BOSTON — Two Bruins mistakes, and a lot of Montreal saves and blocked shots, could equal just one thing — a Canadiens win.
Montreal capitalized on an early Tomas Kaberle miscue and then sat back and waited until the Bruins made a second gaffe in the third period to grind their way to a 2-0 win in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series tonight at TD Garden.
Game 2 is Saturday night at the same venue.
Kaberle tried rimming the puck up the wall on his backhand to Dennis Seidenberg but put too much mustard on it. Scott Gomez intercepted it and set up Brian Gionta’s goal just 2:44 into the game for the 1-0 lead.
Gomez forced a Milan Lucic turnover that ended in Gionta’s second goal with 3:18 left in the third.
“I thought we had a pretty decent first game. I mean we did a lot of good things, we did some things that we should stay away from, but I really like the way we respond when we get scored on,” said captain Zdeno Chara. “We kept going, we kept pushing forward. So that was obviously a good sign.”
Here’s a glance at the rest of the box score:
•The best way to describe Carey Price’s night in net was solid. He made 31 saves and was rarely screened on Boston’s shots.
•Aiding Price were the 19 blocked shots by the Habs, led by James Wisniewski and Brent Sopel with four apiece.
•Brad Marchand led the Bruins with six shots on net. Chara was second with five and also had five shots blocked.
•Somehow Kaberle didn’t manage a shot on goal and was minus-2. Seidenberg was also a minus-2. Both players have to pick up their play in order to shut down the Gomez line or this will be a short series.