The Boston Bruins were the best team in the NHL this season. It is hard to argue with that. They had the most points, and their plus-84 goal differential was almost 30 more than anybody else, and 42 more than any other Eastern Conference team. They easily handled the Detroit Red Wings in round one, and then they got a matchup with the Montreal Canadiens in round two. Well, sports are unpredictable, and the Canadiens have eliminated the Bruins in seven games.
This is a surprise, but not a huge one. Anything can happen in a seven game series, within the parameters of the laws of time and space, at least. The Habs looked good in round one as they swept the Lightning. I expected a low scoring series, but we didn't quite get that. Both goalies, who are excellent, played well, but the offenses were up to the task too. And P.K. Subban, who is awesome.
Boston got up three games to two, but was unable to close out Montreal. They ended up losing game seven at home by a score of 3-1. Carey Price came up big, as he did all series more or less. He's boosted his save percentage up to .926. Of course, Tuukka Rask finishes his postseason at .928, so it's not like he was a problem here.
The Canadiens aren't as good as the Bruins, but they are the ones that move on. Boston will be disappointed, because this team was so good, and they couldn't even make it to the Conference Finals. Montreal now faces the New York Rangers. The winner moves on to their first Stanley Cup Final in many years. It's an exciting matchup, one nobody will count the Habs out in. Not with their goaltending and guys like Subban and Max Pacioretty, who bounced back against Boston, around. Maybe Montreal will finally add yet another Cup to their gaudy total.