The Bruins needed to get off to a strong start in Game 4 to establish a tone for the rest of the game, and while a 0-0 score isn’t everything they may have hoped for, they will certainly take it.
The first 20 minutes of Game 4 were very physical, as it appeared early on that the referees were going to let the players dictate the play, as they kept their arms at their sides on several plays that may have been called penalties in the past.
While Montreal led in hits early on, the Bruins turned up the physicality later in the period, going on a 6-1 hits run to end the period, eventually taking a 20-16 lead.
The Bruins led the Canadiens in shots 13-10, getting a good amount of chances of their own, while they didn’t commit the mistakes that have led to Montreal scores in Games 1-3.
Carl Soderberg had the best chance for the Bruins late in the period, when he corralled a rebound and fired a shot through Carey Price’s glove hand, but clanged off the crossbar and out of play.
The Canadiens held a small advantage in faceoff wins, 16-14, while both teams gave away five chances. The Bruins did a good job of holding off P.K. Subban, who has dominated them on offense this series, not letting the Montreal defenseman get a shot off in the period.