Thursday night’s game in Boston was certainly not for the faint of heart. The Boston Bruins dropped game one of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series against the Montreal Canadiens in double overtime, 4-3.
From the third period on, the Bruins dominated the ice and were able to move the puck with seamless effort. Boston was down 2-0 heading into that period, and wound up tying the game twice, after Montreal scored another go-ahead goal later in the period.
Overtime in playoff hockey can be pretty stressful to watch, especially if you are emotionally invested in one of the teams playing, but die-hard fans live for this time of year. No shootouts, both teams will skate until the back of the net is found one more time.
On this particular night, it took 64 minutes and 17 seconds of overtime before a player was able to score. It would be P.K. Subban of the Canadiens on a power play blast from the blue line that sealed the deal.
“I got the puck in the slot, Marky [Markov] made a good pass. Let’s be honest, faceoffs are key. When you win a big faceoff like that – I think it was Davey [Desharnais] who won it. He was great all game” said Subban following his game-winner.
The Canadiens had their second power play in overtime as a result of Matt Bartkowski getting called for a holding penalty. It was the right call, and Matt was feeling down about it following the result:
“I’m not going to comment on whether or not it was a penalty. The result sucks, afterwards. So, I think it could have been prevented before the call was made.”
The Canadiens won the faceoff in the Bruins’ zone, and Subban had a chance to make a quick shot on net. On the penalty kill, there’s not a whole lot you can do to prevent a fast shot right off the faceoff, either make a block or hope that you’re goaltender gets a good look at it. Tuukka Rask had made some key save during overtime to keep the Bruins in it, but the B’s goalie was not too impressed with his overall performance:
“I don’t know. We played overall a good five-on-five—pretty much dominated, had a lot of chances, couldn’t score. But I was [expletive] today. Got to be better.”
One fact remains, it’s only one game. The good thing about the Stanley Cup Playoffs is the chance to redeem yourself. The Bruins may have played a good game overall, but you can’t expect to win a series when you’re not finishing on the chances they were getting at key moments in the game.
The Bruins will get their chance to redeem themselves on Saturday afternoon, as they host the Canadiens for game two at 12:30.