WILMINGTON -- The Bruins held practice Friday, a day after dropping the opener in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to the Canadiens. Though the team was unable to get a puck past Habs netminder Carey Price in the 2-0 loss, the players expressed little concern over falling behind. 

"It's fine. We're good. It's one game," forward Shawn Thornton said. "We're aware that it's a long series, and we know we can be better, so we're going to be better tomorrow."

Former Bruins enforcer and CBC hockey analyst P.J. Stock, in an interview on the Dennis & Callahan Show, said that the Bruins need to become more physical if they hope to recover from their Game 1 setback at the hands of the Canadiens. Stock suggested that the Bruins adapted to Montreal's less-physical style of play, rather than taking the initiative and disrupting the Habs.

Bruins center David Krejci expressed frustration with both the officiating and Canadiens' defenseman P.K. Subban following the Bruins' 2-0 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Krejci was sent off in the first period for hooking Subban, while he felt the refs missed a similar call in which he went down in the second period.

First goal wins. That was the name of the game Thursday.  



Brian Gionta scored his first of two goals less than three minutes into the game and Carey Price stopped all 31 shots for his third career playoff shutout as the Canadiens captured the opening game of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, 2-0, Thursday night at TD Garden. Price - shelled for five goals in 44 minutes in Boston's 7-0 win March 24 - has recorded all three of his playoff shutouts against the Bruins. 

While the Bruins prepare for Game 1 against the Canadiens Thursday, center Marc Savard remains at home in Peterborough, Ontario, as he attempts to recover from post-concussion syndrome for the second consecutive season. Savard played in just 25 games this season before a routine hit from Matt Hunwickleft him in such bad shape that the team had to shut him down for the remainder of the season and playoffs. He reportedly has experienced memory loss, among other symptoms. While the B’s are focused on the Canadiens, they haven’t forgotten about their star center.

WILMINGTON -- Tim Thomas is charged with the tall task of playing just as well in the playoffs as he did in the regular season. Given that he set the NHL save percentage record at .938 this season, all eyes will be on the Boston netminder to see how far he can bring the B's.



WILMINGTON  -- Bruins coach Claude Julien spoke Wednesday about what his team must do to find success against the Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. Among the things touched on was the play of special teams, an area in which the Habs have excelled and the B's have struggled of late. 

"This is a team that we're playing that played good on the power play," Julien said. "They've had success, and we've got to stay out of the box as best we can."

The Bruins seem to be the popular pick to win their first-round series against the Canadiens, which is set to begin Thursday night at TD Garden. On paper, one could see why the B’s might hold the advantage. While the Habs held the 2-4-0 advantage in the season series, many are tossing that mark aside. After all, it came in the regular season, and this is the playoffs. 



The Devils won the NHL draft lottery Tuesday night, meaning they got to move up the maximum four spots from No. 8 to the fourth overall pick. Given that the team that won the lottery was already picking ahead of the Bruins, the B's, who have Toronto's first-round pick from the Phil Kessel deal, will remain at ninth overall.