my head, he made at least five amazing saves including this one, where he robs David Krejci in the first overtime. 

3. Possession Monsters

Despite losing, the Bruins controlled the play for most of the game. On 5 on 5, the Bruins attempted 65.4% of the shots. They had an eye-opening 89 shot attempts while conceding just 47 to the Canadiens. The loss sucks, but the Bruins can be very confident going into Game 2, seeing that they held the puck for most of the game. They just can't get frustrated and continue the same level of play from Game 1 into Game 2. 

4. Sitting Back

When the Canadiens grabbed the early 2-0 lead, they mistakenly sat back and let the Bruins dictate the flow of the game. The Habs were content on clearing the puck from their own zone and changing lines rather than staying aggressive and trying to score more goals. Seeing that there were a record 10 multi-goal leads blown in the first round, no lead is safe. The Canadiens cannot afford to take their foot off the gas pedal when they are winning especially against the Bruins. The Bruins are a great team and will make the Habs pay in future games if the Habs keep sitting on their leads

5. Johnny Rocket.

After tying up the game in the third period with his signature slap shot, Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk came up with the best celebration of the night:

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