The Boston Bruins entered the post season looking to start erasing the horrors of last year’s playoff debacle where they blew a 3-0 series lead to the Philadelphia Flyers in last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals.
But Thursday night’s start for the Bruins quest for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 1972, ended with a 2-0 loss to the hated Montreal Canadians in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs at the T.D. Bank Garden.
Game 2 is Saturday at 7 p.m.
But the Bruins were not without their chances. The black and gold simply could not put the puck into the net.
“It wasn’t the greatest start, but still. I thought we came back in that game, we had a lot of chances,” Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron said. “We’ve got to find a way.”
The second period was seemed like a very frustrating one for the Bruins, but Claude Julian felt his team just missed those opportunities.
“One thing we talked about was not to get frustrated,” Julian said. “We had great opportunities. We didn’t do a good job at taking away his (Price) vision. We didn’t capitalize.”
Bergeron added: “Yeah, I think the difference was our net-front presence wasn’t there. He’s going to make those stops if he sees it, and that’s all. We need to make sure we do that, and like I said, we can’t get two down early. It’s a long series and we knew they were going to be a grind and a good team that we’re playing against. Just got to adjust that, I guess.”
The Bruins outshot the Canadiens 31-20. However, all it took was two goals by Brian Gionta (early in the first and late in third) to give the Canadiens a 1-0 series lead. It was Gionta’s third career two-game goal in the playoffs.
Montreal goalie Carey Price recorded his third career playoff shutout — all against the Bruins.
“Obviously (Carey) Price is a great goalie, and he can’t see the puck like that,” Bergeron said. “We’ve got to make sure we get in front of him and get some traffic. It doesn’t have to the prettiest goal, we just need to put the puck in.”
Bruins goalie Tim Thomas had 20 saves.
“You don’t want to lose the first game obviously, but we need to come back on Saturday.”