Montreal Canadiens: One Down, Fifteen to Go

Francois GendronSenior Writer IApril 11, 2008

The Montreal Canadiens began their quest for the Stanley Cup, yesterday, as the first game of the first round series with the Boston Bruins started at the Bell centre.

The Bell centre was filled to capacity and the fans were not disappointed by the home team. The Canadiens exploded out of the gates, bringing the loud roar from the crowd.

With just over two minutes of play, Sergei Kostitsyn and his brother Andrei Kostitsyn each scored a goal.

The Canadiens played a very solid game allowing only one goal to Boston. Shane Hnidy deflected a shot from the blue line to bring the Bruins within a single goal, but that's about all the Bruins could do during this game.

The Canadiens dominated the Bruins physically. Some very good body-checks were distributed by the home team. Zdeno Chara was often targeted by the Canadiens players. Bryan Smolinski and Tom Kostopoulos completed the score for Montreal.

In net, Carey Price had his first playoff experience in his career and was never seriously tested.

At the other end of the ice, Tim Thomas had plenty of work in front of the Bruins net. The four Montreal goals were scored between Thomas' pads...

Final score: Montreal Canadiens 4-Boston Bruins 1 (Montreal leads the series by 1-0)

Game two of the series will be played Saturday evening.

Other first round scores:

Pittsburgh Penguins 4-Ottawa Senators 0 (Pittsburgh leads by 1-0)

New York Rangers 4-New Jersey Devils 1 (New York leads by 1-0)

Detroit Red Wings 3-Nashville Predators 1 (Detroit leads by 1-0)

Calgary Flames 3-San Jose Sharks 2
San Jose Sharks 2-Calgary Flames 0 (This series is tied at 1-1)

Colorado Avalanche 3-Minnesota Wild 2 (Colorado leads by 1-0)

Dallas Stars 4-Anaheim Ducks 0 (Dallas leads by 1-0)