Saturday April 16, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
Carey Price continued to silence his critics, (are their actually any left?) stopping 31 shots on his way to his 3rd playoff shutout, all against the Bruins.
Although Price was spectacular, especially in the second period, the Habs defence did a great job of collapsing to the net and forcing the Bruins to the outside. This allowed Price to see almost every shot that came his way.
Look for a much more angry and determined Bruins team tonight. Players like Lucic and Marchand are going to be playing dirty, trying to get the Habs off their game, and veterans like Chara and Recchi will keep their teammates focused on the task at hand.
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
- Max Pacioretty (Broken Neck)
- Alex Picard (Foot)
- Jeff Halpern
- Marc Savard
Keys to the Game
Gomez and Gionta are awake, now it’s Plekanec and Cammalleri’s turn. All 4 of these guys played great games on Thursday, but I expect Boston’s defense to tighten up on the G & G line, creating an opening for Plekanec and Cammalleri.
Subban played one of his best games of the year on Thursday. He played the role of “shutdown defender” and played it well. With 27:07 of ice time, in a game as important as this one, I think it’s safe to say, “This kid is a star, and he has arrived!”
Montreal 4 – Boston 3