Playoff Game of the Night

2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Game 1: Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins @ TD Garden
2-0 Final; Montreal leads the series 1-0

What's better than a great rivalry during the post-season? As if intense hockey wasn't already played between these two teams, this past season has added a lot of fuel for the post-season's drama/intensity. The NHL's top goaltenders are squaring up against each other so who knows what these two completely different teams will whip up!

The Canadiens were the first to strike and get on the board at just 2:44 of the opening period! Sticking to their style of play, Brian Gionta came down the wing and behind the net to secure his position ahead of the Boston cheque and on the right wing. Gionta got the feed from Scott Gomez and taps the pass into the net, past Tim Thomas

Despite having the bigger bodies and the bigger collective weight, the Bruins haven't appeared to be using their size against Montreal. There hasn't been much traffic in front of Carey Price and even the smaller sized Habs have played more body than Boston! But it's not like they haven't had their chances. Boston has had more shots on goal and the better chances, but Carey Price has been up to par to stop them all half-way through the game. I don't know if it's the fact that they want to take less penalties or something, but this game isn't look to great for the not-so-physical Bs. Just because you are advised not to take so many penalties doesn't mean that you stop playing physical.

Then at the 6:35 mark, the sleeping bear woke up. For nearly four minutes the puck play was made all in the Montreal defensive zone while Boston had chance upon scoring chance to level the score. It was a shooting gallery for the home team! But embodying the epitome of cool, Price stoned every shot he faced. By the end of the middle period, Boston had tripled the Montreal shot total of the period (18-6).

Despite the never-ending effort from the home team, Gionta tallies his second of the night with another snapper with just over three minutes left up on the clock. A little cute back-door dish from Gomez set Captain Gio up. Gio's shot bit some of Tim Thomas, but Timmy didn't get enough on it as it fluttered into his net.

And that is how we win.

3 stars:
(1) Carey Price
(2) Brian Gionta
(3) Scott Gomez

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