BOSTON -- Be sure your seat-back tray tables are locked in the upright position, North Shore hockey fans.
This Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens Eastern Conference playoff series is going to be a bumpy ride.
That much was evident at in Game 1 at TD Garden Thrusday night, where the visiting Habs beat the B's 4-3 thanks to P.K. Subban's goal at 4:17 of the second overtime.
Boston and Montreal played hockey for almost 85 minutes and this was just the first game. The teams showed each other, and the crowd of 17,565, just about everything a playoff hockey game can have.
The Candiens grabbed a 1-0 series lead, largely due to the play of goaltender Carey Price (48 saves) and two goals from Subban.
Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday at 12:30, to be aired on NBC as the lead-up to the Kentucky Derby, and if it's anything like Game 1 it'll be edge-of-your-seat hockey most of the way.
"This is just game number one. You don’t get frustrated after one game. I didn’t mind the way our team played tonight. We had lots of chances," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Probably the only thing is, we got to find a way to bury those great opportunities that we had. That’s probably where there’s some regrets there, and burying those chances."
The Bruins played their best hockey after falling behind 2-0, peppering Price with 29 shots from the start of the third until the end of the game.
Every time it looked like Boston would take the lead, or win it overtime, Price was there.
"Some nights it just doesn't go your way. Honestly, part of it is we've got to give credit. They kept it out of their net. Price played a great game," said Bruins winger Jarome Iginla, who had a tip bid stopped by Price in the first overtime. The save came moment after he stopped David Krejci on a point-blank opportunity and was one of perhaps a dozen saves of the Grade-A variety.