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Game 2 preview; Bruins look to bounce back and earn a split in Boston

April 16, 2011

After a 2-0 loss to the Canadiens in Game 1, it seems safe to say that the Bruins weren’t ready for the playoffs. The lackluster effort in Game 1 suddenly makes Game 2 a must win. If the Bruins go down 0-2 into Game’s 3 and 4 in Montreal you can kiss the season goodbye.

The Habs took Game 1 behind two goals from Captain Brian Gionta and a 31-save shutout by Carey Price. Price didn’t have to make many challenging saves, if any, thanks to great team defense and poor shot selection by the Bruins. The Canadiens blocked 19 shots in the game and held the Bruins to five shots on goal in the final period. It was one of those games that looked like the Bruins wouldn’t have scored if they played six periods. The poor showing got many fans talking about lineup changes but Claude Julien will keep the same lineup in tonight.

Zdeno Chara was hospitalized last night due to dehydration but Julien seems confident that he’ll be able to play. Chara had been sick in the last week of the regular season but it’s unknown if he’s still sick or what. Chara is one of the best conditioned athletes in hockey so it’s doubtful that dehydration would come from anything other than sickness.

Just how important is tonight’s game? The Bruins are 0-26 in playoff series when dropping both of the first two games. The Bruins are just 10-32 in their history when dropping Game 1 but won last year’s series against the Sabres in six games after they lost the first game. The Bruins are also 5-1-0 this season following a shutout loss.

The game’s first goal will be huge. The Bruins are .714 when scoring first and Montreal is .727. When giving up the first goal the Bruins are .400 and the Habs are .316. Both teams are over .800 when leading after the first period. If the Bruins don’t get a lead early their playoff run could be over before it really began.

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