The Bruins lost to the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 4-3 in double overtime yesterday, going down 1-0 in the series. The game left me emotionally drained, and was more than a little concerning on a couple fronts.
First of all, the Bruins did not look like the team that won the President’s Trophy for the first two periods. Turnovers were made that aren’t usually made, and the penalty kill and defensive zone coverage wasn’t anything to boast about. The Bruins were unable to capitalize on several great chances, though that may be due to the excellent goaltending of Carey Price. Speaking of goaltending, the most concerning issue out of yesterday’s game was that Tuuka Rask did not look completely infallible as he normally does. His statistics weren’t great, and he gave up a couple goals that I would have thought should have been easy for him. Hopefully he can get his game together for the next game.
It was good to see the Bruins battle back from deficits twice, but not good to see them go into that position to begin with. The chemistry with the lines seemed solid, and they played well at the faceoff dot. Honestly, I think the Habs won the game largely due to a couple lucky breaks, timely penalization on the Bruins, and the stellar goaltending of Price. In the third period and (almost all of) the two overtime periods, it was all Boston; I could not believe how close they came to finishing the game, and the Habs survived because of dumb luck in a couple scenarios. It was pretty crushing to see Boston lose after they battled their ways back into the game, and applied so much pressure, only to be undone by Price.
PK Subban scored two goals, including the game winner. He’s a great player, but I (understandably) hated him in the game. Still, I am shocked and disgusted by what some Bruins “fans” posted on twitter, racially insulting him. We’re in 2014, and that still happens? It’s pretty damn sad. Hating him for his high level of playing is understandable, but stooping so low to attack him racially is unaccpetable. I hope these “fans” can figure that out and hold back from embarrasing Boston again in such a way.
Game 2 goes tomorrow at Boston, and I can’t wait for it. I hope the series turns out the same way as the Boston-Detroit series played out in Round 1, with Boston dropping the first game and roaring back to win the series with four straight wins. I’ll share my thoughts on the game as soon as I can! Go Bruins!