2011 NHL Playoffs: Montreal Canadiens Take Early 2-0 Lead over Boston Bruins

Mark RitterSenior Writer IApril 16, 2011

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14:  Brian Gionta #21 of the Montreal Canadiens is congratulated by teammates Roman Hamrlik #44,Scott Gomez #11,Mathieu Darche #52 and James Wisniewski #20 after Gionta scored the second goal of the game in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 14, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 2-0.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Heading into Game 2 of this year's playoff series between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, it was thought that the Bruins would have to be much better than they were in their 2-0 loss to the Canadiens in Game 1.

Not only did the Canadiens beat the Bruins on the score sheet in Game 1, they also beat the Bruins in the mental department—turning the other cheek at every opportunity, never allowing the Bruins to flex their muscle or goad the undersized Canadiens into a fight.

They say brawn is often outmuscled by brains—the Habs game win was a perfect example of just that.

For the Bruins to be successful this evening, they would have to hit more, score more, stay out of the penalty box and beat Carey Price—all without the benefit of Zdeno Chara who was a game time scratch due to dehydration.

Fast forward to tonight's tilt and you'll find the Bruins are quickly running out of life as the Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri opened the scoring less than a minute into the game, followed by another Habs goal at the 02:20 mark of the first period when Mathieu Darche deposited a nice wrist shot past Bruins netminder Tim Thomas. 

With the Bruins clearly in trouble, it will be interesting to see if they can find a way to beat Carey Price—clearly the Habs have all the momentum right now, that said, there is still a lot of hockey to play.