Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins got the best of Josh Gorges and the Canadiens. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
With frightening efficiency, the Bruins roughed up the Canadiens to take a 2-0 lead in the seven-game series. Marc Savard led the attack with two goals and two assists, while Chuck Kobasew scored the game-winning goal in the first period to give Matt Hunwick some pleasure in what was a rough day for the rookie.
"He's a big part of this hockey club," Savard said. "He's going to be for many years to come. Any way we can help cheer a guy up. He'll be back soon enough, hopefully. Everything went well today and we miss him."
* Patrice Bergeron didn't have much trouble dusting off Josh Gorges with several straight lefts. "Wow. I wasn't expecting that," said Dennis Wideman of the fight. "He did good. That's great to see him answer the bell when guys are pushing him around like that. That's good."
* Milan Lucic was given a match penalty at 15:28 when he high-sticked Maxim Lapierre. Before the incident, Lucic was high-sticked by Mathieu Schneider. "He might have lost his composure a little bit in that area," Julien said of Lucic. "But you have to remember that he got elbowed in the head, then high-sticked by Schneider. Then Lapierre comes in -- Lapierre who's been an instigator throughout the whole series, and even during the regular season -- and what Looch did was react at him coming at him. It wasn't premeditated. In reviewing it, he hit him with his glove. He had his stick in his hands, but his glove hit his helmet. Had his stick hit him in the head, I think Lapierre would have been down. But Lapierre stayed up and kept going at Looch. If there's one thing, I know it certainly wasn't premeditated."
* After Alex Kovalev gave his team some life with a second-period goal, Shane Hnidy responded with his first goal of the postseason. "I've played a few years and been in the same situation," said Hnidy, a healthy scratch in Game 1. "You just want to go out there and get in early. It's tough what Matt went through. I needed a little bit of his hands with me to give me that goal, so it was nice."
* The Canadiens weren't happy with their effort in front of Carey Price, who was replaced by Jaroslav Halak to start the third. "You don't want to see your goalie pulled," said Christopher Higgins. "Obviously we're all behind Carey and we're all behind Jaro. It is an insult to us to have your goalie pulled."
STICK SALUTE: Chuck Kobasew. A force on just about every shift.
SIN BIN: Lucic. Has to keep his head in a four-goal game.
All done at the Garden. Bruins, 5-.1
15:28 (3). There's a rare sight -- Milan Lucic and Mike Komisarek yapping at each other. Both have gone to their respective rooms. Maxim Lapierre has also exited.
14:27 (3). Tim Thomas stops Alex Kovalev at close range. Georges Laraque pulls up at the edge of the crease. Laraque has always been credited as a clean heavyweight, and he's showing it tonight.
10:03 (3). Patrice Bergeron vs. Josh Gorges. Bergeron with the win, landing several hard lefts.
3:30 (3). Dennis Wideman is back on the bench.
2:15 (3). Dennis Wideman is in the runway behind the Boston bench. No clue on his ailment.
0:00 (3). Jaroslav Halak in. Carey Price out.
After 20 minutes, Bruins with a 5-1 lead. Michael Ryder snaps a top-shelfer over Carey Price with 2.3 seconds remaining. That could be curtains for the Canadiens.
* What an unbelievable shot by Ryder to close out the second. Not many people in the league who can make that shot going across his body to the far top corner. Cripes.
* Good theater to watch Alex Kovalev after taking the hooking call. Kovalev waved his hand at referee Mike Leggo, paying no attention to the rush going the other way.
* What do the Habs do now?
8:13 (2). Bruins, 4-1. Marc Savard with the PPG.
6:41 (2). Alex Kovalev dangles into the offensive zone and puts two shots on goal. Both stopped by Tim Thomas.
5:45 (2). Bruins, 3-1. P.J. Axelsson lays a drop pass for Shane Hnidy. The defenseman flips a wrister through Carey Price.
4:50 (2). David Krejci picks off a pass and sets up Michael Ryder. The right wing puts his shot over the net.
2:45 (2). Francis Bouillon is out for the rest of the night. Bouillon had been recovering from a groin injury.
2:29 (2). Saku Koivu muscles down Shane Hnidy and gets off a close-range shot that Tim Thomas covers.
0:46 (2). Bruins, 2-1. Alex Kovalev sneaks a wrister through a Zdeno Chara screen that eludes Tim Thomas.
20:00 (1). After 20 minutes, Bruins with a 2-0 lead. Best period of play from the Bruins in the series so far.
* The first goal is a perfect example of why the Boston defensemen are instructed not to look for big hits. Mike Komisarek flattened Chuck Kobasew, but the defenseman strayed toward the right-side wall to throw the hit. Komisarek had to scramble back to his position, but just as he got there, Marc Savard had wristed a shot through Carey Price.
* Kobasew came up big on the second goal as well. Kobasew drove to the net, shook off the backcheck of Saku Koivu, and got at Mark Recchi's rebound. Meanwhile, Komisarek was engaged with Patrice Bergeron in front of the net and couldn't take care of the puck.
* Zdeno Chara is on the point on the No. 1 PP in Matt Hunwick's spot.
* Georges Laraque buried Milan Lucic with a hit along the boards late in the first.
18:34 (1). Our first scrum of the night. Phil Kessel pops Tom Kostopoulos in the face. Kostopoulos chases after Kessel, but Tim Thomas gets in between the two. Roughings for both.
15:12 (1). Bruins, 2-0. Chuck Kobasew pokes home the rebound of a Mark Recchi shot.
13:30 (1). Glove stop by Carey Price on Stephane Yelle's short-range snapper.
9:59 (1). Bruins, 1-0. Marc Savard with the PP wrister from the slot. Comes seconds after Mike Komisarek buried Chuck Kobasew with a hit.
7:20 (1). Patrice Bergeron separates Alex Kovalev from the puck with an open-ice hit.
6:13 (1). Big-time hit by Shawn Thornton on Andrei Kostitsyn that sends the forward to the ice.
3:00 (1). Mike Komisarek loses an edge and goes down an instant before Patrice Bergeron would have cranked him into the wall.
2:01 (1). First shot on goal of the game. Francis Bouillon and Milan Lucic yap after the whistle.