Jarome Iginla, Dale Weise, P.K. Subban

PHT Morning Skate: Bruins seek to even-up, Ducks-Kings face Game 1


Got any plans today? Let’s hope they involve spending the day in front of the TV.

Game 2 between Boston and Montreal starts off a day filled with sports fun and is closed out by Game 1 of the Southern California battle between Anaheim and Los Angeles.

The Bruins are hoping to head to Montreal with the series tied up 1-1, but the Canadiens would be giddy to steal two at TD Garden. Meanwhile in Orange County, the Ducks and Kings face off in the postseason for the first time.

Game 2: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens [Montreal leads series 1-0] (12:30 p.m. ET — NBC)

It’s safe to say the Bruins hope the same Carey Price doesn’t come to play this afternoon. Price stopped 48 shots in Montreal’s double-overtime win on Thursday and looked every bit the part of a guy who had a great season in goal.

While the Bruins were able to overcome an early deficit in Game 1, the number of shots poured in by Boston has to be a concern for the Canadiens. Giving the likes of David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron more time to create and fire away seems like a bad battle plan.

One thing the Canadiens have to expect is for Tuukka Rask to bounce back with a big game. After Game 1, Rask was less-than enthusiastic about his own play and knowing his style of play, he might turn into a Finnish wall in Game 2.

Game 1: Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings (8:00 p.m. ET — NBCSN)

Seeing the Ducks and Kings face each other in the playoffs for the first time is a momentous occasion for SoCal hockey. What makes it even better is having a pair of teams who are strong Stanley Cup contenders facing each other.

The Ducks had a dominant season led by Ryan Getzlaf. Even with a busted jaw against the Dallas Stars, Getzlaf was a force to be reckoned with.  Where things get a bit curious for Anaheim is in goal. Frederik Andersen played the majority of the first round, but Jonas Hiller appears to be the go-to guy against L.A.

Los Angeles got their flow back in the nick of time against San Jose coming back from being down 3-0 in the series and winning four in a row to move on. A wide cast of characters helped the Kings move on, but none more impressive than Anze Kopitar. Kopitar had four goals and 10 points against the Sharks. Justin Williams matched him with four goals and Marian Gaborik and Tyler Toffoli each had three. If the Jonathan Quick we saw late in the series shows up, the Ducks will have trouble containing everyone.

During the regular season, the Ducks went 4-0-1 against the Kings and included four one-goal games. What does that mean? Get ready for a great, tight series.

Bruins condemn ‘racist, classless’ tweets by ‘ignorant group of individuals’

P.K. Subban

Boston Bruins president Cam Neely issued the following statement today:

“The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals following Thursday’s game via digital media are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization.”

It’s unfortunate the Bruins felt obligated to publicly remark on what a bunch of idiots were tweeting about PK Subban last night. Perhaps the team was inundated with media requests for comment and felt it should distance themselves. (Again.)

The reality is this: there are many idiots in this world of ours. Have been for a while. But now there is also Twitter, which gives those idiots a digital platform and connects them to the rest of us.

It sucks for guys like Subban, Wayne Simmonds, and Joel Ward, because they didn’t do anything to deserve the abuse. And if teams want to keep commenting every time something like this happens, we’ll keep posting what they say. Because maybe a good shaming of the latest “ignorant group of individuals” will make others think twice about tweeting idiotic stuff.

But please, let’s not waste too much time on what idiots are tweeting during a hockey game.

After all, they are idiots.

Video: Boychuk provides late heroics, Bruins-Habs off to OT

Johnny Boychuk

Capping off a tremendous third period, Bruins d-man Johnny Boychuk scored with 1:58 remaining to even the score at three and send Game 1 of the Boston-Montreal series into extra time:

Boychuk’s goal came at the tail end of a wild 20 minute session that saw Boston erase Montreal’s 2-0 lead in a span of 3:46, then saw the most unlikely of goalscorers — Francis Bouillon — register his first playoff goal in six years to give Montreal what looked to be the game-winner.

Until Boychuk played the hero, that is.

The Bruins defenseman, who scored his first goal of the playoffs, was a consistent presence during regulation. He registered two blocked shots, four shots on goal and tied for the team lead with five hits.

Good start to the series, this one.