After the 7-0 shellacking the Boston Bruins delivered the Montreal Canadiens under a month ago, Boston went into the opening round of the playoffs with the confidence they had gained still fresh in their minds.
That confidence has certainly been shaken after the opening game of the series at T.D. Banknorth Garden on Thursday evening. Montreal took it to Boston from the opening faceoff resulting in a 2-0 victory for the Canadiens.
Of course, it is not time for any knee-jerk reactions, but Boston's performance last night did not exactly satisfy the Beantown faithful.
The Bruins still have a very real shot of winning this series, but they have to make some adjustments.
David Krejci needs to find a way to get free of the Montreal defense, Patrice Bergeron needs more ice time, and the entire team needs a gut check.
It's now or never for the Boston Bruins.