Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 1: Carey Price, Brian Gionta Lead Montreal To 2-0 Victory

Carey Price pitched a shutout as the Montreal Canadiens stole home-ice from the Boston Bruins with a 2-0 win in Game 1.

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 1: Bad Blood Between Teams Doesn't Spill Into Playoff Matchup, Yet

The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens have had games in their regular season that epitomize the rivalry between these two teams. The fight and goal filled 8-6 game on February 9th and the Max Pacioretty incident one game later on March 8th highlighted the physicality of the season series. 

The two teams kept that to a minimum though in the first game of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup as a total of 14 penalty minutes were doled out between the two teams. No fights, no blatantly dirty hits, nothing controversial happened thus far in the series. 

These two teams have to play at least three more games against each other though and if the Canadiens keep frustrating the Bruins like they did on Thursday night, the frustration could boil over between the two teams. After all, that is one of the things that draws people to this series is the hatred between these two teams. 

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 1: Montreal Takes First Game On Backs Of Gionta And Price

Brian Gionta scored all of the goals and Carey Price made all of the saves to give the Montreal Canadiens a road win over the Boston Bruins. 

Gionta's first goal came at the 2:42 mark of the first period from a cross ice pass by Scott Gomez. Gionta happened to be relatively in front of the net and caught Boston's Tim Thomas out of position on the first goal. Gionta's second goal came late in the third period on pretty much the same play for Gionta, Gomez fed him a nice pass and he beat Tim Thomas. 

Carey Price found his playoff legs early, making 31 saves in the game for his third career playoff shutout. Price made some impressive saves in the game, including making 18 saves in the second period. Many Montreal fans gave him flack for his play in the playoffs last year and he was eventually replaced by Jaroslav Halak. This year, he becomes the hero. 

The Bruins and Canadiens will face off on Saturday night in what could very well be a must win game for the Bruins. For more information on this game, please visit our Bruins site, Stanley Cup of Chowder, and our Canadiens site, Habs Eyes On The Prize

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 1: Carey Price Stands On His Head To Keep Montreal Up 1-0 After Two

Brian Gionta scored the lone goal of this game in the first period so rehashing it would be overkill, but the story of the period and of this game is the fact that Carey Price has magically turned into 2010 Jaroslav Halak. 

Price has 26 saves thus far in the game, including 18 saves in the second period, and have kept the Canadiens in this game by pitching the shutout thus far in the series. The Bruins have been pouring on the shots in the second period, outshooting the Canadiens 18-6, and Carey Price has been standing on his head thus far. For the Bruins, Tim Thomas has 13 saves on 14 shots in the game and made all saves on all six shots he faced in the second period. 

Both teams have had ample powerplay chances in this game, with each team not being able to convert on their three chances. Each team had one in the second period, with the Canadiens' chance carrying over to the third period. 

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 1: Gionta Scores To Give Montreal 1-0 Lead After One

It took exactly 2:46 for the Canadiens and Bruins series to get started as Brian Gionta scored to give Montreal a 1-0 lead after the first period. 

Gionta took a cross ice pass from forward Scott Gomez that found Bruins' goaltender Tim Thomas out of position and Gionts found the back of the net. The Bruins have had a few chances in this game, most notably a Brad Marchand chance from the side of the net that Carey Price got back in time for. 

The Bruins and Canadiens are even in shots through the first period with eight shots a piece. Boston's Brad Marchand leads all players in the game with three shots in the period. Montreal's Carey Price is pitching the shutout in the first period, stopping all eight shots, while Tim Thomas has seven saves thus far in the period. 

These two teams have kept the physical play to the legal hitting with each team only taking two minor penalties each. With all of the history in the regular season series between the teams, expect something to happen at some point in the series. 

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Canadiens Vs. Bruins, Game 1: Highly Anticipated First Round Matchup Starts Thursday

It's been the most highly anticipated match up in this first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and on Thursday night, Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens kicks off at Boston's TD Garden. 

It's no secret that these teams absolutely despite each other, and it's possible that each fan base hates the other more than the players on the ice do. That makes for good banter, good theater and of course, strong ratings, but will it lead to a blood bath on the ice, as we saw more than once in the regular season between these teams?

The Bruins should hope not. On paper, they hold the edge over the Canadiens in just about every single department. Carey Price is a fine goaltender and is having a spectacular year, but is his year better than Vezina Trophy front runner Tim Thomas? Probably not. 

On defense, the Canadiens have experience, but do they have guys that can match with Zdeno Chara and Tomas Kaberle? Probably not. And up front, the Bruins have the secondary scoring needed to win in the playoffs. The one way Montreal can steal an edge in this series is with emotion -- by getting Boston off their game. 

Of course, that's not all that far fetched. This is Bruins vs. Canadiens we're talking about here. Anything can happen.

As mentioned, it's Price vs. Thomas in goal in Game 1 at TD Garden. For more on the game, check in with SBNation.com's continuing coverage of the series, as well as coverage from our blogs: Stanley Cup of Chowder and Habs Eyes On The Prize

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