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Price, Subban star as Habs steal Game 1 thriller in Boston

May 1, 2014, 11:38 PM EST

For the second straight series, the Bruins have opened up by losing home ice.

And for the second straight series, Montreal’s opened by taking it away.

That was the story at TD Garden on Thursday as the Canadiens beat Boston 4-3 in the second overtime of Game 1 of their second-round series. P.K. Subban scored two goals — the first and last of the night — while goalie Carey Price was magnificent, making 48 saves while remaining undefeated this postseason.

Here’s Subban’s overtime winner:

The Bruins will undoubtedly feel like they blew a game that should’ve been theirs. They out-shot Montreal 51-33 and dominated the first overtime session firing 14 shots on Price while his counterpart, Tuukka Rask, faced just six.

That said, Montreal held the lead for most of regulation.

The Habs got out to a 2-0 advantage on goals from Subban and Rene Bourque, but frittered it away in the span of four minutes in the third period, when Reilly Smith and Torey Krug scored just 3:46 apart to even the game at two.

After that, Francis Bouillon — who hasn’t scored a postseason goal in six years — fired home a Brian Gionta pass as Boston scrambled to cover in its own zone. It looked as though Bouillon’s marker would stand as the game winner, but Johnny Boychuk played the hero late in regulation, scoring his first goal and point of the posteason with 1:58 remaining to even the score at three.

Both teams went scoreless through the first overtime session before Subban converted a power play — awarded when Matt Bartkowski hauled down Dale Weise — just 4:10 into the second extra frame. It was the 38th overtime game in the history of the storied Boston-Montreal rivalry, and Subban became the first Habs player to score an OT winner against Boston since Alex Kovalev did it in 2008.

As mentioned above, this marks the second straight series Montreal has swiped home ice advantage in Game 1 — in overtime, no less. The Habs beat Tampa Bay 5-4 in Game 1 of Round 1, while Boston lost its second series-opener of this postseason after dropping a 1-0 decision to Detroit.

  1. drewzducks - May 1, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Too much P.K. on the pp is a losing recipe. Tonight the Price was right and Rask wasn’t up to the task. Now back to my Jack Daniels.

  2. numbcracker2109 - May 1, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    There is just no way you make that call in 2 OT. Kudos to Subban for the absolute rocket but just an overreaction to Brandon Prust getting leaned on.

    It’s just a little funny that every big game the Habs steal from Boston requires a funny late call.

    Funny indeed.

    • schneider99 - May 1, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      I have no rooting interest in the series, but I think the ref called the penalty because it took away a scoring opportunity. They usually try to swallow the whistles for such an important game, but the hold was right in front of the ref so he didn’t really have that much of a choice in my opinion.

      • numbcracker2109 - May 1, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        And I saw a mike weaver stick or ten in Bruins hands during scoring chances, and I wouldn’t want those called either

      • kaptaanamerica - May 2, 2014 at 1:47 AM

        The guy was mugged taking the puck to the front of the net from behind. How can you not call a penalty when the guy was putting both hands on the body as he took the guy down nullifying a chance.?

      • freestyle1022 - May 2, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        numbcracker does not speak for Bruins fans, those were penalties in OT

        Bergeron was 66% from the dot for the game, one more win, the game could have been different, who knows

    • salmon90 - May 2, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      Double OT doesn’t make bear-hugging someone legal. How could you possibly watch that and say that should not be a penalty?

    • logicalcomment - May 2, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      even C. Julien said the 2 overtime penalties were deserved.

      typical boston fan whining after a lost vs habs.

      its ALWAYS the refs, each and every time.

      • pepper2011 - May 2, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        To be fair. The Bruins have won the last two series which go back over 6+ years, so…

    • shwatson - May 2, 2014 at 1:53 AM

      It’s a little funny that everyone outside of Boston doesn’t feel the same way. Must be something in the tea up there ehh?

    • joey4id - May 2, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Of course. And it was a French Canadian referee who made the call in 2nd OT. Go figure! ;-) I heard Bergevin was in the refs dressing room after the 1st OT with his checkbook. :-)

    • cheetah440 - May 2, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      yup, every big game for sure. They can’t win without the timely penalty. It’s their game. It’s sad really. And to those who say he was mugged, he had BOTH hands on HIS STICK. By definition that’ not a penalty…..You don’t make that call in OT.

  3. sixchr - May 1, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    The Bruins dominated the game for 4+ periods and then lost because a borderline penalty in double overtime was called in Montreal’s favor. Typical. However, let’s be honest. The game never would have even reached that point if the Bruins knew how to just hit an empty net. The Bruins would have won this game in regulation if they could just put a free puck in a wide open net. If the Bruins are going to get to where they should be able to get to they HAVE to finish chances.

  4. stakex - May 1, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    As someone who doesn’t care which team wins this series, that really was a great game to watch…. until the end. I just can’t stand seeing great games, especially double overtime games, end on a power play goal. There was a bit of a hold there, but considering how much the refs were letting go most of the game and the fact that it was the 2nd overtime, I thought that was a pretty soft call.

    Either way, this is going to be a very entertaining series.

    • numbcracker2109 - May 1, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      If Montreal wins, ok. Bouillon gets that late goal and you win, ok. But to make a call that late for that team is just really annoying.

      That said if Montreal keeps playing like this they don’t have a prayer, the bruins will eventually hit open nets.

      • stakex - May 2, 2014 at 1:11 AM

        Well I’m not on the “refs favor Montreal” bandwagon. My issue with the call is that there was a lot of obstruction and holding going on late in regulation and the first overtime. If you’re going to call it, call it all…. don’t suddenly call something you have been letting go for two periods, which is essentially what the refs did.

      • joey4id - May 2, 2014 at 7:40 AM

        You’ve got to make a distinction between letting some calls go by when they happen in the neutral zone and in the o zone. If an infraction occurs in the neutral zone and is inconsequential then they let it go, however if that infraction leads to a breakaway there will be a call. If there’s an infraction in the o zone and that infraction prevents a scoring opportunity then that’s going to be a call.

    • hockey412 - May 2, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      If they don’t want to kill penalties, don’t commit penalties. I’m so tired of watching teams get away with penalties simply because fans think they shouldn’t be called.

      “There was a bit of a hold there”….that’s the key point. A hold is a penalty. The hold was a direct reaction to his proximity to the goal…he held to take away a scoring chance. If this is called in Boston’s favor, you aren’t complaining.

    • hockey412 - May 2, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Sorry stakex that “if this was called in Boston’s favor” wasn’t directed at you.

  5. shutton83 - May 1, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    A good game played by both teams, Bruins need to learn to play better in Game 1’s. Same thing happened in the Detroit series but the Bruins woke up quicker this time around. If the Bruins can stay out of the box and learn to get the easy goals I think they can win, if not than the Habs will take it. Finally I think Bartkowski needs to. Be benched in favor of Mezaros, Mezaros is better offensively and at least on par with Bartkowski defensively. Bartkowski can skate with the best of them but those 2 penalties he took killed Boston tonight. But seriously how can Smith hit a shot through Bergerons legs but Iginla can’t hit a wide open net. Ah well, great game, should be the Zanex invoking series we all hoped it be.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - May 1, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Bruins fans have SOOO much class! I wonder if Subbans brother will get the same treatment that he gets currently?

    • numbcracker2109 - May 1, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      Who said anything about Subban? He’s a absolute beast who acts like a clown, no real shame in that.

    • drewzducks - May 1, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      Care to elaborate?

    • pitpenguinsrulez - May 2, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      I should’ve been a bit more clear on it but I was referring to the Bruins fans on twitter. Not anyone on here.

      • numbcracker2109 - May 2, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        I can’t stand Subban but he could play on my team anyday

      • bruinsyea - May 2, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        Always a few bad apples… especially on twitter. They dont represent the true fan base..

      • kaptaanamerica - May 2, 2014 at 12:11 AM

        @bruinsyea, no i disagree. I think the twitter users are a good representation of the fanbase.

      • numbcracker2109 - May 2, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        Absolutely, if you consider 20 year olds with no shirts pounding pabst blue ribbon the fan base you’re spot on

  7. bucrightoff - May 1, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Canadiens needed to steal a game and more likely two to win this series. Price was obviously incredible in pretty much stealing it himself.

  8. chanceoffleury - May 1, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Wow. Carey Price, man. What a gem he’s been this year! I expect this series to get a lot more physical from this point forward. There wasn’t too much of it tonight considering the rivalry; doubt it stays that way for long. Ridiculously entertaining game, though! That’s for dang sure!

    • numbcracker2109 - May 1, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Price was phenomenal and rask was average, that’s how Montreal won.

  9. hammertownhabsfan - May 1, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Cue the “questionable call” BS. The only way Boston wins in the playoffs is when the refs leave their whistles in their change room. When they can’t obstruct, interfere and make retaliations on clean hits all of a sudden it’s the “refs” fault for calling the game the same way all game.

    • numbcracker2109 - May 1, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      You don’t find it even a little funny that Montreal wins all it’s big games on the PP? Not even a little?

      • numbcracker2109 - May 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        If the bruins are getting out worked like on the bouillon goal and a call is made then you accept it. A holding call in 2 OT WHEN BOTH HANDS ARE ON THE STICK? I don’t know…..

      • pl4tinum514 - May 2, 2014 at 8:28 AM

        They use their speed to draw penalties.

        Weise got past the D coming out from behind the net with the puck and would have at least gotten a quality scoring chance when he was bear hugged down to the ice and didn’t get his shot off. If he gets the shot off, maybe there’s no call, MAYBE.

      • joey4id - May 2, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        numbcracker, so how many big games has Montreal won on the PP? And how does that compare to other teams? I’m assuming you have stats to back up your comment. Right?

      • dtownbeatdown - May 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Come on man, that is a bit asinine to think every big game montreal has been in they won on the pp. That’s right they won all of their 24 cups by way of the power play. Can you be any more bias? That call was deserved, it is not like it happened in the neutral zone. But all the non calls the Bruins get away with it was bound to happen eventually. Bruins played really good and lost, but I can almost bet this series goes 6 or 7.

      • numbcracker2109 - May 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        I’m being a little facetious here gentlemen .

    • mackattack29 - May 2, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      As a fan who has no bias in this. You are spot on. Couldn’t agree more haha.

    • drewzducks - May 2, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Claude agreed that both calls were whistle worthy. Bartkowski may be the odd man out if they had been able to actually land a top 4 D man at the deadline but Molasses Mezaros isn’t the answer against the Habs speed.

  10. graymalkin26 - May 1, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Ahh, stop your crying b&tc@…rotten team representing an as$ho$e city…hahaha…USA USA USA, how lame is that, pathetic…

    • drewzducks - May 2, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      And you’re a fan of $hitt$burgh, the armpit of the northeast.

  11. govtminion - May 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Mixed bag for this B’s fan. Not worried about losing Game 1, since we did that last round and it went okay still. But the penalties were concerning- the knee-on-knee that Paille pulled in 1OT was just awful, glad no one got hurt, but that kind of thing can’t happen in overtime of a playoff game. It seemed like Boston got frustrated and did some stupid stuff late in the game- I hope Julien works on getting that out of the team’s system before Saturday.

    Rask didn’t have his best game, but there were some great plays- Hamilton had a good defensive game, the offense put a lot of pressure on… It’s a loss, but there’s plenty to like from it. Just need some bounces to go their way and a few less trips to the box in Game 2.

  12. hammertownhabsfan - May 2, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    That Bergeron fella a real yank isn’t he oh no wait….. Marchand true American! Ugh….. Lucic sounds Italian American to me but oh wait….. Also that Stamkos kid and Hedman I bet they really appreciated that USA chant too huh?

    • numbcracker2109 - May 2, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      Why does the USA chant bother you guys so much? Everyone loves the Canadian players on the team but we aren’t in canada, so an oh canada chant would be odd.

      • kaptaanamerica - May 2, 2014 at 12:43 AM

        who cares, i’d start chanting ‘USA’ too if i was there in my habs jersey… isn’t Gionta american? pacioretty? so who cares…

        Canada/ USA it’s all the same…

    • johnnybhawks - May 2, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      They are getting paid in American dollars, by Americans, playing in America so i doubt they mind. Most move here when they are done playing too!
      .

    • bobanddy - May 2, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      Go troll tsn.ca/nhl.

  13. johnnybhawks - May 2, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    They are getting paid in American dollars, by Americans, playing in America so i doubt they mind. Most move here when they are done playing too!
    .

  14. hammertownhabsfan - May 2, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    It’s just the fact that Americans can’t get over the fact that there is a team from a foreign country playing here in America OH MY SWEET BABY JESUS!!!! Let’s chant USA am that will show em! Watch game three in Montreal. The Anthems are sung loud and proud. Both of the anthems, the Canadian variety being sung in two languages. But once the puck drops the fans will scream, clap, sing ole and yes maybe even chant a player or twos name. But the international boundary separating the two organizations will be a mute point because there will be amazing hockey players from all over the world to watch and cheer for.

    • bobanddy - May 2, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      USA! USA! USA!

    • comeonnowguys - May 2, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      Don’t expect to apply to all Yanks.

      I have no problem cheering for Toews, Hossa, Sharp, Seabrook, etc. Etc.

      It’s the 21st century. Get global or get out

    • dtownbeatdown - May 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Are you really that hurt about it you need to post about it twice. You sing your anthem proud as do we… we are the largest multi cultured country including born Canadians that now live in America. I would have no issues with a Canadian team chanting Canada over and over. It is the nature of the beast and all in good fun. Get over yourself.

  15. dumbassgreg - May 2, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    lmao two things does boston lose on their own.or is always some conspiracy of the referees. two does a black player win a game ever against boston team.. thereis not a racist wave that hits twitter etc. just a rioters are real canucks fans . the is racist element in boston unlike any other.after tom yawkey was Donald sterling of his time.

    • drewzducks - May 2, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      Spoken like a complete dumbass.

    • gallyhatch - May 2, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      You’re the person who just brought race into this thread, no one else. If you’re pissed at what people are saying on twitter, go complain about it on twitter.

      Take that $hit somewhere else, and don’t try to make this into something it’s not.

    • kaptaanamerica - May 2, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Does anyone even understand what @dumbass wrote??? i have no clue and I am a native english speaker so if someone can translate…

  16. micasa81 - May 2, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Habs played hard, and Price was full value and then some, but if that’s the way the games are gonna go this series, the Bruins are in good shape (assuming they actually get some finish). Way too much luck on the Habs’ side tonight for them to be comfortable – they’ve got some figuring to do. Awesome hockey, lots of hate during the run of play, minimal after-the-whistle shenanigans. I like it.

    • davidmessina63 - May 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      100% agree

  17. cutelittleguy02 - May 2, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Carey Price one of the best on tonight game

  18. cutelittleguy02 - May 2, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    I really enjoy the game tonight. Bruins best in attack, Habs better in goalie, Carey Price. How do you compete that. Can t wait for next game.

  19. muckleflugga - May 2, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    kaptaanamerica

    i have no trouble understanding dumassgreg …

    i interpret greg’s comment to suggest some bruins supporters are incapable of acknowledging the extent to which their team was beaten by the play of pk subban, crying foul rather over one-sided officiating and bad calls in overtime –apparently the boston version of the nhl rulebook only applies during regulation time with these sorts

    greg implies those fans refuse to credit subban’s dominating effort because of his race, behaviour apparently associated with historical tendencies in boston sports and by at least one team, the red sox under owner tom yawkey … greg argues yawkey’s refusal to employ black players presaged behaviour of donald sterling toward black people in the present

    linking of yawkey to sterling is interesting, because both were and are honoured in their communities in spite of alleged racism: yawkey is in the baseball hall of fame and the section of jersey street upon which fenway park is located has been renamed yawkey way; donald sterling has been honoured by the naacp in the past and was due another award in the present

    i believe greg is suggesting behaviour of prominent rich men who own professional sports franchises and who behave as bigots behave, is perhaps symptomatic of society in their cities generally and society associated with the men specifically, including fans of their teams … in part because fans so inclined continue to support the teams while honouring the owners in a manner of tacit approval and validation

    either product of a condition of institutionalized bigotry perhaps or a tolerance for bigotry proportional to wealth of the bigoted

    greg might also be suggesting in counter, coverage of events in the social media are afforded energy, growth and speed that amplify and distort events themselves, often to profit at expense of either the innocent or those guilty by simple association –the vancouver riot wherein the city of vancouver and all canucks fans were tarred with the same brush because of the action of a minor few is given by way of example

    as i recall much has been made of the vancouver incident by bruins fans in these boards … guilt by association it would seem

    i also recall that in games prior to the riot, bruins fans were interviewed outside the td garden where they were permitted to give it to vancouver in foul-mouthed four letter invective … much of it directed at the sedins, each of whom were presented in effigy wearing dresses, presumably because they refused to engage high-grade morons like brad marchand in the obligatory bean-town brawl after whistles had stopped play

    it’s no accident that in biology, bears are true scavenging grubbers, rooting around bins for leftovers and rotting garbage as well

    so perhaps those bruins fans crying about refereeing while refusing to honour effort of an opponent like subban, are giving themselves the same kind of energy … with the tale growing in the telling, this while disgracing themselves and fair-minded bruins fans pervasively

    to take the pervasive nature of racism further if it exists in sports … are those fans and players who supported the los angeles clippers, and donald sterling through his current idiocy, not implicitly guilty through extended inaction in the face of his apparent historical bigotry

    it is noted magic johnson helped lead the lynch mob after donald sterling’s neck, with much of that effort fuelled and energized through the pervasive nature of social media … but where was magic when kobe bryant delivered his in-game anti-semitic epithet one is left to ask … one would think the hammer of justice would fall upon the heads of bryant and sterling equally …

    even as we are all presumed to be equal

    perhaps it is all a matter of scale in proportion to wealth, in concert with scale of a pervasive and consuming outcry

    it would appear magic is in the present, front and centre in an effort to buy the los angeles clippers, leading to questions of his own motivation and integrity as the sterling controversy evolved

    bears are not the only scavengers it would seem

  20. numbcracker2109 - May 2, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    You’ll notice I never said Montreal didn’t deserve that game, they did. They did just enough to win, and it’s not like that last penalty call was a dive. Subban made the most of his chances and they won, and for once they did it pretty straight up,

    But a Bruins fan lamenting a chintzy late penalty call is the same as when a Bruin mugs a Canadien and nothing is called, it’s part of being a fan. And for once I don’t think there was any treachery afoot, just a ref who made a judgement call at a bad time.

    What’s julien supposed to do, cry foul after the first game? He’d be a real Todd McClellan if he did.

  21. ironyisadeadscene - May 2, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Price played great. Nuff said. On to game two.

    Side note: Why do people find something on twitter and then bring it here and apply the stereotype? If you don’t like something said on twitter, reply to whomever said it ON TWITTER. Don’t bring it here and cry about it.

  22. titansbro - May 2, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Price was pretty good but c’mon. If the Bs could hit the broad side of a barn the score would’ve wound up like 7-3

  23. mellard1121 - May 2, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    As a bruins fan I never really watched carey price or cared for him but after last night he earned my respect , what a start to the series its for sure going 7 if last night was any indication

  24. joey4id - May 2, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Bruins have a lot of positive to build on. If not for Price the Habs would have been blown out. Untimely penalties and giveaways led to a few goals being scored by the Habs. Montreal’s top line was a no show, and no one was worse than Vanek. No way Habs can play like they did and expect to keep the games close like they did last night. They sucked defensively.

    What doesn’t show up on the score sheet is how well the coaches did. Julien coached his team the way his usually does. Therrien had all sorts of combinations going almost from the get go, and all the way through to the last shift of the game. No doubt he knows his team very well, and he knew he had to shuffle the lines to keep the boys alert.

    The Bs should come out very hard during first ten minutes of game 2. It has to be nothing like we say in game 1.

  25. comeonnowguys - May 2, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Barring any fireworks from Ducks/Kings, this could far and away be the best series of the second round, no matter how many games it goes.

  26. eagles512 - May 2, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Please fix the problem of he video starting without clicking on it. Might sound dumb but every day that I go in to check while working, it starts playing and it’s loud even if I have it on mute.

  27. finfodder - May 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    For all of you who deny the diving, here is all the evidence you need

    • scalfor3 - May 2, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Oh, how original.

      You know you could make a 2.5 minute diving montage like this of ANY team in the league, right?

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