PK Subban’s two powerplay goals gave the Montreal Canadians an incredible 4-3 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins in game one of their conference semi final clash Wednesday night.
It took until early in the second overtime period for PK Subban to break the deadlock with a tremendous slap shot that flew by Bruins goaltender Tukka Rask.
Subban's strike completed what has been, in my opinion, the best playoff game so far in 2014.
There were plenty of goals, stunning saves and bone-crushing hits. There was end to end action and very few penalties.
The Montreal Canadians took a two goal lead into the third period through goals from PK Subban and Rene Bourque.
But Reilly Smith responded with an early goal in the third that woke up the Boston Bruins and their fans and Torrey Krug scored shortly after to tie the game.
At this point it looked as if the Boston Bruins had finally found their rhythm and it was only a matter of time until they scored some quick goals to get the win.
But the Montreal Canadians did a wonderful job keeping their composure and matching the physical play of the Bruins without retaliating.
PK Subban and Brandon Prust did not engage the cheap shots from Milan Lucic or Brad Marchand at all.They skated away and got their revenge on the score board.
The Canadiens' discipline was one of the key reasons the Habs came away with the win.
Carey Price was the other huge reason the Canadians ended the night on top.
Price had an outstanding game stopping 48 shots and practically stood on his head to get his team this critical road victory. Price was able to outlast Bruins goaltender Tukka Rask who made 29 saves on the night to keep his team in the game.
Undoubtedly, this was one of the best old school style hockey games in recent memory with the atmosphere and intensity reminiscent of a game seven final series match up.
A total of 101 hits were thrown by the conclusion of this game with both these teams using the points very well throughout the game.
After such a stunning game it is impossible to predict who will win out in the series but, in my opinion, it is heading for a game seven.
Game two is set for Saturday afternoon in Boston and both teams will be aware of what they have to do to achieve victory..
If Boston hopes to tie the series at home, they must get more traffic in front of Carey Price. If Montreal has any hope of stealing another win, they must remain composed and not get into any needless fights with the Boston Bruins.
I can’t wait to see which goaltender will put on a show in game two of this series.
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