One of the greatest rivalries in all of sports dropped the puck yet again on Thursday night as the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens began their Eastern Conference Semifinal showdown inside the TD Garden. While the game looked to be leaning in the Canadiens’ favor, Boston refused to go quietly and we needed a fifth period to decide things in Game 1.
The Habs picked up goals from P.K. Subban in the first period, Rene Bourque in the second and seemed to put things away in third when Francis Bouillon scored. But the Bruins didn’t lay down arms and answered Habs 2-0 lead in the second period with a Reilly Smith goal that snuck past Carey Price. After that, Torey Krug tied things up and the best goal at that point in the night was had by Johnny Boychuk who fired in a slapshot that ricocheted past Price and sent the game to overtime.
After neither team could score in the first overtime, P.K. Subban scored his second goal of the game to give the Habs a 4-3 Game 1 win and a 1-0 series lead.
This series is far from over and while the Habs swept their way past the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first-round, the Bruins are clearly putting up more of a fight and things may end up going a full seven before this thing is decided.