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Stanley Cup Playoffs: What You Need to Know, May 1

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Carey Price withstands a Bruins onslaught give the Canadiens a chance. (USATSI)
Carey Price withstands a Bruins onslaught in both overtimes. (USATSI)

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Every night during the playoffs, we will wrap up all the exciting action and tell you what you need to know about the 2013-14 Stanley Cup playoffs. Welcome to What You Need To Know.

Canadiens win 4-3 (2OT) | MTL lead series 1-0 | Game 2 Sat.

Boston Bruins: Save for the second period, the Bruins had a pretty dominant game, but it hardly matters without the win. They dominated possession in the game and at times were just overwhelming the Canadiens. They couldn't seem to figure out Carey Price in the first two periods, but got three goals in the third period to force overtime. Then it was the Price show again in OT The Bruins showed how dangerous they can be in desperation mode. It never felt like they were out of it and they proved it with their third period performance. They kept the pressure on throughout the two overtimes, but an early penalty to Matt Barkowski in the second overtime opened the door for the Habs and they took advantage.

Montreal Canadiens: For large stretches of this game, the Canadiens were outmatched. It didn't matter on the scoreboard however. Watching a 2-0 lead evaporate in the third period left the Habs unfazed. They came right back and took the lead. Another late tying goal from the Bruins didn't break their backs either. A lot of that was due to the brilliance of Carey Price in net. Montreal was outshot 51-33, but was able to get four goals past one of the league's best netminders and stingiest defenses. That is an absolutely huge win for the Habs. Can they count on being outshot every game and winning against the Bruins? No, but they showed they aren't going to back down from the Big Bad B's.

Play of the Game: P.K. Subban's rocket on the power play ended the game in the second overtime. The whole play was great from the faceoff win to Daniel Briere's brilliant touch-pass to Andrei Markov to Subban's finish. It was Subban's second goal of the game and gave the Canadiens a huge Game 1 win over the NHL's best team in the regular season.

Player of the Game: Carey Price really was sensational. Yeah, he let in three goals in the third period, but had he not played the way he did, Montreal doesn't even make it to overtime. Also, you have to give him credit for his response in overtime after giving up the lead in the third. The Bruins were pouring shots on the Habs net throughout the game. Price made 48 stops total, several of which were incredible. Even throughout overtime, he was making game-saving stops left and right including 14 in the first overtime. Price also got lucky a few times with a Carl Soderberg shot hitting the post and Brad Marchand accidentlally blocking a sure goal for the Bruins. Going head-to-head against Tuukka Rask, the pressure on Price is enormous. He delivered an incredible opening game performance that should give his team loads of confidence going against one of the league's best teams.

Turning Point: The Bruins finally solved Carey Price when Reilly Smith's crazy shot through the legs. Up to that point, it looked like Boston was going to need a miracle to beat the Canadiens goalie. That set up a rather thrilling third period. Torey Krug scored to tie the game a few minutes later and the Habs were able to regain the lead on Francis Bouillon's bullet shot. ThenJohnny Boychuk tied it again. If this game consisted of only the third period, any hockey fan would have walked away satisfied. It was a joy to watch and Smith's goal got it all started.

GIF of the Game: As you may know, Tuukka Rask can be a tad emotional, so this doesn't really register on the Rage Scale, but it's still a tad comical. After giving up the second goal to the Canadiens, Rask took his frustration out on his water bottle. He slammed it on the crossbar, breaking the lid off and rendering it useless for a goalie who often squirts water through his mask. RIP, water bottle. (via @PeteBlackburn)

 
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