About this afternoon …

Starting the second half with an onside kick.

That’s just the kind of coaching decision Jacques Martin would make.

 

OK, that was a joke.

The Super Bowl was fun … and we needed that after the afternoon’s downer.

Not much to say about the hockey game. The Bell Centre couldn’t have been any more subdued if the Who were playing.

Had they lost, the Bruins would have matched an 85-year-old record for futility.

That wasn’t going to happen … not if Tuukka Rask could help it.

The Boston goaltender pulled a Halak. Rask made 36 saves, and the Canadiens were goose-egged for the fourth time at home this season.

The shot total was misleading. There were few second chances, no sustained pressure …. not even during the second period, when the Canadiens had a 15-3 shot advantage.

The
Boston goaltender saw everything, and his D kept the slot clear … not
that anyone in a red jersey was inclined to venture there.

Tomas Plekanec had nine shots on goal, Scott Gomez seven. But while Sergei Kostitsyn and Brian Gionta showed some O-zone jump, there wasn’t much help from Peter Principle wingers Mathieu Darche and Travis Moen.

The fourth line of Hamilton call-ups, who were spectacular against the Penguisn on Saturday afternoon, couldn’t do much against the Bruins. Ryan White, David Desharnaid and Brock Trotter played against Steve Bégin, Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton, a match-up that favoured the big, physical Bruins.

Lucic, plagued by injuries this season, had five hits and keyed a ferocious Boston forecheck that kept the D off balance. The Canadiens give away inches, pounds and truculence to physical teams: I’m not looking forward to the pre-break home-and-home against Philadelphia.

The
Bruins took one minor penalty. That’s not very much when you’re giving
up 36 shots, and it indicates the Canadiens’ general ineptitude
in the O-zone.

Jaro Halak ran into some bad luck.

Two of the Boston goals were deflections, off Ryan White and Josh Gorges.

The good news on Super Bowl Sunday: all the Canadiens emerged with their Achilles tendons intact.

And now two days to prepare for the best team in the NHL.


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