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System 1 – Boston 0

Trailing 1-0 in their own building, the Bruins had FIVE shots on goal during the third period.

Jacques Martin rolled three centres – Tomas Plekanec, Scott Gomez and Lars Eller – and superb five-man zone D for 20 minutes to nail this one down tight.

Even during the second period, when Carey Price had to make 18 saves – the Martin puck support system ensured that the goaltender faced few high-percentage scoring chances.

How many shots came from the slot?

How many rebounds did the Bruins get  to?

Answer to both questions: Very few.

So many heroes:

• Price, of course. First win since 2008, third playoff shutout … all against Boston. TOTALLY outplayed Vézina rival Tim Thomas, who was beaten twice on 20 shots and sucked on the insurance goal. And we LOVED the wink at Brent Sopel.

• Plekanec, who played like his sparse hair was on fire in all three zones and managed to sucker Zdeno Chara into a late-game penalty.

• Gomez, who set up Brian Gionta’s first goal early and pounced on a Milan Lucic screw-up to feed Gionta for the clincher.

• The captain, of course. What a money player!

• Andrei Kostitsyn, playing hurt after blocking a Chara shot, dropped down to play with Eller for a while and distinguished himself with hustling back-pressure D.

• P.K. Subban played a quiet game, by his standards. He kept his flamboyance under control, as befits a playoff opener, and I actually thought he had an off-game until I looked at the stat sheet: 27 minutes! Two minutes more than Chara!! What a stud the kid is.

• The whole dang D corps. I was worried about the third pairing, Jaro Spacek and Brent Sopel, but Spatcho showed his calm and experience, while Sopel blocked four shots. James Wisniewski also had four blocks. Roman Hamrlik only had to play 19 minutes, and his energy helped during the third period. And what a job keeping the likes of Chara and Horton out of Price’s kitchen.

• Ryan White had seven hits in eight minutes of ice time. Lucic had two in 18:23.

• Eller was a respectable 6-6 on draws and rose to the challenge of Claude Julien playing the David Krejci line against him.

Hey, I could just list the whole roster.

It was that kind of team effort – a renewal of what we saw a year ago on the miracle run to the final.

But it’s only one game.

Julien, coaching for his job, will have the Bruins ready for Game 2.

But Martin has a couple days to look at tape.

And he’s the smarter coach.

More tomorrow.

108 Comments

  1. habsfan_61 says:

    good stuff. if the “system” is all about giving us heart attacks then it works.ffs stay out of our own zone. cant score much if we are constantly defending. playing defense like that wears you out. if it works it does frustrate the other team.lets hope julien is a neanderthal and doesnt make any adjustments to this. either way its “just” 1 game, well done habs.keep ‘er goin’.

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    Saw the first 40 minutes as I left home early and stopped by a place nearby my work to watch as much as I could. Have to say, Price’s game was oozing “shutout” from what I saw and I knew the Habs could win 1-0.

    Habs took a nice big dump on Boston’s lawn in Game 1 and Carey Price reminded everyone why he is an MVP of the league.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

    • The Cat says:

      Price hardly strained himself but he has earned the benefit of the doubt. Everytime he makes a save now the commentator goes “Great save, big save by Price” whereas for some goalies like Auld the commentator will simply go “Save by…” Players of the game were Gomez and White IMO

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  3. Bouleau noir says:

    Man I love that team, Gomez, Gionta and Pleks lead the way while Price stood tall and the rest of the team played as one.

    What about Chara getting a minor for horse backing Pleks and ruinning his team’s very last chance for a come back….. esta mui loco el capitan Chara.

    I have been bummed out since our lost of Pacioretty but last night’s win has pumped me to no end….. the dastardly bruins might not get away with it after all.

    Go Habs Go
    Martin for President

  4. The Cat says:

    Im becoming more of a Ryan White fan everytime I see him. Makes me wonder why he wasnt up with the club sooner.
    The game itself sucked. Boston deserved to lose IMO How stupid can they be? They know the ‘in your face-hard body checking’ style will work in their favour, and yet I barely saw one decent hit.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  5. Gormdog says:

    Can’t sleep.

    Got dem’ victory jitters.

  6. Jim Edson says:

    Unfortunately that will be the last hockey game in this series.

    Neeley will demand “UFC on Ice” for the rest of the series so will the goon fans!

    Got a clean sweep going on in Beantown the Red Sox and Bruins both are sucking the hind teat!

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

    Who am I: Mohamar Ghadaffi or Gary Bettman.

  7. Seps says:

    Great writing by the HIO staff tonight,
    Carey “Jaro Halak” Price, that is awesome,
    and System 1 Boston 0 is great too, got a couple laughs outta me

  8. Ayan_SB says:

    How ironic is that Gomez steps up to play when he doesn’t get even get paid? 61 points in his last 62 playoff games, that’s a playoff performer folks.

  9. Rainrocket16 says:

    Not much needs to be said! The Habs said it all, that is the Habs I have missed for almost a year! What a great team victory!! I must say that Ryan White may be finished in the AHL, that kid has moxy! Hail Hail, Les System!!

  10. Propwash says:

    LA vs SJ has been a pretty good game. Going to overtime, good goalie matchup too.

  11. Wops says:

    Let the boys enjoy this! Huge win!

    Going to be a tough series! Boy oh boy, that 2nd was disastrous

    still keepin’ my prediction habs in 6. 4-2, just like the season

  12. dhenry1234 says:

    Alright people. We played a real “montreal Canadiens” style of game. And by that I mean we did what this team has been doing well all season long.

    We can’t get ahead of ourselves. We have to get ready, study, prepare for game 2. The Bruins will be pissed and frustrated. Our goal is to make them pay for that frustration. I bet there will be a lot more penalties in game 2. Team needs to capitalize on those situations.

    If Price can play brilliantly again, the defense can reduce the quality of the shots against him, and we can cash in on some Boston Mistakes to get some goals, we can potentially go into montreal with a 2-0 lead on the series.

    Once we get to game 3, I feel that the Bruins will not realize what hit them. Reason being is because the fans in Boston are NOTHING compared to the 21273 screaming coaches that are behind our team. It’s very intimidating. Especially with all of the Boos that we’ll be giving that Captain Chara. Bruin fans thought they were doing good booing PK tonight? I thought it was laughable considering it was nothing like us hab fans.

    Focus on game 2. Win it. We will then have a stranglehold on the series.

    GO HABS GO

  13. Trisomy 21 says:

    Had to laugh at the NESN forum:
    “1) Break Ryan White’s face in. If anyone saw earlier, the puck was clearly going down ice with three Bruins. He decides to go after Ference and Seidi (checking them pretty hard, one after another) I think. What a goon.

    2) Prevent dives (by taking Subban down).”

    Apparently white is playing dirty hockey, and they should counter by taking out our strongest D man.
    Yup, we’re the goons
    I can understand why they’d dislike Subban, same reason I’d hate Crosby. But there’s no way that was a dive

  14. JasonM says:

    Mini-summit planned for Game 2/3 at Hurley’s, want to join us? E-Mail me!

  15. PrimeTime says:

    Don’t you guys know that the B’s had a bad game, Habs didn’t win….B’s lost. They are the better team. They have 3 meatheads for their top line, a passive aggressive ugly giant on D, and the top flopping goalie who can’t save a 30 ft shot at an angle. Habs are small, soft, with a goalie who can’t win in the playoffs.

    But seriously, this will now likely be a 7 game series and I like our chances with that pressure on BOS. Habs are a smarter and better coached team.

    Go Habs Go!

    “Extremism only serves one’s selfish desires”

  16. Timo says:

    Kings just tied it – 2-2. Pretty good game going on in SJ.

  17. CHsam says:

    What I would give right now to instantly transport myself from TO to MTL st laurent and st denis to walk in a bar and talk about LE SYSTEME. Word.

    Let’s do this.

  18. CHsam says:

    Was telling my bros tonight at the bar: I don’t know SH**T about hockey…

    I reallly realized that we play the SYSTEM because it’s meant for PLAYOFF HOCKEY….Really that realization came when I saw the Bruins forechecking and how we handled the puck.

    To tell you the truth, I definately admire The SYSTEM now.

  19. slychard says:

    The system, the system, the system. Any team facing a formidable foe needs to structure their seemingly weaker parts as a whole, oiling it into a cohesive unit, small machinery makes a big engine, not the other way around, a big block does not speed without small pistons pumping oil to feed the gears… You all get the point. Strenght came from the system. Martin may not have been a playoff winner before his MTL stint but let’s face the facts he’s done a great job last year and now blown many a sceptic’s mind after this first game shutout in Boston to a mightier bigger team. One game does not make one series… But I love the poise my Habs showed to open the series. A SHUTOUT in their yard…. Excellent. We be in their little Marchand style heads. Go little train that could go… Go habs go

  20. Da Hema says:

    I was anxious leading up to the puck dropping tonight. Many questions went through my mind. How would the Habs play after the last two games against the Bruins? Will Carey play as well as he had during the regular season? Are the Habs strong enough to play against a big and talented Bruins team?

    I should have known better.

    Carey Price is amazing. It may not be this year, but he will carry a Stanley Cup one day. He makes the toughest saves look routine. Only the great ones can do that. Jaroslav Whoalak?

    P.K. Subban played a near-perfect game: no flash, but he was always in position on the ice and kept the Lucic line from doing any real damage. And I love Hal Gill.

    Andrei Kostitsyn was stellar, with a few hits that seriously jarred the Bruins he checked.

    Ryan White is a fearless warrior who plays 20 pounds more than he weighs. It seems like years since I heard the sound of our opponents getting smashed into the boards after their passes, yet tonight I heard that crunching sound numerous times in the Bruins’ end. Usually it was White skating back to our end after dishing out one of those checks.

    Gionta and Gomez both came up with perhaps their best game of the season to set a positive tone for this series.

    I am still angry over what Chara did to Pacioretty. Max was the best young forward I had seen on the Habs since John leClair. But I know this now: the Bruins will pay for what Chara did.

  21. Chuck says:

    No RetroMikey tonight? Ah, that’s right… the Habs won, plus the Bulldogs were playing.

    By the way, the Future Habs won the first game of their playoffs tonight, 5-2.

  22. Timo says:

    How sweet was it seeing AK knock Chara on his ass? One of the sweetest moments of the game for me.

  23. HardHabits says:

    Sweet reading all the comments over at NESN

    • Chuck says:

      Yes! Underdog!!!!

    • darcy1 says:

      how much more differently can 2 fan bases see a game ? I’ll admit i’m a little bit of a homer, but this guy it funny ”
      Brad Marchand has a game-high three shot and has been getting under the Canadiens’ skins without putting himself into the box very effectively so far.”
      I don’t remember Marchand doing anything to piss me off.

      ——————-
      ”If you’ve only got one day to live, come see the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’ll seem like forever. ” Pat Foley (Blackhawks broadcaster)

      • Da Hema says:

        The fan is wrong on two counts. First, no one on Montreal gives a sh*t about Brad Marchand. Second, he incurred an interference penalty late in the second period.

    • punkster says:

      Ya, that punkster guy is a shit disturber.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • wotever says:

      Hopefully they’ll remove the comment slurring subban.

      I wish the boston fans would get pissed about that.


      It’s just a game.

      • wotever says:

        Chara one thing I need from ya, P.K Subumb or P.K Subban whatever that monkey is called, he has one two many healthy ankles..lets break one.Thankyou.

        Sportsmanship. The hockey gods are listening.

    • Propwash says:

      Getting into the action too hehhehheh

  24. darcy1 says:

    Does anyone else think lucic is playing hurt? didn’t throw his weight around at all, wasn’t very fast to the puck.

    ——————-
    ”If you’ve only got one day to live, come see the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’ll seem like forever. ” Pat Foley (Blackhawks broadcaster)

  25. Bill says:

    How sweet would taking game two be?

    Hell, even if they lose they’ve got home ice advantage now. Bruins have got to be frustrated. And I don’t sense they’re the tightest group in the NHL

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Timo says:

      Let’s not get ahead here, shall we? Let’s take game 2 one shift at a time. You can bet Bruins will come out hitting everything in sight. They will be pissed.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      “And I don’t sense they’re the tightest group in the NHL”

      Am I projecting, or did I see Chara giving it to his fellow Dman (Seidenberg) after a close call in the crease?

  26. Say Ash says:

    get this: just now, I was walking in downtown Vancouver, rockin’ my Price jersey while reading this site – stop at a light and some guy says, “hey, nice win”. I look up and it’s Marty Turco!

    he’s a cool cat

  27. Chuck says:

    Thanks to that goof Chara for showing his true colours towards the end of the game. His team is faced with the prospect of having to pull Thomas in order to try to score, so what does the big oaf do? Uselessly blow a gasket and take a dumb roughing penalty that virtually assures his team of defeat.

    That’s some leadership, Captain.

  28. punkster says:

    Bruins are caught in a Twilight Zone of conflicting emotions:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b5aW08ivHU&feature=related

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  29. Habs_008 says:

    Great team effort, perfect road game. Cant wait for Saturday night. Boston is gonna come out hungry. Lets not worry about that now, just enjoy the moment.

  30. Ian Cobb says:

    Get ready for 6 weeks of Hab’s great entertainment friends!

  31. jimmy shaker says:

    Great game Patrick, I mean Carey…..Wink, Wink!!!!

    Gomez is such a long talker (cbc interview) great in the o-zone, but just a nightmare in the d-zone…….even worse than MAB everyone! But he does step it up in the second season, and I’m glad he did the job tonight!

    Shaker

  32. Ian Cobb says:

    No Boston trolls tonight! how come!!

  33. FB says:

    I thought Sopel played a great game as well.

    Welcome back Gomez.

    Great job Price, Plek, PK

  34. HabFanSince72 says:

    Did anyone notice that with 30 seconds to go Julien put Thornton and Campbell out there?

  35. Ian Cobb says:

    Worn out my new chair seat cover already! And having a ball!

    That Martin coach guy, can’t coach, he is useless!

    Get rid of Gainey and Gauthier.

    That Gomez guy is killing our team with his big contract and no goals.!

    Our smurfs are way to small!

    PK is all mouth!

    The Hab’s are so lucky all the time!

    Game 2 COMMING UP.!

    Hab’s only need 3 more!

  36. HabFanSince72 says:

    One reason PK deserves the Calder is he is playing the toughest position in hockey and is already dominant.

  37. HardHabits says:

    On the Boston side of things Kaberle looked awful. I mean really, really bad. For Montreal Desharnais and Pouliot had weak games. I am hoping Halpern returns soon. His face off percentage could be helpful.

    Talk to me after game 5. Winning the opener is sweet though.

  38. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Boone, how about Moen?
    All over the ice, stealing, digging, hassling. Lots of intelligent hockey and was up there with Pleks in preventing Boston from getting anywhere near their game plan.

    It was poetic — shutout for Price, winning in Boston, fans booing, Bruins looking shaken.

    And Marchand blowing an open net.

    Come on Saturday!

  39. JasonM says:

    The Montreal Canadians have had a very bipolar season where moments the team shined and shined brightly and moments where they looked abysmal. A lot of youth have come up the system and patched the holes in our line-up that turned out to be permanent band aids for the remainder of the season. This youth will learn a lot in there playoffs. Young guns like Subban, Desharnais, White, Pacioretty (from a distance sadly), Price, Eller… etc will learn a lot in these playoffs with the veteran presence in our line-up. Only time will tell how far these young horses will carry us but whatever remains will be even more crucial next season.

    Game 1: This was the best game they could have played. A complete shutdown, a well earned team shutout despite the fact they had to weather down the first 10 minute storm the Bruins came out with. This is where the kudos goes to the coaching staffs that have well anticipated Boston’s 2 to 3 man aggressive forechecking. It worked wonders in the last game the Bruins played against Montreal, you know, the one where they got blasted into humiliation 7-0 after Pacioretty got assaulted on the ice?

    Coach Martin remembered that well and you could see when the Bruins came in strong the fantastic support the defensive corps got from their forwards. Sure, it didn’t generate a whole lot of offence but once thing was for sure, the Boston Bruins got frustrated, eventually opportunities came and in the end, we wore them down even when they played a lot of perimeter hockey. You could clearly see their frustration, especially from their large sized Captain who immediately went after Plekanec, who repeatedly beat him on the outside right after the Habs took that 2-0 lead.

    My reviews from the players:

    Price – He played a fantastic game, great positioning, rebounds were under control and the tempo of the game was steady with a lot of game stopping allowing the team to keep making their line changes, especially during the 2nd period with the bench being incredibly far away. He was steady and calm, just the way we like him. Well earned shutout.

    Sopel – Not the fastest cat in the yard but I like his experience on tying down Boston forwards and closing the slot area. Did I even mention liking the trade for him? He’s a shot blocking machine and along with Gill, we got two defenders who are league leaders in blocked shots.

    Hammer – Played a solid game despite a sloppy hit early in the game. I like how he tied down the other team’s forward with well placed poke checks and pinning them against the boards. I’m scared if this game goes to 7 games though, especially since they are 2 games in 2 nights. I appreciated his interest to play the physical game.

    Spacek – He played a great game, complimented by his lines mate he tied down any scoring opportunity with precision.
    Woz – Let’s be honest, it wasn’t his best game, however Hammer did a great job covering for him. I’d expect a bit more from him. I can’t blame him though; it’s his first year playing for a team that isn’t a loser team.

    Gill – He was a stone tower. Hard to remove from any plays he uses his experience and reach to frustrate the other team’s players. Nothing makes me smile more than that little poke check from his 8 foot long hockey stick that kills plays from forming. We must resign him. He’s been a great pairing with our defensive prodigy.

    Subban – Ah Subban… how many minutes did he log? Almost 30? While the other team forwards repeatedly tried to hammer his face and trying to get a piece of him while 20000 some dimwits were booing him every time he touched the puck? He guy thrives on pressure. Thrives on adversity. His outlet passes and willingness to hold on to the puck forcing the other team to try to tie them down will continue to frustrate other team players.

    Gionta – Oooh Captain… my Captain. What a golden game from the smallest guy in the league. Two goals! And one of them as clutch as they get near the end of a game after protecting a one goal lead after 40 minutes. You are my hero.

    Gomez – Listen, I don’t like you and if you ever read a post about me, you wouldn’t like me. However, I know full well of your playoff reputation and you have earned your paycheck tonight. I still would like to see Gomez carry the puck more but I’ll take what I can get. Thank you for showing up when it counts most.

    Darche – Not the fastest and definitely not the most skilled but he’ll do his job in a position he earned only by work ethic. A decent game, nothing outshanding.

    Plekanec – Probably the hardest working forward tonight. Repeatedly created his own goal scoring opportunities, sadly no finish tonight. I liked the way he forced the slower Boston defense to commit to the middle of the ice earning zone territory with speed and agility and what a great play causing Chara to take the stupidest penalty since Zidane in 2006.

    Brother Andrei – I’m probably the biggest fan of this Belarussian Bear. First minute of play stands in front of the hardest shot in the league. That speaks volume. After a short rest he came back in the 2nd and played a hard hitting forechecking game. He created turnovers and played a solid two way game in a game that could have changed easily with one turnover. He’s gone a long way.

    Cammalleri – Not the biggest game from him but I liked how he worked in the system. One play in particular was definite in his commitment. Habs were hemmed in for almost a minute, small chip took the puck out of the zone; he skated past his bench with full speed with almost no fuel in the tank and forced the puck to go deep in the Bruins zone allowing the Habs to get a full line change.

    Our bottom six… and let’s be honest, lots of talk this week about our bottom 6 not being anywhere close to their bottom 6… tonight we proved otherwise.

    Moen – Big body did his job, played on different lines and caused the Bruins to think twice.

    Eller – First playoff game, looked very nervous. Played a better game in the 2nd half of the game. He’ll learn a lot these series. Will be a great potential 2-way player.

    Pouliot – Benny needs to wake up, these are the series. How can a player be so fragile between the ears with so much talent at the tips of his fingers? Slow and sloppy in the neutral zone he was a consistent liability with poor dump-ins and turnovers.

    Pyatt – Surprising played a great game with the minutes he was given. Not only did he had to play with the fear of Gregory Cambell waylaying him with his shoulderpads he went into the corners fearless and played a sound defensive game.

    Desharnais – First playoff game against a team much larger than he is. I hope he’s looking at Gionta very carefully and learning what it takes to be a winner. Decent game.

    White – Last but definitely not least, White. WHAT A GAME. Finished every check, got involved in scrums and went after every slow Bruins defenseman that he could. Love him finishing his checks on Chara.

    That’s it folks. See you all for Game 2! What a game!

  40. habsfaninboston says:

    Julien will have his boys crashing the net on Sat. Anything to take Price out of his zone.

  41. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Awesome day, My Drivers get released from Canadian Customs (after a week) and the habs win. Soon i’ll be golfing with the bruins and that will be the icing on the cake

  42. naweed235 says:

    One of the most fitting lines I’ve heard a Boston Commentator say when Gionta makes it 2-0 : “Gionta with a pair!” wonder what he was referring to ;)
    Amazing win from what I can tell since I was doing my final and only caught the last 5 mins of the game!!!
    GO HABS GO!!!

  43. HalifaxHabs says:

    is it Saturday night yet?

  44. KamiDave says:

    And Pleky has lots of hair, he’s just got that head shaved. Jealous Boone?

  45. Keith says:

    Great analysis Boone! Great win and way to start the series. Can’t sleep now! Too excited after after this game, but you know the Gooins are not going to quit so it should be a dandy game on saturday night! Git yer Growlers on! I’ll have mine! GO HABS GO!!!

  46. Jdub1985 says:

    I will admit, I’m not a fan of JM or his SYSTEM, but that 3rd period worked to perfection – its the 2nd period I’m worried about, Price won’t shutout every game … we’ll need more offence!

  47. nick says:

    Aside from the Chara thuggery at the end of the third, I thought this was one of the cleanest, quietest MTL/BOS games I’ve ever seen.

  48. JF says:

    A great team effort. Every player knew his role and played it well. They blocked shots, cleared the crease, and pretty well kept the Bruins to the outside. There were very few rebounds, and I think the Bruins had only 8 shots from the slot. The rest were from the outside, and Price saw them all the way.

    Gomez, Gionta, and Price were brilliant tonight, and Kostitsyn’s shotblock was heroic.

    Arpon Basu argued yesterday that the Canadiens’ poise and the Bruins’ tendency to lose it, as witnessed by the recent playoff history of the two teams, could be the decisive factor. On the evidence of tonight, he could just be right. The Bruins looked nervous from the getgo. They missed their chances, made mistakes, and generally made poor decisions. Julien also seemed nervous. Hopefully they’ll be a lot more so on Saturday night.

    • Da Hema says:

      Julien is nervous because he will be unemployed if the Bruins lose this series. Frankly he should have lost his job last year after the playoffs.

    • JD_ says:

      Agree. I’d add the way the players carry themselves is generally a direct reflection of a coach’s personal style. The night of the Beatdown, I suggested that Julien’s gratuitous last-minute ambush of the Habs’ non-fighters took away from his standin’ in the Broonz dressin’ room, showin’ him to be easily caught up in the, for lack of a better term, bloodlust.

      I found it embarrassin’ for him and have to think it separated his team into those who were equally embarrassed, but had to toe the party line, and those who emotionally jumped on board.

      JM rose above it.

      So, you have a team that is gonna be increasingly emotionally drained through the series and one that is approachin’ it with a degree of more detached efficiency.

      We’ll see who prevails.

      • HardHabits says:

        Interesting analysis. A little far fetched but not entirely impossible.

        You lost me at the point where you suggest that there would be some dissension within the Bruins ranks which would amount to a some of them having some class, honor, dignity or intelligence.

        I think what happened is that there’s a rift between the “grunt-grunt” faction and the “me-go-smash-boom” one.

  49. KamiDave says:

    How good were Gionta and Gomez? Wooooo! Now I’m hammered and it’s 7… need to drink some water. In the west.. a little cross eyed, but mainly stoked. Go Habs!

  50. jew4jah says:

    they’re gonna run price next game… goons

    chara = חרה


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