Carey Price ended a personal eight game playoff losing streak in style Thursday night by shutting out the Bruins 2-0 at TD Garden in Boston.  Brian Gionta scored both goals.  His first came on the game’s first shot on goal by either team at 2:44. Price did the rest, stopping 31 shots including 18 in the second period.  Scott Gomez drew the lone assist on both goals after taking advantage of turnovers in the Bruins zone. Game two of the series Saturday in Boston.

Summing It Up –

….What did this game remind me off?  …….Oh. I remember now.  It was a repeat of most of what we saw last spring.   Goaltending and Jacques Martin Hockey at it’s most effective.  Martin spends all season instilling the discipline that the Canadiens showed on the ice in this game….

….We can start with Carey Price.   Seems like we start with Carey in every game.  The Canadiens gave him the lead and for the first period and the third period his teammates had things going pretty much their own way.  Price won the game for the Canadiens in the second period when the Canadiens backed off a bit and allowed the Bruins 18 shots on Price.

….Is it possible for a team’s defensemen to have a better night than the Canadiens had.  Price had a lot of work in the second period, but he seldom had to deal with rebounds and his defense kept the big Boston forwards out of his face.  P.K. Subban stayed away from the flashy stuff and just did his job. Unbelievably, Subban played 27:07, five minutes more than his defense partner Hal Gill.

…..Some questioned Martin opting for Brent Sopel rather than the much tougher and bigger Paul Mara.  Sopel led both teams with four blocked shots and like the other members of the “D”, did a great job of blocking out the Bruins forwards.

….What’s that line about “your best players being your best players”?   Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez got the game stars behind Carey Price, but the player who caught my eye was Tomas Plekanec.  Five shots on goal, 2 takeaways and some terrific work on both special teams.  If there were an “official” count on scoring chances, I would think he would lead both teams. And he, Cammalleri and either Kostitsyn or Moen checked the  the Lucic/Krejci/Horton into invisibility..  In the third period, Martin put Moen with Pyatt and Eller and that line did a number on the Bruins top line as well.

Gomez apparently is taking all of that criticism and the idea of a new beginning very seriously.  His hard work produced both goals.  On the first one, Tomas Kaberle made a blind pass along the boards and Gomez outraced Mark Recchi for the puck, sending the pass across the goalmouth past Mathieu Darche to Gionta for the first goal.  On the second goal Gomez stripped the puck away from Milan Lucic coming out of his zone and calmly waited for Gionta to get in position before feeding him perfectly.

…..And Gionta!  Is he going to be the Michael Cammalleri of this playoff year?

….This was a perfect situation for Ryan White who took on all comers including three or four fearless checks on Zdeno Chara.  White led both teams with seven hits in only 7:51 of ice time.  And he was never in trouble, although we could have done without that offensive zone penalty that erased a Canadiens power play late in the first period.

….Andrei Kostitsyn took one of those Chara slapshots on the laces thirty-eight seconds into his first shift of the game.  We didn’t see him again until the second period.  He Give him credit.  He still seemed to be in pain but stuck with it until third period when he was back with Plekanec and Cammalleri for ten shifts. He’s feeling it now.  There was a lot of sacrifice out there.  Travis Moen took one of Chara’s rockets on the unpadded inside of his thigh.  He also spent time in the room before returning for a productive third period.

….We heard endlessly over the last three weeks that the Canadiens didn’t have the fortitude to stand up to the Bruins.  There were more than a few opinions changed after this night.  They stood up to the Bruins in every area of the ice.  The blocked nineteen Bruins shots, including five rockets from Zdeno Chara..  The hits in the game were almost even.  (29-28 for Boston).

….All  that said.  They’llhave to do it all over again Saturday night.  The Bruins will make adjustments.  One of them might be the approach to dealing with Carey Price.  95 percent of the 31 shots he had to deal with were along the ice.  Watch for the Bruins to try to go top shelf in game two.

Goalscoring – Canadiens –  Gionta (1st) (Gomez); Gionta (2nd) (Gomez).   Boston – None

Shots on Goal – Canadiens   8-6-6 = 20   Boston   8-19-5 = 31

The Three Stars – First – Carey Price (31 saves -3rd career playoff shutout).

Second – Brian Gionta (2 goals – 4 shots – plus 2).  Third – Scott Gomez (2 assists – plus-2)

The Corsi/Fenwick Numbers

Shots directed at net while a player was on the ice at even strength, excluding empty net situations

Game Number Team Player Number Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
30131 BOS 11 – C – CAMPBELL, GREGORY 0 0 6 4 0 1 1 1 6 -4
30131 BOS 12 – D – KABERLE, TOMAS 0 2 7 3 6 1 7 5 5 7
30131 BOS 17 – L – LUCIC, MILAN 0 1 7 5 5 4 2 9 2 9
30131 BOS 18 – R – HORTON, NATHAN 0 1 8 6 6 4 3 9 2 10
30131 BOS 20 – L – PAILLE, DANIEL 0 0 6 3 0 0 3 1 5 -1
30131 BOS 21 – D – FERENCE, ANDREW 0 0 11 4 1 2 6 3 3 6
30131 BOS 22 – L – THORNTON, SHAWN 0 0 6 3 0 0 3 1 4 0
30131 BOS 23 – C – KELLY, CHRIS 0 0 6 0 2 2 6 3 2 7
30131 BOS 28 – R – RECCHI, MARK 0 1 7 5 1 0 2 3 1 4
30131 BOS 30 – G – THOMAS, TIM 0 2 26 14 8 6 12 16 10 18
30131 BOS 33 – D – CHARA, ZDENO 0 0 9 7 4 3 3 10 3 10
30131 BOS 37 – C – BERGERON, PATRICE 0 1 7 5 1 0 2 3 2 3
30131 BOS 44 – D – SEIDENBERG, DENNIS 0 2 8 4 4 1 5 3 4 4
30131 BOS 46 – C – KREJCI, DAVID 0 1 8 6 6 4 3 10 2 11
30131 BOS 49 – C – PEVERLEY, RICH 0 0 5 0 1 1 5 2 1 6
30131 BOS 54 – D – MCQUAID, ADAM 0 0 10 4 0 2 4 3 5 2
30131 BOS 55 – D – BOYCHUK, JOHNNY 0 0 7 6 1 3 -1 8 1 6
30131 BOS 63 – C – MARCHAND, BRAD 0 1 7 5 1 0 2 3 1 4
30131 BOS 73 – R – RYDER, MICHAEL 0 0 5 0 1 2 4 3 1 6

 

Game Number Team Player Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
30131 MTL 6 – D – SPACEK, JAROSLAV 0 0 4 8 1 1 -4 3 4 -5
30131 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 2 0 3 9 1 5 -8 4 5 -9
30131 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 0 0 7 8 4 4 -1 2 7 -6
30131 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 0 0 5 5 4 2 2 2 4 0
30131 MTL 20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES 2 0 3 10 2 1 -4 4 4 -4
30131 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 2 0 4 12 1 3 -8 4 4 -8
30131 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 2 0 14 26 6 8 -12 10 16 -18
30131 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 0 0 3 5 3 1 0 2 4 -2
30131 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 2 0 4 11 1 2 -6 4 5 -7
30131 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 0 0 2 2 2 0 2 2 4 0
30131 MTL 52 – L – DARCHE, MATHIEU 2 0 3 8 2 3 -4 5 2 -1
30131 MTL 53 – C – WHITE, RYAN 0 0 3 4 0 2 -3 1 2 -4
30131 MTL 55 – D – SOPEL, BRENT 0 0 4 10 1 3 -8 2 6 -12
30131 MTL 57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT 0 0 3 4 0 0 -1 2 2 -1
30131 MTL 58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID 0 0 3 5 0 1 -3 0 2 -5
30131 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 0 0 6 7 3 5 -3 3 7 -7
30131 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 0 0 7 6 4 4 1 4 6 -1
30131 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 0 0 3 7 1 0 -3 4 5 -4