Liveblog: Eastern Semi-final Game 2 – Canadiens blow third-period lead, series tied

Bruins celebrate

We have a series

The Canadiens came within eight minutes of  a 2-0 series lead.

Then they collapsed.

Boston scored three goals in less than six minutes, and Carey Price – brilliant to that point – looked shaky.

Credit the Bruins: a character team that never quits.

Back to the Bell Centre for Game 3.

 

Epic collapse

Leading 3-1 11 minutes into the third period, the Canadiens surrendered three goals in 5:32.

Dougie Hamilton began the rally, and Boston got goals from Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith.

Milan Lucic's empty-net goal completed the rally.

Push-back period

Canadiens outshot Boston 15-13 and got goals from Mike Weaver and, on a power play, Thomas Vanek to take the lead.

Signs of frustration from the home team, which took a bench minor toward the end of the period.

A Milan Lucic goal was disallowed – in off his hand – and Carey Price made spoectacular stops on Patrice Bergeron and Torrey Krug.

Unlikely scorer

Daniel Paille, alone in the slot, fired a shot that ricocheted off Francis Bouillon's leg to beat Carey Price.

The Canadiens killed off a 5-on-3 shorthanded situation but were inept on their two power plays.

Boston had a 13-6 shot advantage, an accurate reflection of play.

 

Afternoon delight?

Boston plays many afternoon games in the course of its regular season.

The Canadiens don't.

So the home team might have an advantage in adapting to a 12:30 p.m. start time.

The way Carey Price is playing, however, the Canadiens goaltender could stone the Bs at 4 a.m.

Price has started 10 times at the Sochi Olympics and in this spring's NHL playoffs.

He's 10-0, with a save percentage of .939 and a goals-against average of 1.60.

Clutch goalie?

Yeah, you could say that.

Price made 48 saves in the series opener. His teammates blocked another 30 shots, and Boston missed the net 17 times.

That's a lot of vulcanized rubber, and Game 2 may bring more of the same.

• Interesting stat cited by Patrick V. Hickey in The Gazette: The Canadiens have played 342 minutes, 25 seconds to date in the postseason. They've trailed for 3:34.

• Suggested reading: I'd urge anyone surprised by the stomach-turning racism of some Bruins fans to track down Common Ground, J. Anthony Lucas's epic study of the Boston busing crisis. Also remember the Red Sox were the last major league team to integrate. Pumpsie Green joined the team in 1959 – 12 years after Jackie Robinson made his Brooklyn Dodgers debut.

 

1,669 Comments

  1. habstrinifan says:

    I can’t blame the boys. I was over-confident too after the 3rd goal.
    Bummer!

    Edit: I watched the game at the gym so it turned out to be a lonely vigil. Really upset about this loss.

  2. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    The best thing that happened today was that animal Thorton got hurt trying to nail PK. I can’t believe PK is getting criticized for avoiding him. Too bad…LOL

  3. Marc10 says:

    We deserved to lose game 1, so I see this as bit of poetic justice. We stopped skating and forcing the play and let them back in. Hopefully that lesson has now been learned. We got away with playing passive with the lead in the third all year… Not this time.

    The good. Price was very good. He made a mistake on the GWG… Otherwise, he’s been fantastic. PK is a killer on the PP. Eller and Bourque are providing secondary scoring (at least in the playoffs so far, if not last night), and Vanek scored two from Rask’s kitchen. Even our bottom pairing on D have been very effective. They were extremely unlucky tonight. Also props to whoever is keeping the Boston fourth line quiet. Love your work.

    Still, the Bruins are the better team. Their dangermen in Lucic, Bergie and the Rat are getting great looks. Krug and Hammy are amazing. Unfortunately for them, Kreiji can’t convert and their goalie is a choker. If they’re to win… They’ll need to overcome Rask’s inability to show up against the Habs.

    So we’re still in this with a chance. We need more from the Wolverine, but otherwise it’s enough to go through the best team in the league. And we shall. GWG

  4. rljmartin says:

    I have watched A LOT of games this year with NHL gamecenter. I do not know how many Bruins games I have seen, maybe 20, and the one thing Habs must do is pick up the trailer on the rush. They always look for the trailer and almost always have one and that is how they get so many wide open looks from very sweet spots on the ice.

    Just watched RDS replays of the Bergeron goal. Cube did not touch it. Looked weird, might have bounced but how? Will be interesting to see what CP has to say about it.

  5. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Prust needs to be taken out of the lineup…

    Who goes in?

    • Strummer says:

      Chucky ready?

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  6. Danno says:

    It was a tough loss

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  7. habkin says:

    It was a good lose, a lesson to be finally learned! A slap in the face deserved. You can see some of the passes were missing but not as much as the first game. There were more big hits by our Habs. They are getting their legs after a long break. Waite will talk to Price. Line changes will be explored. Third game will be well balanced. GHG!

    • Habcouver says:

      Good point.
      It is better to lose like this early in the playoffs than in the finals ( yes, optimistically the finals!).
      Habs have not reached their peak yet. When the offense really gets rolling (Vanek, Briere and Patches), let’s hope for a nice long run!

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  8. HUDSONHAB says:

    Why is it that players, lines and teams that have success for a while start to think it is going to become easy and stop working/skating. We have seen it with the DD line and now Eller line. They were -3. On the first goal, instead of moving the puck when he got it Gionta decided to take a few strides and ended up turning it over. It wasn’t directly turned into a goal but a few seconds later Boston scored.
    Pacs is not skating at all, his first 3steps look like he is trying to get out of bed to answer the phone and his feet get tangled in the sheets.

    Skating is our advantage, we need to be on step all night long.
    ….Hab4life….

  9. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I think MT keeps the same D for the next game. If they lose, then he will take Boullion out for Murray. The bottom six did not dominate today as they did against Tampa. Briere probably plays another game but if they get physically outmatched again, MT will have to change the 4th line to a crash and bang line.

    • Ton says:

      if i am going to be critical of MT its for one reason…..you need a fourth line playing against this team………prust moen and weiss possibly and you need to stick with it for the game

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Yup. It seems that they need a line who can wreak havoc in the Bruins zone to relieve some of the pressure. This was the problem with signing Briere on a team where there really was no room for him. At least he will take Gionta’s position on the third line next year.

  10. New says:

    So now it is the best of five. Three of which are in Montreal.

    Habs gave that game away. They know it. There is no sense them moving on if they give games away. So they’ll correct that or not move on. Simple really. This team has it’s destiny in it’s hands. Not the Bruins, or the West, or whatever the Pens and Rangers do…just what this Club choses to do. 10 years from now the players will look back and know it wasn’t fluke goals that won or lost it, but them. A lot of teams are never able to say that – there is always that asterisk of a blown call, a key injury, happenstance. Not this time. It is there for the taking.

    I can not believe how well they have played. What a bunch of guys.

  11. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Ok, that loss sucked a donkeys round objects. BUT, look at the big picture here folks it is not as bad as it seems. We can take these guys, we have got a split in a very tough building to play in and wait until you here the Bell Centre. Boullion, tough breaks, I bet he feels the crappiest and he has played well up until that. Habs can and will beat the Bruins I am super confident in it. Lets make this 3-1 and take it home in there barn 4-1 series final!

  12. Habcouver says:

    PK scores double OT winner yesterday: normal arms open celebration.
    Lucic scores empty net goal today: chest-beating primal roar, as if series is over.

    Boy, I’m happy being a Hab fan.

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    • Ton says:

      yep and get this…….there fans that paid 300$ for a ticket were the ones throwing trash at our players after they lost today……yep…..and they say these are not our fans…..bull shit yes they are Mr Neely……f*** o**

  13. rljmartin says:

    Tough end-of-game. Whistles got put away, Habs had 6 PPs to Bruins’ 3 so no more penalties would be coming. When the whistles are put away, bring on all the after whistle trash and it is advantage Boston big time. It is unreal how they feed off that stuff, it is like drinking Red Bull for them. Not sure how you counter that.

    Habs played a great 50 minutes of hockey but a lot of good teams have buckled in playoff games this year, this is not the first nor the last.

    I thought Bournival added a lot to Hab´s play. Interesting how much difference one player can make to help balance lines. Next game I would like to see White in for Prust, better skater, kills penalties, good on the forecheck and faceoffs and he gets under their skin.

    The other change should be Murray but not because Cube has played badly but because Habs need his shot blocking, corner play and size against Boston.

    • Ton says:

      good post i would make the same changes but dont be surprized to see chucky back

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Team collapsed after bad bounce goal but Bruins started to take over after their second goal and unfortunately out played the Habs for the last 10 minutes. Should be a wake up call as it’s a 60 minute game and of course they got the dreaded 3-1 lead.
        Now lets focus on game 3 which might be the turning point for the entire series.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

  14. Bozo McBozo says:

    No reasons to go mental. If anyone said that the end of the regular season the Habs’ record after six playoff games would be 5 and 1, we would have had them committed to a mental institution. Did they miss a great opportunity today? Sure! But, what makes you think we could hold a two-game lead in games?

  15. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the Bears have presently a 2 to 1 mobility and offensive depth/advantage on their blue-line (Hamilton and Krug) …We, virtually only P.K. …You can say ‘size’ too, as both Hamilton and Chara are skyscrapers

    …if I was Therrien and J.J., I would be muddling Beaulieu in Montreal in My mind right about now …or, maybe even both He and Tinordi, just to add a size/offensive spark to the Team

    …otherwise the Bruins now have the momentum to continue grinding-down Our Habs

    …the ineffectiveness of DD’s line also is likely the result of Our D’s limited offensive support skills

  16. Danno says:

    No ALN yet?

    Where’s The Boone? Is he out walking the pooch?

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  17. JUST ME says:

    Obviously many of us need time to think and tomorrow`s views of a lot of us will be different.
    Just tell me what were you thinking when the habs looked like they were going to win this one also ? Were you as pessimistic and i told you so esque ?
    Did you expect the Habs to win this in 4 games ?
    I think that we are doing fine and the players certainly understand what happened. We just need to make sure that the players on ice are 100 % uninjured and that we give 100 % effort 60 minutes.

  18. CH Marshall says:

    I don’t think putting Tiny in is the answer. I’d say let him play a full season before playoffs next year. Probably not ready for playoff action.

  19. JohnBellyful says:

    I missed the game, but do know the team lost 5-3.
    There are 1,646 comments below I have yet to read.
    How depressed will I be by comment 500?

  20. smiler2729 says:

    I take a lot of heat here over the last 7 years for saying this and being a broken record,
    broken record,
    broken record,
    broken record, but Tomas Plekanec can’t win a freakin’ key faceoff to save his life.
    Okay, I get he’s a defensive guy and all but at least have Eller out there with him to win the damned faceoffs!!!

    IF WE HAVE THE PUCK, WE WON’T HAVE TO WASTE TIME CHASING IT – FUNDAMENTAL HOCKEY!!!!!

    ’nuff said.

    Habs in 6.
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    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Did you see the game winning goal in game 1?

      • D Mex says:

        You mean tick, tack, toe + Boom !, with Plex starring as tick ?

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

      • habs-fan-84 says:

        I’ll take your silence as a firm “no”.

      • smiler2729 says:

        Yeah, made up for Boston’s goal earlier…
        You don’t see it???

        2011 playoffs: Who lost the faceoff in the defensive end in Game 7 vs. Boston in OT where Horton knocked us out?

        And there’ve been so many others, one win against a Bruin who wasn’t even ready on Thursday doesn’t make up for all of it.

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    • Habcouver says:

      Nice finish.
      Now if only that could rub off on MaxPac scoring opportunities, he could have ended this one early.

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  21. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    It doesn’t look good but you can’t be unhappy with the Habs coming away with one win with two games so close to each other. Not having Chucky is starting to hurt. Also the Habs “size” up front did nothing today. Chicago might not be a big team but they have some guys who wore out Chara last Cup final (e.g., Bickell). Hopefully the Habs can pick someone up like this in the off-season.

    • Ton says:

      montreal has strong core………and with guys like mac, nevins, crisp, tinordi, bealieu, Jacob Del la rose just around the corner our size problem is over

    • smiler2729 says:

      Oh yeah, I forgot about Chucky…

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  22. Ton says:

    i think Chuck comes back in game 3 or 4………..I think Murray goes in next game………you can manage his time with the last change.

  23. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …so, Boone pecking away on His ALM (About Last Morning) ?

  24. Dulljerk says:

    I will be ridiculed for this post, but if Montreal continues to play at this level in front of Price they will lose the series. I was thinking during this game, why not dress Doug Murray (Boston is dominating down low and they need somebody who can hit hard in their zone) and I would dress Parros (I know, it sounds crazy) and give him two assignments:
    1. Fourth line always dumps to Chara’s side and Parros to hit him. Wear him down, he’s the only one big enough to do it.
    2. I would put him in front of the net for power plays.

    Sounds insane, but why not. Bruins put Chara in front of the net during the P.P.

    All right here comes the abuse.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

    • mrhabby says:

      ha no abuse here. i think murray is slow and would be vulnerable to the bruins speed. Bruins are faster than you think. I get Murrays size but man he is so slow.

      Parros just will not work.

  25. habs-fan-84 says:

    You gotta be kidding me. Tinordi and Beaulieu? This is what some people want to see? Yikes.
    We’ve already seen Tinordi’s mental mistakes this year, now some of you want to see them in the playoffs?

    Krug, Miller and Hamilton are not legitimate comparisons. Compare their regular season starts (and playoff experience). Not even close.

    Next year is Tinordi and Beaulieu’s year. They’ll both likely start with the big club from the start of the year (well, Tinordi for sure, maybe Beaulieu half way through). When the playoffs start (next year), they’ll both be ready.

    Regardless, Habs in 6!

    • Frozen Village says:

      I appreciate your measured response. I think MT has been good in building his team.
      Area of opportunity, development of youth.
      A more seasoned Tinordi is a better option for a number 6 than FBoo, Beaulieu and Murray against the Bruins.
      You cant try to hide FBoo for 12 minutes a game and him makin 3 half plays and contributing to 3 goals against in 2 games, that math will kill us.

      More Swedes for the Lions in Winter

    • JUST ME says:

      I agree with you. They have no place on the lineup and certainly not in this serie.
      Today`s D-squad actually probably had its best game of the playoffs until that dreaded 10 minute mark in the 3rd period.

      There are reasons why the kids are not playing and they need to be kept away from those confidence crushing situations if we want them to be long term assets.

  26. The Jackal says:

    There may be something to playing Tinner and/or Beaulieu, it could provide a boost and improve the D, but you gotta live with the mistakes they WILL make.

    That being said, it’s not correct to assign the blame for those players not being “NHL ready” to MT. It’s an organizational philosophy that start with MB – to develop players and not rush them, let them take their time and ease them in, and it has worked for alright so far. No need to change this approach just because of one loss. I do expect those two to be in the roster full-time next season, but right now we need to win with our vets. I’d put in Murray in for Cube and roll with that.

    Dougie Hamilton and Krug are not rookies, Hamilton has a lot of playoff experience for a young player and Krug was pushed in last season out of pure necessity and he made it to the cup final already – not only that, but they fit in very well with the Bruins’ system, that they are playing on D now is not an accident or a move to shake things up. Perhaps Tinner over Cube would be better, I don’t know enough to say, but if we made that lineup change it is a shakeup, not part of the plan. The comparison is not relevant to the Habs in that case. I do think our young D can excel but should they suit up for a game we can’t expect them to be like Krug and Hamilton.

    Besides, our D has been solid – obviously Cube is exposed at times but we play a solid team D – we just need to be better at clearing the puck and breaking out. The bigger issue, IMO, is establishing a more dominant forecheck and working on the PP.

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  27. habs001 says:

    Is Thornton out next game?…That would leave the Bruins one less rampaging animal on the ice…

  28. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    Credit to Boston for keeping hammering away on the Habs, if not for a lot of things out of their control going their way in the 3rd period, they’re going to Montreal down 2 games.

    Price looks right around the screen while the shot was heading left, 3-2.
    Puck take a one in a million hop off the ice on a harmless shot, 3-3.
    Price loses his edge and gets tied up on the post trying to come across the crease, 4-3.

    If any one of those scenarios doesn’t go in the Bruins favour, we win. I’m not going to lose a lot of sleep over it. We go home tied 1-1 for two game with the last change.

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  29. ari says:

    Now what I gonna do after 7?

  30. jimmy shaker says:

    10 minutes to go for a 2-0 lead and then the meltdown, first time losing all year when leading after 2. Bears got the bounces! Suck a wrench cubs, C U tuesday!

    Shaker out!

  31. mrhabby says:

    putting tinordi and nathan our there would be really dumb. i get that they would get experience but you can bet the bruins would capitalize on the inexperience. The loss was a bit of bad luck with 2 goals going in off the cube.Price had zero chance on the goals. Boston needed a bit of a lucky bounce and they seized the momentum. stupid things happen in playoff hockey what can you do. still have not seen the habs play a complete game.

    • habcertain says:

      Is Hamilton any better of a prospect than Beaulieu when they started out? Pretty even to me, Hamilton makes mistakes but Jullien just keeps tapping him on the shoulder.

      • The Jackal says:

        Both are good prospects, but the difference here is Hamilton’s NHL and playoffs experience, not to mention that he is playing on a very cohesive team that is great at playing its system.

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      • mrhabby says:

        i think dougie as they say has a bit more experience in the playoffs. You cant blame MT for going with the vets thats just the way it is for most the coachs.

  32. jimmy shaker says:

    Thanks Betterman for the afternoon game……Boston played in what, 12 or 13 of them, and the habs only 4 maybe. Haven’t you got it yet? The Americans are never going to put hockey ahead of football, baseball or basketball no matter what you do……heck throw in golf as well. He always has a way of sticking it to the boys…..wonder what horse he has in the derby? What a piece of shite he is!

    Shaker out!

  33. Ton says:

    Habs always come back…….buy a car flag…….rally behind the team……..man I hope one day this site becomes a pay site! Keep idiots away!

  34. smiler2729 says:

    Tough loss but that’s why Boston won the President’s Trophy… Okay, enough of that shite, the Habs have home ice advantage and if we could win some freakin’ key faceoffs and quit the weak turnover crap, we’d sweep these overrated goons.

    GOTTA BE HUNGRIER

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    • Cape Breton says:

      Right on man!! Faceoff are huge & we suck at it! Sittin back too much, too. But what the f***, we’re 1-1 goin’ home. Never woulda thought it.

  35. thebonscott says:

    Rest thing is a total farce, the top guys play 20 mins a night, and are in phenomenal shape, they relax all day, have afternoon naps for christsake, and probably get massages. I work all day, play ball hockey for an hour, and i am fat and old, and if somebody asked me to play tomorrow, i dont say i am tired, i played last night. I play. There should be a game every night, especially if they have no travel, habs and bruins should have played last night.

    C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

    • smiler2729 says:

      Rocket surgery. Good one, gotta use that one.

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  36. frontenac1 says:

    It’s all going according to The Master Plan amigos! Habs in 6. Saludos!

  37. Habitant in Surrey says:

    @CJ

    …agree with most of Your thoughts CJ, except on Price

    …I usually see Price realistically, and first to see His faults

    …it was the Bruins and the Habs in front of Carey that this loss is on, not Carey

    • CJ says:

      Hi Habitant,

      The loss is certainly not on Price. The team folded and bent to the point of breaking. I’m simply saying that I watch him very closely, and, IMO, I thought his play changed in the third. He looked to be on his heals a little more and didn’t make himself as big (square, at the top of his crease). He got a little deep in the net. It’s a minor adjustment.

      Again, I know Price is very difficult to analyze as it seemingly touches so more sore points for fans. I’m just stating what I saw. In terms of accountability, there is probably nobody on the team who deserves to be absolved of the loss more than him, as his play through 50 minutes held us in.

      The whole team, Price included, came undone with 10 minutes to go. Again, just my opinion.

      • mrhabby says:

        came on done by a few fluky goals not manufactured goals by the bruins. they were fluky shitty goals nevertheless the habs did fold which is what i was hoping for them not to do when the 2nd goal when in.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      It depends on what the hopes / expectations are for this team.

      Price was very good today but he made mistakes on the tying and winning goals. If the Habs have any hope of beating the Bruins, or winning the Cup, then Price is going to have to close out these games. Otherwise, the Habs will have to simply be content with hangin’ with the big boyz for 6, 7 games – doing pretty damn good against the presidents trophy winners, despite losing to them.

      If the Habs hope to win the Cup, Price will have to play at a Conn Smythe level. You don’t see a lot of Conn Smythe winning goalies that give up 3 goals in the 3rd period (excl EN).

  38. thebonscott says:

    did anyone else notice the 4 on 3 powerplay wasn’t working because they were more than willing to let desharnais shoot, seconds after therrien switched desharnais for markov, bingo….let this be a lesson….

    C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

  39. HABS_FAN_NS says:

    Habs should have won this game but didn’t. I’m not too worried though. We got what we wanted out of this trip. It would be nice to be up 2-0 but it could be worse. The one positive about this is we won’t have to look at the hillbillies at TD garden for a few days.

  40. habs001 says:

    This is where Tinordi,Beaulieu and Pateryn could have made a big difference if they would have been ready to play at the level that management projected they will be one day….The Habs have too many old D for playoff hockey…

    • Cal says:

      “Old D” wins championships. Young D make too many mistakes to get there. Playing with Tinordi, Beaulieu and Pateryn this season would have meant no playoffs for the Habs.

      • CJ says:

        Expect the exact opposite is happening in Boston.

        Krug and Hamilton are great examples. Miller has no playoff experience.

        • ArmyFan says:

          Hamilton is good, and I think he’ll be great. But don’t forget he’s playing with Chara. We all know how a great defenceman can make someone else look good (see KOMISAREK, MIKE).

          • CJ says:

            I agree. Your point is valid. Krug and Miller were also very good. They have the coaches trust. I’m sure Therien goes back to Moen over Bournival. Rightfully or wrongfully, our coach will live and die with experience (not playoff experience, but age only – Emelin and Weaver had a combined 11 games of playoff experience).

        • piper says:

          good point. bring in the kids.

      • habs001 says:

        If you win in 4 or 5 games each series…the D is not big and a series like this will catch up with them…I just see a lot more mistakes coming up and the hope is that the Bruins dont capitalize on them…

      • Ton says:

        at some point your going to have to break in those guys……in end the would make the team bigger and better!

      • Cape Breton says:

        Weaver, God bless him, did a kick it up the boards and it was picked by a B which led to the tying or winner, not sure. Needless to say, Weaver has been lites out.

      • habcertain says:

        Hamilton, Krug… Don’t think so. At least one of our three kids, should have been developed and NHL ready at this point. MT refuses to play rookies and push through the learning curve, his not dressing, benching mentality is not conducive to progressing talent.

    • NightRyder says:

      Better to dare to be great than play not to lose.
      But that wouldn’t fit Therrien’s M.O.
      Veterans will theoretically make less mistakes, so Tinordi and Beaulieau get to watch.
      Galchenyuk gets no ice time, Subban can’t have personality, Vanek takes a seat, everyone goes up and down in coach-controlled robotic fashion.
      Let them play, Mikey, you might just like the results!

      • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

        This idea that Beaulieu and Tinordi are savious is laughable – similar logic to what people were saying last summer, that we should put BOTH of those guys in and that we were gonna dominate!!!! (etc., etc.). The fact is, Tinordi struggled all season and Beaulieu is still learning the defensive side of the game. Cal is absolutely right. And anyone who can’t see the value Weaver has brought is just blind. I have no problem inserting Beaulieu for next game, but battle-hardened vets win Cups.

        • NightRyder says:

          I don’t see anyone suggesting they are saviours. I wouldn’t put both of them in at once but I’d certainly slot either one of them into a given game.
          I’ve had 20 years of watching servicable puds take ice time from young kids, and it’s gotten us exactly nowhere.

        • habcertain says:

          Grant you, Weaver has logged some good ice time, but this guy is a career journeyman, struggling to look for work, he won’t lead you to the cup. You can’t hold back far superior hockey talent, they need the ice time to achieve their plateau, it just has been wasted time. We have no push back to clear the crease and move the puck out of the zone.

  41. habcertain says:

    A split is nice but the window was there and we failed to take advantage, we have not been able to pressure in the ozone and Rask has had a pretty easy time of it. Vanek got going but the DD line is barely making a presence, Pleks is doing nothing which is becoming a playoff norm for him. Prust is totally ineffectual. Usually it is our defense that sucks but they have been playing better than the forwards. If not for Price there is no way this even gets into the 3rd with a lead. PK was definitely handicapped not being able to shoot, hopefully Tuesday will bring a different story. If we stumble in game 3 it is over. White, Tiny should cycle in for Bourney and Cube

    • ooder says:

      a dunno, on the road pleks has been pretty good in neutralizing the bruins top line.
      however, DD + Pac need to step up and do something.
      Prust is hurt, play ryan white over him.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      It’s sad that some fans still think Pleks does nothing.

      Penalty kill not so bad this series (0 goals against). Krejci not doing much (1 assist on an empty netter).

      Pleks – 5 points in 6 games.

      /sad

  42. CJ says:

    So, who benefits more from the extra day off, Montreal or Boston? I’m leaning towards Montreal. IMO, the Canadiens have yet to play their best game. I think this has less to do with the team being unprepared than it does with the fact that Boston is just plain great. I don’t like them, I don’t like the theatrics, but they are a great team.

    We found a short term solution with Price in game one, but that’s not a permanent solution. The team needs to be better. I’m hoping we capitalize on the last change and play an up tempo game on Tuesday night.

    Now is not the time to throw guys under the bus, point fingers and say I told you so….. BUT, the coaching staff need to revisit Prust being in the lineup. IMO, I’d rather a healthy White than Prust at 75%. It’s noble what he’s trying to do, but it’s hurting the team, not helping. Just my two cents….

    Lastly, and I’m just calling it like I see it here, so please don’t hate – but, if it’s fair to hoist Price unto a pedestal for his play in game 1, and through two and a half periods of game three, than it’s fair to say he didn’t look great in the third. Hindsight is 20/20, but a time out to settle the boys would have really helped. I’m not suggesting we mismanaged the stoppage earlier in the third, but that could have really helped.

    At the end of the day, the Bruins are probably the best team in the league. What we saw this afternoon probably had less to do with the Habs collapsing, as it did the Bruins connecting and coming together. I hate to say it, but that scares me. Game three is a critical juncture. As a fan there’s not much left to do or say but continue to cheer the team and make it as inhospitable at the Bell Centre as possible on Tuesday night. Go Habs. CJ

    • BJ says:

      I think you are correct in replacing Prust, he seems slow and not making good plays in either zones. Maybe he’s hurt? If thats the case White would give us more speed and a good face-off man in our D.

      • CJ says:

        I don’t think there’s any doubt Prust is hurt. I watched him live during game four against the Bolts. He laboured to get up and down the ice. He’s a warrior, but the bravest thing he could do to help the team is step aside and let White play.

      • FlyAngler says:

        You can argue just as well that the Bruins are fortunate to be heading to Montreal tied at 1. The series is tied and the team that has the courage and resolve to impose its will on their opponent is going to win this series.

        The Bruins are a very good team, but they are not invincible by any means and they are not “great” like the Bruins teams that had Orr and Esposito and Hodge and Cashman. With Seidenburg still out their D is very young and inexperienced and players like Hamilton and Krug and Bartkowski make mistakes (and some good plays). Rask has not won anything yet and thus far has been Carey Price’s B***h. This series is their for the Habs to take and will come down to which team best reduces and eliminates mistakes. The Habs need to come out flying in game 3 and put pressure on Rask and the Bruins’ D. If they skate with the Bruins or out skate them, they will have an excellent chance to win.

        “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

    • habcertain says:

      No way Price can be blamed for anything, the game winner jumped off the ice, no way to anticipate that, lastly without his stops in the 1st two periods, the 3rd is a moot point.

      • CJ says:

        My apologizes. I thought I indicated that his play in game one, and through two and a half periods was exceptional. There was bad bounces, absolutely outside of his control. When he’s on, he makes himself big. With 10 minutes remaining, he started to look small. Maybe I’m way off, just calling it as I see it.

        • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

          Was he beaten on any clean goal that he could see? His only mistake was on the GWG when he lost his footing and therefore went down early. By “look small,” you mean got scored on. Not the same thing.

          • CJ says:

            By look small, I mean he’s deep in his crease, down early and lunging at the puck instead of letting it come to him. Again, I understand that Price is off limits for many people. He’s the only reason the series is 1-1, so please take my comments as they were intended, which is simply to point out what I’m watching. Again, he’s played very good so far.

            I know this is unfair, and he shouldn’t have to carry the burden of the entire franchise, but our only chance to upset Boston is to have Price play nearly perfect hockey.

            Again, just my two cents. CJ

      • boing007 says:

        If Price hadn’t gone down so fast the puck wouldn’t have passed over his shoulder. He has been going down much too often in the last two games and I don’t give a hoot if all of you disagree with me and call me a Price hater.

        Richard R

    • JF says:

      Very good post. The Bruins are probably the best team in the League. They’re certainly the best third-period team. In both games, they’ve been down by two goals in the third and come back. We were lucky to win the first game; and even though we could perhaps have won this game if Price had been better in the third, in the end the Bruins are the better team.

      The loss could actually be good for us in that it tells us what we need to focus on. It also lets us know – if we didn’t already – that we’re not playing well enough.

    • piper says:

      You’re right about White for Prust. Prust must be still hurting and White is all heart too. I’d like to see Tinner in for Frankie. Not blaming him for the two bad bounces I just think Tinordis size might help.

  43. Psycho29 says:

    Well the way I look at it the Habs went into Boston against the Presidents Trophy team (117 pts) and are coming back home with home ice advantage in a best-of-5 series.
    Habs should have lost big time on Thursday and probably should have won today.

    Everyone take a deep breath, relax, the sky isn’t falling.

    Anyhow, we have a secret weapon on Tuesday and Thursday, Ginette Reno. Hopefully Lucic doesn’t decide to facewash her before the anthems!


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