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Now this is an original six matchup made in heaven. In fact, they are divisional rivals. I think this will be fun to watch. Well, let's find out who'll win.
In the first game it was Tuuka Rask versus Carey Price in net for Boston and Montreal respectively. Both Rask and Price played very well in this game, but the Montreal offense was relentless. The Canadiens won 3-1 in Boston no less. All key players seemed to be playing in this game (except Tim Thomas of course). To be fair, Marc Savard was not playing, but he may be forced to retire.
In the second match it was Price versus Thomas. Now that is an excellent matchup as Thomas had returned to Vezina form. However, the Canadiens still won the game 4-3. This time it was in Montreal. Again no major players missing, in fact Savard played in this game and had a goal and an assist.
In the third match it was Price versus Thomas in Montreal again. This time both goaltenders were scintillating. In fact Thomas may have played better as he faced 42 shots and only let in three goals! However, the final score was 3-2. Thus wasting an outstanding performance by Tim Thomas. Again Savard played, but this time he got nothing!
In the fourth match between these two, it was between Thomas and Price again. This time in Boston. I have no idea why neither goaltender was replaced in this game as they were just terrible. The final score was 8-6 in favour of Boston! Why did they leave them in so long? Savard did not play in this game as he had suffered the Matt Cooke concussion by then. As a result, he would not be able to play again for the season (possibly forever).
The fifth matchup was in Montreal. The Bruins sent Rask out to face Price this time. It was a terrible idea. He was awful as Montreal scored four goals on 29 shots! Of course Savard was not playing, and Price was amazing, saving 30 of 31 shots.
The sixth and final matchup was set in Boston. Here the Canadiens started Price and then had to switch to Auld. The Bruins smoked Price like a Cuban Cigar as he gave up 5 goals! His save percentage was terrible, as was Auld's. Thomas on the other hand got the shutout 7-0.
So who do I like? I like Montreal. I think the Bruins played better in the final game. Boston needs to send out Tim Thomas and hope he and Zdeno Chara can be ex factors in these games. Montreal's ex factor is going to have to be Price and Brian Gionta who scored in every game except of course the one the Canadiens were shutout in.