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Blown lead doesn’t dampen the Canadiens’ spirits

May 4, 2014, 9:53 AM EDT

Thomas Vanek, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara AP

The Montreal Canadiens had a 3-1 lead midway through the third period yesterday and they proceeded to surrender four unanswered goals to the Bruins in a little less than eight minutes.

Obviously, that’s a tough way to lose, but Montreal was able to take a step back and appreciate that the situation is still in its favor.

“Winners regroup and realize the situation they’re in,” Canadiens goaltender Carey Price said, per “I thought we did an excellent job so far. We came and did what we wanted to do, split these two games (in Boston’s TD Garden). Now we’re going to move forward and take it to them on home ice.”

On top of that, the Canadiens don’t feel like they were outplayed, despite the result.

“After we made it 3-1, I thought we played well after that, but that one goal just kind of turned the momentum,” Thomas Vanek said, who scored twice for Montreal on Saturday.

It will be Montreal’s turn to defend its home turf on Tuesday (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

  1. vipod4ever - May 4, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    They had better win both in MTL. The Rask & co. play much better on the road.

  2. blackhawks2010 - May 4, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Habs did what they needed, they have now taken back home ice. Price will need to be outstanding to win the series.

    • rje49 - May 4, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      I find it strange for Price to say they “did what the wanted to do”. So after they won a game, they wanted to lose one? I would have thought they’d want to win every game. Just dumb sports cliches, huh?

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Indeed. The Red Wings also got a win in Boston. Two would have been better.

  3. groess - May 4, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Sure, they can spin it anyway they want but the fact remains, they had them dead to rights but let the Bruins back in it. It’s gotta sting a little, the B’s looked like a defeated team after that third goal and the Habs were going home up 2-0. Don’t tell me that’s not a big let down losing that game.
    …and don’t tell me that the Bruins haven’t been dominant in these two games, anybody that has watched can see that. Five on five, the ice looks tilted. If it weren’t for powerplays, it’d be 2-0 Boston.

    • kovodisc - May 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      It took Carey Price standing on his head, and the B’s to be at their WORST in terms of missing opportunities, for Montreal to get that win. B’s have owned 5-5 play.

      Would definitely be “big” if the B’s lost, but they have shown they can come back from an 0-2 deficit, and this team is deeper than any team they have had in recent memory.

  4. dboldave - May 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Sure Price has been outstanding but I’ve really been impressed with the Montreal defense. They almost always clear out rebounds and when Boston does manage to get to them, there are almost always sticks on sticks to give them no shot. Like others have said, they stole home ice away and splitting on the road in the playoffs is a win.

    • justinhbhb - May 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      Good call. Gorges is vastly underrated. Weaver is a great PK and Emelin has grown better too. I think Bealieau should be in for Bouillon in game 3..

    • micasa81 - May 4, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      I think that’s especially true of the second game. First game you could say that the Bruins missed a lot of chances they should have buried. Second game, even though the play was almost as tilted toward the Montreal end, Price got more help around his net from the D.

  5. nhstateline - May 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    What does the prevent defense prevent ? The team using it from winning. The Bruins were a mess from about the middle of the first until the middle of the third. Then a combination of them getting their act together and Montreal becoming focused on d to the point that they stopped attacking changed the game. It was a great win for the Bruins but it took both teams to make it happen, It will be interesting to see what happens moving forward if the same situation presents itself again. Im curious if the Habs will go into the same d first set again .

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      Indeed, there is but one sure way to protect a 3-1 lead: make it 4-1. And then…

  6. justinhbhb - May 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Good call by Carey Price. This was Montreal’s first loss in the playoffs. They needed to see what it takes to beat the Bruins. Lets be honest here… Half of the people in the eastern conference are tired of seeing Boston and Pittsburgh all the time lol. Gonna be a great series. Thinking Montreal in 7 as long as the Bourque/Eller/Gionta line isn’t -3 every game and Vanek continues to crap on Boston.

  7. charastein - May 4, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Bruins are going to bring it to them up in Montreal. Just like in 2011. Watch for Lucic and Iginla to have great games.

    And, of course, beware of #33 and the most monstrous slap shot in the game.

    “In Montreal, even the police can’t save you from the terror of CHARASTEIN.”

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