About last night …

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Well, many of us did predict Boston in six.

Now don’t start throwing right hooks at the computer screen. Your Montreal Canadiens aren’t going to lose four straight games in this series.

At least I don’t think they will.

Jacques Martin has given his guys a day off today. The coach did that quite a bit through the latter part of the season, recognizing that a day without skating has to be beneficial to older players, such as Hal Gill and Roman Hamrlik, and young bucks playing big minutes.

P.K. Subban fits into that category: another 26:50 in Game Three. And Tomas Plekanec played a tough 19 minutes, including his customary power-play and penalty-killing duty.

Carey Price probably will enjoy a day off skates. He’s played a lot of high-pressure hockey this season.

It’s back to business on Wednesday morning, where Martin and his staff will try to re-instill the sense of urgency that Arpon Basu writes about.

Boston played desperate hockey in Game Three. Down 0-2, they had to.

Up 2-0, the Canadiens lacked the desperation – and discipline – they need to win games. You could tell, right from the beginning, that Killer Instinct was a healthy scratch for the home team.

The jittery Bruins took a Too Many Men penalty (a Canadiens’ specialty, and theirs would come later) 1:08 into the game.

The crowd, which had come to party, smelled blood and kicked their enthusiasm into high gear.

But the ensuing power-play generated but one feeble shot. And fresh off a successful penalty kill, a wide-open David Krejci blasted Patrice Bergeron’s cross-ice pass from Price.

Boston had its first lead of the series, and much energy left the building. It got even quieter after a weird ricochet off the back boards turned into a Nathan Horton goal and a bad Price clear attempt (of which there were several) found its way onto Rich Peverley’s stick.

Twenty-two minutes in, the Canadiens were down 3-zip.

And this team doesn’t do comebacks.

But they almost pulled one off. Tim Thomas was weak on goals by Andrei Kostitsyn and Plekanec. The Canadiens ramped up their O, and the building came to life.

Thirty minutes of high-intensity hockey weren’t enough, though. Not in the playoffs. Not against Boston, which got superb play from Bergeron (10-7 on draws, plus-3) and an inspirational performance from its captain, who returned from sick bay to play 26:20 to a chorus of boos.

We have a series. And here’s a fearless prediction:

The team that wins Game Four will advance to the conference semi-final.

Both teams have now won games playing smart, disciplined hockey. I think that’s what we’ll see at the Bell Centre Thursday night, and it could be a classic.

•  •  •

Benoit Pouliot played 3:21 last night.

He had three shifts in the first period, none in the second and spent the third watching his teammates mount their desperate comeback attempt.

Benny was benched because of yet another dumb penalty. He hasn’t scored a goal since March 5, hasn’t recorded a point since somehow collecting three assists on his return to Minnesota.

All that talent, and the guy is useless.

Here’s one Expos fans will appreciate: Benny is a latter-day Ellis Valentine.

So frustrating.

•  •  •

Jaro Spacek was minus-2 and laboured in Game 3.

Of all the Canadiens’ D, Spatcho looked least comfortable coping with the aggressive forecheck of the Bruins.

•  •  •

That great photo of P.K. in the net is by Allen McInnis of The Gazette.

•  •  •

Guest Comment, from J.Ambrose.Obrien:

Random observations:

* It may have been a loss, but it was by far the most entertaining game of the series thus far. The first period was played at hyper-speed with relentless back-and-forth rushes. I hear the Bell Centre medical staff got out the defibrillator for Bob Cole, just in case.

* Speaking of the adenoidal voice of Newfoundland, Cole should really apologize to Cammalleri for repeatedly identifying him as the one muffing all those offensive-zone opportunities. It was Gomez. Oh well, Bob, a “1″ can look like a “3″, I guess.

* Booner was mocking Julien’s coaching acumen in the last two games, so perhaps we should now give Mike Holmgren’s little brother the credit he is due for some smart adjustments in game 3. The Bruins lined up 4 across at their blueline, and the Habs stubbornly refused to dump it in, stick-checking into turnovers. And they ran a neutral zone trap that looked mighty similar to what the Habs had been using. And they beautifully cut off the Habs’ favoured PP passing lanes, leaving our lads bumbling and confused with the man-advantage.

* Speaking of our Impotency Play, might we not be better off dressing Weber to use on the PP, and sit Pouliot out…, forever? Desharnais and Darche had some real jump, and looked capable of big things, but everytime the puck wound up in Poo-poo’s vicinity, pffffft. Deflation.

* Kudos to Gionta and Pleks who really stepped up their play in the third period. True leaders (take notes, Gomez). And AK46 is such a power out there. If his foot has recovered, JM should really consider double-shifting him — with Pleks AND Gomez.

* Meanwhile, Ryan White, who to me deserved a LOT of credit for the game 1 win, was extremely quiet in this one. Likely afraid to make a mistake in front of the home crowd. I expect he’ll have the eye of the tiger again Thursday.

* Finally, there are very few venues in sport, and none in hockey. that have the electric atmosphere of a playoff game in Montreal. It isn’t just the decibels of the crowd noise. It is the almost symphonic pitch, harmony, modulations, and crescendos of the tricouleur chorus. Epic!!!

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  6. Hayes77 says:

    I just don’t think Pouliot is ever going to get any momentum by playing less then 10 mins per game. He need confidence and to get time in the top six.

  7. grid77 says:

    carey price will rebound with a stellar performance in game 4…and spacek will do his best to sabotage the team,again. seriously, i dont know why jm has him out there? hes obviously scared to death of the bruins..play mara dammit!

  8. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    SPACEK OUT – MARA IN
    MORE ICETIME for WHITE….that’s the only adjustment needed,
    LETS GO!

    Pouliot had a good fight, but what do you expect?, of course he goes beserk when he’s on the bench for 90minutes….

    I’m sure the “urgency” will return for Thursday, because as BOONE said, game 4 is the KEY. I’d say it is now obvious the Habs are the better team, in fact the hockey world was shocked after we won the first 2, in their barn… but we can throw all that away and the whole damn season with it, if we allow Boston to win 2 in our home…. then we are just going through the rounds of another mediocre attempt in the post season…going 6 or 7 games against Boston…

    NOT AFTER YOU WIN THE FIRST 2….finish these punks…

    win Thurs and lets prepare for round 2

  9. nova scotia vees says:

    At the risk of repeating myself….The loss goes to Price. Check the first goal..his give-away. And of course the other two were on him as well. In the past, he tried to do too much..wandering out of the net…losing his positioning on shooters….firing the puck to whomever. Remember in game 2 how he almost shot the puck directly to the Bruins in the high slot? If he reverts to his undisciplined self, then we are done in 6. STAY IN THE NET!
    HNIC…sickening. Why does Don Cherry get to taunt the Habs fans? No class…no shame….just takes his big bag of tax-payers money and thumbs his nose at us.
    Bob Cole…lord help me. Why don’t we have our own announcer like the good old days with Danny? Only thing worse would be Mike Emerick who is a complete idiot and calls a game with made-up expressions that make absolutely no sense.
    Play Pouliot. If you dress him….play him.

    • olematelot says:

      How do you blame the loss on one player, isn’t hockey a team game, “you win as a team and you lose as a team”. You seem to jump on Price every chance you get.

      • nova scotia vees says:

        Funny…I posted how impressed I was with him and his maturity after games 1 and 2. Seriously, we all know goaltending is the key during the playoffs. Is that a news bulletin to you?

  10. mjames says:

    Did anyone have the misfortune of getting the NESN feed. This guy Jack Edwards was over the top. I know he is a homer but he lost it last night. He was screaming like a loudmouth fan. He was not announcing the game but screaming at various players.

    mjames

    • Bad Digestion says:

      LOL I tough I was the only one subjected to this horror. These 2 guys commenting have zero objectivity, and one of them lost it after the Pouliot hit in the first. He said “what a chump! now hes gonna get his head ripped off! He then went on to say that Pouliot was a first round pick failure, who’s just trying to make a name for himself by delivering cheap shots. Very emotional stuff :)

    • aroma says:

      got to disagree with you… in fact, HNIC haters take note: even though Jack Edwards is a Boston homer (big deal – HNIC favors and tends to focus on whoever the Habs are playing), he is by far a better play by play announcer than anyone on TSN or HNIC. His voice did the same cadences when the Habs had scoring opportunities and goals as when the Bruins did. I heard more information about the Habs than the Canadian broadcasters ever provide (of course I’m not including RDS) and way more intelligent analysis of the game as it was unfolding. I thought he did get over the top whenever Habs infractions were missed (but he wasn’t wrong) and when the Bruins were given penalties. Otherwise, in my books, as good as it gets for English language hockey play by play.

      • bsisk84 says:

        To say HNIC is more bias than NESN is pure absurdity. And to compare Bob Cole to that joke of an announcer Jack Edwards is something only heard in Boston pubs…

      • Trisomy 21 says:

        Worst comment I’ve read from a Habs fan this whole post season

      • olematelot says:

        The NESN announcers are nauseating

        • Bouleau noir says:

          AROMA I cant imagine you as being an Habs fan, I cant see how it would be possible to enjoy waching an Habs-Bruins game that is being described by a cartoon like caractere like Jack Edwards,…. in fact there’s even some Bruins fans out there who will shutt off their tv sound altogether when this over the top crazy homer is doing the play by play of their games….. I dont know, there’s something out of wack between your post and reality.

      • Jim Edson says:

        Jack Edwards is a know nothing twit!

        He like his listeners only know and get excited by fights and he actively promotes opposition injuries! “Sure hope that finished him for the night”.

        Another basketball failure allowed access to hockey because Jacobs owner of the Goons also owns NESN!

        You should have heard him in the first two games calling out the coach, GM, players but forgot about the fans who left with 8 minutes left.

        A joke perennially who would last 10 seconds if Jacobs sold the Goons to buy the Buffalo Bills of the NFL.

        ———————————————————————-
        …..My empire is crumbling, my international sponsors are deserting me, my authority is questioned, I am held in contempt wherever I go.

        Who am I: Mohamar Ghadaffi or Gary Bettman.

    • newbrunswick troy says:

      The funny part is , i watched on CBC and had to listen to Bob Cole fake his bias ….that was equally pathetic

  11. Kristopher7 says:

    I always wonder why some D don’t take more risky plays… and then I saw Spacek take such a ridiculous risk that I automatically knew it was a back idea the millisecond he changed direction.

    Man, Jaro was bad last night, completely brutal IMHO.

  12. Hammer says:

    Dear Mr. Boone,
    How dare you insult Ellis Valentine ( just joking). At least he did it with style!! He still has one of the best throwing arms I have ever seen from the outfield. Unfortunately, the latest stick man does not seem to be motivated, and what a shame. He can shoot, skate and be physical when he wants to be. We need Bob Gainey to take him for a walk through old Montreal!!

    • DarthWade says:

      Yeah a walk straight to the Voyageur bus terminal where he can hand him a ticket and say “have a nice trip”.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      Whatever his faults, I’d say that was a pretty motivated hit. All wrong, but highly motivated.

    • aroma says:

      this may be as bad an analogy as Ellis Valentine, but Pouliot reminds me of Stephane Richer. I know, I know, Richer had some very productive seasons numbers-wise. But for those of us watching the Habs then, he was the most frustrating Hab I’d seen since the likes of Peter Mahovlich. He could play physically when he wanted to, but rarely did. For games on end he’d float, as if his mind were somewhere else. I don’t know what Richer may have been distracted by, but surely Pouliot has got to be thinking hard about his future. As in, he may not have one.

  13. FrederictonHabsfan says:

    Haven’t commented in a while but last night has drug me back onto the soap box.

    I, for one, have seen enough of the Benoit Pouliot experiment. For all that enticing talent, there’s no brains and no balance. It’s time for him to take a seat in the pressbox. Weber needs to be in there. He scored a huge goal in game 2, plus he prevents us from having to have the second PP pairing of Spatcho and Hammer.

    Speaking of Spatcho… Can we go back to Mara? Though somewhat less mobile, I find Mara better able to handle the forecheck and size of the Bruins, whereas Spatcho looks skittish. His offensive game set sail 2 years ago and his D is ok at best. I think Mara is better suited to play the Bruins, but i get the feeling Martin will refuse to sit Spacek due to his usual dedication tos ticking with Vets no matter how bad they struggle. The worst part is, Spacek has a good excuse as he’s only been back a few weeks from a long layoff, which is sure to have left some rust on his already rusting game.

    That being said, I felt other than some bad luck/bad idea on the part of Price (who was probably due to be a bit off) and a lack of energy in the first 30 minutes, the Habs actually came back with some excellent push. If that was the absolute best game the Bruins can throw at us (and I really think it was) then the Habs are in a good position. Even sleepwalking for half the game and a sub-par game from the cowboy goalie and they STILL almost found a way to pull it out.

    I’m headed to Montreal tomorrow (hopefully not through a terrible late spring winter storm it seems) for the Rush/Game 4 combo. I want to hear the Bell ROCKING!

    I also think Boone owes me a beer for watching the blog videos that scare my kids and dog.

    ;)

  14. Old Bald Bird says:

    Why isn’t About Last Night showing under Boone?

  15. Captain aHab says:

    How quickly people forget the 2 games the Habs won in Boston. The Habs have played one bad period out of 9 and Boston knows it. If the Habs play three good periods, Bawston is in trouble.

    • RCAF425 says:

      I like that thought process, they made a few mistakes, but despite the loss, there were more positives and great potential for the way ahead! Per Ardua Ad Astra

  16. DelawareHab says:

    I am a life long Habs fan and will always support my team I think they showed a lot of grit in their comback effort and look forward to Thursday matchup.

    What I am most frustrated about is that I am living in the U.S. and see most games via the Center Ice package and have to listen usally to the U.S. team broadcasts (even if they are the away team). I am so tired of having to listen to the game with those gosh awful local Boston broadcasters (Florida is no better). They are horribly biased and actaul take the fun out of watching the game. The have no concept of true play by play as they spend their air time commenting their rather obtuse opinions of each end every play. I even have tried to listen to the game via a radio broadcast (while watching) but the sunchronization is too delayed. I long for the return of the true play by play broadcasters.

    • huge_polar_bear says:

      It is sad to say but it’s no better here.

      CBC is biased unless your team is the Leafs.

      RDS is biased towards the Habs, but I’m sick and tired of their dumb stories during play, I am sure some people want to hear about the goal that was just scored and not the fact that Darche or Benoit Brunet went fishing on the weekend… They have the worst time staying with what is hapening on the ice.

    • petefleet says:

      You don’t know how lucky you are. Bob Cole is nausiating. He can’t follow the play, doesn’t know the players and on top of that like every team except MTL. If you weren’t watching the game he’s calling, you’d have a completely different take on how the game went. Pathetic. I watch in french sometimes (I don’t speak it) just so I don’t have to listen to him. Pierre McGuire is really bad too.

      ***Habs Forever***

      • temekuhabs says:

        I live here in the U.S. and I used to bash Bob Cole too, but for all his mistakes, there is NOBODY down here who calls a game with the voice inflection and excitement like he does. Only Rick Jeannaret and Mike Emrick are worth listening to.

      • DelawareHab says:

        I would love to listen to the French broadcasters. They appear to be the only ones that take pride in true play by play. a couple of times this year I watched a game on Center ice with french broadcasters and it was refeshing. Of course there will always be a slant towards the home team but it will not be a complaining or bashing festival about the other teams’ players.

        Go Habs Go!

    • Houston Habs Fan says:

      Agree with you on the NESN broadcast. The hate that spewed out of Jack Edwards during Pouliot’s fight with Ferrence was unbelievable. That guy needs some professional help. I watched the game with the sound off after that.

    • HabsfaninMA says:

      DelawareHab, I feel your pain. I have the Center Ice package, but as a Bostonian, I have to watch the games vs. the Bruins on NESN. As someone who has heard all the announcers through the Center Ice package, Jack Edwards is far and away the worst play-by-play guy in the league. He’s an embarassment and an over-the-top homer. I long for the day that this guy is sent packing. He is painful.

  17. …and that my friends, is not a cup winning team. Perhaps in 3-4 years with the young’uns coming up and the release of some of the old folks like Spacek, Gomez (please!) and others. Even Washington couldn’t win the cup with the talent they had because they needed seasoning. The bottom line is any professional team that doesn’t come prepared to put the boot on your opponent when they are down 2-0 is not serious. These are supposed to be the premier players in hockey and in Montreal they are trying to tell us they didn’t play ready and they were “loose” in practice!!!?? Who’s fault is that? Every game, especially in the playoffs, must absolutely be played as if it were the last, especially when we know Price can and does make mistakes (almost always when coming out of the net to play D. Stay put Price and focus. Last night was shades of last year. He’s still young and will make mistakes for sure. A good goalie yes, but not great just yet).

    Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

  18. rogieshan says:

    The most encouraging thing after 3 games is knowing that Plekanec and Cammalleri have their game legs back after struggling through the last month. And with Gomez and Kostitsyn coming on, we finally have two top lines going.

    As for Pouiliot…Sigh.

    • habsfan0 says:

      I think the best thing that could happen to Pouliot would be a few sessions with a psychiatrist to unearth what exactly it is that ails him. This could pay huge dividends both for him and the team.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        Pouliot has skill, I think we can agree on that. It’s beyond exasperating watching him, but I guaranty you one thing: the solution is not sitting his ass on the bench. He should be playing, if not here, working through the mistakes, or Hamilton. Same with Eller and the other rookies as necessary.

        I really wonder about JM (leaving aside that I hate his system with a passion, I’m trying to be objective). I watched the last Nashville / Ducks game, and Sergei Kostitsyn looks like a freaking world beater. Here he was a dog, a lazy dog.

        What’s the variable? Did the trade scare him straight? Is he just older? Does he have a better coach in Trotz? I don’t know what the answer is, but it’s a damn interesting question.

    • Bouleau noir says:

      ” we have the two top lines going ” … agree, yet, thanks to crazy Chara, without Pacioretty in there, winning will never come easy no matter what.

  19. gohabsjoe says:

    Pouliot is so useless I keep thinking latandress is back out there. No heart. The only time he tries is when there is 6 seconds left In a period. Sit em for the rest of the year. Bring in weber.

  20. Old Bald Bird says:

    Before we tie an anchor to Pouliot and take him down to the harbour, let’s remember how the commentariat was all over AK at this time last year and for much of this year. He has since become very good and very reliable. I think Pouliot should be given another chance next year, but I am not so sure about the rest of the playoffs.

    • Bugs says:

      I agree because he’ll be dirt cheap and it’s most doubtful another organization will toss an offer-sheet his way, but again, re-sign him to do what? Play non-defensive minutes on a 3rd line?
      First year he went the last 25 without scoring mighta been a glitch but he pulled the exact same move this year.
      Unacceptable. Can’t defend him anymore. If he’s not re-signed, I won’t have supporting arguments to put up much of a stink.
      It’s tricky.
      Said it a few days ago, he needs to play in Florida, or Long Island, or Columbus, some cellar-dwelling, borderline incompetent, not-so-interested fan base organization, where accountability or pressure is minimal at worst. There, he would find more success.
      That or, like I said, turn himself into a knuckle sandwich vendor who can occasionally score.

      Wide-eyed with wonder warbles L. B. Potter, esq.

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        He’s shown the ingredients at times but can’t seem to put them all together to bake a proper cake. Maybe a summer of reflection and training will turn him around. Perhaps he’d agree to a two-way contract, so he could be waived if it doesn’t pan out? Probably not though.

      • NoTinFoilCups says:

        When Bugs throws in the towel then Poulio has surely hit bottom. He was worth the try. A pity it hasn’t panned out. Weber provides more versatility. Surely Jacques recognizes this. If playing Weber causes him anguish it might be avoided if Halpern is ready by Thursday.

  21. Barts says:

    Hmmmm… according to the shift chart Benoit Pouliot played two shifts in the 2nd period, totalling 76 seconds…just sayin’. Doesn’t change the fact that he was brutal.

  22. Bugs says:

    Uhhh, Booner, Benny did pick up a few shifts after his penalty. He just didn’t play in the last 10 mins of the game.
    I will admit however that it’s becoming harder and harder to defend the guy. If he had popped a few in the last 25, I’m sure he would still be getting the benefit of SOME doubt because we can’t deny that the kid is TRYING. He’s GETTING those penalties for OVER-trying if you will.
    Consider that Kostitsyn ALSO picked up a “dumb” penalty (or whoever else you wanna use as an example) but the GOOD with AK at the moment certainly outweighs the bad, which isn’t the case for Poolio at the same moment. Consider that SOOBIE has picked up THREE TIMES as many “bad penalties” as Poolio has.
    My point is: the “bad penalty taker” label is affixed on the kid because he AIN’T scorin.
    Which, I agree, is unacceptable. I also think it’s not far-fetched to say that the bastich is playin himself outta the League because of it. The other day, I was tellin my friend that Poolio should “add another arrow to his quiver” in order to STAY in the League.
    Give him credit for at least doing THAT last night when he dropped’em.
    Btw, he’s 4 outta 4 droppin’em in the CH.
    Just sayin…

    Wide-eyed with wonder warbles L. B. Potter, esq.

  23. Fansincebirth says:

    Well, last night should have been expected and I’m not angry about the loss. The Broons were better prepared, out from under the glaring lights and stare of disappointed and angry fans and took a page from the JM playbook.

    We did prove one thing though….the Broons CANNOT skate with us. Third period proved that.

    Back to business on Thursday and we will go back to Beantown with a 3 – 1 game lead.

    Footnote – I lasted all of two minutes watching Cole the Hole and HAD TO switch to RDS…couldn’t stomach it anymore.

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    • athanor says:

      Congratulations on having the fortitude to last that long with Cole.
      As soon as I hear his voice, I switch. I have to admit that I tried to watch Coach’s Corner, but as soon as Cherry said ‘We’ve got ‘em on the ropes, for now at least,” I left that behind and returned to RDS.

  24. Bash says:

    I was at the game last night and it overall it was very entertaining simply because of the fire the team showed after going down 3-0.
    The atmosphere in the Bell reflected the team’s response. A few notes:

    Pouliot was indeed out of place, and Halpern gives us that boost in the faceoff circle.

    We outhit the Bruins. Horton has to be sore today and Lucic likely cannot turn in the corridor without fear of Subban coming at him. The physical rep of this duo had not been played out although they overmatched our third and fourth lines leading to long agonizing stretches in the Habs zone.

    Thomas is very beatable and gives up some juicy rebounds off low shots..we shot high too often last night.

    Martin has to tweak the PP. Granted Boston will try to do the same. Are the the PKs’ that good??

    Spacek is at the end of a very good career. His experience keeps him in the game but he has little else at this stage

    The third period push deserved a better result and should carry over to game four!

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  25. pmaraw says:

    omg the sky is falling, the world is coming to an end. have a little faith guys, its 1 game, and the bruins barely hung on. get a grip.

  26. Mad Habber says:

    Well somebody ought to tell Gomez that Cole thought he was Camalleri; he might start thinking he can score.

    Hamrlik/Spacek on at the end of the PP was the teams undoing. I see a lot of people grumpling about Price, but him playing the puck causes other teams to change there game plans. He should be allowed an error every 41 games or so.

  27. RGM says:

    While a sweep would really have been a wonderful thing, I didn’t really have high hopes that it would happen. The B’s are a good team–it’s easy to forget that in the hatred–and we knew that they’d be charging hard in this game. I almost thought the Habs would complete the comeback in that third period, they just couldn’t get the bounce at the end. If only it were someone, anyone, other than the hard-luck Gomez on that play in the crease. Ah well, he’s been vastly improved in the playoffs so far, and now it’s on to the next one. They can build off the positives of the last 25-30 minutes of the game and hopefully carry some of that moxy into game four.

    And please, no Pouliot.

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    • 24 Cups says:

      RGM – Last night was disappointing but certainly not the end of the world.

      Taking a step back, this is what I see. We are up a game in the series and play the next contest in our own barn. We get an extra day’s rest. Price may have let in two soft goals, but he’s still our top player and showed that in the 2nd half of the game. No problem there, in my opinion.

      My only concern is related back to our ability (or inability) to score enough goals. Realistically, it’s been a problem all year long. We have been short a top six guy since the beginning of the year. Losing MaxPac and Pouliot near the end of the year only compounded the issue. As does the fact that our secondary players display a lot in the heart and effort department but little in the way of finish. Then there’s our PP. This constant scratching and clawing for timely goals always scares me.

      This team’s greatest strength this season has been their ability to bounce back when it looks like they are dead in the water. They have done it time and time again. That’s what I’m counting on the most as we head into the most important game of the year.

      24.2 Cups

      • HardHabits says:

        24.2 works only when using the hexadecimal number system. In which case it would 18.2 where 18 in the hexadecimal number system is =equal to 24 in the decimal one.

        1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A = 1 to 10
        B, C, D, E, F, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 = 11 to 20
        15, 16, 17, 18 = 21 – 24

        Okay 11000 Cups!!!

  28. Da Hema says:

    The Bruins are a good team, so despite the possibility of (and our desire for) a sweep by taking the first two games in Boston it wasn’t going to happen. Some good lessons learned last night. The most important should be that playing 30 or 40 minutes a game isn’t sufficient to win in the playoffs.

    Benoit Pouliot cannot play NHL-level hockey. The time has come for the Habs to simply replace him with either Halpern or perhaps Palushaj. Jaro Spacek looked like he was wearing sandals on the ice last night. I am not overly concerned about him, though, since he does tend to bounce back from weaker games. Price’s bad clear was ugly, but then again the Habs should have been on a power play well before that when (again) the referees missed an obvious interference call at the Bruin blue line.

    The one intelligent observation from Glenn Healy is worth pondering: he pointed out the Canadiens should let the Bruins’ defencemen carry the puck out of their end since they are not, with the exception of Chara, very good at it.

    This team has shown character and resolve. I look forward to the next game.

    • athanor says:

      Did Healey have more about that, because it would seem to me that if the Bruins’ D aren’t very good at carrying the puck out of their zone, that would be the time to pounce.

      There’s a much lower chance of getting scored on if the Bruins are hemmed into their own end of the rink.

  29. HabFanSince72 says:

    All 5 goals last night were the result of glaring mistakes. Here’s another fearless prediction: neither one of these teams is winning the Stanley Cup this year.

    In any case, I am not so sure the Bruins regained their confidence. They were atrocious in the 3rd period. Only Timmy’s dumb luck kept the Habs from tying it.

    • observer says:

      Did you see D Karl Alzmer for Washington play on Sunday? That team is the favorite from the east and he is a danger for their own goalie every time he steps on the ice. He likes to stand off in front of the net so he gets a great view of how the opponent’s player chooses to shoot the puck into the net. Was in position 3 times for all 3 Ranger goals to get a perfect view.

  30. sherburnehabfan says:

    Carey did not have a bad game last night, he made some great saves but was burned by some bad bounces. Remember how well Halak or Huet handled the puck. The turning point last night was not scoring on the to many men penalty in the first five minutes of the game. If the Habs scored then I don’t think the ruins would have recovered, and the fans would not have let them.

    GO HABS GO!!!!

  31. Laramy87 says:

    The players are not dumb, they realized that they came out flat and gave Boston that 3 goal lead. They will not make the same mistake in game 4.
    They wil come out hard, they played hard for the final 30 and it looked like Boston just could not keep up. Do that and we go back to Boston up 3 1

  32. observer says:

    Don’t need to lose 4 straight to get knocked out. All they have to do is lose 3 of the next 4 which is very possible.

    Thursday’s game is the BIGGEST game of the year by far for this team, either up 3-1 needing but one more win of last 3 games OR even at 2-2 losing the home ice advantage.

    And just as big a game for the Bruins.

    Thursday;s night’s winner will win this series.

  33. JF says:

    I was more exasperated than upset by last night, but I guess it was foreseeable. We’ve seen all year how this team likes to make things hard for themselves. Every time this season when they had a chance to move up in the standings, they’ve blown it, and the same thing happened last night. A chance to put a stranglehold on the series, and, by the admissions of Price and Jacques Martin, they weren’t ready. They were loose in practice and fooling around, and it took them half the game to get into gear. When they did, they looked the better team, and Price looked better than Thomas. If they had played for sixty minutes the way they played the last thirty, we’d be up 3-0. Instead, we face a nail-biting fourth game, in which a Bruins victory would swing the momentum entirely in their favour. It could happen, but I don’t think my nerves will stand it if it does.

  34. Norm0770 says:

    The team that wins Game Three will advance to the conference semi-final.

    Hey Mike, was that a Freudian slip of the fingers? If it was you’ve got to change the win to won, if not change or Game Three to Game Four.

  35. Richard B says:

    Gatorhabs: I’m sure its a typo…but I don’t like it regardless.
    Boone: Please edit the document (If in fact your not actually predicting that the Bruins will win this series).

    Richard B

  36. True enough. Price will be back to style on Thursday. He knows what needs to be done, and so better the Canadiens. Just because you take 2 in the visitor’s arena doesn’t mean they’ll lay down on Prom night.

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  37. gatorhabs says:

    What is with this “fearless prediction” ?

    “The team that wins Game Three will advance to the conference semi-final.”

    Are you suggesting that the Broons will win this series?

    I, for one, refute this and say: Whoever wins Game Four will win the series, especially if that win is then followed by a win in Game Five.

    EDIT: Okay, Mr. Boone changed it to Game Four…. now I agree.

  38. 24 Cups says:

    Jeff Halpern in for Pouliot makes sense to me. Martin also has to make sure he gets into the faceoff circle.

    I’ll still go with Spacek over Mara or Weber.

    I realize Price let in two soft goals, but it’s the first time in a blue moon. He’ll be solid on Thursday.

    Low shots to the five hole seems to be the order of the day on Thomas. We also need to get someone in front of the net, especially on the PP.

    I’m sure glad we didn’t give up two 1sts and a 2nd for Kaberle. He’s even softer than when he played for Toronto.

    A flat start by a team that had just won two on the road was pretty predictable. It’s a reflection of human nature. The teams are pretty even so I expect another tight game on Thursday. We’ve had our hiccup, so let’s move on.

    24.2 Cups

    • gatorhabs says:

      Ha, I like how you are keeping track…. 24.2

      I assume you are using base 16 counting to get to 25.

      Here’s to 24.3

      • 24 Cups says:

        You’re close! Throughout the year, I am 24 Cups. If we make the playoffs, I automatically become 24.2 and then add on another .2 for each of the four playoff series that we win.

        In a perfect world, my moniker will change to 25 Cups in early June . Mike Boone has already promised me the name change once our boys hoist the Cup. He’s also stated that he will pick up my bar tab for the night at Hurleys.

  39. observer says:

    So much for home ice eh. Home ice means NOTHING anymore.


    Exactly. But in the Original 6 it did but because every rink was different. Different boards, different surface, different plexi-glass, bigger or smaller dimensions, even nets were different – now all the cookie cutter rinks are about the same in almost respects.

    Fans singing “The Chelsea Dagger” in Chicago last year didn’t win them the Cup – the players on the team did. The “Black Hole” of Raider fans wearing Darth Vader masks weren’t so scary for visiting teams once the Oakland Raiders turned into a bad team.

    Eastern Conference so far – Mtl/Boston series all 3 games won by road team, Pha/Buf and Pit/TB 2 of 3. Only in Was/NYR has home team held serve, all were close games.

  40. JF says:

    I don’t think bag-skating them would accomplish anything. The players know they weren’t ready. In the past they’ve rebounded from bad games with a very solid performance, and I hope we’ll see the same thing this time.

  41. pmaraw says:

    right, so…. when were the only team in the league with a winning record against the bruins and thomas, i guess there are no ‘goal scoring’ teams in the nhl :o

  42. aroma says:

    how is this bottom feeder able to get his garbage on here? Is it because no one is moderating at this time of day. Hey wuyu692!! Go peddle your crap at some other unsuspecting website!


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