Carey Price won his duel with Tim Thomas yesterday and allowed the Canadiens to win Game 1 of this first-round series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.
Price made the difference as he stopped a total of 31 shots on goal while his opponent, Thomas, allowed a goal on the very first shot of the game.
With two goals, Brian Gionta was the offensive star in this one. The team captain scored his first goal of the game early in the contest after a turnover from defenseman Tomas Kaberle. Scott Gomez brilliantly threw the loose puck across the ice to Gionta for the goal.
Gionta scored his second goal with less than four minutes to play in the third period. His slap shot, coming from the wing, found a hole under Thomas' right arm to trickle in the net—a very bad goal to allow when your team is trying to tie the game.
Scott Gomez also printed his name twice on the score sheet with two assists. Before the start of the series, Gomez committed himself to a better offensive production and delivered during Game 1.
Final score: Montreal Canadiens 2, Boston Bruins 0 (Montreal leads the series by 1-0).
(Picture: Carey Price stops Brad Marchand, Getty Images.)