You can't precisely say that Canadiens goaltender Carey Price raised his game to another level Thursday night.

At some point, where do you establish the level you'll use for the sake of comparison?

Price and his Canadiens – and make no mistake, they are his Canadiens – have taken home-ice advantage from the Boston Bruins, their 2-0 victory giving them the one game on TD Garden ice they had to win if they're to advance to a conference semifinal.

Brian Gionta's name is brightest on the summary, scoring twice, both on picturesque setups by centreman Scott Gomez.

But the story, as it's been so many times this season, began with Price's all-galactic goalkeeping.

Thirty-one saves gave the 23-year-old netminder his third career playoff shutout. Think the Bruins won't be seeing him him in their sleep for a night or two? All three of Price's perfect games have come against Boston – the first two six days apart in 2008.

Speaking of perfection, were we?