Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price was a perfect 31 for 31 in save opportunities in the Habs 2-0 win over Boston.
31 Boston Bruin shots, 31 Montreal Canadiens saves.
Just three minutes into the game, Habs forward Brian Gionta put Montreal up 1-0, and with three minutes left iced the contest to give the Canadiens home ice advantage and a 1-0 lead in the series.
Time and again, the Habs blew opportunities to extend their lead, missing open nets and going zero for four in the power play department.
Throughout the season against the Bruins, six games in total, the Habs scored nine power play goals in 28 chances, on Thursday, they were blanked.
Price however, was brilliant. He was calm, cool, collected, and looked like he was two steps ahead of the game, never flinching even as the Bruins put immense pressure as they got desperate to get something, anything going to bring the raucous crowd to its feet.
In the end, Price was perfect, Gionta clutch, and the Canadiens did exactly what they had to do: steal a game on the road against their hated rivals.
Game two of the series is Saturday night once again in Boston, where the Canadiens will be looking to steal a second game before heading home for games three and four.