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Canadiens, Bruins start second round of playoffs just like first round

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The Stanley Cup playoffs kicked off its second round on May 1. However, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins were virtually trapped in a repeat of how they started the playoffs. For the second straight time, the Canadiens needed overtime to finish a Game 1 -- and for the second straight time, the Bruins were upset at home in a Game 1.

The Canadiens and Bruins went to double overtime before Montreal finally finished things with a 4-3 victory. P.K. Subban closed Boston out seven seconds after Montreal started a power play, erasing a third period where the Bruins erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficit.

Carey Price had to stand on his head for much of this long Game 1, finishing with 48 saves. Tuukka Rask only had to face 33 shots, but was less effective anyway. Subban and Rene Bourque put him and the Bruins in a 2-0 hole in the first and second period, before Reilly Smith and Torey Krug drew them even with two goals within four minutes.

The Canadiens bounced back with a tally from Francis Bouillon, yet the Bruins came back once more with two minutes to spare thanks to Johnny Boychuk. It forced an overtime where Boston peppered 15 shots on Price, yet he and Montreal stood tall until Subban put them over the top.

Although the Canadiens were the first team to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, they could have had a much harder time without an overtime win in Game 1 over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Thanks to that close win, the rest of that series was a blowout in Montreal's favor, as it won twice on the road before finishing Tampa Bay at home. Now that the Canadiens have another Game 1 overtime win over a home favorite, they hope the same formula will repeat itself.

On the other hand, the Bruins are right where they may want to be as well. When it was stunned by the Detroit Red Wings at home in its first Game 1, Boston woke right up and won four straight. The Bruins hope their winning formula can repeat itself, but the Canadiens are not the heavy underdogs that the Red Wings were.

Will the Canadiens steal a two-game lead on the road again, or will the Bruins restore order at home again? Game 2 will keep at least one pattern going on May 3.



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