Tension will no doubt be running high at Boston's TD Garden on Saturday for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Bruins and division rivals the Montreal Canadiens.
P.K. Subban netted a double-overtime goal on Thursday to snag Game 1 for Montreal. Thousands of Boston fans expressed their frustration with the loss by tweeting racist comments about the Habs' defenceman, who is black.
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Bruins president Cam Neely quickly condemned the use of language.
"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," he said in a statement.
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien says Subban, 24, told him he has not been affected by the racial abuse, and is focused on winning Game 2 of the series.
"He's got a lot of character, that kid," Therrien said.
Game preview: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins – 12:30 p.m. ET
The Bruins pelted Carey Price with 51 shots. An overtime bid by Boston's Carl Soderberg slid across the crease behind the goalie but didn't go in.
The team with the NHL's best regular-season record had plenty of chances.
So coach Claude Julien says the Bruins are feeling positive after the Montreal Canadiens' 4-3, double-overtime victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday night.
''Of course it is,'' he said Friday. ''There was no panic after the game. It was only Game 1 and it's a long series.''
And Canadiens coach Michel Therrien didn't sound overconfident going into Game 2 on Saturday.
''The Bruins,'' he said, ''were the best team in the league all season long and they had a good first round and they played a solid game [Thursday].''
Catch the matinee game at 12:30 p.m. on CBC Sports. Here's a link to the live stream.