The Montreal Canadiens won their second straight road playoff game to defeat the Boston Bruins 3-1 in Game Two. The series now heads to Quebec, where the Habs could make quick work of the B’s if they keep playing like this. Boston was without their captain and standout defenseman Zdeno Chara, who missed the game after being hospitalized the day before with dehydration. What went right for Montreal and wrong for Boston this game? Just about everything…
Number Five- Carey Price Save on Milan Lucic
After the Canadiens went up 2-0 2:20 into the game, the Bruins needed an offensive spark to stay in the game. It looked like that may come after David Krejci made a beautiful pass to Milan Lucic in the slot with a half open net. Lucic got the shot on net right where he wanted and Price slid across the net to make the save and keep the shutout alive. Patrice Bergeron would end up scoring in the second for the B’s lone goal, but a goal from Lucic here would have changed the game.
Number Four- Canadiens Fight Back
The key to this series for Boston was to be physical. That’s all we heard going into it. Well the Bruins came out physical vs Montreal last night, but unfortunately for them, Montreal countered. They played through the physicality and drew a few penalties. James Wisniewski even stayed in the fight vs Shane Hnidy. Montreal had more of an attack offense vs Boston than last game, and seemed to feed off the physical play more than the Bruins did.
Number Three- Dennis Seidenberg and Tomas Kaberle
With Chara out of the lineup, these two are supposed to step up in this game. Instead, Seidenberg has a careless giveaway that results in a Montreal goal and Kaberle was nowhere to be seen. Johnny Boychuk also had a turnover that cost the Bruins a goal and Shane Hnidy barely saw the ice. The defense was supposed to step up in Chara’s absence, instead they just played like they were nervous.
Number Two- Mike Cammalleri’s Goal
This was in the same breath as Brian Gionta’s game one goal momentum wise. His goal just 43 seconds into the game took the air out of the building just like Gionta did two nights before. Then the Canadiens scored mere minutes later and it seemed all but over for the Bruins. This section seems to be the same as the one above, with all the turnovers the Bruins committed, and that is really the reason Montreal leads this series.
Number One- Zdeno Chara
Chara did not play well game one, and his comments after the game led many to question his heart and effort. And then he misses last game because of illness. But what if it is not his heart, but he is really sick? Maybe that was the reason behind his poor play in game one. What has to be questioned is the Bruins decision to dress him and have him participate in the pre-game skate-around and give reason to believe he will play. Whatever their motive, they missed him last night.