Boston Bruins defeat Montreal Canadiens, 4-2

Saddled with a 4-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 1 of their opening-round series, the Canadiens seemed pleased with the possibilities, despite the result.

Their approach - employing a physical, bruising brand of hockey, attempting to goad the Bruins into penalties so they can create power-play chances - came with a twist, with talkative enforcer Georges Laraque spending time on the first line with Saku Koivu and Alex Kovalev.

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The good start, the two-goal lead, the momentum of the TD Banknorth Garden home crowd - all gone in the second period when the Bruins got off their game.

"We did stop," said Aaron Ward. "That's what got us in trouble in the second period. We stopped playing our system with the effort and level of intensity. We sat and watched them play a perimeter game, run us around, and when a team does that in the playoffs, it's hard to push back."

With the score tied, 2-2, in the...