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B’s drop game 1, 2-0 to Montreal

With the first game of the postseason in the books for Boston, it’s already looking bad. The Bruins out-shot the Canadians 31-20, and had 17 scoring chances to Montreal’s 10. Yet it was not enough. The B’s were shutout 2-0 tonight in Boston. Cary Price picked up his third shutout in his postseason career, all of them coming against Boston. Boston is continuing its theme of playing horrible at home, something they’ve done for the last two seasons now. They were just 22-19 at home this season, and 18-23 at home last season. This is something that just defies logic. Teams that are any good, are supposed to win games in their own building. It shows that there is something off about this team. If the Bruins are going to make a deep playoff run, they must improve their home record. Now, onto a breakdown of the game.

1st Period

The Bruins had a rough first period. Montreal scored just 2:44 into the game to take a 1-0 lead. It looked early like all hope would be lost. Letting the Habs get that first goal was a huge momentum swing in Montreal’s favor. As if it wasn’t easy enough to play in the TD Garden for opposing teams, they now had an early lead to work with. The B’s went on the power play 7:07 in the game, and it was bad. The man advantage looked as bad as it has all year, if not worse. While the Habs continued not to cash in on their very few opportunities, the B’s looked even worse. Marchand had a wide open net to shot at, and he couldn’t bury it. From watching the replays, it looked like the puck was a bit in on his hands, and he didn’t adjust to shoot the puck. The B’s offense looked pathetic in the first period.

2nd Period

In the second period things got better, and worse for the B’s. There offense started heating up, but no goals still for the Bruins. Boston had plenty of chances that they didn’t cash in. It was hard to watch at some points. The Bruins had the puck in the offensive zone most of the period, but they couldn’t score. Ference had an attempt in the slot with Price flopping about, but couldn’t settle the puck. Peverly had a chance high glove side, and shot wide of the net. One of the best chances of the night came at 9:55, as Nathan Horton had a rebound chance off a point shot, and couldn’t find the puck. The Habs did get their chances as well. On a puck that Tim Thomas thought he saved in his gut, it actually squirted out and he left a wide open net, but the puck was shot through the crease. Montreal had a few good scoring chances, but the B’s dominated the second period, and had nothing to show for it.

3rd Period

The first ten minutes of the third period were pathetic for Boston. It was the same thing. Get the puck into the neutral zone, Montreal knocks it away, and then dumps it in. They finally got the offense moving around eight minutes into the third, but still didn’t have a lot of chances. The Bruins had perhaps the best opportunity of the game when Milan Lucic skated into the slot, and got a shot off while tumbling over P.K. Subban’s body. The shot hit Price in the chest high in the crease for the save. That would be perhaps the last good chance for the B’s. And then, it happened. Lucic tried to muscle through Scott Gomez with the puck while in the defensive zone.  Gomez avoided the contact, stole the puck and passed it to Gionta. Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the night at 16:42, to stick the dagger in Boston’s heart. At 17:18, Chara had seen enough. He checked Plekanec at the Boston bench, and decided to take a seat on his head. He obviously wasn’t happy with the way the team had played, and didn’t like Plekanec holding onto his stick after the check. Was it childish, yes. Could it be a spark that this team needs to get going in Saturdays game? The third period saw the Canadians out-shoot the Bruins 6-5, and showed just how inept this Bruins offense can be.

Post-Game Breakdown

Overall, it was just a pathetic showing for the Bruins. The offense was a no-show, the defense made some bad mental mistakes that Montreal capitalized on, and Thomas let in two goals that he should have stopped. They out-shot the Canadians, but what the stat sheet won’t tell you is where those shots were. It seemed that almost every shot Price saw was shot into his chest or gut. Now call me crazy, but the best way to score goals is to shoot for the corners, not the big body of Carey Price! The Bruins didn’t seem to understand this, and repeatedly banged their head against the wall that is Carey Prices chest. I could not believe the inattentiveness of the Bruins. It is Panic time for the Bruins.

The Bruins need to win game 2, period. If the Bruins lose game 2, I’ll be on record as saying they will not win the series, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they get swept in Montreal. So how do the B’s avoid an 0-2 hole? It’s quite simple, make better decisions with the puck. They have to play smarter defensively, make better shot attempts, and take the Montreal forwards off their game by being more physical. Thomas was good, but shouldn’t have allowed those two goals in. If he stops those shots in Saturdays game, and Boston handles the puck better, Boston will win game 2. If there’s anything I feel confident about going into Saturdays game, it’s that Boston will not get shutout again. If they do, then this Bruins team clearly isn’t as good as the regular season would show.

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  1. Steve LaCasse
    April 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Good stuff Thomas, its time to get those big bodies banging and stop telegraphing your shots, they need to score early and then man handle the smaller Canadien team.

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