About last night …

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Imagine what the Bell Centre will be like on Monday night.

Place be rockin’ …

I’ve got a great idea for a video to accompany Michel Lacroix’s booming “Mesdames et messieurs, accueillons nos Canadiens”:

As Carey Price leads his teammates onto the ice past the flag kids, they should dim the house lights and project this clip on the ice:

Boston isn’t Egypt.

And your Montreal Canadiens certainly weren’t the Bruins’ enslaved, pyramid-building bitches.

But it did get pretty darn biblical at the TD Banknorth Garden.

The mysterious Zdeno Chara illness?

Tom Pyatt, bleeding on the Boston ice in February, buzzing around Boston defenceman like a locust on meth in April?

Claude Julien looking as stressed as Pharaoh Mubarak?

Tell me that wasn’t a just-but-vengeful G-d pounding some serious karma up Boston’s butt.

Tell me Jesus Price – who is ready for his closeup, Mr. DeMille –  isn’t laying a little Mosaic mojo on them.

Tell me Jacques Martin – constantly criticized by the many delusional Montrealers, from Mitch Melnick up, who think they’re better coaches than he – hasn’t schooled the hapless Julien?

And while watching P.K., Eller, Ryan White and David Desharnais, tell me again how Martin ruins young players.

After the game, Max Pacioretty Tweeted: “the boys played awesome, again! lets keep this thing going”

And while the Canadiens aren’t nearly through to the Promised Land, there is reason to be optimistic for the first night of Passover back at the Bell.

Arpon Basu has another great piece on the Canadiens becoming favourites in this series. This thing is far from over, and Jacques Martin will have to prevent a contagion of overconfidence among his players.

I can’t see any complacency in a room of veteran leaders. The captain and Hal Gill won’t let it happen.

The Canadiens have taken a stranglehold on this series because Martin’s system has forced the Bruins into errors, and we’ve seen opportunistic scoring that was lacking through most of the season.

All five goals have been scored off turnovers. The Canadiens forechecking pressure – brilliantly executed on many occasions by Tomas Plekanec and Mike Cammalleri and best illustrated by Lars Eller playing keep-away in the third period – is relentless. The Boston defence, even with Chara, has been exposed as slow, immobile and incapable of making good first passes.

As a result the Bruins forwards have had to come back deeper than they like to. There is no speed or fluidity to Boston’s attack as it moves through the neutral zone.

When the Bruins announced, after the game, that they hadn’t decided if the team would skate on Sunday, a Boston writer quipped: “Why start now?”

Yes, Boston has had a shot advantage through two games. And Price was lucky a couple times in Game Two.

But the Canadiens have blocked 46 shots through two games, to 21 for Boston. Notwithstanding all the pre-game talk about Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton crashing the crease and making Price’s life miserable, the hulking Boston forwards have been non-factors … so much so that Julien dropped Horton off the top line last night.

As was the case in Game One, there were five white jerseys near the puck all night. The Canadiens were usually able to clear the zone with short, high percentage passes, and James Wisniewski kept the Boston forecheck honest with the kind of long tape-to-tape passes that Dennis Seidenberg can’t make.

P.K. Subban has played more than 27 minutes in each game. Roman Hamrlik has played less than 20. Hal Gill and Jaro Spacek are displaying veteran savvy, and Brent Sopel (eight blocked shots so far) has been a revelation.

Look, the series is far from over.

There are, in biblical terms, many rivers to cross.

But playing without Andrei Markov, Josh Gorges, Max Pacioretty and Andrei Kostitsyn, the Canadiens spanked the Bruins in their own barn.

And Boston, which was 24-12-5 on the roadthis season, hasn’t won at the Bell Centre since September … and that one didn’t count.

One more sleep.

And a cool mash-up from Kevin “BattleSeppo” Morin:

318 Comments

  1. Mr_MacDougall says:

    To the Pro Mandatory Visor comment:

    The visor really helped Koivu. Anybody that says that visors should be mandatory is not looking at the facts. Players can lose an eye with a visor because sticks come from below, not front on. It should either be a mandatory full cage (for those that think facial protection is necessary) or keep the rules the same. I like the current rule.

  2. Many hockey analysts say that the Habs don’t have much young talent. That was at the beginning of the season…..well now i would like to see what they have to say, all the depth that the Habs have down in Hamilton plus guys like Subban, Eller and Price who have started with the big club. Depth/Rookie players for MTL: Desharnais, Pyatt, White, Weber, Engqvist, Pacioretty(gonna be a good one), Palushaj. All of these guys had played at least 2 or more games and have been good. And don’t forget Karri Ramo in Russia having an outstanding year only 24 yrs of age.

    Habsnation is still standing.
    http://canadiensnation.wordpress.com/

  3. mcmikel says:

    Sacrifice Pouliot as a very burnt offering

  4. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Everything I could say about these last two games has already been said – the great play of the team and the total domination behind the bench (without the benefit of last change!) has been a sheer joy to watch.

    One thing about Boston has left me stunned – the complete invisibility of Tomas Kaberle. I’ve seen lots of him throughout his career…and lately he’s looked WAY worse than he ever did in Toronto (and he had some truly forgettable seasons). Is he like a Marvin Harrison? A player whose ability to play doesn’t decline slowly but falls off a cliff without warning? One thing’s for sure – his UFA value is very low at the moment.

  5. habs001 says:

    good news rangers won…they did get 5 pp in a row ..something the habs will never get in a playoff game…watching the bruins it is amazing how they were 27th in times short handed…

  6. jerry says:

    pk is an an all star,as good as bobby ORR, turned out to be.price has developed into a future all star .zedno chara is a freak and should be at belmont park freak show.the whole team played almost a perfect game.claude julien,after he is fired, should sign up to do lemon juice commercials.jacques martin s another dr.phil sometimes listening to him soothes me ,and i fall asleep feeling relaxed and happy.

    jc

  7. Kristopher7 says:

    Anyone know someone selling tickets? Preferably blues? Was about to go to some guy’s house in Laval and buy two blues for $300, and at the last minute he calls and changes his mind…..

  8. VancouverHab says:

    Any kind soul find a link for the Don Cherry postgame remarks in the last two games? I hear it’s a festival of pro-Hab talk.

    Note to his enemies: I’ve been watching the Rock ‘em Sock ‘em videos with my youngest son the last few weeks, and, whether you believe it or not, he is persistently VERY pro-Hab. If you are tempted to doubt this, be sure to check the facts first: we have have the video tape, gentlemen… (He includes are some great “GrapeVine”clips of him interviewing — and absolutely fawning over like a schoolboy– the Rocket, the Flower, and one or two others.)

    He makes a conspicuous point of having long intense teaching segments on safety: one was five-minutes long, narrated & demonstrated by Keith Primeau on how to play to avoid concussion; and just the past year had a detailed point-by-point segment on how to avoid injuries along the boards, including ignoring a coach who tells you go in to the boards first and fast and hard.

    I’m not trying to start a war, or, heaven knows, convert anyone, but I do think that there should be some fairness & accuracy even toward — perhaps especially toward — people one disagrees with.

    • Former Jets Fan says:

      I’ve noticed the same difference these past two games, and I too have scoured youtube and cbc.ca for the footage.
      I have a theory though. To my eyes, he was visibly drunk post-game – last night in particular, but probably after every Bruins’ loss in general.
      “Check Price’s underwear!” (as in “I wanna see if he also likes to wear women’s underwear, because there’s no other explanation for how he could be so cool, calm and collected.”)

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      He’s still gone after PK Subban all year for “Lacking respect” when Brad Marchand, the BRUIN has been a yappy little punk all season and never been called on it. I can’t stand his bias, or his ridiculous mocking of visors over the last two decades, a piece of safety equipment that might have saved Manny Malhotra from a series of surgeries that may or may not allow him to have vision out of his eye again.

      He knows kids listen to him (which disturbs me) and he disparages a common-sense piece of safety equipment, it’s madness.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        The visor really helped Koivu. Anybody that says that visors should be mandatory is not looking at the facts. It should either be a full cage (for those that think facial protection is necessary) or keep the rules the same. I like the current rule.

    • _Habsoloutly_ says:

      Ya, Don’s so Pro-Hab. He’s a real hab loving hockey genius. You’re amazing. Did you come up with that all yourself?

  9. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Not comfortable yet. I update my status on that Monday night.

    -Dustin-

  10. novahab says:

    The one thing I don’t like is the cheap shots the Bruins are giving PK and getting away with it. We are going to lose him if they are allowed to keep doing this. Sorry Mr. Molson I know I been hard on you in the pass and you did step up but again you need to call the chief crook and say enough.

  11. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    hey, i am in montreal for the weekend, heading to the game monday. wondering if anyone had any advice on where the best spots are on sunday nights as far as bars go. I come to the city alot but usually have bad luck on on this particular day of the week. is crescent busy on sundays? this is the one area i havent really explored too extensively.

    also, if anyone is going to the game and looking to pre-game, let me know. my buddy and i wouldnt mind hanging out with some hi/o animals before watching the bruins get destroyed.

    • geo_habsgo says:

      You could always try some of the bigger bars on crescent like Hurleys or Brutopia or something. I went to a bar once on a Sunday and it was a very sad scene haha I think its pretty hit or miss though. Best thing to do is search around town there’s bound to be something happening somewhere :p In any case, the bars will be packed tomorrow guaranteed

    • thebigguy says:

      Salon Official on Roy up in the Plateau is normally packed on Sundays. They do an 80’s metal night.

      Barfly just around the steet on St. Laurent does a bluegrass night that’s normally pretty packed on Sundays.

      I would never suggest someone hang out on Crescent st. Brutopia is a decent bar but everything on the street is the same. You won’t get a uniquely Montreal experience hanging out on Crescent.

      If you wanna hang out downtown rather than the Plateau, I’d suggest Grumpy’s. They normally have a decent turn out on Sunday’s. It’s on Mackay.

  12. filincal says:

    One thing I’ve not noticed in a while, and quite glad not to…Carey’s overplaying the puck. It used to frustrate me so much because it seemed he wanted to make plays out of nothing and occasionally the puck ended in the back of our net. I’m not sure if someone sat and had deep conversation with him or what, because this was still occurring early in the season. He now seems so poised, letting his D take care of pucks in close and communicating with them immensely.
    He’s matured so much the past couple of seasons…Gainey new what he was getting and I’m enthused to see what our future awaits.

    I BLEED BLEU BLANC ET ROUGE!!!

  13. koivu11 says:

    First time poster here but looooong time reader. Love this board.
    I hope to be posting here very often with yall.

    I just noticed today though that is no longer “Habs inside out”….why?? What happened?

    Other than that, GO HABS GO!
    This is OUR series!

  14. JD_ says:

    This Broonz squad is simply not up to snuff to take 4 of the next 5 and Tommy is not providin’ anythin’ remotely approachin’ playoff-quality goaltendin.

    The emperor has no clothes, the sportin’ world’s talkin’ heads havin’ been sucked in, like a lot of people, by the smoke and mirrors of the last three games of a season series that the Habs won.

    Julie blew his team’s emotional load well before the playoffs. It was durin’ the last minute of the Beatdown, a game he had already won, his message sent, and, yet, he succumbed to the bloodlust, abandonin’ self-control in front of his troops.

    It was a sign of weakness.

    The difference in tenor between how Julie and JM have handled the pressure behind the bench is not lost on anyone and is very reminiscent of Scotty Bowman wordlessly starin’ down a self-immolatin’ Marc Crawford durin’ the ’97 playoffs.

    Ken Hitchcock recently spoke of his tremendous respect for Jacques Martin, notin’ he of the widow’s peak long ago learned the zen of controlled emotions durin’ an intense hockey game. When the coach panics, so go the players.

    The BroonzMeltdown™ 2011 continues unabated.

    This just in: Baghdad Brad Marchand noted this mornin’ that the fans weren’t booin’ the Broonz but, rather, simply voicin’ their displeasure with physicist Louis de Broglie’s postulation that the Planck Constant represents the proportionality between the momentum and the quantum wavelength of not just the photon, but any particle, somethin’ which is arguably infuriatin’.

    Just caught Julie and Lucy on TSN. Not sure what they were sayin’ cause it sounded all humble-like.

    No update on Zdeno CHara’s ongoin’ battle with karmasitis.

    See you at Hurley’s tomorrow night.

    So it is written, so it shall be done.

  15. J Haul says:

    Boone’s always tongue-in-cheek, but as soon as he brings up Moses… whoa whoa whoa!

    It’s all in good fun folks. Lighten up a little, it’s playoffs time!

  16. Lee_D says:

    Will the real Bruins please stand up? Hope they don’t come out playing like they can on Monday.

    • naweed235 says:

      ah go back o ur bruins site u moron… I think the bruins are playing as good as they are capable… its the Canadiens that have not yet reached their stride… If I were you going back to Mtl in Loudest Building in the NHL down 2-0 I’d want to poop my pants… let alone that the Fans are probably planing a lil something special for the return of the Goons to the Bell!!!

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        What did he say that was moronic?

      • Habtastic says:

        It’s not that we aren’t playing nearly perfect, just that the bruins aren’t at full potential. They are very much still in the series. As we said if this situation were to arise: it’s now ours to lose. The bruins will be better and I hope (as well as believe) that we will be up to the rask….err task.

        ————–
        The Drive for 25

  17. Chris79 says:

    What a great Story Teemu Selanne has been for a 40 year old… Can’t really say much about mark reechi… pretty lame.

    • Steven says:

      I’m sure that’s just to knock Recchi(and trust me, no one likes him here) but you can’t even begin to compare Selanne to Recchi. It’s like comparing a lion to a kitten.

  18. Hobie Hansen says:

    Being a sports fan can be a heart breaking experience at times and that’s why even though Boston’s winning percentage is zero when they’re down 0-2, this series could still be far from over.
    The way Boston is playing is almost inexplicable. I knew Jacques Martin was a great coach but to completely stifle the Bruins with 3 or 4 important players missing from his roster is very impressive. Boston looks totally off balance and they seem to be caight between trying not to take penalties or play their rough and tumble style.
    Horton looks as if he’s lost his mind. He is more interested in hacking and hitting Subban than trying to put the puck in the net. Aside from delivering a hit or two, Lucic has been pretty much invisible.
    Hopefully Kostitsyn doesn’t have a break or a fracture to his foot or wherever he took the Chara shot!
    All I can say is that I really hope this keeps up because the media and fans in Boston had a field day insulting the Habs and their fans towards the end of the regular season. Some of the headlines and comments on http://www.nesn.com regarding the Canadiens, French Canadiens and Habs fans in general were totally out of line.
    GO HABS GO

    • Max_a_million says:

      I am hopeful that since AK was at least in warmups that he has a bad bruise that will heal up for him to play in this series. Seems like they wouldn’t have him skate at all if it were broken.

      Definitely a bad idea to get ahead of one’s self, ala Washington last year.

    • Propwash says:

      The blatant racism on the NESN boards is sickening.

      • Steven says:

        I really hate to be as bad as them, but they really aren’t a smart bunch. Before the series started, they held no punches on how much of a bad team we are, or whatever, and insulted us. Now that we’re taking it to them like most people figured, it’s that they’re losing to an inferior team, their best are injured, and something’s not clicking.

        I mean, grow up. Your team is losing because the Habs are playing like the better team.

  19. jackobert says:

    I give FULL credit to Kirk Muller as the conductor that leads the orchestra. Blocked shots… closed passing lanes… clear out the crease area! Milan who? Krajci? Horton hears a who? Stay on the outside boys… the centre belongs to us!

    I bet they try to take out Subbie and benches clear.

    Go Habs GO!

    • Max_a_million says:

      If you are trying to give a backhanded complement against JM, give it a rest. Kirk is doing a great job I am sure … This is Jacque Martin’s team. As much as no one wants to give him credit for his heady thoughtful even kiel coaching. Full credit to JM. Montreal is too passionate for a passionate coach. Stifling Ovechkin, the Crosby, and now Krejki … JM is a great coach, and deserves his credit.

      • habstrinifan says:

        I think most (including myself a consistent JM questioner) are giving JM all the credit.. or at least SHOULD. Jackobert , if he is indeed still un-dervaluing JM’s contribution is in the MINORITY, I am sure.

        You can see that this is a different JM. Comfortable and at ease with his players. And more encouraging. His entire deportment has changed withing the last few weeks prior to this series and profoundly so in THIS series. As I posted before, regardless of the outcome of this series, this has been one of JM’s greatest periods as a coach.

  20. Mr. Biter says:

    Go to the Boston herald and read about last night. Both wrtier & fan post are predicting the end of the bruins and I can’t be happier. THe Wiz should definatly be re-signed. Play good D, great anticipation on the 1st. goal and he can hit and took care of some bruin during his fight and considering he just took off his cage last week shows how much he wants to win. great pick up in fact way better then almost anyone thought when we got him. Great pick up PG. Bruins gonna come out hot on monday night and if we pop another quick one and continue to play D as we have been and win game 3 the B’s will be done like dinner or the Tequila from last night.

    Mr. Biter

    • Max_a_million says:

      Careful last week everyone had the habs done in 5 or 6. One game at a time boys, one game at a time. It takes 4!

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Agree with you one game at a time but a win on monday I believe will break their spine. I forgot to mention the whole team effort the last 2 games by everyone. Also the Refs have been pretty good. Only bad call was Hammer’s cross check. That one was pretty lame. BTW I wonder if Gomer will make his weekly appearance as a zero in Todds usual monday rants. BTW i posted just before game 1 if we win that one we will win 5 or 6. This may be better than expected.

        Mr. Biter

        • Habtastic says:

          that’s the key though – a win in game 3 for us. That is, again, not a series, but would then perhaps warrant forseeing a bruins demise. I think they are purposefully pulling the underdog/we already lost (those particular medias) so that IF they are able to swing things back it will be a slingshot effect. That’s why, like you said, don’t give them anything. Crush them now. Subban goals on PP plz….just to make it even sweeter.

          ————–
          The Drive for 25

    • CanadienBoy says:

      the Wiz was the best D available out there, Kaberle anyone

  21. Ian Cobb says:

    One of the nicest scenes last night was watching Boston fans booing their own team as they left the building with lots of time on the clock last night.!

    • LizardKing1967 says:

      Ian, even better was seeing Cam Neely storm out of his box and almost rip the door off in frustration.

      Jim-out.

      I BELIEVE!

      • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

        Second game in a row they had a camera trained on the Bruins management box to see that baboon storm out. Nice.
        ____________________________________________________
        Sorry for being obnoxious, props for being generous,
        y’all down, we booze hounds, take two drinks and pass.

  22. JasonM says:

    That’s it? No more news today?

    Are the writers unionized? No one works on a Sunday anymore? Buncha Europeans, show up for the playoffs I say!

  23. Max_a_million says:

    PK is playing 27 nearly flawless minutes a game against guys trying to hurt him and take his head off, and he is even dishing some of it back. He is not getting enough credit, as our experiences without Markov have proven in the past (2 years ago swept by Boston), we need that defensive presence. This guy is the biggest reason we are where we are, definitely not belittling the incredible team effort everyone has put in. Surprises me the accolades for PK haven’t been much more.

  24. thebigguy says:

    We’re playing so well, fans (but not the players), could be forgiven for getting ahead of themselves.

  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    NBC shows highlights from yesterday’s playoff games in WSH-NYR pregame, but forgets to show Pavel Datsyuk’s ridiculous deke that was the play of the night and likely the week barring something outstanding today.

    Amateurs, they really don’t get hockey do they?

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  26. Ian Cobb says:

    It has taken two full years for fans and media to appreciate Jacques Martin’s style and system of coaching. Sure glad Bob Gainey knew.

    Martin uses the whole regular season practicing and teaching his players how to play hockey in the playoffs. Very difficult job, especially when players have a lot more fun playing in the offensive end with the puck.

    Non conforming players to his system were moved out and others were brought up from the farm or acquired to do the job.

    This shut down the opposition and team defence style of play, is much more dangerous for injuries than the offensive more fun style of play. But as long as the whole team buys in and we do not run out of healthy bodies, we will win every game that we stick to the Martin plan.

    Price is playing fantastic,! but do not make the mistake of giving Price all the credit like people gave Halak last year.!

    It is Martin’s 6 men defending style of game that deserves all the credit, and all 6 players executing the game plan on the ice as a team.

    • HardHabits says:

      I will credit for Gainey building a team around a concept and bringing in Martin and his team of Pearn and Groulx to implement it. It’s a team game all the way.

      But it’s not over yet Ian. The Habs need 2 more wins to close this series out and the Bruins still have 5 more chances to prove otherwise.

      After that it’s 3 more series of 4 wins to get all the glory.

  27. Chuck says:

    Was it just me, or was the sun shining a little brighter outside my window this morning?

  28. Fansincebirth says:

    Before Game 1, I wished for a Habs in 6 or 7 series but now, I want this over and done with.

    I want the Bruins whipped and humiliated in 4 or 5

    I told my son that I am so excited after last night’s game but at the same time, afraid to be too optimistic. Boston is a good team, let’s not kid ourselves and they aren’t going to tuck tail, roll over and play dead just because they are down 2 games. I thought I was going to see a much different game from the B’s last night but like Cherry said, “they can’t play Bruins style of hockey in the playoffs”.

    Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Don, it is never going to be easy, just ask my chair.! But one of the nicest scenes was watching Boston fans Booing their own team as they left the building with lots of time on the clock.!

  29. Alex Rio says:

    Something i noticed:

    PK Subban takes penalties yes, but even though he is targeted constantly, he doesnt take stupid retaliatory penalties.

    That displays a smart hockey sense, and a notion that he cares more about his team winning than personal satisfaction.

    In my mind, its team effort and a willingness to win that will help succeed. SO far so good.

    Go habs gO!

  30. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    “Jesus Price” LOL!
    This really is a religion…
    Hope the Red Sea does’nt end up being the Forum(Bell Centre) ice surface after the Bs resort to caveman tactics…of course, when the sweep/defeat becomes evident to their thick skulls.

    “The sh*t is CHESS!NOT CHECKERS.” Denzel W.(Training Day)

  31. Ian Cobb says:

    Montreal is so lucky! Just ask Stanley!

  32. Mikey_39 says:

    I wish we, the fans, had more access to what’s going on behind the bench. We’ve all criticized JM for being a rookie killer at one point or another, but did anyone catch him behind the bench last night, talking to Ryan White after one of his shifts? He seemed to be giving the kid advice, and was even patting him on the back. I think if we were given more glimpses of things like this, there’d be much less speculation and rumors going around

  33. habsfan0 says:

    Ma nishtana…why is this series different from all other series?

  34. Ian Cobb says:

    I can’t wait for the second round.! who will it be?

    We have practiced this playoff system hockey, J, Martin style all season long.

    We are the best prepared team for play off hockey in the league.

    As long as we do not run out of healthy bodies first, then we should order our tickets for the finals against Detroit or Vancouver now.!

    We may lose a few on our way, but we are on our way.!

  35. HardHabits says:

    “Every turnover we made, they put it in the net,” said Bruins forward Mark Recchi.

    If that was the case it would have been 37 goals for Montreal so far.

    In the 1st two games Montreal is +23 in terms of turnovers. That’s huge when adding the Habs’ speed and transition game to the mix.

    Boston Montreal
    Giveaways – 21 6
    Takeaways – 8 16

    Another interesting stat is that Boston is leading the play-offs in face-off wins at 55.8% which clearly indicates that Boston is unable to translate puck possession into scoring opportunities even after numerous face-off wins and is rather turning over the puck instead.

    Two major areas where Montreal is outshining Boston:

    Julien is totally being schooled right now by Martin.

    Tim Thomas .891 is nowhere in the vicinity of Price’s .985 save percentage, which although IMO with Pearn and Groulx at the helm is a team stat, it is nevertheless so elevated in large part due to Price’s brilliance up to date. Counter that to Thomas’ less than stellar play.

    Still not over for either team. Game 3’s are always pivotal. Monday’s should be a dandy!!!

  36. RGM says:

    The media coverage on this series has been rather amusing, to say the least. They’re all talking about how Montreal “stole” these two games, as if the Bruins were somehow entitled to them. They’re all talking about what an upset this has been to date, as if the Bruins and their 2-3-1 record against Montreal should make them favourites. They’re all talking but they’re not actually paying attention to the basic fact that our Canadiens are better than the Bruins. Yeah, I’m coming out and saying it. The Habs are better. Our defence is better than their defence, Chara included. Our goalie is better than their goalie. Our forwards are faster and smarter than their forwards. Our coach is better than their coach.

    The media was tripping over themselves to proclaim that the Bruins were going to go all the way this year and that the Habs didn’t have much of a chance. They all said that the 8-6 and 7-0 anomalies were indicative of Boston’s superiority and that the Bruins intimidated the Habs. They somehow managed to forget that in the four games that unfolded as the great majority of hockey games do, Montreal won all four games. They were so eager to buy in to the “big, bad Bruins” as being built for a playoff success that they somehow managed to overlook some pretty basic facts.

    Am I surprised that the Habs are up 2-0 after two games? Not really. I know what this team is capable of doing when it is able to execute its game plan. Am I surprised at how decisive the two wins have been? A little bit. I didn’t expect that the B’s would have 1 goal in 120 minutes. Even though I’m the biggest Price fan going, I didn’t expect him to be *this* dominant through the first two games. Am I pleasantly surprised by all of this? Obviously.

    I wonder how many of the media types would like to do a Crtl-Z on their predictions.

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    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Since the 2009 Playoff sweep I’ve learned never to underestimate just how much Price HATES the Bruins and wants to beat them. Went 3-0-0 against them in 09-10 allowing only one goal per game, than went 4-2 against them this year and is now 2-0 in the post-season.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      We were commenting on how the media always said it was Boston mistakes and not the great play’s of Mtl. Etc etc. We have been thought of as anyone but Montreal for over 100 years.

      Because we win a cup about 25% of the 100 years. Right The other 29 teams get to share it the rest of the 75 years.

    • JF says:

      Good post. I share your sentiments. It was puzzling, to say the least, that the two games the Bruins won against us were regarded as somehow decisive, when in fact both were anomalies. In the 8-6 game, we got suckered into their kind of game and it burned us. In the 7-0 beatdown, our team was clearly still reeling from the loss of Pacioretty and basically didn’t show up; we also had important players returning to the lineup who were probably not ready. The other four games were far more typical of the way NHL games are usually played, and our speed and skill trumped their brawn. But every year the Bruins are described as being “built for the playoffs,” while the Habs are dismissed as too small.

      Peter Chiarelli was clearly thinking along these lines when he said a few days ago that in a playoff series the bigger players would eventually prevail, that it was a “law of physics” that the smaller players would get tired. It reminded me of something Christopher Letang said before the Pittsburgh series last year: something to the effect that if the Habs were going to continue playing the way they did against the Caps, they’d be worn out before the end of the series. We saw how that turned out.

      One area in which the Habs very clearly have the edge (and Arpon Basu was the only sports writer to give them credit for this) is mentally. We’re more poised, we don’t panic, we’re simply more ready than the Bruins have looked so far. Plus we have last year’s wonderful run to build on, while they’re haunted by their monumental collapse against the Flyers.

  37. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hamilton Bulldogs give it out their annual local awards:

    http://www.allhabs.net/canadiens-press-release/bulldogs-announce-2010-2011-individual-award-winners/

    Highlights: D Brendon Nash won Rookie of the Year. Aaron Palushaj was the Three Stars Leader and won “Workhorse of the Year” as the hardest-working Bulldog of the season. Captain Alex Henry, who I’ve always felt should be a Bulldog for the rest of the career b/c of what he does down there helping the young guys along won the Community Leadership award.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

    • DearyLeary says:

      I would love to see Henry play out his career in Hamilton as a mentor.

      I find the Palushaj selection a bit odd. From the games I’ve been to he’s either playing fantastic hockey, or completely invisible. Consistency needs work, and that doesn’t feel like a ‘workhorse’ to me. That said, he’s got some good talent and size, and I would love to see him continue to progress and make the team eventually.

  38. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    98.5…sports hub….can’t listen live because of location..what’s up with that ?

  39. Thenumber11 says:

    http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hdpid=72&id=109179

    Not the thomas vid, but the one called PK Subban postgame is quite funny. He’s not giving the interviewer anything he wants and PK is all business, all ready to get the hell out of there. I liked his answers though; and the interviewer looked cheesed at the very end lol.

    • Fansincebirth says:

      I loved this interview. Not sure if he was coached not to say anything but he gave the guy absolutely nothing to be able to use as ammunition later on.

      Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

  40. Can’t wait to read all the articles about how Chara being out is the only reason the Habs won, as if we’re not already missing Markov, Gorges, Pacioretty and Kostitsyn.

  41. PrimeTime says:

    Welcome to the Good Side!!! Isn’t it much better to be optimistic?? Believe or not, some people feel as you do today almost everyday. Isn’t it nice to feel taller, walk a little quicker, to smile?? “Reality” is an excuse for not knowing how to be positive. Viewing the “bad” is not a better perspective to produce a better outcome. Simply focus on the positives and the negatives become less significant…..as do the negative people who inevitably always remain unhappy and a critic.

    • agencare10 says:

      it is a great feeling to be up 2-0! I like to read positive comments as well and cant stand the constant negativity by some ppl on this site. Although, I do understand why they do it. IF they are negative, in the end they are always happy. For example, if they are negative, and team wins…they are happy. If they are negative and team loses they will say ‘i told you so’ and once again are happy. win-win situation, my dad does the same for when he watches soccer, its really annoying!

  42. V says:

    Great win. Team playing very solid. They are full marks for the 2-0 series lead.

    Also love the focus and restraint after the game. Feels like they are all waiting for the series win to tell the Bruins, ‘this one was for Max’.

  43. BKAK72 says:

    Boone…I’m surprised at your tasteless and inarticulate article to start this blog. Really no need for religious tone on a sports blog.

    I can find only one fault in the first two games: face-offs. We seem to drop too many, although this could be a JM strategy? When Boston has possession of the puck they seem to set up our offense as the HABS speed takes it away from a reverse break.

    Strange.

    — HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

    • Fansincebirth says:

      “Boone…I’m surprised at your tasteless and inarticulate article to start this blog. Really no need for religious tone on a sports blog.”

      …and again, pffffffft, whatever. Build a bridge and get over it!

      “Lighten up Francis”

      Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

      • Habfan4lfe says:

        Totally agree with you Fansincebirth, tells me how much Boone knows what is going on. JM does stink. His system for the players he has, sucks and he’s slow to adapt which has cost us countless games. It’s taken a ton of bad press to get him treating young players properly. But he’s still benched players for penalties taken even when on replay you see its a cheap or ghost penalty. You know, Subban could have broken a scoring record if he wasn’t benched for stupid reasons when high paid players continue playing despite causing countless goals against us.

    • Neuroboy says:

      Aww someone’s butt-hurt.

  44. habs001 says:

    lets hope the other series in the east go 7 games…looks like caps will win their series and i have this feeling the flyers in the long run will beat the sabres so there is a good chance next opponent will be the caps..

  45. HabFanSince72 says:

    The Wiz is looking great. I think he will be asking for 4.5-5M and I think we should pay it.

    • habs001 says:

      if you have 3 puck moving d that can also score like pk,wiz and markov it makes your forwards much better…the chances are we will probably not add any significant scorer to the team next year

  46. habs001 says:

    even if we lose on monday i believe we will win this series but a win on monday would have long range benefits as we get 2 days off before game 4 and a win there would probably give us at least 5 days off…not to take anything away from the flyers but by the time we reached the 3rd round our key players were dead…good news so far is that our other forwards are playing and contributing much more

  47. habs001 says:

    in the long run the habs still need more scoring and if we can sign the wiz and markov comes back that will be a good start…maxpac could provide more scoring and in a couple of years maybe leblanc and kristo.. our 3rd and 4th liners are great when we are leading or tied but not that good if we are behind.

  48. el heffe says:

    question. does anyone think Lucic looks intimidated…because he sure doesn’t look tough?

  49. punkster says:

    Just watched the game again on the CBC interwebby rebroadcasty thingy (sorry to get all technical on you on a laid back Sunday…I’m such a geek). Couple of things I noticed:
    – The Bruins spent a lot of time and energy focusing on impeding Gomez, Gionta, Cammy and Pleks. Our 4 didn’t retaliate but they did force giveaways and break up plays. Gomez in particular seemed to be targeted probably to get to his quick temper. Good work by all 4.
    – With all that focus on our big 4 it appears they forgot about some of the other Habs, in particular the kids. Eller and White were calm, focused and very impressive. Loved the JM chat with White.
    – Nice to see a reduction on HI/O of the old age jokes about Hamrlik, Spacek and Gill. The is nothing quite like experience particularly in the playoffs. You kids at home, don’t forget that.
    – Thank heavens this is an off night. Game of Thrones starts on HBO. If you haven’t read the series do yourself a favour and invest in some quality time absorbing these books. They are well written, engaging, exciting and humorous.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  50. Big Bird says:

    Couple of cents from the peanut gallery:

    (1) It’s taking some adjustment but getting used to the new site. You can never please everyone but I appreciate the Gazette making moves to innovate and improve.

    (2) I absolutely LOVE the new iPhone app that was created. I had to go to a dinner last night but that lovely app can we updated. Especially the alerts when Montreal scored. As someone who worked with Apple and in the digital marketing space – you guys have done a terrific job with that app.

    (3) In terms of the Habs, they are playing incredible right now. I have to say that I never expected this team to take the first 2 games in Boston. Stellar play and sacrifice.

    (4) We haven’t accomplished anything yet and I’m glad to see the players in the post-game interviews saying the same also. The last thing we want to do is awaken a sleeping bear.

    (5) I hope Chara is okay but I also believe there is such thing as karma. It’s also interesting how the talking heads as the CBC go on about Chara missing but what about Markov? This team gets no credit but that’s fine by me. More fuel for the fire.

    (6) Not here writing as much as I used to but still actively reading all of the articles, posts and comments.

    (7) The new Anakin Slayd song is indeed awesome. Playing it all the time now and posting the YouTube video on the Facebook wall of my Bruins supporting friends. :)

  51. Jdub1985 says:

    You boys want to laugh at some self deprecating Beantown fans …

    http://myespn.go.com/s/conversations/show/story/6372609

    • Jdub1985 says:

      LOL Here’s a jewel!

      “As a Boston fan, I’m glad the Bruins are getting humiliated again. I’m sick of teams that talk like tough guys “Our fans want to see us kick their ####, blah, blah, blah”, when they have been sports biggest underachievers. The Bruins suck and always will with a fan base that cares more about talking tough and winning fights than hockey games. I’m sick of hearing Bruins fans talk about “tradition.” What tradition? 40 years without a Stanley Cup, pulling an ’04 Yankees blowing a 3-0 lead in play-offs last year? Hockey fights don’t mean ####. If you want to watch amateur fighters go to the Golden Gloves. If you want to win hockey games go to Montreal.”

    • el heffe says:

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! boston

  52. Seppo says:

    thanks for posting the video Mr. Boone ! Big win last night

  53. dbens says:

    you will all be happy to hear that amongst markov and maxpac, gorges skated this morning for the the first time since his surgery- as per ckac


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