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Let’s start with a riddle:

What do you call the TD Banknorth Garden during the third period of a playoff game?

The Silence of the Lames.

You gotta love it. All those obnoxious, fight-loving goobers sitting on their thumbless hands and wondering what in the sacred name of Terry O’Reilly is happening to their beloved Bruins.

Your Montreal Canadiens have played two perfect road games.

They have executed Jacques Martin’s game plans to perfection. And here’s the stat that says it all:

Thirteen Canadiens – including Michael Cammalleri! – blocked 27 Boston shots in Game Two.

Four Bruins blocked eight.

That, my friends, is commitment to doing what it takes to win.

Here’s another good one:

Carey Price has stopped 65 of 66 shots in this series, a save percentage 0f 98.5.

Jaro who?

Tim Thomas, the presumptive Vézina Trophy winner, has been beaten five times on 46 shots. His save percentage: 89.1.

TUU-KKA!

More stats:

Roman Hamrlik, who deserved a star tonight, is plus-4 on the series. Dennis Seidenberg is minus-4.

Seidenberg’s errant long pass, aimed at Nathan Horton and easily picked off by Hamrlik, turned into the Yannick Weber goal that broke Boston’s back.

Without Zdeno Chara, the Bruins’ defence was even worse than it was in Game One. They’re slow and they don’t make good first passes.

This means Boston is incapable of moving through the neutral zone in possession and at speed. The Canadiens are able to set up Martin’s five-man defensive system, and the Bruins, for all their shots, haven’t had a fast-break or odd-man rush in the series.

The only Boston forward line that’s made any noise is Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand (I hate him, but he’s good) and 63-year-old Mark Recchi.

Tomas Plekanec is KILLING countryman David Krejci. Horton and Milan Lucic have done nothing, even as we expected them to become more physically menacing in Game Two.

Boston’s natural tendency to lay on the muscle may have been inhibited by Mathieu Darche’s goal, which came all of six seconds into the Canadiens’ first power play.

Boston had a 35-27 hit advantage, but at no time did the Canadiens look like a scared team.

Very good point by Michel Therrien on L’Antichambre: The game starts at 7 and at 6:45, the Bruins leader is scratched. What did that do to their heads?

Couldn’t have helped. And the damage was exacerbated by the Canadiens jumping out to another early lead.

As usual, Jacques Martin spotlighted goaltending and special teams.

Price made spectacular saves on Lucic and Bergeron. He might have had another shutout if Scott Gomez hadn’t fallen asleep on coverage of Bergeron.

The penalty kill was 4-for-4, 7-for-7 in the series. With penalties to P.K. Subban and Hal Gill, Jaro Spacek and Brent Sopel played significant PK minutes and were excellent. Plekanec, Travis Moen and David Desharnais were also good on the P.K.

Martin didn’t talk about coaching.

It would have been immodest, and he’s not the type.

But the Canadiens coach is absolutely schooling Claude Julien.

With three minutes left in a 3-1 game, Julien had Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton out with Marchand.

What the heck was that?

And did you see the TV shot of Cam Neeley steaming out of the executives’ box.

It’s going to be a HOT Sunday in Boston.

More tomorrow.

144 Comments

  1. el heffe says:

    “hey Lucic….you gad sum splaining to dooo…-ricky ricardo

  2. Tony McLean says:

    Jaro HALAK that’s who. Some people still won’t give him the respect he deserves for last year’s miracle run of 40, 50 saves every night. Bush league.

    “If I wake up in the morning in a bed with white sheets I think I’m in the hospital.” John Ferguson in Tex-Made Sheets commercial, 1960’s

    • blazend says:

      Why the refernce to halak?
      its 2011, not 2010.

      • dasbooth says:

        I think the first two games shows it was more the team, coach, system that made the difference, not Halak. Substitute Bruins for Pittsburgh or Capitals and you see how good the team has played, with the support of a good goalie.

        “Shutouts are really more of a team stat” – Carey Price

  3. zak says:

    Bring in yannick perreault for the center men

  4. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Neely baling in disgust, frustration and anger was the sweetest sight I’ve seen in years. Pretty much said it all. Big BAD Bruins, indeed!
    We did not just beat them, we totally dominated them in their own barn. They simply could not move the puck through the neutral zone! It’s not going to get any easier, Bruin fans.
    Chara is getting his, little less than instant, karma from the hockey gods. Dehydration? Is he embellishing his sh*tty pants, Mr. Recchi?

  5. Rightwing says:

    How about journalists that are all business too and not name calling the opponents fans? I expect this behavior from the SportsHub clowns, not a new media source in Montreal pimping for traffic.

  6. DD says:

    For the moron who is trying to turn HIO into the shopping network: To bad you don’t sell personal vibration devices, ’cause I know a perfect spot for you to put one.

    I find it amazing how ‘tight’ our little community becomes, with contrite apologies flying for past condamnations and prejudices, after we lay a righteous snot kicking on those hated Goooons in their own building. Now all we need is to hear Tony to tell us how Brian Burke is the master mind behind the game plan to win the first two games.

    Know I why the answer to the question “why can’t we all just get along”

    May the Habs be with you!

  7. Kristopher7 says:

    Anyone know someone selling a ticket or two for Monday’s game? I’ll pay up to $200 each ticket if they are decent. I tried the scalper route, and they ask like $500 each, no way I can afford that.

  8. Jdub1985 says:

    Zdeno Karma has spoken … he has no interest in leading his team … and as most of us felt after Max was lifted off the ice on a stretcher … that action will bite Boston in this ass come playoffs … so far …

  9. Jdub1985 says:

    Have to admit after watching JM speak with White on the bench … the guy is slowly winning me over.

    One criticism is with Pleks offense. He has to finish those chances. In Game 1 he had a couple of wide open nets. Tonight, there was no reason for him to rush the 5 hole shot on the breakaway – he had time and space to beat Thomas. At that point his miss opp created a possible 3 – 0 game into a 2 – 1 game minutes later – so far nothing has cost us … but it is something to consider for Game 3.

    • Gormdog says:

      If he dekes and Thomas makes the save, then the puck ends up behind Pleck.

      If he shoots, he can keep that puck in front of him, in his eye sight.

      Tomas Plekanec: Thinking team D first while on a breakaway.

      • Jdub1985 says:

        In a situation like that (a breakaway) its always score first mentality … shot or deke a save would result in the same scenario as the skater moves past the net with forward momentum. I doubt he was thinking team D with a high percentage chance of making the game unreachable for the Bruins (3 – 0). He chose the 5 hole because Thomas was flaunting it, not because he was thinking about not scoring so he’d be in an appropriate position.

        • Gormdog says:

          I know Richard, I was joking.

          Pretty sure no forward in NHL history has worried about backchecking when in all alone on a breakaway.

          But If there was anyone I wouldn’t put it past, in a playoff game, up 2-0, it’s Thomas “60 feet” Plecanek.

          That being said, Plecky shoots 70% pf the time he has a free look at the goalie. Just the kind of guy he is.

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    Heard and enjoyed every moment of this game. I said on Twitter after Game 1 I wouldn’t be surprised if MTL swept the Bruins, feelin’ fine with that call right now.

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

    • PeterD says:

      I’m with you on a sweep Serious…my gut was telling sweep while the so called pundits and experts were predicting Brooin’s to take the series.

  11. ooder says:

    you know what i realised about martin…
    he grills the young guys in the regular season… one mistake and nails their ass to the bench.. he makes sure they do what he sais and don’t mess up…
    and then… when it matters most and everything is on the line he knows he can trust them and sends them..
    case and point..lars eller winning a battle AGAINST 5 BRUINS IN THE DYING MINUTES OF THE GAME!!!!!

    this kind of remind me of a tactic in the ender’s game book series (dunno if any of you guys have read it)
    ——————
    GWG = game winning gionta!

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      JM gets flayed too much for mishandling young players. Marian Hossa had many successful seasons in Ottawa including the best goal-scoring season of his career. Havlat played under him and Chara learned a few things as well and while he’s a bum, he still won the Norris a couple years ago. If he’d had a goalie who could stop pucks OTT would have their Cup by now.

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

  12. Gormdog says:

    Best part of the night?

    (opening goals notwithstanding)

    The Eller shift late in the game (7 min left?) where his line killed a good 60 seconds off the clock in enemy territory. It let the Dmen relax, and made JM shed a tear.

    Haters can say what they like about Eller, but he is playing key minutes in the most importand times of the season.

    Seguin, a can’t miss prospect, does not have the confidence of this coach in the slightest.

    And ya gotta figure Julien is WAY easier to fool than JM…

  13. forskis says:

    It is good to see Pyatt playing well after all the garbage spewed about him here all season about being JM’s pet and being useless…looks like he turns it on during the playoffs too…

    Habs better not muck up Game #3…it’ll be the turning point game…they better play heads up, responsible and gritty…the B’s will come out with their ABSOLUTE BEST for Game #3.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

    • Habitoba says:

      Very true. I’ll admit that I’ve said that we should trade him after the season but he’s shaping up to be a clutch playoff player. His quickness is blinding.

  14. dhenry1234 says:

    refresh

  15. Number31 says:

    The greatest thing is watching the TSN/HNIC panels all scratching their heads. I think Staios is the long voice telling people what the Habs are doing right is more the reason to what the Bruins are doing wrong. Frankly the Bruins aren’t sucking or playing badly, the Bruins are playing their “Big Bad” style too, the Habs just don’t give a damn what they throw at them and are matching them. Also helps that Price doesn’t dribble out rebounds like a leaky faucet the way Thomas is, and when he does he’s got that second effort.

    Absolutely LOVED Eller and Pyatt tonight.

    • Gormdog says:

      Wow. Sheer intensity.

      No time for jokes, no time for smiles.

      We’ve already had “how ya like me now”…

      Over/under before we see “Just business”?

      I say 9 hours.

      • Gormdog says:

        Er, All Business.

        He looks like a man possessed and ready to lead.

        Loved the way he just skated away from Krejci.

        Their #1 center is not worth our rookie d man in a 2 min tradeoff.

    • Mike D says:

      Thanks for posting the link Ayan. MAN! To say PK is focused and determined is an extreme understatement. I hope the rest of our boys share the same sentiment so we can finish the bucking fruins off quick with nothing but a jockstrap full of shame to carry them through the summer.

      – Honestly yours

  16. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    Love, it’s all love.
    Vets showin’ leadership and the utes adding inspiration,skillz and guts….Where would we be w/out dem utes?
    Oh the balance.
    Gomez?(joking w/ Weber and advising him during the T/out on the bench), I’m actually starting to forgive him. His + attitude seems to rub off well.
    Coolnesss of Carey…’nuff said.
    I honestly thought that after that debacle during the March visit that our # was theirs…
    Perhaps it was part of JM’s master systematic snafu to allow them a sense of dominance…like the bully being told he’s right,
    and just when he thinks he’s righteous, you school that MF.
    2 more and Julien’s jewels are on the table.
    Send them to Bettman in a bag….Here’s your Goooon league.

    “The sh*t is CHESS!NOT CHECKERS.” Denzel W.(Training Day)

  17. Shiloh says:

    Not meant to be a negative comment at all, but even players like Pyatt and Weber are leaving Benny in their dust as playoff performers. He arguably has more talent that most of our forwards but he just can’t seem to get untracked. But then again, he has covered his checks and not taken any stupid penalties – so maybe these games will get him into shape to win a big one for us later.

    If AK46 is ready next game, who sits?

  18. dhenry1234 says:

    One thing I’m going to point out about Carey Price. In regards to his skill and composure this Post Season as a Goaltender. Look at the Lucic chance in the third period where he makes that great save to keep that game at the score of 2-0. Excellent save that kept the game in habs hands. What some might not realize is that Carey screwed the save up at first. Even in the replay it’s obvious that he lost his push with his right foot and was out of position. Yet still managed to glove it and make an excellent save. On any normal save, Carey would have been square to the shooter and made the save easily.

    This is just another prime example of how Carey Price makes it look easy with his calmness and composure under this massive pressure of NHL Playoffs. Absolutely wonderful. We’re lucky as Fans to finally see the Carey Price that was talked about since the day he was drafted. I’m most certainly glad that we kept this Guy instead of Halak. (I do not mean to bring up any arguing about who was/is better)

    I have a very good feeling about this year folks. Especially this series considering we get to take it back home now.

    Every single person on this website knows that the Bell Centre is the absolute craziest, most intense and passionate building in the NHL because we are the absolute, craziest, most intense and passionate fans in the NHL. We literally are a 7th man there supporting our team. Boston has NO idea what’s about to hit them when they step onto the ice. I literally couldn’t even believe how a Playoff opening game in Boston was not even close to that of a regular season tilt in Montreal. When the bruins come to Montreal, when Zdeno Chara touches the puck, it will make all the booing attempts on Subban in Boston, Laughable! They’re in our zone now.

    I could go on and on for hours about this team. I’m a believer!

    We got this. GO HABS GO!

  19. Timo says:

    What did Cammilleri say about Recchi?

  20. Natty-Dread says:

    Seriously: great to see White et. al. on the ice in the last few minutes. Martin rewarding hard work is nice to see. I’ve been hating on him all year, but now that I’m seeing him make adjustments, I’m starting to warm up. I was disappointed with a number of missed calles – especially Horton running Subban from behind in the corner – but what can you do. But the young guys – especially Eller’s constant battling and his wicked speed, were sick. Desharnais played solidly, and once Pouliot gets over the jitters and stops losing the puck, then he’ll be a threat. Its good to see that the team had no quit, even though Boston kept up the pressure. Plus, if Andre is back in the lineup (and showing a pulse!!) next game, all the better…

  21. While I’m not one to applaud the departure of a worthy opponent, the departure of Chara left a smirk on my face after seeing what the Bruins meatheads and their commentators (like that moron on Yahoo! Cotsonika who hasn’t got a clue about hockey and claims the Canadiens are sneaky and supported by bad ref calls etc…) said over the last month. Yes, the Karma has come around and just because P.K has spunk, doesn’t mean he’s picking fights. It’s called drawing penalties for the block heads and blood drinkers of the bruins. That doesn’t mean we can get complacent. Montreal has been very inconsistent this year. We;ve tended not to play full 60 minute games and this protecting a one goal lead is very dangerous. Yes, the lead is huge, having won two big games on the road (which we had a lot of trouble doing throughout the season), but we really have to close it down when they come to Montreal. Carey has been excellent, but he is due for a few whoops. He’s growing, but I doubt he’s done as of yet. All in all, expect some injuries with hard angry dirty junk from Boston and if that happens, even if we get through here, we have very tough teams up front. Without Cam, Gionta and Pleks scoring, the road will be tough. As for Chara, I hope he gets better so the Habs can send him to the gold course and show the anti-Montreal and anti-Canadian hockey club NHL Bettman team, that a viable run from Montreal is actually good for the league and keeping “clean” players like Chara protected to give Boston it’s best chance to make a run at the cup is a bad policy. So Dave, do you believe the league was conspiring to protect Chara and the Bruins and how is it that Bettman gets another five years by keeping Phoenix alive in the South and ignoring Winnipeg?

    Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

  22. Curtis O Habs says:

    “Sitting on their thumbless hands”, or in some cases “Sitting on their extra thumb!”

  23. frankcasting says:

    Two Words: PK

    Loving the Habs since 1965

  24. Habitoban says:

    Great chemistry between the defensive pairs tonight and excellent puck movement in our own end. Love Wiz, the Uncaged Edition. Bottom six were terrific. I’d say it was Pyatt’s best game as a Hab and excellent push back for the elbow pad drubbing. Who’s laughing now? A great game from Eller with the exception of trying to skate out of our zone which preciptated a scary Gill penalty. For a defenceman, Weber looked pretty comfortable and played a strong physical game. Shades of Rick Chartraw on the wing. Dez/Pouliot/White were never in trouble and chewed up lots of minutes although I’d like them to loosen up — They look like they are desperately trying not to make a mistake. Good on JM for rolling 4 lines and giving Dez’s line lots of faceoff opportunities in the offensive zone. And they said the Bruins were the team with depth.

  25. Blocked shots total tells you everything you need to know about this game. One team came to win and the other came not to lose.

  26. king ddd says:

    i really hope we keep the wiz, such a bad ass. probably has fractured cheek bone, fights hinidy and completely owns him! please Pg resign him, and hes not that bad of a defensive player either

    GO HABS GO! GO HAWKS GO!

  27. mcuya says:

    Perhaps the Big Bluff Bruins “embellished” Chara´s medical conditions, shall we ask 63-year-old Mark Recchi?

  28. SOSOHABS says:

    I missed the entire game..fudge! Will they pass the game anywhere on TV or on the net somewhere tonight? I’m on my way home

  29. Timo says:

    JUST finished watching the game on PVR (I know… pretty late). Whoa!!!! That was intense hockey and Habs have delivered in every single aspect of the game including physical play. We are hitting as much we take. Loves Kreiji getting plastered by Subban in the corner… Wiz had a great fight with good Hnidy… Great hockey all around. But, like the Habs themselves say, nothing’s won yet. But tonight was just great.

    What happened with Chara? Nervous much?

    GO HABS GO!!!!

  30. AceMagnum says:

    I missed the entire game, as well as most of game one. I’m new to this online thing, does anyone know where there is a website that may have links to downloading games in their entirety? I remember there was one last year, but I’ll never remember what that forum was. I think it was a website where you could download any TV show like a day after it was broadcast.

  31. BoomBoomMax says:

    Great game tonight! Boone summed it up perfectly, but even though I would like to just praise our team, I need to get something out of my system…

    Mike said it many times, but I must address this, yet again: Hockey Night in Canada is a fraud! Since I don’t own a TV and it is difficult to get a decent stream for free on the internet, I’m kind of stuck with those buffoons! And yes, we, Canadians, pay with our taxes, the salaries of these traitors as they pout over the “Bad Guys” being over played… If that wasn’t bad enough, we rarely, if ever, get to enjoy a good old: Praise the Canadiens for clearly outplaying the Bruins. Worst, they find a way to make racist comments about Eller being Danish as they desperately try to vamp out their frustration!

    Past the fact that, given their vocation as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, they are expected to be behind the local team… How can you not be excited by how good, the Habs are playing? How can you fail to notice just how dedicated to winning, these guys are? How can you not rally behind them and cheer for this courageous hockey team? How can you actually cheer for the Bruins? Only 2 canadian teams made it to the playoffs, you are on National TV and somehow, you manage to alienate the Montreal fan base… It’s pathetic! At least, if you are to cheer for the goons, do it in the closet… It won’t look as bad!

    Then again, that broadcasting team goes hand in hand with our rightwing Prime Minister so I shouldn’t be surprised they’re still on the air… They cater to the same people who seem to think we should buy more fighting jets rather than invest in Schools, Hospitals and creating Jobs. Basically, I like to think the Montreal Canadiens represent a progressive Socialist Party while the Bruins are more like the Republicans and their obsession with guns. Anyhow, I know who I’m voting for, comes May 2nd… Funny enough, I think I have a pretty good idea who the bulk of HNIC will vote for as well, yet they didn’t even mentioned Politics.

    In conclusion, people are entitled to their own political views and in no way, am I implying that voting for any given party, makes one, a bad Montreal Canadiens’ fan, nor a bad citizen. I’m merely using a metaphor as I feel the Habs are somewhat “leftwing” in their play… I’m a socialist to the bones and think la Sainte Flanelle exemplifies the very qualities of Socialism: Altruism, Sacrifice, Devotion, etc. Lastly, though journalists on CBC are not supposed to take too much of a stand on political matters, they are given a chance to express their love for les Glorieux, yet they choose to root for the opposition… It just blows my mind!

    • BoomBoomMax says:

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      • RCAF425 says:

        What the he’ll does politics have to do for hockey? Also, do you even understand your own politics. A Socialist huh? Great, it is the Socialistic mentality that takes our tax money and gives it to the CBC to pay those people you hate so much! We do not heed to finance these people. Oh, and as a career military person and an avid Habs fan, leave the politics out of the game as you can rest assured most of us who are Habs fans and are proud Canadians want nothing to do with you Socialists! Keep your damn politics out of this forum and stop insulting those of us who like our country the way it is because you actually think we have something to do with that waste of my pay check taxes station CBC. Socialist, move to Cuba or Venezuela and enjoy the games on their TV! Per Ardua Ad Astra.

    • RCAF425 says:

      Become a Bruins fan, we do not need a socialist rant on a Habs fan site. If you guys were in power we would not have a color TV or computer to watch our games and the Montreal Canadiens, a business owned under Capitalism policies would not exist! Your political rant was exceptionally stupid and hardly relevant regarding the biased commentaries on CBC. You actually managed to blame the PM. Wow, quite the claim and scary that you believe what you believe.

  32. EricInStL says:

    Kaberle to Boston for Joe Colborne, Boston’s 1st rounder (not the Toronto pick) + conditionnal pick.

    Right now, nobody would give a 2nd rounder for him the way he is playing.

    As a UFA, I don’t see anyone giving him a big contract. Heck, he might resign with Toronto

    • Da Hema says:

      If were are lucky, Brian Burke will re-sign Kaberle. Then Pierre McGuire will explain how the Toronto Maple Leafs have the finest group of defencemen in the history of the NHL for next season.

    • TINMAN17 says:

      Kaberle and Chara are way overrated. Kaberle has never done anything and lives on reputation alone not results. Chara is on his third team, if he was a real stud like Ray Bourque, as Boston fans dare to mention him in the same breath, he would still be with his original team. The Isles, I believe. Boston can have them both. Caveat Emptor – Let the buyer beware.

      Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

  33. slychard says:

    Nice to take two in beantown…. If they take the series it’ll take a miracle to repeat last year’s series win off the determined caps in the next. But spring is eternal. Go habs go. 25 alive

  34. Ian Cobb says:

    We have been practicing this style of play all year. We are the best prepared play off team in this years post season.

    2 to go!!

  35. nova scotia vees says:

    What a great effort! There is no doubt that Carey Price grew as a player after having to sit behind jaro last year. Having said that I will always treasure what Halak did for us, and wish him well.
    And by the way….don’t trash Koivu. It was his eye injury that cost us the series with Carolina that year. How dare anyone put him in the “country-club” with Kovalev. Disgraceful comment

    • Da Hema says:

      It was I who made the Kovalev-Koivu Kountry Klub comment. I didn’t intend to disrespect Koivu, who I greatly admired. That said, Koivu was the captain of this team when too many of its players simply accepted mediocrity (e.g., Craig Rivet). I wish Saku all the best, but I hardly lament his departure from this team.

  36. BadHabit says:

    Big fan of quick hits, but I gotta say I sure hope the unsung heroes of the game make it into about last night. I’m referring to Pyatt (why can’t he play as solid a game throughout the regular season), White, Eller (although he did get a few props during the blog).

    After having watched close to 82 regular season games, the following question comes to mind: How come the Habs don’t play like they did tonight for at the very least 60 of those 82 games?

    The Habs were solid from start to finish. Let’s not kid ourselves, however, by letting the last two nails in the Bs coffin passover us (pun intented). Go for the kill on Monday, notwithstanding that doing so hasn’t been in the CH’s nature during the regular season.

    • Propwash says:

      ‘How come the Habs don’t play like they did tonight for at the very least 60 of those 82 games?”

      Simple, the regular season means squat. All it is is jockeying for position.

    • SnowManHabs85 says:

      Coaches juggles lines during the regular season and evaluates and makes adjustments. Coaching staff do all this for only this purpose, for the playoffs. Sure, having President Trophy is nice but Habs have won their share of them already, but in the end, its the Stanley Cup thats most wanted.

    • Shmitzy says:

      Because on a team with this many proven Cup winners, it’s pretty tough to convince them of the necessity in playing at this level of intensity on Nov. 6, that’s why.
      These guys know they just need to get in the playoffs and the rest means jack squat. Sure, they’d like home ice advantage but they battled more injury issues than damn near any team in hockey.
      But you make it sound like they mailed in 30+ games or something, when six more wins would have given them tops in the conference. Four more would have given them the division. Don’t let TSN convince you of the Habs’ glaring inferiority…
      How ’bout we cut the boyz some slack.

  37. Bill says:

    I am worried about complacency and loss of focus. The Habs have gotten this far by sticking to their gameplan with Zen-like concentration, no doubt engendered by their difficult season and their recent drubbings at Boston’s hands. Up 2-0, will loss of fear erode their focus?

    The road was the perfect place for the Habs to start this postseason. You know the atmosphere of the Bell is going to pump them up on Monday, but they have to keep their emotions in check to avoid going off-task.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • G-Man says:

      I think the Habs have enough veteran playoff presence to remain honed in on their goal: defeating Boston. Striking early has been key to both wins, but the extra effort all over the ice and the puck pressure cemented the deal. Chara being out didn’t hurt either.

  38. Da Hema says:

    Is Ryan White a pitbull or what? That was great to see Martin (who as we all know ruins young players) calming him down on the bench.

  39. EricInStL says:

    Very good game, it’s obvious that the Canadiens need that first goal it changes the dynamics of the game enormously .

    Another important part of the game was the Wiz answering the bell with a fight. Especially after taking off the grill.

    Well done, we need the Wiz next year, a GREAT move by PG. Also getting Sopel was another master stroke.

    And Ryan White is playing his way to a regular shift and a BIG role with this team, now and in the future. He has moxy.

  40. G-Man says:

    Puck pressure with support at its finest. A superb game by all the lines and D pairings. Price solid as a rock. Allowing 1 goal in 2 playoff games? Insane.
    I love the smell of Bruin in the Spring.

  41. Bill says:

    NAGSPEEDGRIT

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  42. Old Bald Bird says:

    Thank goodness the coach likes his team to run around trying to hit people instead of trying to play hockey. Hits are supposed to come out of good play, not vice versa.

  43. JIMVINNY says:

    Can’t get too high, there’s still two wins that must be had. That being said, I can’t temper all my elation. These two games weren’t just wins, they were very much make-the-bruins-doubt-themselves wins. The problem for them isn’t just that the Habs are winning, it’s how they’re winning. Blowing them away with speed, and stifling any offense they manage to create. Beautiful.

  44. PeterD says:

    Want a great game this game called hockey be.
    With all the knuckle dragging fans of the Brooin’s chanting and drooling for blood and fights, our Montreal Canadiens, the class of professional sport comes into town and palys two near perfect road games to walk out of Beantown with a two game lead in a very tough play-off series.
    Yes, some will say that the turning point of game two was when Chara was pulled from the line up with only a few minutes before game time. For me the turning point in the series may have been when Dr. Recchi mouthed off about Montreal “embellishing” the MaxPac injury and Marchand babbling away before one of our late season duels with these Brooin’s…for me players should never mess with the Hockey God’s…and they chose to go for it and now Karma is a Bitch.
    The boys played a very disciplined game tonight and did not bite on the attempts to be goaded into stupid retaliation and rough stuff…no the Habs came to play their game…speed, quick pressure on the Brooin’s slow dense defense. And it worked.
    Eller is a monster player and just keeps improving game in and game out. In fact there was one play that Glenn Healey highlighted (what an idiot by the way)…it was where Heally was describing how Boston had no compete in them and as HNIC showed a replay of Eller out playing 5 Brooin’s Healey says, “Here’s Eller out competing and hustling 5 Brooin’s players and he’s DANISH, heck that’s something you get in a coffee shop”…
    Well, coffee shop or not I think Gauthier made one hell of a trade for him. Eller is becoming one heck of a player and he should be helping us as a franchise for many years…and Halak, hmmm, golfing I guess.
    I love that even Cammalleri blocked a shot.
    I thought Pyatt played a good game, lots of speed nad pressure on the Bos. D.
    I liked that Martin inserted Weber for AK tonight but I think he should be kept in on Monday on Defense and let Spacek rest…I thoought he looked too slow and of pace quite a few times tonight. Spacek may need some more time to come back up to spped after the injury, but right now we need our team to be at full speed and game shape right now, this is not the time to play yourself into game shape. Maybe Mara could play in for the next game and let Spatcho rest.
    Either way I suppose J. Martin and Muller know what they are doing.
    All hail the “System” played to perfection with commitment and dedication.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      We are having fun now Peter!.

      The biggest problem that we have is no one seems to know how to teach our centers how to win any draws!

      I might have to bring my stick to Brossard.!

  45. punkster says:

    An evening at Hurley’s with good friends, cold beer and another Habs win…does it get any better than this?

    The kids. Oh those wonderful, marvellous, fantastic minute chewers.? Eller, a star if for nothing else but that tremendous shift near the end of the third and closely followed by White, Pyatt and Weber.

    Yep, that JM. He doesn’t know how to handle the kids. So did you see him talking with White in the first, calming him down. Yep, that JM. Doesn’t know diddly about kids.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  46. Mr. Biter says:

    Gonna love lisatening to HNIC radio on the sat. radio Monday to hear Milbury, Stock etc. try to talk their way out of our 2-0 lead. Should be fun.

    Mr. Biter

  47. thebigguy says:

    Big difference between the 2 teams. Cammi calls out Recchi and responds with a 2 point night.

    Krecji guarentees victory and is largely invisible.

  48. ZepFan2 says:

    :cool:

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  49. habs365 says:

    Another beauty Guys – not making any more comments don’t want to jinx ya….

  50. Mr.Hazard says:

    Damn Neuvirth is messing up the perfect Carey/Datsyuk STATS SWEEP! (ps. it might change by the end of the night)

  51. Propwash says:

    See, alot of people get it wrong when they think the regular season matters, it’s only for positioning for the post-season. Now is the time when JM and the system and the players really shine.

    • HardHabits says:

      Since the Conference format was adopted in 1994 only two teams that were not in the top 5 won the Cup:
      1) Devils at 9th in the shortened lock-out season of 1995,
      2) Penguins at 8th in 2009.

      Play-off positioning does matter in as much as home ice is concerned, and by the 4th round it becomes huge.

      History can still be made at one point if a team outside the top 10 can wins the Cup. It hasn’t happened yet though.

  52. higginrs says:

    Chasing Thomas for Rask is an interesting proposition. On the one hand, Rask might be more stable than Sir Flops A Lot. On the other hand, the way the Habs commit to JM’s game plan it makes no difference who’s in net.

    • Da Hema says:

      Let Clod put Rask in the nets on Monday. It would be yet another dumb decision by Julien, like putting Horton on the ice with two minutes left in a game they desperately needed to win. Thomas kept the Bruins in the past two games, yet the Bruins-Lovers on CBC seem to have accepted Cherry’s reasoning why the Bruins are losing–that it is all Tim Thomas’s fault. Thomas is the only person in that entire Bruins organisation who is a good guy, so it would come as no surprise for that team to throw him under the bus.

    • Bill says:

      I hope they don’t change a thing. Keep shooting from anywhere. Keep trying hit and cheap-shot the Habs (and get away with it, thanks refs). Don’t change, Claude, it’s perfect.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • TINMAN17 says:

      Rask, an improvement over Thomas? Nah, he sucks worse. Didn’t we own him this year? Play him, don’t play him, whatever. Like Bill the Butcher said in GANGS OF NEW YORK, ” I”ll festoon my bedchamber with his intestines!”

      Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

  53. MathMan says:

    The Bruins have had pedestrian puck possession numbers, but have ridden high shooting percentage and historically good goaltending all year. Which is indicative of a team whose real strength is less than its record (consistently good teams, such as the Wings or the Canucks, have strong possession numbers).

    I wonder if that didn’t cause the expectations that are leading to these rumblings of Julien losing his job. The Bruins are not a Cup Finalist sort of team, yet their inflated record has caused this to be the expectation. If the Bruins had had a season matching their actual team strength — say 96ish points, and a dogfight with the Habs for the division — would there be any talk of firing Julien should the Bruins bow out early?

    • NoTinFoilCups says:

      Puck possession numbers? Intriguing. I have always wondered. What are they and where do you get them?

      • MathMan says:

        behindthenet.ca has all the numbers you may want. Its companion blog behindthenethockey.com is a great reference on statistical analysis.

        Basic puck possession numbers expressed as time do not exist, but a fine proxy has been developped involving totalling all shot attempts by both teams. Montreal has been an outshooting team this year, whereas Boston has been pretty neutral.

  54. Mr. Biter says:

    Great win. Was hoping for 1 of 2 but this is even better. Don’t see any Bruin Troplls ( remember the tequilka) on the site tonight. Hey F Newton wheeeeere are you?

    Mr. Biter

  55. Keith says:

    The beer is just tasting sooooo much better after being up 2-0 on the Gooins. Couldn’t have dream’d a better senario.

  56. Bigdawg says:

    Man is that song by Freeway and Lisa and the Morning they play on RDS gives me chills everytime. Awesome

    “Stanley Cup is Coming Home”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9YMq_FwqtY

    Winner/Gagant!

  57. joshua94k says:

    Comment by the colour commentator
    (Eller goes against 5 Bruins and wins the puck and he is DANISH)
    What kind of racist comment is that?

    CBC needs to change their personnel.

    The Canadiens have proved Milbury, Stock, Cherrynwrong. Milbury was too scared to come on TV tonight.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  58. Propwash says:

    Just got back from Hurleys, and MAN that was awesome! The Habs mean business, and Boston doesn’t know what to make of it. Strike early, strike hard, and watch them crumble at the seams.

  59. Max_a_million says:

    What no one is on here calling for Jacque Martin to be fired tonight?

    C’mon be consistent.

  60. Dennis says:

    Chara’s out for one game and Max Pacs has been out for 18. http://dennis-kane.com/canadiens-squeeze-a-little-tighter/

    When I’m owner/stickboy, things will be different.
    http://dennis-kane.com/

  61. 11habs11 says:

    no better time of the year than right now! let’s enjoy it, just like last year baby!

  62. JF says:

    What we’re seeing so far in the playoffs is the same thing we saw last year – the transformation of a good but quite ordinary team into something extraordinary. I think it starts with commitment. To a man, the Habs are buying into Jacques Martin’s game plan and giving everything they’ve got to execute it. Their play in their own zone has been almost impeccable, their exits from the zone are clean and fast, and they’ve been pouncing on every mistake the Bruins make and every rebound Thomas gives. And they look as though they’re enjoying every moment, whereas the Bruins look slow, nervous, and pressured. Jacques Martin and the rest of the coaching staff deserve a huge amount of credit for getting the team so well prepared.

    • darcy1 says:

      They saw how far it got them year, and now they want to take it to the next level

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

  63. TINMAN17 says:

    So, NESN drops some of their audio after each period and the end of the game, the boos got noticeably quieter. The wife thought something was wrong with our TV…Gomez you cost price a shut-out…Wisnewski: no cage, let’s dance…I said once before on here and that idiot FIG NEWTON jumped on me for it, the Bruins in all the time I have watched them(30 years) have never figured out how to build for the play-offs, goon hockey is not a winner…Eller is having a monster series, as is Pyatt, White…JM crystal ball on Webber?…Pouliot? I repeat, Pouliot?… Let’s finish this on Thursday night!

    Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

  64. Habs_008 says:

    what a win! wow! fired up, this is sweet! cant wait for Monday Game 3!

  65. Rossy says:

    Easy Everyone. Be careful what you wish for. Years ago the Habs chased Martin Gerber and got Cam Ward . . . and were winning Game 3 at home when all hell broke loose. And haven’t we had enough of “Jaro Who”? Nevertheless, great game by the Habs. So impressed with Eller who looked so poised. And the dedication of the team at blocking shots, and working together. And loved the look of pure impotent rage on Horton’s face. Keep the pedal to the metal!

  66. DLS HAB says:

    Looks like without Goliath the Phillistines(Cubs) are no match for the boys. Man the boys have speed! The Habs put on a real defensive clinic tonight. Was happy to see Camilleri get one, if he catches fire it will bode well for the rest of the playoffs.

  67. Ian Cobb says:

    Like taking candy from a baby. Now you see why Gainey got rid of Julian! He is being out coached big time.

    Two more to go, in 4 ? or 5 ?

  68. blu3chip says:

    Gotta love seeing Bruins fans leaving early and booing their team :)

    Beat them twice in their own turf! Go Habs Go!

  69. 11habs11 says:

    LOL @ “63-year-old Mark Recchi”

  70. Klondike Habs Fan says:

    I got teary eyed, for the Eller shift in the third, where his line dominated… it was so sweet. What a game, one of the best played games by the habs ever.

    • ESundy36 says:

      The end of that shift where he held off three Bruins pinning the puck to the boards while the rest of his line completed a change was fantastic to watch.

  71. HUDSONHAB says:

    Quick Hits may have to change it’s handle to Quick Goals.

    ….Hab4life….

  72. Da Hema says:

    The Bruins are getting what they so justly deserve.

  73. habsfan0 says:

    “Paging Dr. Recchi! Paging Dr. Recchi! Emergency! Your magical diagnostic powers required immediately!”

  74. Big Ted says:

    Speaking about the Bruins’ psyche, what does it say about their leader when he decides he can’t play after going out for the warm-up. The Bruins spent all day lauding their captain’s courage and grit and saying there was no way he would miss the game. If they were so sure, then does that mean he suddenly has a lack of courage and will to suit up for his teammates now that he didn’t play? Maybe this casts doubt onto the medical prognosticating of Dr. Recchi and his staff of Bruins: they were wrong about Pacioretty and apparently now they were wrong about Chara’s medical fitness too.


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