Carey Price has learned one thing about overtime goals – they are seldom pretty. And that was the case Wednesday night when Nathan Horton scored at 5:43 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win over the Canadiens in the deciding game of their Eastern Conference quarter-final series. "It was a typical overtime goal," Price said. "The pass went across, he took the shot, it hit something and then bounced in the net, and that's it." "I don't remember much," said Horton, whose goal came on his first shot of the game. "I remember (Milan Lucic) coming up with the puck and I tried to get open. Luckily, it deflected off someone and went in." It was the Bruins' first win in a Game 7 since 1994, and Horton said it was a major relief for the Bruins, who lost to Philadelphia last season in Game 7 after leading the series 3-0. "Anything can happen in the playoffs," he said. "You can be up 3-0 or down 2-0 and things can turn. You've got to work through it until you win four games." Price said it was frustrating because he felt the Canadiens, who battled back to tie the game twice, had the momentum in the overtime. "You know a lot of our players had a considerable size disadvantage and they found a way to battle through that and wear them down," Price said. "The (Bruins) were tired at the end, you could see it." The question of the Canadiens' health came up during the post-game scrums, and P.K. Subban, who scored a power-play goal late in the third period to send the game into overtime, said: "If you go around the room, there are lots of guys with bumps and bruises. I've been having problems with my shoulder, (James Wisniewski) missed a game and came back tonight. He's hurting, but he gave everything he had." Head coach Jacques Martin refused to use injuries as an excuse. "We missed some soldiers, but the ones that were dressed gave a good effort," Martin said. "They showed a lot of determination in a game like tonight. We went down 2-0 and we came back, battled and tied it. Then we went down 3-2 and came back again." Martin said the Canadiens' special teams were outstanding, but added the biggest disappointment was that the Canadiens failed to score an even-strength goal in the last two games of the series.
We battled to the end, Price says
Montreal Gazette | Apr 28