This game is how I expected the Bruins to start their 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff run. The game recap shows all the reasons why they won the first game in 2004 and lost games 1 and 2 this year. The B’s had 2 power play goals (including the game’s first goal just 5 minutes in), and killed all 4 of Montreal’s power plays. They dominated the first period, out shooting the Habs 23-9.
The Bruins not only won games 1 and 2 in 2004, they split the games in Montreal and took a 3-1 series lead back to Boston. I also went to game 5, expecting to see my B’s take the series against the “Hated Habs”, but the Canadiens had different plans.
Montreal won games 5, 6, and in game 7, they shutout the Bruins in Boston.
My point is this: The Canadiens won that series in 2004 because they wanted it more. They were trailing 3 games to 1 with two more games to play in Boston, but they turned it around and won three games in a row.
I have seen the B’s win two playoff games in a row in Montreal twice (part of sweeps in 1992 and 2009). I also watched the Bruins win games 1 and 2 on the road in New Jersey in 1994, and then lose 4 straight.
Now, it’s the Bruins turn.
Score first, no huge turnovers, and good special teams. Go B’s.