Sergei and Andrei Kostitsyn scored goals 1:28 apart in the opening minutes of their playoff debuts, and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Thursday night. Carey Price also made his playoff debut, stopping 17 shots for Montreal, which finished first overall in the Eastern Conference.
The Habs' 104 points were in large part thanks to their season series sweep of Boston. Bryan Smolinski and Tom Kostopoulos also scored for the Canadiens, which won all eight regular-season meetings between the two long-time rivals. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas also played his first playoff game. The 33-year-old stopped 28 shots.