Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens - 5/3/14
Montreal Canadiens (46-28-8) at Boston Bruins (54-19-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -196 / Montreal Canadiens +178 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Bruins look to draw even in their series with Montreal after the visitors stole home ice advantage with a double overtime win on Thursday night.
The Canadiens moved to a perfect 5-0 in these playoffs with a double overtime victory off the stick of PK Subban whose second marker of the game gave the Habs a 1-0 series lead and home ice advantage heading into game two. Montreal swept away the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round and kept their mark unblemished thanks to a ridiculous outing from Carey Price who solidified himself as one of the game’s best and made a statement to the hockey world that he should have been nominated for the Vezina. Montreal was badly outplayed during portions of their win and did blow a 2-0 lead in the third period but showed a ton of maturity and resolve by battling back and silencing the raucous TD Garden with a rocket from the point on the power play. The goal triggered a ton of off ice scrutiny as Boston fans were racially aggressive towards Subban which led to a statement from both organizations and unfortunately leaves a sour mark on the Boston reputation and could very well serve as added motivation for Subban and the Habs who look like they’re hitting stride.
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The Bruins are a very deep team and have the wherewithal to rebound from a tough loss and while the B’s were all over the Habs in the third period and for the majority of both overtime periods it was Montreal who generated momentum with a fast start. Boston needs to come out of the gates quickly and feed off of the energy from the crowd and not allow Price to get into a groove but at this moment it doesn’t look as though anything will slow him down as he is playing ridiculously well. The Bruins are heavy favourites once again and for good cause as they really can’t afford to go down 2-0 heading back to Montreal and even though they dropped the series opener to the Red Wings they rebounded nicely with four straight wins and put any doubt to rest with a strong effort. However, the Canadiens are not the Red Wings and they will be very tough to take down especially with their team speed and if they can get in behind the Bruins defenders and exploit the mismatch in the neutral zone than the Habs have a very good shot at winning back to back here. Either way, and while this may seem like a foregone conclusion despite the number of goals scored in game one I think we see a very tight, low scoring game here. The teams played four and half periods in their series opener and now have to play a 12:30 PM EST contest and to me this screams like a sluggish, defense first type contest. Take the under.