Fairly or unfairly, the Game 1 star and goat were easy to select after the Montreal Canadiens topped the Boston Bruins in overtime Thursday night. You can see the official NHL.com play-by-play transcript here.
Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban bookended the scoring in his squad’s 4-3 victory with a pair of power-play goals. Both of those man advantages resulted from a minor penalty to Bruins sophomore blueliner Matt Bartkowski.
The Habs have thus usurped home-ice advantage in the NHL’s 2014 Atlantic Division Final. Their chance to amplify that advantage will come in Saturday afternoon’s Game 2, roughly 37 hours after Subban’s sudden-death strike.
With another victory, Montreal can continue its playoff-long win streak and sculpt its second 2-0 lead in as many series on opposing ice. The Canadiens previously built on a Game 1 overtime triumph to sweep the higher-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning.
On the flip side, Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. ET matinee will be Boston’s chance to draw its second 1-1 knot in as many series. The Bruins won four straight last week after dropping a one-goal decision to Detroit at the start of their division semifinal.
Per the nature of an overtime, let alone a double-overtime affair, Game 1 yielded a mixed bag for both clubs. Here are three items for the Bruins and Canadiens to build on or improve upon going into Game 2.