BOSTON - Defenseman Zdeno Chara was a late scratch for Game 2. The Bruins captain spent Friday night at Massachusetts General Hospital, but went through pregame warmups before being ruled out for the match.
"He deserves so much credit for what he did tonight, coming to the rink and going out there for a warm up. He came off the ice and he was sweaty, he was dizzy and there was no way in the world that we could have used him tonight. Absolutely no way. The doctors told us the same thing. Certainly he did the best he could to even try."
The absence of the team's leading intimidator was apparent.
"Yeah, I mean he's our captain, but at the same time we all need to step up in here," center Patrice Bergeron said. "It hurt missing Z, but it's the playoffs and it's adversity. It's the things we have to go through. We aren't the only team missing some key players and we have to find a way."
Shane Hnidy took Chara's spot on the roster
Boston's starting line of center David Krejci and wingers Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton once again were anemic. In the two games, the trio has combined for 11 shots — five of them last night. Despite compiling a team-high 36:26 of ice time, Krejci has gotten a mere two shots on goal.
History not with Bruins
The Bruins leave for Montreal down two games to none. It is the 27th time Boston has lost the first two games of a playoff series in its history, and it has lost each of the first 26 series it's faced the deficit. In those 26 series losses, 15 of them ended in four-game sweeps. A victory last night would have provided a bit more optimism, considering the Bruins have gone on to win 20 of the 32 series they broke even in the opening two games.
Make it six in a row
One year after blowing a 3-0 lead over Philadelphia in the conference semifinals, the Bruins now have lost six straight playoff games.
"We need to get back by winning a hockey game," Julien said. "The stats are what they are. But if we're going to get back into it, we can't think about that. I think these guys are capable of being better."
The miracle at Lake Placid?
The Bruins will practice in Lake Placid, NY, between Games 3 and 4. After Monday's game, the B's will travel to Lake Placid and practice Tuesday before heading back to Montreal on Wednesday for Thursday's Game 4.
By the numbers
33: This is the the 33rd time Boston and Montreal have squared off in the playoffs — most in NHL history. Second on the list is Detroit-Toronto, which have played 23.
11: Teams in the league that have yet to play 33 playoff series total in their respective franchise histories.
165: Playoff games Boston and Montreal have played, another NHL record and 48 more than second-best Detroit and Toronto have played.
4: Consecutive seasons Boston has advanced to the playoffs, far short of its NHL record 29 straight from 1968-96.