Pierre Ouellette was standing outside Ristuccia Arena Friday at noon, basking in the warm rays of suburban Boston shortly before a handful of Canadiens would skate.

Steamer, as the Habs' assistant equipment manager is known to all, was happy to chat, if he officially was unavailable for comment. So it would have been bad form to ask him how long it took Thursday night for him to launder all the puck smudges off the CH crest on goalie Carey Price's jersey.

Price took a healthy supply of rubber in the bread basket during the Canadiens' 2-0 Game 1 win over the Bruins, and that was for two reasons: the goalie's superb anticipation and ability to be square to the 31 shots he faced, and his teammates' excellent work at keeping Boston out of the dirty ice that provides point-blank range opportunities.

For 35 minutes late Friday morning, the Bruins drilled getting in front of the net. Their practice was brisk, physical and grubby – things that, for the most part, their Game 1 effort wasn't.

"We went through some drills we go through all year," Boston head coach Claude Julien said later, downplaying any significance to a practice that sent waves of bodies to pollute the crease.

"We've got to be better down low and stronger on the puck. But we also know we have to be more involved. Some of net-front presence is not necessarily something you have to practise, more it's the mindset.