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Subban scores OT winner for Canadiens Thursday

P.K. Subban
P.K. Subban
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According to TSN, Canadian Olympic gold medalist P.K. Subban of Toronto, Ontario scored the overtime winner on Thursday evening as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 in game one of the Atlantic Division final of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Subban scored the game winning goal at 4:17 of the second overtime. Andrei Markov and Daniel Briere recorded the assists. The goal came on the power play after Bruins rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski took a two minute minor penalty for holding.

It was Subban's second goal of the contest. He opened the scoring at 11:23 of the first period to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead. Markov and Tomas Plekanec had the assists. Subban's first goal of the hockey game was also on the power play, and Bartowski was also in the penalty box. This time the penalty was for tripping.

Another Canadian Olympic gold medalist was outstanding for the Canadiens on Thursday night. Goaltender Carey Price made 48 saves in the Montreal win.

Price and Subban were teammates for Team Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Price was a remarkable 5-0 in the Olympic hockey tournament, with two shutouts, a goals against average of 0.59 and a save percentage of .971.

In order for the Canadiens to have any chance to beat the Bruins they will need Price and Subban to be at their very best. On Thursday, Price and Subban were close to their very best.

Even though Subban scored twice, Hockey Night in Canada's Don Cherry has some words of wisdom for Subban, the reigning Norris Trophy winner. Cherry is objecting to Subban hip checking his opponents at the blueline. He does not think that type of check is very effective and can lead to an odd-man rush for your opponent if it is not successful.

Even though Price was stellar on Thursday, he got lucky on several shots as the Bruins just missed their opportunities. One of the chances came from Milan Lucic, who missed a wide open net.

Game two of the series will take place on Saturday. The game will start at 10:30 a.m. mountain time and can be seen on CBC in Canada and on NBC in the United States.

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