Friday, April 15, 2011

NHL Playoffs: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens, Game 1

After a Game 1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins were left thinking about what they did right and most importantly, what they did wrong.


Sloppy Play

Both goals were a result of sloppy play. Tomas Kaberle made a blind backhanded shot along the boards but no Bruins were close to handle it. The Canadiens charged in to pass to Scott Gomez, then to Brian Gionta to count the goal. Only one Bruin was near the net to help out.

The second and final goal of the game was as a result of sloppy puck handling of Milan Lucic where Gomez created the turnover and Gionta let fly a shot that Thomas could not get enough of.

No Loitering

The Bruins let fly 31 shots on Carey Price but the vast majority of them were perimeter shots. As I have stated before, a goalie of his caliber will stop these shots nearly 100 percent of the time. In this case, he did.

Full Game Play

The Bruins were not playing their game. It wasn't that the Habs were forcing them to not play their game. The first period as lackluster at best. They came out with some more life in the second and only played half of the third period.


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