Montreal goaltender Carey Price termed it the perfect road game.

The Canadiens managed to get the drop on the Bruins in the opener of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals, earning a 2-0 decision last night.

The Habs' defense was sharp, the forwards were opportunistic, and Price was reliable and, as it turns out, unbeatable.

"If we were to write down on paper how we wanted to start the series, [that would be it],'' said Price, who finished with 31 saves. "We came in here with a plan, to come out to a good start in this game and a good start in the series and we did that.''

Both goals were scored by former Boston College star Brian Gionta, both times assisted by Scott Gomez.

"Those guys have won before, they know what it takes,'' said Price. "They've got really good chemistry and those are the types of players who are really going to carry us through this.''

The Canadiens did a stellar job of not allowing many shots to get through to Price, even in the second period when Boston outshot Montreal, 18-6.