BOSTON -- The Bruins once again couldn’t generate enough scoring chances in this playoff series in Saturday's Game 2. When they did get chances, they were denied by Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who was brilliant again as the Habs beat Boston, 3-1. They take a commanding 2-0 series lead back home to the Bell Centre for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Thursday in Montreal.
Mike Cammalleri had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens and Yannick Weber and Mathieu Darche also lit the lamp, while Patrice Bergeron scored the lone goal for the Bruins. Tim Thomas made 23 saves for the Bruins.
Where was the consistent compete level? Down 1-0 in the series, the Bruins promised 60 minutes of hard work and intensity in Game 2. But with the exception of the first 10 minutes in the second period, the Bruins looked like the dull team that showed up in Game 1. They weren’t horrible, but they did not have the consistent compete level needed in the playoffs. The Habs, on the other hand, came out immediately and dictated their game, leading to a goal 43 seconds into regulation and a 2-0 lead 2:20 into the game. The Bruins looked like they might pick it up after Patrice Bergeron scored at 7:38 of the second period, but they couldn’t maintain the momentum and then allowed another Montreal goal when Yannick Weber scored at 17:21 in the second.
Power failure again -- The power play continued to be the Bruins Achilles’ Heel, as they went 0-for-4 in Game 2 after going 0-for-3 in Game 1. The Habs, meanwhile, were 1-for-3.
Playoff scoring drought ends -- Patrice Bergeron became the first Bruin to score on Carey Price in this series when he scored a goal at 7:38 of the second period. The goal snapped a shutout streak of 94:12 for Price. Bergeron also became the first Bruin to score a playoff goal since Milan Lucic scored in the first period of Game 7 against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Flyers' 4-3 series clinching win last May.
More traffic but lanes still clogged -- The Bruins, as promised, did a better job of creating traffic in front of Montreal goalie Carey Price, but the problem was a lot of their shots weren’t getting through. Once again, the Habs did a great job at blocking shots, with 27 blocked shots in Game 2. Former days Hal Gill was booed a lot in his final days in Boston, but the Massachusetts native has found a nice niche as a shot-blocking shutdown defenseman. Gill blocked a game-high five shots in Game 2 as he and his teammates made it very difficult for the Bruins to get pucks to the net.
Price continues to get job done -- While his teammates did a great job of limiting chances and blocking shots in front of him, Carey Price still got the job done when the pucks did get through and made some nice saves to help preserve the win. Price made 34 saves and appears to be in the heads of the Bruins when they get chances down low.
Chara can’t play -- After spending time in the hospital for dehydration Friday night, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara missed the morning skate but was expected to play Saturday night. Instead, the big blueliner tried to give it a whirl in the pregame warmups but couldn’t play. Shane Hnidy took his spot in the lineup. The Bruins definitely missed their captain and his Norris Trophy-like play, as they looked tentative in their own end. Johnny Boychuk, Chara’s defensive partner in recent games, looked lost without Chara and made two costly turnovers that led to Canadiens goals.
Line changes coming? With the exception of the Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi line, the Bruins are having a lot of trouble generating good scoring chances; the other three lines don’t seem to be clicking. Chris Kelly seems lost between Rich Peverley and Michael Ryder, and considering he is a strong defensive player like Gregory Campbell but doesn’t score as much, might a switch of him and Campbell be in order? It would bring more flair to the third line, and Kelly could fit in well with his defensive skills on that fourth line. Claude Julien might be mixing and matching lines in his dreams the next two nights as he tries to get his team going. Don’t rule out Tyler Seguin getting a shot in Game 3, either.
Scary stat -- The Bruins have not won at the Bell Centre since a Sept. 22 preseason game.