April 14, 2011

Krejci, B's know there's plenty of hockey left to be played

by Jesse Connolly

Bruins center David Krejci. (Getty)

BOSTON -- The Bruins likely envisioned many outcomes for Game 1 of their first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens, but getting blanked 2-0 on home ice certainly wasn't one of them.

As expected, disappointment was abound inside Boston's locker room following the frustrating setback.

"It sucks," center David Krejci said. "We lost the game. By tomorrow, we've got to forget about it. It’s going to be a long series and there’s still lots of hockey left."

Montreal tallied on the first shot of the contest, as Brian Gionta buried a feed from Scott Gomez to put the Canadiens ahead 1-0. It was all they would need, as Carey Price stopped all 31 shots he faced to earn the shutout.

"They played a really strong game today, especially down low in their zone," said Krejci. "They control the puck pretty well. The one thing is, once we get a shot, they were doing a good job blocking us out from the crease so we’ve got to get in front of him.

"And other than that the effort was, I think we were all over them in their zone, we've just got to get a goal. The goalie (Carey Price) played good today, so hopefully the next game will be a little different."

Boston outshot Montreal by a 3-to-1 margin in the second period, as they peppered Price with 18 shots. But, as was the case throughout the entire evening, the Bruins failed to take advantage of any of their chances.

"Obviously we were pressing for a goal," winger Nathan Horton said of the team's effort in the middle frame. "We wanted to get back in the game and we did have some chances in the second that we just didn’t capitalize on."

Unfortunately for the Black and Gold, those chances were few and far between in the final frame. The Canadiens limited the Bruins to just five shots on goal over the last 20 minutes of play, as Montreal's went into prevent-defense mode for most of the tilt.

"Well the one thing is we let them get a goal in the first five minutes, so that kind of cost us the game," said Krejci. "They kind of shut it down, it was hard to get through them. You got to learn from that for the next game, so like I said hopefully we’re a little bit better next game."

The Bruins, perhaps more than any team in the NHL, realize your ticket to the second round isn't officially punched until a fourth victory in the series is secured. While falling behind certainly stings, it's hardly time to start panicking.

"Obviously you want to get off to a good start and get that first game," Milan Lucic said. "It’s a big game. Statistics show that the team that wins that first game, the favor is to them. But like I said it’s four wins. You look back at last year, we learned a lot.

"You've got to turn the page because every game is a new day. So we've just got to get refocused and reenergized. Our focus is going on to Game 2 now."