MONTREAL — Saying the fans at the Bell Centre are fired up would be an understatement. After a rousing rendition of ‘O Canada’ the Habs took it to the B’s on the ice for most of period one. And of course it was Bruins nemesis P.K. Subban leading the charge.
The Canadiens scored first at 9:03 when Subban dropped a pass to Tomas Vanek who set up Tomas Plekanec for the first goal. Plekanec’s third of the playoffs, and the crowd went wild.
Subban was then involved in what looked like a nasty run at Reilly Smith at 12:38. Smith avoided being decked, but Subban picked up the roughing call.
The Bruins had a pathetic power play and added insult to injury when Subban rushed out of the penalty box and was all alone skating towards the Bruins blue line when Lars Eller made the heads up pass and Subban faked Tuukka Rask right out of his skates for the easy goal. And the crowd went bananas again. Subban’s third goal of the playoffs. You’ll be seeing that one over, and over, and over again with Subban scoring just six seconds after getting out of the box.
The Bruins looked sluggish for most of the period, with Montreal outshooting them early, and outhitting them for most of the period. The Canadiens outshot Boston 10-9 in the period.
Earlier in the period, Subban also set up Rene Bourque for a good chance on Rask, but the shot went wide.
The other early story from period 1 was that Bruins Zdeno Chara went to the dressing room after being slashed in the left hand by Michael Bournival. Chara returned to the ice.