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. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    Back to our barn with the last change, for 2 games, series tied. Losing today sucked, but this scenario is exactly what everyone would have been happy with before the series started.

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  2. billylove says:

    Pretty easy to summarize where we’re at. Good news, leave Boston even up and we’ve won 3 of 4 road games which is not easy in the playoffs. Bad news, as Boone correctly points out, this loss is the result of a bona fide collapse. Losing after winning game 1 isn’t the end of the world, but the way we lost makes it a hard pill to swallow. Imho, makes game 3 a critical contest. Simply cannot give the Goons more momentum. We’re not playing Tampa Bay.

    • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

      Don’t panic. It’s unfortunate that the Bruins comes away from Boston feeling like winners despite having barely managed the split. But you don’t win anything without absorbing some tough body-blows like this game. Learn from it. Recover. Adjust. Come back hard. The same applies even if do lose Game Three.

      WE have the match-ups next game, and hopefully that means Patches and Vanek can really start to crank it up. It’s all about resilience.

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Tinordi and Beaulieu would certainly even up the physical disparity …They would provide additional offensive energy and options, especially puck-possession when the Bruins are pushing

    …but, would They be prone to more turn-overs and rookie-yips than Boo and Weaver

    …will be interesting to see what Therrien will decide

  4. ahj60 says:

    Eric,

    You don’t need a gutter mouth.

  5. Cal says:

    Did you really expect the Habs to go 16-0? Price was All World for 110 minutes in Boston. The last 10, not so much.
    1-1 after going to their barn for 2? I’ll take it gladly and await a better Habs team Tuesday night.
    All the smug I-told-you-sos coming from the Dark Side of the Commentariat are quite the joke. This was supposed to be so easy for them. The Habs are pushovers, right?
    This is going to be a tough grind of a series and Price will have to be better. Then again, so will every one in front of him.

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    • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

      Price made exactly one mistake tonight, losing his footing on the GWG. He also made loads of massive saves. Asking him to “be better” is pretty rich.

      Putting in BOTH Tinordi and Beaulieu would be the pinnacle of stupidity. Boston can insert those rookies in because they’re so well-insulated. I have to problem with inserting Beaulieu, but that’s it.

      • Cal says:

        The last 2 he allowed should have been stopped, imo. So, yes, he has to be better.

        • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

          I’m not sure how you think that he’s supposed to react to a deflection off the ice when he’s expecting it to come in at pad height or lower, but I just can’t blame for that. If it doesn’t hop off the ice like that he’s got it and we probably win the game. Flukey bounce, that’s it. Sometimes $h!t happens.

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  6. NightRyder says:

    Certainly, you can’t put all the blame in any one area for a loss. But I will continue to point fingers at Therrien.
    Habs have been outscored 19-2 in the third period during last two playoffs under Therrien. Surely it’s not all coaching, but to me, it’s not a coincidence.
    Everything is about pulling back the reins. Don’t let Subban have a personality. Get a lead, don’t go for the jugular. Players are conditioned to think differently now when we have a lead. Don’t make mistakes.
    Once the overthinking creeps in, that’s when the landslides begin in the wrong direction and the “bad bounces” seem to go against you. I know this happens in more places than just Montreal, but for me, it will be why I continue to have zero faith in Therrien.
    Misplaced blame? Perhaps. But again, I’ve seen enough to make it pretty difficult to change my mind.

    • CJ says:

      IMO only, and perhaps I’m wrong, there is something to the size and style of play differences. Montreal holds up well through two periods, but they get grounded and pounded all game, and it seems to catch up in the third.

      Crisp, Mac, Nevins, Tinordi, Beaulieu, etc. are going to help address this going forward. In the interim, we need to manage to the best of our ability.

      It’s like a boxing match. We hold up well early, but as the rounds go on, and we absorb more blows, we weaken. Again, just my two cents…

  7. habs001 says:

    One thing is that while the Bruins have very good forwards they are not that loaded on forward…It is not a lineup of superstars…

    • Ton says:

      always been that way……..lunch box players………that’s why they trade superstars…..seguin………..Joe T…………Esposito……treated orr like crap…….they don’t want players to be bigger than the team

  8. The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

    A lot of overblown negativity around here. People seem incapable of recognizing that Boston was the BEST TEAM IN THE NHL this season; that they went to the Finals last year; and that they won the Cup two years earlier. They are, not to put too fine a point on it, a powerhouse. They are also an unbelievably strong third-period club. You’re not going to march into Boston and clamp it down on a team like that, no problem-o. Nor are you going to sweep the series. If we’re going to defeat these guys, it’s going to be through a combination of supreme goaltending, resilience, deadly counter-punching, and plain old luck. In the big picture, we’re in good position. Nothing to be bitter or angry about. We just have to regroup, study the tape, make adjustments, and hope that with the line match-ups we can garner an extra edge at home.

    What I really want to see is more effective breakouts. The Prunes have been superb at keeping the puck in at the blueline. I dunno how they’re doing it, but if I’m Therrien, improving those percentages is Job 1.

    • NightRyder says:

      Negativity after a loss is human nature. Negativity after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period is even more understandable.
      We ALL realize the Bruins are a powerhouse.
      That’s why not capitalizing on a huge chance to step on their throat bothers us so much.

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

    Anyone want to bet how far up on a scale of 1 to 10 Boone’s ALN will be on the Pessimistic Scale? I say +15.

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  10. habsfan0 says:

    Habs had this game,and apparently,this series under total control.
    Then,a great shot by Hamilton,and a fluke bounce changed the complexion entirely.
    Game 3 will be key.

    • piper says:

      did you watch the games? They have been totaly out played both games. Lucky to be tied in the series.

      • Ton says:

        i can same for the bruins because I know one thing……..we were up one game going into today’s game and a 3-1 lead late in today’s game. Bruins are lucky to be in a tied series buddy!

        • piper says:

          No. The Bruin were almost very unlucky to be down 2 – 0. They are a better overall team by quite a margin. We have the better goalie though and thats why its close.

          • Ton says:

            no reverse it………habs were up 1-0 in games and with only 6 minutes left in the game bruins got two lucky goals to tie up the series…….man are they lucky they could have been down 2-0 in games….sounds better my way because i am a true habs fan

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      I’ve never seen a shot, undeflected, go from ice level to up under the crossbar like that. I guess that there really is a home ice advantage!

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  11. habs001 says:

    The reality is the Habs still need talent upgrades…The overall D talent level is not cup calibre…The team had their best 4 games in a row all season vs Tampa…The reality is and i know some posters cannot accept this the Habs were outplayed in way more game in the regular season than they outplayed their opposition…If the Habs win this series it will more likely be not because they are the dominant team on the ice but games will look more like game 1 and 2…What this lineup has achieved this year is totally acceptable based on the talent level…

  12. steste11 says:

    Get ready for a lot more disappointment everyone, well at least 3 more games worth

    P.K 2013 Norris Trophy Winner

  13. boing007 says:

    Habs stopped ‘grinding’ with eight minutes to go. Bruins pushed back. Bend, don’t break didn’t work this time around.

    Richard R

  14. habsfan0 says:

    So we now have a Game 5 next Saturday afternoon in Boston,apparently.

  15. habs001 says:

    Game 3 huge..A bruin win series probably over in 5…

  16. Prop says:

    Lightning just hit less tan a kilometer from me, and here I am on my computer…

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  17. What a great game!! Habs came close but no reward for today’s game. Boston wanted it more and had a few bounces go there way. That’s hockey!! Habs will rebound and have to play much better in 3rd period if they want to get pass Boston.

    A few lineup changes for next game starting with Boullion out and Beauliea in for starters. Habs next speed on back end and play with more emotion. Briere needs to be replaced with Galchenyuk if he is ready? Habs will be better as this series heads back to Montreal.

    Go Habs Go!!!

  18. Eric Danis says:

    Scotland who do you cheer for?

  19. habs001 says:

    The Bruins forwards are looking like an all star team they way they are flying into the Habs zone ..very poor checking schemes by the coaching staff..too much room given…

  20. Ton says:

    tough loss…….we hate the bruins but there a good team……we need to bigger…..I don’t it can happen this fast but Mario Tremblay did say at the end of the game the punishment were taking is starting to take its toll on younger and smaller players………playing in Boston is toughest meanest cruelest dungeon to play at…….its going to take team toughness and size to win it all today mixed in with skill. I love the team and certainly were not out of this……hoping for the best.

  21. habs_54321 says:

    eerily simular too the leafs collapse vs boston last year

    • BJ says:

      Leafs didn’t have another game to recover from it. A loss is a loss thats it. Whoever wins three more advances and we are now tied and coming home.

  22. Eric Danis says:

    Wow I never thought that everybody here could be a professional hockey player and jack Adams winning coach!! Clearly everybody here is a fortune teller as well!! Maybe I should just stop watching hockey all together, to many habs fans think they are better than the pros

  23. Odie24 says:

    Prust is playing hurt. No f’n doubt.

  24. BJ says:

    The reality of the end of this game is that the “Ghosts of the Forum” that helped out for game one, actually left early as they never fly and travel by train only. They will be back at the Bell Centre for game 3. We will weather the first 10 minutes and slowly gain back our momentum.

  25. Habcouver says:

    I venture to say no change to line up for Tuesday. The Gooins won’t be so physical in our barn.

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    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  26. jols says:

    We should have lost game 1 and we should have held on and won game 2. So either way we are going home tied 1-1. A team is never in trouble in the playoffs till they lose at home. So as long as we play a full 60 minutes at home on Tuesday and Thursday night we should be alright…

  27. punkster says:

    That shot skipped, did not hit Cube.

    The CBC replay appears that it hits him, but the NBC angles both clearly show it skipping off the ice and missing Cube entirely.

    So between that fluke and the weird one through P.K. I suggest a bit of luck came in to play today.

    Not to absolve the Habs of contributing to the br00nz domination in the back half of the third…the Habs were for the most part making weak clearing attempts and their forecheck seemed to disappear (or the br00nz managed to finally counter it).

    I’m not at all concerned…series tied, going home for 2, against the best team in the league…life is good.

    Release the Subbang!!!

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      Amen. Remember, they’re the President Trophy winners… all of the pressure is on them to win the series.

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    • Ozmodiar says:

      It actually missed the Cube by a lot.

      I don’t buy the luck thing, BTW. You create your own luck. For every “lucky” Bruin goal, there’s been 2 lucky misses. Posts hit, Lucic missing empty net, puck hitting the Rat behind price, Soderberg’s shot sliding through crease, etc …

      Habs can avoid the “bad luck” by playing in the other team’s end.

  28. habs001 says:

    A big misconception is that D has played well..not really true they have not paid for their mistakes till the 3rd period of this game…

  29. Eric Danis says:

    CharlieHodgeFan are you a habs fan?

  30. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …’resilience’ is in the DNA of both these teams

    …so, stop predicting this is when Our Habs will fold

    …They will not fold

    • twilighthours says:

      Word.

    • The Jackal says:

      Exactly! Both of these teams have made impressive comebacks in the third and have a lot of character on them.
      We still come away with a 1-1 split, mission accomplished in Boston. I’ll worry if we are down 3-1 going into game 5.

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  31. habsfan0 says:

    They say adversity makes you stronger.
    Habs should be definitely better next game and still don’t have to win another game in Boston to win the series.

  32. Ozmodiar says:

    Would Moen have helped with a 3-1 lead?

  33. habs001 says:

    1-1 is not bad…I have seen this all year where the Habs physically got dominated and have trouble in their zone due to D size and mobility…When i mentioned this last week many posters disagreed but i still see the same thing…The Cube should not have played today after such a short turnaround time…

  34. nova scotia vees says:

    Hamilton’s goal is on Bourque and Price. Bourque could have blocked the shot. And Price decides to slide to the opposite side of the net when the shot was clearly coming to the side he leaves. Price also bad on the winner. Also, Mac is TOO SOFT on the puck.Afraid? Prust is toooo slow. Dress White and Murray. Slow but knows how to block shots. We may have just cost us a chance to win this series, as home ice is meaningless.
    V.

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      “And Price decides to slide to the opposite side of the net when the shot was clearly coming to the side he leaves.”

      So what are you saying? That he intentionally let it in?

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  35. Danno says:

    MT looks upset at the post-game presser

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  36. twilighthours says:

    As far as I can tell, the Bruins are a really good team. It will take a good team to beat a good team. Today, Montreal was good – the 2nd period and half the 3rd, Montreal was notably better than Boston.

    The games aren’t going to be easy, and they’re not going to be pretty. Boston is not Tampa Bay. The series is very much anyone’s to win.

    But if the puck hadn’t taken that wild bounce and gone in the net to tie the game, we’d all be sitting back sucking on beer and talking about how amazing it is to be up 2-0.

    Instead, it does take a wild bounce and we go waaaaaaaay over the top with the hyperbole about how the team can’t hold a lead, how it’s done, how the team chokes. This game turned on a lucky bounce.

    Now back to Montreal, where two more nail-biting games await.

    • The Jackal says:

      Well put twi, hockey is a game of bounces sometimes and it can be cruel to lose that way, but we’ve gotten our fair share thus far – the sword cuts both ways. It’ll be a long series and like you said, any team can win it.

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  37. RockinRey says:

    Bruins are the better team. Habs have to find a way to put a more consistent effort and get more from key players.

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  38. JUST ME says:

    We do need to let the dust settle i guess. 50 minutes of good hockey, we got one win in Boston and it was to be expected that this round would be a long one so let`s regroup and breathe deeply…

  39. Eric Danis says:

    Please people, the bruins are by far the best 3rd period team in the league this year, this is why we play a best of 7, the tapes and adjustments will be set. the first game Boston scored a comeback early in the 3rd, they took under 3 minutes to tie it up. Now in game two they took over 5 minutes to tie and win. Late into the third, the habs will win in 6 and you will progressively see the bruins loose there 3rd period advantage. The proof is in the pudding, next game the bruins won’t have much time to think, and the habs will ride the wave of habs nation and win both games at home. The first two periods and half the third were not dominated by the bruins and the game was much tighter than game one. Plus when a team rallies in the third at home any team can spark and get the momentum going… I say habs will bounce back they head to Boston up 3 to 1, lose a tight one and finish it at home in game 6. Go habs go!!!!

  40. BJ says:

    I was saving this for a moment like this:
    At the National Art Gallery in Dublin, a husband and wife were staring at a portrait that had them completely confused. The painting depicted 3 black men totally naked, sitting on a bench. Two of the figures had black penises, but the one in the middle had a pink penis. The curator of the gallery realized that they were having trouble interpreting the painting and offered his personal assessment. He went on for over half an hour explaining how it depicted the sexual emasculation of African Americans in a predominately white, patriarchal society. ‘In fact’, he pointed out, ‘some serious critics believe that the pink penis also reflects the cultural and sociological oppression experienced by gay men in contemporary society’. After the curator left, an Irishman approached the couple and said, ‘Would you like to know what the painting is really about?’ ‘Now why would you claim to be more of an expert than the curator of the gallery’, asked the couple. ‘Because I am the artist, who painted the picture,’ he replied. ‘In fact, there are no African Americans depicted at all. They’re just three Irish coal miners. The guy in the middle went home for lunch’.

  41. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I was sure the habs would win in four!

    Well, I actually wasn’t, and I doubt any other people who follow hockey were either. So let’s all chill and get ready for Tuesday. It’s a process. They’ll learn a lot from that game. It’ll take seven to take down the Bruins.

  42. Cape Breton says:

    All I can say is it was a very disappointing loss. But we have home ice advantage: Go Habs Go!

  43. Habcouver says:

    I expected bigger pushback from Gooins before the game started. Habs got off their game plan resulting in the collapse. Unfortunate, but it happened to better teams in the playoffs so far.

    Bounce back on Tuesday. No more superstitions. Habs are able to play any team if they stick to their game and strengths.

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  44. SPATS says:

    Let’s put this in perspective. This was not game 7 and we are NOT the Leafs

    OOH AAH HABS ON THE WARPATH – Dutchy rules!

  45. The Jackal says:

    This loss hurts a lot but there are lessons to be learned and the team will move on from this and come back stronger in game 3.

    Still a very good playoffs thus far, 5 wins and 1 loss with a lot of effort and grit in all our games. It sucks a lot to blow a lead with 10 mins left, but the Bruins are masters at coming back and this is a team that has experienced so many ways of coming back that a 2 goal lead is not a strong lead here. They came back with little time to go in game 7 last year and won, they learned how to not blow leads after blowing a 3-0 game lead to Philly, and they know that even down a game or two, they can win series. They are a good team but we have kept it close.

    It’s sort of good that we lost. I felt the team was getting somewhat complacent in their winning ways – we were battling hard but it appeared like the players safe hanging back because they would just win. This is a good wake-up call and if we learn from this loss, it will only make us a better team. How we respond in game 3 will tell the tale of the series – we need to respond to adversity and make a statement.

    Despite the loss, I think we are in the Bruins’ head and they know it won’t be easy going forward. No one said this would be an easy series and it will probably go 6 or 7 games, but IMO the Habs will win.

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    • FlyAngler says:

      Good points Jackal and the Habs are really in Rask’s head as we know. The boys need to get lots of rubber to the net in game 3.

      “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

      • ahj60 says:

        Habs in Rask’s head? Haven’t the Bs outscored the Habs so far? Heck the Bs have scored more in the third period than the Habs did in two games and a double OT. Ya the Bs must be shaken up. How is Prices head? ,

    • NightRyder says:

      For me, it’s not a good wakeup call. It’s part of a perpetual pattern under Therrien. Get a lead, pull back the reins. It’s a learned behaviour at this point for the players. When you start thinking too much, more mistakes happen. It doesn’t happen just in Montreal obviously (think Raptors, Penguins etc.), but if there is a lesson to be learned in this case, it has to be by the coaching staff. Continue to go for the jugular.

      • twilighthours says:

        There is likely some truth to this.

        But just as likely is that a good team (Boston) gave it all they had.

        And then there was the wild bounce.

      • The Jackal says:

        Yeah the coaching should be telling them to press on, hopefully this gets it through their head that you can’t sit back on a lead.

        On the flip-side, we score another PP goal and this isn’t a conversation. Gotta keep working on the PP and get the team to stay focused and press on.

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        • NightRyder says:

          Habs have been outscored 19-2 in the third period during last two playoffs under Therrien. Obviously it’s not all coaching, but to me, it’s not a coincidence.

  46. Nina76 says:

    Again we loose in the 3rd. period we have all seen this before many times this year, we had them on the run but then all went to sleep as usual. I thought that Price was on his knees again to-day much better when he is standing up to much of his net is showing. I hear that Boston was going to go high on Price because he can stop everything down low which means to me that shoot high & you’ll score. Go HAbs go for the next game

  47. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Well that sucked. Not being able to keep two goals leads in the 3rd is very disconcerting. Seems that they do not have the size to withstand the Bruins constant pressure. Hopefully things go better at home because they have not dominated the Bruins at all.

  48. C-Sword says:

    Bruins have 4 players who can score from the blue line (Chara, Boychuck, Hamilton and Krug) and we only have Subban, that’s the difference right there and that makes them the ultimate comeback team.

    Look at the Kings, they have Doughty, Voynov and Muzzin who can do that as well. I’m hoping that Bergevin can make the right moves this summer and get us defensemen who can shoot the puck.

  49. naweed235 says:

    Well the good news is that I can finally trim my beard, cut my hair and take a shower. This 5 game winning streak was starting to take its toll on me and my relationship :D.
    All jokes aside, I’m pleased with the effort today (minus the last 10 minutes). No reason to panic as we have achieved our goal of getting that win on the road.
    Habs in 6

  50. NightRyder says:

    Therrien should have a bag thrown over his head an be taken to the quiet room every time we have a two-goal lead.

    • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

      LOL. True, he doesn’t know what to do in a commanding winning situation

      • The Jackal says:

        Lol yeah sure.

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      • NightRyder says:

        The reason I have long professed ambivalence (or worse) to Therrien is exactly that. As a rule, the team definitely plays not to lose in those situations instead of continuing to push for a win. That’s often when the bad bounces go against you.
        Might be human nature and an oversimplification, but there’s been more than enough of a sample size for me.
        It is bizarre that I feel better when the game is tied than I do with a two-goal lead.

        • JUST ME says:

          I do not agree with that nightryder. This probably is the biggest difference with the team this season. Never gives up ,relentless and group effort.
          It is their first defeat after having the lead at the begining of third period. Their first lost in the whole season and you see a trend ? You are trying too hard to blame Therrien i think…

          • NightRyder says:

            Habs have been outscored 19-2 in the third period in last two playoffs under Therrien.

        • sheds88 says:

          Therrien was telling them to keep pushing, it’s the players who instinctively retrieve and let off a bit so that they aren’t the cause of a goal against

    • CharlieHodgeFan says:

      I doubt very much that was on the coach. The players seemed to be sitting back expecting Price to cover, and they got burned. I imagine Julien had some things to say about calm and discipline after the second, and that the Bruins, as playoff veterans, responded with their heads.
      Meanwhile, the less experienced Habs players were having their own period of indiscipline, and got schooled.

      Lesson learned, I expect.

  51. BobbySmithWasClutch says:

    do you think Murray or Tinordi playing instead of Bouillon would make a positive difference?

  52. ahj60 says:

    Should it bother anyone, that in game 1 up 2 differnt times in the third ,and the Bruins come back. Lucky to get the win. In game two, Up by two,in the third and again the Bs come back but this time they score 4 in the last 11 minutes, 3 in under six.

    It’s as if the Bs turn on the switch, and the Habs feel the heat. Sounds like the Habs are lucky to,have it 1-1

    • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

      Bruins outplayed us in both games. We’re lucky to have won game 1 (thanks Price) and should have won today. Inexcusable loss.

  53. CHicoHab says:

    Karma is a bitch. We got away with one last game. Came back today to put things in perspective.
    Hardly any Bruin is afraid to handle the puck because we don’t touch them. We get crushed on every play. Bruins can have champagne glass on their shoulders and they wouldn’t be knocked off. Not saying we need to be tougher because we aren’t. But finishing checks to force Bruins move the puck quicker is necessary. Standard 101 hockey. 2 power play goals is great. But 5 on 5 we too soff. Bruins in my opinion can be had. Today’s loss came as our first one. We are going home. All the PK stuff hopefully behind us. Go Habs Go. Can’t wait for Tuesday.

  54. twilighthours says:

    That puck hit the ice, not Bouillon. Just saw the NBC replays.

    The collapse looks a lot less collapsish, to me.

  55. FlyAngler says:

    An epic collapse took place in 1971 when the Bruins blew a 5-1 lead in game 2 at the Garden and went on to lose the game and the series to the Habs who went on to win the Cup.

    What we are learning in series after series is that 2 goal leads mean nothing in this year’s playoffs. The Bruins were desperate, they got a lucky bounce on the Bergeron goal and came back and won the hockey game. It was hardly an “epic collapse”

    Any rational fan would admit that they would be happy with a split in the first two games in Boston. The pressure is still on Boston because they finished #1 in the regular season and went to the finals last year.

    Therrien will have the Habs ready for game 3 and will make some adjustments to help correct some of the things that went wrong this afternoon. We all knew that the Bruins were not going to roll over and die, the Habs just need to make sure that they don’t either.

    Je crois- I believe

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

    • ahj60 says:

      That’s current. Mention a collapse that happened 43 years ago. Gee don’t forget the Bs in 39…….

      • FlyAngler says:

        I wasn’t alive in 39, but 71 almost seems like yesterday. I still remember the parade down St. Catherine Street.

        “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

    • shlamiel says:

      diagree, the pressure is on montreal, now you will see the juggling of lines on montreals part boston wins the games and back to Boston to complete the series.

  56. rljmartin says:

    Just watched the replay in super slowmo and Bergeron’s shot was well wide of the net. Cube is rotating right and puck deflects off his right leg pant right over Price’s shoulder.

  57. gumper says:

    Would people please try to remember we are playing the Bruins, the best team in the league? You could look at it that our team collapsed, or that the other team, the best third period team in the league, flexed its muscles. Anyone who thought this one would be easy is delusional. On paper, and on the ice, the B’s are the better team, late season acquisitions notwithstanding. That does not mean they are unbeatable, but it does mean it will be tough. If our team is to prevail it will have to dig deep and learn from its mistakes. I, for one, intend to try hard to enjoy the ride. Right now we are amongst the top eight teams in the league, with a shot at top four. That’s a good thing. Before we get too suicidal, let’s wait to see how this hardworking team does on home ice. Remember how close the Leafs came last year. This is a better team than the maple buds.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  58. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    The experienced playoff warriors counter-attacked, and the Habs showed how green they were at this level.

    The Habs are now a little more experienced and have a win on the road. They should have won today, and should not have won the other night. So all things being equal, things are equal.

    • gumper says:

      The calming influence of the two veteran goalies, Hodge and Worsley, eh?

      The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
      Mark Twain

  59. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Lucky the game is Tuesday…

  60. Danno says:

    Here’s the lesson to be learned from this game:

    51 minutes of hockey ≠ 60 minutes of hockey

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  61. kempie says:

    Nobody realistically expected to come back home up 2-0. When it looked like it might happen, only to end like that it’s tough to swallow. Need to leave this loss in Boston & regroup. It’s going to be a long heart-stopping ride. Still off to a good start.

    • Mr.Habs71sv says:

      That is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory go habs go! Better to lose five to nothing than this cr@p.

      Habs fan period. (No hyphens)

    • B says:

      Exactly. Did anyone really think it would be easy?

      –Go Habs Go!–

    • The Good Hab-bit says:

      Ok. Yes, I was actually imaging they would be able to hold a 3-1 lead in the third period, but the Booins had some very lucky bounces and that what happens in hockey! It doesn’t change a thing for the next game! Habs are still a better team and the only Luchicken can get is an empty goal. In the link further below, where a person added a link of a chimp while making a reference to Luchickens brother – I actually think its insulting – to the monkey! He must have better hockey skills than Luchicken.

  62. JUST ME says:

    I sure picked a bad time to quit smoking 2 years ago ! But i will hang on so will the Habs. Thank you guys for reminding me that we got one win in Boston wich is real good but still…this one hurts. Will not blame anyone since 10 minutes before i found evryone played great as a group. Win as a team….

  63. davecessna says:

    Bruins in five, sorry to say.

  64. CrankFSU says:

    To say Price looked shaky is a knee jerk comment. 3d goal wasn’t his fault and the the whole team got steamrolled by momentum.

    Hate the Bruins all you want, but they’re a darn good team.

    If we can’t handle a loss like this then we don’t have the team I thought we did. The room will be fine the Montreal press and fans maybe not.

    Deep breath and get ready for game 3.

    Crank

  65. RockinRey says:

    Technically Boone could have written the ATA before the beginning of the game. Team still has a very hard time closing out games.

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    ‘This organization going forward must set its sights on competing for the game’s ultimate prize every season — and no lesser standard should be accepted.’
    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

  66. Ozmodiar says:

    The equalizer didn’t hit Bou. Nor did he screen Price. Price just missed it.
    Not sure what price was doing in winner either.

    • PrimeTime says:

      Wrong

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  67. The Teacher says:

    Just saw replay again. Definitely hit horrible ice.

  68. UKRAINIANhab says:

    I’m ok with the 1-1 split. BUT I am not ok with the fact that when you are up on a team that is significantly better than you, you MUST put them away, because we all know one game or more Habs will lose just because they got outplayed etc. Boston just got a lot of momentum…

  69. danhabsfan says:

    I love my Habs… But I am concerned. They have been dominated, and have consistently blown 2 goal leads, they can’t elevate their game when the Bs do. I want so much to win this series (cause I hate the Bs), but they do not look storing enough right now. They must find a answer fast.

  70. CJ says:

    It’s not all doom and gloom, but up 3-1 with under 10 minutes to go you simply must finish.

    This will be the turning point of the series. How we respond in game three will determine if we are moving on, or moving out. Taking the good with the bad, the loss provides the perfect opportunity to remove Bouillion from the lineup. He scored a nice goal in game one, but he is far too shaky on defence.

    I’m heading to game three, so I look forward to cheering the boys on. Today hurts….. a lot. It’s over now though. It’s all about making adjustments and moving forward. Getting outplayed and outshot is not a recipe for success. It’s just too bad we couldn’t have held on.

  71. Donkey Hoat says:

    Habs may have had a 3-1 lead with 10 minutes left, but they’ve been playing rope-a-dope against Boston all series long.
    They were playing soft and slow in both games, and it finally caught up to them.
    The collapse was coming, and I take a little comfort in hoping that we will next see the team that put Tampa away in 4 straight.
    Now, trolls, go away.

  72. BobbySmithWasClutch says:

    I suppose we got what we deserved

  73. The Teacher says:

    Habs are winning in5. Just calm down people.

    It’s actually a good thing this collapse. Stop playing differently when you’re tied and when you’re ahead and things will end differently.

    I knew we were gonna lose this game so I’m not all that upset. Two goal lead in this year’a playoffs is not a sure thing.

  74. twilighthours says:

    I’ll choose to wait until/when/if the series is over and the Canadiens are out before I rip every single player and member of staff of the team.

    Lots of hockey to be played, people.

  75. sCOTT1243 says:

    This loss sucked, but hey it happens to every team.

    Habs just went 5 wins 1 loss in the playoffs! It was coming.
    Back to MTL, regroup.

    • Habcouver says:

      Exactly. No team goes undefeated in the playoffs.
      An entertaining morning but I really hate watching early day games.

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!


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