Raycroft, Bruins blank Habs in Game 1
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"It was a team effort tonight," Gonchar said. "I'm not going to say it was just the two of us who won this game, but it helps."
Boston also got
"I was kind of fighting with the trainers and coaches to let me play," Thornton said. "But I'm glad I was in there to be part of the win tonight."
If that contest is anything like this one,
Nylander set his former teammate up with a drop pass at the point, where Gonchar retrieved the puck before beating Theodore stick-side with a wrister for his first postseason goal since 2001.
The pair combined for another goal with just 59 seconds remaining in the first period, with Nylander scoring on a backhand re-direct of Gonchar's point shot.
It was one of 23 shots the
"That might have been not only the best first period we've played all year, that might have been the best period we played all year," Boston head coach Mike Sullivan said. "I thought we came out with a lot of energy and made good decisions with the puck and I thought we played a real hard, smart period."
Raycroft was perfect in the second as well, turning aside eight shots as the
Knuble tallied his first career playoff goal on a tip-in from the goal mouth to make it 3-0 with just 1:36 to play. He nearly scored moments earlier when his sharp-angle shot through Theodore's legs skirted the goal line, but officials ruled against it.
"Our thinking caps didn't seem to be on as well as they should have," Montreal coach Claude Julien said.
Raycroft then made the lead stand with 14 saves in the third period, as the