It was the Carey Price and P.K. Subban show for the Montreal Canadiens as they take Game 1 from the Boston Bruins in their second round Eastern Conference playoff series.
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Maybe they were saying Suuuuuuuuuuban?
P.K. Subban heard the boos every time he touched the puck, and then he silenced them by scoring a pair of power play goals including the game-winner in double overtime to give Montreal its fifth straight postseason win and an early lead in its second round series against the Boston Bruins. It wasn't a perfect night by any stretch -- he took a penalty and accidentally screened his own goalie on Johnny Boychuk's game-tying goal late in the third period -- but he was probably the second-best player for Montreal. And who managed to outplay a guy that scored two goals, including the game-winner? The man that made it possible for Montreal to even get to overtime.
The Carey Price Show
Usually when a goalie gives up three goals in a game it's not that impressive of a game. But when you have to face 51 shots and your team only generates 33? Well, that's a pretty big deal, and Carey Price was fantastic in net for the Canadiens and is the biggest reason -- if not the only reason -- his team came out of Game 1 with a win. The Canadiens very nearly became the 11th team to lose a game this postseason in which they held a two-goal lead (they actually let two different leads get away in the third period) but it's hard to hold that against Price. He had little chance on two of the goals that were scored as he never really saw Reilly Smith's third-period goal and was screened on the aforementioned Boychuk goal that tied the game. Other than that? He was spectacular. One of his best saves came in the first period when he robbed Jarome Iginla with a sliding pad save on a power play.
Patrice Bergeron will still stop you, even without a stick
As far as Montreal-Boston games go this one was pretty tame at times when it came to the physical stuff, but the one exception was when Patrice Bergeron broke his stick on a one-timer attempt and then had to try to defend Rene Bourque, who appeared to be ready to charge up the ice on a breakaway. That's when Bergeron delivered a devastating open-ice hip check. Its legality was in question, but the on-ice officials deemed it a good play with no penalty.