Even as the
"That's our measuring stick," forward
Pacioretty scored the winner, and
It's just the second time since winning their NHL-best 24th
"You have an opportunity to get one step closer to the Stanley Cup," said Montreal defenseman
"Carey Price was outstanding. Gave them a chance to win every night," Bruins coach Claude Julien said of the goalie who backstopped Canada to Olympic gold in February. "You play the way he did, it gives his team a lot of confidence and one of the keys to their success."
The Canadiens scored just 2:18 into the game to quiet the Boston crowd and then made it 2-0 midway through the second period.
"We just beat the best team in the league," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. "Down 3-2 and (we) showed a lot of character, a lot of passion. To win a series in Boston, it is a tough place for people to come and play here."
Rask said it was especially difficult to follow up a successful regular season with a playoff dud.
"Especially when you think you have a great team," he said. "We had a decent first series but this just shows that winning the regular season doesn't mean anything."
In front of boisterous crowds on both sides of the border, the Canadiens won the 34th playoff series between the two clubs — the ninth that went the seven-game distance. But after finishing the regular season with an NHL-best 117 points, home-ice advantage meant little to the Bruins.
The crowd was stunned in the opening minutes when Briere dug a pass out of the left corner and centered to Weise, who redirected it past Rask. The Canadiens made it 2-0 midway through the second period when
Boston made it a one-goal game when Torey Krug's wrist shot was deflected into the net by Iginla with just 2:02 left in the second period. But despite outshooting Montreal 21-12 over the final 40 minutes, the Bruins were not able to tie it up.