Stanley Cup Playoffs: Montreal Takes Strangle Hold

Matt EichelSenior Writer IApril 15, 2008

Carey Price couldn't have played better...seriously.

Price became the first rookie Montreal goalie to record a playoff shutout since Patrick Roy in 1986 as the Montreal Canadiens put the strangle hold on the Bruins in the best-of-seven series.

With 27 saves, Price put the Bruins on the brink, seemingly almost by himself.  Only allowing 5 goals through the 4 games he's played, Price has far and above outperformed his regular season self thus far in the playoffs.

Patrice Brisebois notched his ninth career playoff goal and third point of this post season with under a minute left in the 2nd period.  That is all the Canadiens needed as they gave the Bruins a taste of their own medicine.  The Habs shut down the Bruins offense by controlling the neutral zone, dumping the puck in and rushing.

Ryan O'Byrne got a taste of post season play as he logged 9:30 of ice time.  Andrei Markov led all Canadiens with 26:24 in ice time while Zdeno Chara led all Bruins with 23:58 of ice time.

Tim Thomas was again stellar as he stopped 27 of the 28 shots sent his way.  He was the game's second star.

Montreal now will get a day to rest and get prepare to boot the Bruins out of the post season with a win at home on Thursday.  The game starts at 7 PM ET and can be seen on CBC and RDS.