Going into Game 7, the Bruins hoped that they could leave the sloppy play they experienced in Montreal behind them and move forward with a clean slate.
Unfortunately, it looks like some of the carelessness snuck its way through customs at the Canadian border.
The Bruins came out in Game 7 looking somewhat unprepared for the task at hand. And for the second straight game in this series, they fell behind 1-0 less than 2:20 into the first period.
In Game 6, it was a bounce off of Kevan Miller that gave Lars Eller an open net to make it 1-0. This time, a poor decision by Gregory Campbell to leave the front and hit Brandon Prust, while Matt Bartkowski appeared to forget where he was, leaving Dale Weise all alone in front of the net for an easy redirection from Daniel Briere for the first goal of the game.
The Bruins werenít getting any help from the zebras either: Brad Marchand was called for goaltender interference after he was clearly pushing into Carey Price by Andrei Markov. The home team also got a no-call when Reilly Smith was upended by Josh Gorges in front of the Montreal net, much to the dismay of the Garden Faithful.
The Bruins appeared the shake off the poor start later in the first and ended the period leading the Canadiens in shots 9-6. Bís fans can only hope that the team got all of their jitters out early in the first and will return to the strong, physical, puck-controlling team that finished the regular season with the most wins in the NHL.