BOSTON (Reuters) - Carey Price produced 34 saves to spur Montreal to a 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday and put the Canadiens 2-0 up in the Eastern Conference series.
"If we're sitting here and celebrating (being 2-0 up), we're making a crucial mistake," Canadiens winger Mike Cammalleri told reporters.
"You can be happy and the fans can be happy and our parents and friends can be happy and good for them. But I'm dead serious, we have no time to be happy now."
Cammalleri scored the first goal 43 seconds into the game and Mathieu Darche made it 2-0 on the powerplay 1:37 later.
The Bruins were clearly struggling early on following the late withdrawal of captain Zdeno Chara with dehydration.
"You always miss a guy like Zdeno, but having said that, the plan was to have everyone step up their game, make up for that by committee," Boston goalie Tim Thomas said. "It didn't work out that way."
Boston's Patrice Bergeron pulled one back at 7:38 of the second period as the Bruins finally found a way past Price after more than 87 minutes of the series.
However, Yannick Weber restored the Canadiens two-goal lead at the end of the second period after more slack defending from the home side.
"We are just keeping our game really simple ... and we have been getting the bounces so far this series and we are getting lucky," said Price.
"We are playing really well defensively and we just have to keep doing what we are doing."
In other NHL playoff games, the Philadelphia Flyers drew even in their series with the Buffalo Sabres with a 5-4 win.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Quick made 34 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-0 shutout win over the San Jose Sharks to even their series at 1-1.
(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. Editing by Alastair Himmer)