“The difference was our net-front presence. It wasn’t there,” Patrice Bergeron said after the loss.
Carey Price stopped all 31 shots that went his way Thursday night, as the Bruins were blanked 2-0 by their fiercest rival.
“He’s a good goalie, yes, but we have to make sure we have traffic in front or he’s going to make those stops. That’s all. We need to make sure we do that.”
The Bruins dominated possession, holding the puck and attacking for the majority of the game. They out-shot Montreal 31-20, but most of them were right at Price requiring little or no effort to make the save.
“We just need to get more bodies in front of the net,” Brad Marchand said. “We do that, rebounds pop out and guys will be there to put it home.”
Bruins React To Their Game One Loss To Montreal
The Bruins now face a must-win Game two at the Garden Saturday night, or they head to Montreal in a 2-0 series hole.
“It’s no secret the Bell Centre was not an easy building for us to win in, especially this year,” Lucic said of the building the Bruins went 0-3 during the regular season. “It’s definitely a must win for us to try and get the split.”
“It happens, I don’t think anyone expected to sweep the series,” Marchand said. “They’re coming very hard, they were ready for the series. We have to make sure we push back next game.”
Much like last season’s collapse to the Flyers, the Bruins are ready to put Game one in the rear view mirror and move on.
“We can’t get too down,” Bergeron said. “It’s a long series. We knew it was going to be a grind and a good team we were playing against.”
“We just didn’t score a goal. I think we did a lot of good things, we just didn’t score a goal,” Captain Zdeno Chara said. “It’s one game. The next one’s obviously important.”