Liveblog: Not a classic, but a darn good game as Bruins eke out 1-0 win

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Boston had one good scoring chance.
And Andrew Ference made it count.
Canadiens had a huge shot advantage, but Tim Thomas was a wall, and he got help.

Shots were 32-18.

835 Comments

  1. cynic says:

    Am I ever glad I changed channels after the second period, the Habs were as boring as all hell. If only we had a player or 2 who knew how to put the puck in the net then the Habs would at least be as half as interesting as Peter Mansbridge. Looks like another winter of ZZZzzzzzzzzz lies ahead; what will we do to pass the time? I’m thinking of hitting the bottle again, what about the rest of you?

  2. Un Canadien errant says:

    I was thinking how exhausting it might be to watch the Bruins playing the Good Guys at the New Forum. Imagine having to loudly and deeply boo Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Greg Campbell, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, and Benoit Pouliot every time they touch the puck. Add to that having to boo Claude Julien every time he appears on the big screen, and the off-chance you might run into Jack Edwards in the corridors between periods, and that’s quite the lung workout.

    The game started out on a tentative note, with both teams feeling each other out, and it never seemed to hit cruising speed. My impression was that the Canadiens were awaiting, almost fearful, for a Lucician Flying Suplex or a Chara Clothesline. Meanwhile, the Bruins seemed to be walking on eggshells, as if Claude Julien had given them strict marching orders to not lose their heads as they usually do against the Habs, and I’ll be darned if they didn’t actually listen to him. It did lead them to appear as if they had a foot on the dock and a foot in the boat, a little bit unsteady and indecisive: “Oh yeah, almost forgot, don’t spear that guy… Oops, came close to slashing that guy’s premolar there… Man, my elbows are really itchy right now…” A Bruin with a hockey stick in his hands is like that Viking holding a spiky, evil-looking mace in the Far Side cartoon, who confides in his tablemate that it always makes him want to smash something, as another Viking walks in the door innocently having just blown a big bubblegum bubble. Substitute the Viking with the bubblegum with a hockey player in bleu blanc rouge and you get the analogy.

    Alexei Emelin started off the game with a great hit on David Krejci that must have hurt, since we didn’t really hear from Mr. Krejci for the rest of the game. In retaliation, Johnny Boychuk attempted to cowgirl Josh Gorges, and Zdeno Chara, with David Desharnais nowhere in sight, decided to pick on Mike Cammalleri. Overall, Mr. Emelin played a good game, and showed his worth on the lineup, as they are replete with small shifty stickhandlers, but need some toughness, which he brings to the table. The more icetime he receives, the better he will get.

    I tried to find the positives in Scott Gomez’ shifts, and earlier on I did observe him behind the Bruins’ net fighting for the puck and laying a shoulder into the Boston defencemen. Shortly thereafter though, he loafed on a backcheck which led to the lone Boston goal, a lazy play which was replayed ad nauseam on RDS. Mr. Gomez was possibly letting up since a delayed penalty call was on, and he was probably expecting/hoping for a Canadien to touch the puck and a whistle, which is an explanation but obviously not an excuse.

    Erik Cole didn’t get a lot of icetime tonight as opposed to previous games, which may have to do with the hit he received in the first period by Dennis Seidenberg and which sent him back to the bench wincing. This putative owie wasn’t enough of a reason to prevent a Bergeron Conniption on l’Antichambre, with a chart being developed showing the powerplay icetime of Mr. Cole compared to Mr. Gomez and Mr. Darche, among others. I agree that Erik Cole should be played as much as possible, and that to take icetime away from Mr. Gomez to feed him is a no-brainer. Further, I want him to shoot more, instead of trying to set up David Desharnais so often. Erik has to realize that he’s the sniper, not the dealer, and he needs to be more selfish for the good of the team. I’ll allow passes to Max Pacioretty, but only in a minority of possessions.

    Benoit Pouliot was retina-abradingly bad. A dumb two-minute penalty was his opening bid, which he then raised with a stupid double minor on a high-stick. While the other Bruins showed restraint and remained focused for once in Montreal, Mr. Pouliot apparently tried to pump himself up for an important game against his former team, but it was all fake emotion, illegal stickwork instead of genuine passion shown by skating and hitting hard, and acting like he wants the puck, like now, and bad. Mr. Pouliot reminds me of a very, very amplified and distorted Stéphane Richer, a player possessing vast physical skills and attributes but lacking the mental makeup to harness these and apply them productively. Of course, Mr. Richer did manage some magnificent moments and seasons, and his mental health issues are now well-documented. It remains to be seen what is the problem with Mr. Pouliot, but I feel confident, since he is on pace for an 8 goal season, in making the prediction that he will be out of the NHL next season.

    I also saw Brad Marchand skating down the left wing a couple of times and making a hasty pass as PK Subban lurked nearby, so maybe that famous hit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_BStkVC_zQ) has sown the seeds of doubt.

    An unfortunate loss for Les Glorieux, but one which showed that the Canadiens match up well with the powerhouse Bruins.
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    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

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  3. Rickly33 says:

    You can be happy with average, I’m not, I’ve been watching this team for 40 years, I’m tired of average, waiting for big things that don’t come. Frustrated with the team, and most of the players. Like I said great teams find ways, we are far from a great team right now, I being realistic, and hope I wrong.

    • club_de_hockey says:

      Try being a Canucks fan ;)

    • Drive_For_25 says:

      You’re being far from realistic. We just saw a brutally injured and inexperienced team go toe to toe with the hottest team in the league and barely fall short. A good bounce our way earlier in the game, or at all, and this game is a whole different story. Stop being an anti-fan. You’d have a three paragraph long post at how unreal these young guys on D are if we would’ve won probably. And don’t forget, this is NOT the team assembled by management. Most of that team is in the clinic!!! Just relax and hope for the best, about all you can do when your missing 7, that’s right SEVEN, key components of your team. Realistic??? Pffff.

      GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Everlasting1 says:

    What the Bs announcer really meant is that Thomas is playing ‘otherworldly’ :)

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    Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • HardHabits says:

      He never needed to enter Halakian territory tonight. It was a pedestrian performance for Thomas.

      • Everlasting1 says:

        In comparison, yes.

        ——————————————————————-
        Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

        “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • punkster says:

      You have a tendency to “alienate” us with these comments. They seem rather “spaced out” at times. You may just want to crawl back down that “black hole” until you can achieve some form of “relativity” to this blog as the conversation is often “light years” ahead of you. Live long and prosper.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  5. NLhabsfan says:

    Hey guys we met a very hot goalie and a team tonight…. When we get back a few more regulars we are going to be even better.

  6. sevenman says:

    Habs need to pay the price to score the dirty goals in games like these………watching Cole play, still hard to believe he started the season on the third line, the rest of the team needs to learn from the intensity he brings…….wonder what Emelin might look like takin’ a couple of shifts on the point during the pp?

  7. baylisbuddy says:

    allan baylis more clutching and grabbing allowed by the Bruins. Chara was holding all night but the two reffs from Ontario cut them some slack as usual. It makes this article even more relevant
    http://ezinearticles.com/?The-NHL-Referees-Conspiracy&id=6674431

    • Everlasting1 says:

      The penalty summary not to your satisfaction?
      Btw, I would have called a 2min. minor on Pleks for diving.

      ——————————————————————-
      Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  8. Rickly33 says:

    You people are saying it’s was a good game, because they only got one goal? Boston plays us tight, because their scared of our speed, not stupid, so we win a few and everything is good? Great teams find ways to win when dealing with injuries night after night! Not win one lose one. Everyone is waiting for our savior Andrea, I said it before and say it again, we will be lucky to make the playoffs with what we have, too date!

  9. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Good Game?

    Come on, Habs started to play like fans expected during the past few games. Scoring was up, D was handling their own, Price had back to back shut outs. Last time they faced the Bruins, they just beat them back to back.

    That changed matters. That started a winning streak by the Stanley Cup Champions.

    Boston came into the Habs barn, where the Canadiens have not been great, coming off a shut out of the red hot Rangers. They beat Price on a D zone meltdown, extended their winning streak to 9 (which happens to be the number of wins all season for the Habs), and Tim Thomas gets a shut out.

    Good game?

    Give your heads a shake people. Habs are last place in the division, lost to the Bs (gave up a 4 pointer, they could have been it with a win) and some people are taking away positives from this farce of a game tonight?

    Nothing I hate worse than losing to the Bruins while being shut out.

    Tonight was an awful game, I am not happy about anything that happened in this snoozer.

  10. Rickly33 says:

    I may piss a lot of people off but Cammer or Cammie I started to call him has to go, I have never seen anybody loose the puck that much, either that or find someone that can play with him. My god as soon as he’s on the boards with the puck it’s gone the other way. And I like the guy!

  11. LL says:

    Really not much to “complain” about tonight. Everybody played well enough to win, but lost by 1 goal.

    1st star, Boston D.

  12. deuce6 says:

    Meh..Thomas didn’t have that much a difficult night as some are saying in here….All he had to do was make the initial save and the puck was gone..

    Cole and Emelin had solid games, but other than that, our PP sucked…No traffic in front…Not really any puck movement…

    I thought we tended to pass up on good scoring chances..Instead of shooting, passing it off and totally screwing it up…Puck was bouncing everywhere….Our transition game was horrible…

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    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  13. homerbowen says:

    REALITY CHECK: All this praise for the Habs but when you wake up in the morning we are still closer to the bottom than the top.
    We can’t score from the boards and we’re too small to maintain any pressure from out front. Still, I liked some of the effort and good on us the goons didn’t play rough tonight.

    • Kelvinator30 says:

      Its not games like this, where you play another good team, that kill us. Its games against the Islanders or the Flames or Avs that really hurt. Those games should have been wins if they paid attention to detail…if they were we would comfortably be in teh playoff picture. That is the difference between the Habs and the teams at the top (Pens, Bs)…those teams bring it every night.

      Biggest game of the season is in Carolina on Wednesday.

  14. Cam_1 says:

    Price should have scored a goal !

  15. otter649 says:

    So I guess Boston puts in Rask for their next game against Buffalo just in case a hockey play comes up (What Bruins call it when an opposition player gets hurt) & their goalie may or may not get run by a Sabre……..

  16. --Habs-- says:

    What does everyone think of Emelin now! Had a solid game tonight.

    • showey47 says:

      Solid game for sure. Had the one bad giveaway but threw some solid hits,blocked some shots and is a better skater then he gets credit for.

    • Stev.R says:

      I think he’s a solid player that if he keeps developing will be a stud on our blue line. But he’s still a rookie, that can’t communicate with anyone, that is used to international hockey, that can and has made mistakes. His career is still young and there is no need to rush him into anything, and there is no need to raise our expectations to impossible heights only to be disappointed when he falters. If we go easy on him now and let him continue to adapt and learn, it will only benefit us in the future. Remember he is not the best conditioned player we have and it’s his first full NHL season so physically and mentally he will get tired as the season continues if we aren’t careful with him. Lots of potential but lets let him develop before we crown him as a god.

  17. Michael says:

    That may have been the best game the Habs played all year. The injury-ridden Habs out-chanced, out-muscled, thoroughly out-coached and completely out-played the Bruins in every way but one – the best goaltender in the world was perfect. An unfortunate loss but a very entertaining game. This team has a lot of character and I think it’s going to be a great season in the end.

  18. Matt. says:

    Its good to see that Gomez is hustling now. But it was his usual stat line again tonight. Zero points, minus one.

    Did anyone watch Crosby tonight? WOW! What a hockey player. His backhand is something else, pass and shot. Really good to have him back. For those who have tickets to Saturday’s game, you’re in for treat, as long as you can stand the Habs struggling to keep up with the best player in the NHL.

    • Everlasting1 says:

      I look forward to more episodes of this season’s tv series, ‘Hustle And Flowt’, starring Gomez.

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      Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  19. tippytoes says:

    - Most of Habs shots from outside. It really wasn’t a Tim Thomas dominated game as some of you are saying.
    – Best player was Cole (we could use 3 more Coles on the team) He’s seems to be the only one that can self generate plays and scoring chances because he has heart.
    – 2nd best forward Gomez
    – Honorable mention to Emelin -played solid
    -Patches was brutal…seems afraid to go to the net. Doesn’t use his size and stalled at least twice upon receiving a pass in a good scoring area. he needs to mentor Cole and start showing up for games.

    • Michael says:

      I gotta respectfully disagree with your first point. There were numerous chances in front of the net and a handful of times that even the tiniest rebound would have given two or three Habs great scoring chances. Thomas was amazing.

      I agree about Cole; he was awesome, and Gomez too continues to hustle hard. I thought Patches was good though and he did go to the net a couple times, notably towards the end when he swung at a potential rebound that Thomas was unwilling to relinquish.

      I suspect you meant to say that Cole needs to mentor MaxPac and not vice-versa, but it’s dubious to say he needs to “start showing up for games.” He’s second on the team in points with five more than Cole and first on the team in goals with three more than Cole. Take it easy on Patches! :)

  20. Chuck says:

    Lots of good to come from tonight’s game.

    The Starley Cup Champiars face a real goalie, and are only able to pot one against him, and that was off a defensive breakdown. They had 46 in the previous 8 games.

    Our defense, with an incredible average of 98 games of experience (skewered by Gorges’ 384 games; without him it’s 40) were able to go toe-to-toe with a Bruins D with an average 483 games of experience.

    We still lead the season series 2-1.

    Once we start to get some bodies back in the lineup, we’ll be fine.

  21. HardHabits says:

    I don’t like the Gomez Eller line. I think JM should play 5 lines and double shift his wingers. Stop forcing centres to play wing when they can’t.

    Roll:

    DD-Cole-Pacioretty
    Gomez-Gio-Moen
    Plex-Cammy-Pacioretty
    Eller-Cole-Gio
    Nokia-Darche-Moen

    Mix it up.

  22. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Still waiting for Benoit Pouliot to show what he can do with a “real coach”…

    p.s. the reason Darche was on the PP, according to Arpon, was that Cole had some skate issues.

  23. JohnBellyful says:

    I love Eller — speaking as a fan, okay? — but he does seem to spend as much time on the ice as Pouliot. Literally. There is a difference, of course — he has the excuse of external forces. Needs a bit more beef, I guess.
    Having said that, I can’t understand why he never — rarely? — gets any PP time.

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Im a big Eller fan, but he has a habit of shanking easy shots and missing the net. It would seem JM is grooming him to be a PKer/defensive forward. (Shocking, I know) I would love to see him get some PP time though.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  24. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Arron Palushaj is not a 4th liner …4th line needs a Blunden with Nokia and Darche
    …actually should be Moen-Nokia-Blunden

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  25. Shane1313 says:

    Not much wrong with the habs tonight. Really hard fought game. The most infuritating thing was that RDS says there is a fight in the stands, but they don’t show it! Are they not allowed or something, I would have liked to see what was going on. I’m excited to see our D with Marky back, it will be good. Honestly, we played well tonight, my one thing is.. Cammy. He looked like he couldn’t careless, dissapointing.

  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM continues to show poor judgement in late-game situations.

    PK Subban holds the point better than any defencemen. He skates better than any of them and can break into the zone at speed and he has the hardest shot, which brought in some big goals last year.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

  27. billylove says:

    HATE losing to the Goons. So, when can we expect to see any production from Eller? He’s got over 100 games under his belt. He doesn’t seem to have much of an impact. Maybe next year, or the year after, or two years or ……………

  28. Ton says:

    4th line is extremely important and martin needs to start understanding this. i like blunden on that 4th line. and when white gets back it will even be better. sorry but darche has to go, washed up finish and i cannot believe he uses him on the 4th line.

  29. twilighthours says:

    Riverview, that should have been a bruins’ loss. I suspect they’ll lose a few in a row now. And in 3 games so far this year, habs have been better in 8/9 periods. I like how we match up.

    • RiverviewCanadien says:

      Sure if we played the Bruins 82 times a year, but we don’t. They lost back to back to the Habs. Got pissed off and started a long winning streak.

      I disagree, that game was not one the Bruins should have lost. Habs had plenty of time to score on the PP. They didn’t.

      Nobody forced any rebounds, or picked up the seldom few Thomas let out. Habs were the weaker team tonight.

  30. AH says:

    Bruins..9 game winning streak, could this Habs team even come close to that? I can dream I guess..sigh. Patches is definitely a different player against them this year after what happened..hope he gets over it sooner than later; not a knock just an observation. So frustrating watching 18+ million in salary in Gio, Nomez and Cammi come up empty

    • Kelvinator30 says:

      You, sir, are either a troll or . This was a GREAT game that could hve gone either way. But for one bounce this ould be ours. To retort:
      YES we can win 9 straight if we play like this every game.
      Paches: 9 goal in 20 games. That is on pace for 36 goals. If you think that’s not being the same player I suggest you find a stantion to ram YOUR head against.
      Re; the little three…yeah they’ve been slow…but they’ll pick it up (well maybe not Gomer but you gotta have faith in the other two) as the playoffs come nearer.
      These guys have been playing GREAT this year. The results just have not been there. THis team is SO much better than the team that finished 1st in the conference in 2008. 5 on 5 play is the true measure of a team and the Habs are 4th in teh league. Just get that PP going like we know it can and there’s no stopping us.

      • Trisomy 21 says:

        He’s not a , he’s stating his belief and you’re a for attacking him for it. He said Pacioretty isn’t the same player against he BRUINS. And I would agree. He stayed to the outside and passed more often than he shot, which is not like him. How could you say we’re so good when we’re not even in the playoffs yet? Not to mention lost to the Islanders. Even if we go on a tear we’re still a week away from being 8th.
        Regarding the little 3, there is justification for calling them out. They’re not getting paid to play the last 30 games of the year. Especially when playing this bad in the first 20 is already hurting our chances at getting somewhere

  31. BoomBoom says:

    No PK in the last minute of the game but MaxPac is playing the point! WTF! I have no problem with MaxPac being one of the 6 skaters but not at the point. I always respected Martin, you don’t coach over 1000 games without being a good coach. But his time in Mtl is over. He has honestly cost us some valuable points this year and now the playoffs are jeopardy. I’ll throw out a name as a possible replacement…Mario Tremblay. This guy did spend 10 years under Jacques Lemaire and to be honest hearing him on RDS this guy knows his hockey. Problem is that he and the Goat would never get along.
    While I don’t condone fighting, I sure hope the Habs fans kicked the crap out of the Bruins fans at the end of game. I did notice that a big Bruins blanket went up behind Thomas just as the Habs called a timeout. Hoping those d-bags got a beating and still being pummelled as we speak outside the Bell Centre. Our team may not be tough but are fans sure are!
    Finally Emilen and Weber stay, Diaz and St.Denis to Hamilton when Spacek and Gill are back.

    C’est le but!

  32. Barts says:

    Gomez! Gomez! More Gomez. He should play all the time.

  33. TOP DAWG says:

    I’m sick & tired of hearing about Thomas & Crosby

    “If you’re not the TOP DAWG, the view never changes”

  34. twilighthours says:

    Habsince72, darche was getting more Pp time than cole. Not any more (although he did steal a shift today). I think the point is that darche deserves 0 minutes and 0 seconds of PP time.

  35. Everlasting1 says:

    Hard to argue with Bs announcer’s ” Thomas, the world’s greatest goaltender on Earth”

    ——————————————————————-
    Thus sayeth the Lord, “Destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks.” Amos 2:9

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  36. Chrisadiens says:

    Hard to stomach a loss to boston, but we hung in there.

    Can’t wait to get the Andrei(s) back. Its very hard to get an idea of where this team is going with all these injuries. Looks like we are a 6-9 place team right now, but I just can’t accept that yet. Oh yea, and JM sucks. :)

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  37. ZimHabwe says:

    The least constructive posts here are the ones where Gomez is a scapegoat. The score was 1-0 and Tim Thomas stood on his head. Chara and his big stick clocked in mad minutes. The Habs played very well. This is a loss we can take. With this standard of play, I fear no team.

  38. TOP DAWG says:

    I can see three straight losses comming up.

    “If you’re not the TOP DAWG, the view never changes”

  39. HabFanSince72 says:

    According to nhl.com Erik Cole is getting close to three times as many power play minutes as Mathieu Darche. Cole in fact gets 4 sec/g more than Cammy.

    Yet according to H I/O the biggest problem with Martin is he prefers Darche to Cole on the PP.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?fetchKey=20122MTLSASALL&sort=avgPowerPlayTOIPerGame&viewName=timeOnIce

  40. OneTimer says:

    Some positives in this loss:

    – we were golden on draws on the power play
    – our forecheck was causing more turnovers than I’d seen all season, very satisfying to see…I mean seriously take away Chara, and that’s an AHL blue line.
    – MaxPac, DD and Cole line was great, seemed to me like JM rode them hard too. If this were another night, they might’ve had 3 goals.

    Onto the next one!

  41. Ton says:

    were ok, we lost missing some very key players for the team we played against. markov will create new offense for us and will improve our pp significantly. ak would have helped us big time for you can now spread 3 power players over 3 lines. boston won but they have a hard time skating with us. i see a very tentative Max given what happened to him i hope he can drive the net more does than he does. lets keep our head high. antichambre is bashing gomez, it is what it is you have no choice has a team to try to ignite him, he’s here to stay.

  42. jmsheehy19 says:

    The firs two minutes of the third and the last 1:30 were awful, maybe the worst part of the entire game. How can we not generate anything with the man advantage after controlling the play 5 on 5?

    Oh well, Thomas stole it, move on. Need to win the next one, because Philly and Pitt won’t be a cakewalk this weekend.

  43. twilighthours says:

    Ference was Gomez’ man. He was the next (4th) man back in to the zone, so he was responsible to pick up the next (4th) attacker. Eller was behind the play.

  44. JoeC says:

    So any Pro JM people think he coached a great game, used his team perfectly, and think that Emelin being there best defeceman today will be benched next game cause Gills back???

    • Stev.R says:

      We lost 1-0 and dominated most of the game. Really hard to fault anyone. Sometimes you just get beat. Wake up.

    • Habfan4lfe says:

      Never even thought we had a chance tonight. Technically it wasn’t even close. You know Thomas had the horseshoe tonight and if we didn’t get an early one we were sunk. Could have been turned around if we had a coach with a brain but unfortunately not. Again, wrong players at the WRONG time. Depressing to watch games like this you sit there going WHY IS HE PLAYING HIM!!!??? I must have said that a million times!

      Hey Stubbs, how about pulling out some JM baby pictures!? Maybe interview his mother too!?

      Here’s a poll suggestion other than the “I love JM” poll.

      Have you ever “played” hockey, with “skates” on a “team” in a “league” or do you just follow stats and like the comfy couch?

      a) i played and loved the game for years
      b) i know everything by following stats but true, i love warming my arse on my couch

      Say all you want about JM but he will NOT get this team a Stanley Cup. Dream on.

  45. Dulljerk says:

    Yes, the Habs had a huge shot advantage, and a huge advantage in absolutely goofy plays. Who do these guys think they are? Les Glorieux? I don’t think so. When you are facing a red hot goaltender, the strategy is everything at the net, not 4 to 5 passes and then nothing. Cole played very well though, can’t deny that. Someone should tell that runt Cammaleri he isn’t Brett Hull, I’m so sick of his totally predictable one knee misfire.
    “Muckers win games”

    • JoeC says:

      Cammalleri is this teams only pure sniper, and the Plecks Gio Cams line doesnt work, and JM keeps on throwing them on the ice together. Yes hes not playing that well, but the count has did nothing to try and get him line mates that might compliment him, just 2 other people that get pushed off the puck easy.

  46. punkster says:

    Good game and a tough one to lose. I thought they played well and Thomas, as usual, played like a Vezina winner. Three things stood out for me. First, the kids on D are pretty good really. Second, we really do miss AK. Third, Stone Hands Moen out there with a good play maker like Gomez is just so wrong.

    We’ll get ‘em next time.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  47. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …DAMN THOMAS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    …tell Me We do not match da TeddyBears
    …difference is the DoughBoy in nets …great goalie …give him his due
    …AND, Our young ‘NHL inexperienced’ D did not pitch a shut-out like with the Rangers, but They are The Real Deal
    …love Gill and Spatcho, BUT …these young Guyz have the speed to a ‘T’ to best compliment the speed of Our ‘O’
    …will be a regression I am afraid to say when Gill and Spatch return
    …real shame to sit these Young Bucks, or trade, or send to Hamilton
    …hope Gauthier will THINK this out real careful

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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  48. Rob D says:

    Punchless offense. Nothing sustained for long..They need more scoring and they won’t find it at this point without giving up PK or something idiot level like that.

    Great defensive game by the Bruins though and Thomas was very good too. This is the type of game where Cammy usually comes through but what you gonna do?

    • Shane1313 says:

      We don’t need more offense! Pleky has 20 points. Pac has 9 goals. Cole has been great. AK was playing well and Marky will help there too! I wouldn’t say punchless. It was hard fought and we didn’t stop. We’ll be alright

  49. twilighthours says:

    What’s ya gonna do? Total domination but couldnt squeak one in. I’ll take that effort every night. Bruins don’t scare me, I’ll tell ya. One area requiring attention, though, is the attack with the goaler out. Habs look disorganized this year with price on the pines.

    • RiverviewCanadien says:

      Bruins just won their 9th in a row. And our offense has been clicking, D has been solid and Price was in the zone again…Bruins should scare you.

      I hate the Bs, but damn it, they are playing better than the Habs. When was the last time the Habs went on a 9 game winning streak?

    • Playing with the goalie out has been a problem ever since Martin took over. We rarely get empty netters when the other team has the net empty and almost never score when we empty our own net.

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  50. montreal ace says:

    Well played game, we will get them next time, I really like the way the D moved the puck out of our zone, I have no complaints about the effort of this team tonight

  51. This kind of game would be less frustrating if it was happening less often. Dominate in every single damn area of play, and still lose. I wouldn’t mind if Tim Thomas and the 4 billion horse shoes stuffed up his ass were shot into the sun tomorrow morning as it rises over Montreal.

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    • RiverviewCanadien says:

      Another reason why I can’t stand him. Luck.

      Andrew, thanks for reminding me, he just ALWAYS seems to stop the puck…somehow, that can’t be luck. Gotta start looking at the players shooting that puck.

      Our top forwards, did not play like top forwards tonight, and I hate when BOS shuts out MTL, especially when it is Tim “Mr. Non-Travesty to Hockey” Thomas.

    • HardHabits says:

      The Habs had few if any rebounds.
      The had maybe one or two tic-tac plays but no tic-tac-toes
      Many of the shots came from the periphery

      The Bruins played a good solid defensive game. The Habs had maybe 4-5 good scoring chances. Which is more than the Bruins 3-4 chances yes. But I wouldn’t say dominate. That game was as close as they come.

      Thomas barely worked up a sweat. He had to make maybe 2 really good saves. The rest were routine for him.

      • Look at NHL.com’s shot charts. The shots didn’t come from the periphery, that’s total BS. after the second period Montreal had 9 shots from the inside to the Bruins 2.

        The game wasn’t close as they come at all. Montreal had the puck 63% of the game. Won more faceoffs, although marginally, had more hits, more takeaways.

        Scoring chances that were shots on goal were 14-4. It was utter and complete domination.

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  52. RiverviewCanadien says:

    @ffenliv

    I always respected Thomas until I heard about the comments he made about PK after they eliminated the Habs last year.

    Than I KNEW he was a douchebag, through and through.

  53. TOP DAWG says:

    Boone’s next blog: “Thomas out shines Price”?

    “If you’re not the TOP DAWG, the view never changes”

  54. PureGuava says:

    Let’s keep playing a guy that hasn’t scored in eons twenty minutes a game…

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  55. TOP DAWG says:

    Oh well

    “If you’re not the TOP DAWG, the view never changes”

  56. topher5468 says:

    With all the good Gomez did tonight, his laziness cost us the game.

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  57. TheMock780 says:

    When he’s not shooting the puck Cammy’s brutal. A glorified Micheal Ryder. Cole was phenomenal tonight, continues to be great. Understandably, the Bruins games don’t seem to be Pachioretty’s best so far this season. And Price was really good as per usual. Also, Gomez played well again. Not too many negatives after this loss, but Cammy’s play without the puck and his puckhandling continues to be lacking.

  58. Habbu says:

    The depression returns

  59. Bill says:

    Give the B’s their due, they won a good, tight game. Their defence was great: Thomas didn’t have to make any tough saves, and I can’t remember any rebounds or second chances.

    The Habs were decent defensively as well, apart from one crucial mistake … was it Gomez? I couldn’t really tell who should have had Ference.

    Neither side did much offensively: the Habs used their speed but were kept to the outside, and the Bruins used their size but it didn’t deter the Habs.

    Good even game, too bad it didn’t go our way.

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  60. TOP DAWG says:

    Every Team knows that Thomas is out of position 98% of the time. The Habs have to take advantage of that.

    “If you’re not the TOP DAWG, the view never changes”

  61. Christmas wish:
    – Cammy realizes he’s being paid 6 million to score
    – Markov
    – Kostitsyn
    – Jacques Martin doesn’t return next season

  62. zozotheclown says:

    Outplayed Boston, but they got great goaltending and played picture perfect D, and capitalized on one stupid mistake.

  63. JasonM says:

    Can’t believe no PK in the last 2 minutes of this game. No one to bring the puck in the zone. Nothing.

    No forwards able to score anymore, everyone thinking this is Carolina and fancy plays 101 work.

    There are the worst kind of games to lose in. You compete. You dominate. You outplay the opposition and you cannot score a SINGLE GOAL.

  64. riddler says:

    I hate the BRUINS with every fabric of my being. Ugh. That hurts.
    On
    The other hand we showed we
    can play with the big boys.

  65. duffy says:

    A pathetic bunch of overpaid under achieving hockey players.

  66. Propwash says:

    Bring on the underbusthrowers

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  67. TOP DAWG says:

    If only Carey could score

    “If you’re not the TOP DAWG, the view never changes”

  68. JoeC says:

    Im so happy PK never plays on the PP but Weber does,

    JM your a pos, you need to lose ur job NOW

  69. Stev.R says:

    We’ve played well. What are we going to bitch about until next game? Gomez, JM, size, PG, somebody new?

  70. JohnBellyful says:

    Why don’t we all chip in and get a half-wit for Spoked-B so he can complete his set.

  71. Habbu says:

    God almighty can’t even set up with a 2 man advantage

  72. Feraco says:

    Brutal. Everyone is playing individually…a PP quarter back for Xmas please

  73. ffenliv says:

    How is it possible, playing 6 on 4, for the Bruins to pressure so hard.

    And how, with the game on the line, can you go offside like that?

    Tight game that needed the powerplay, and with 11 seconds left, the powerplay has totally bailed on them.

  74. JasonM says:

    No PK? WHY? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY


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