About last night …

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They’ll probably lose to Buffalo.
Your Montreal Canadiens most definitely will be feeling an emotional letdown when they face the Sabres at the Bell Centre Tuesday night.
The game, against a horrible team with nothing to play for, will begin less than 24 hours after the Canadiens’ heroic conquest of a very good team that had won 12 in a row and is primed for a deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Let’s hope that wasn’t the last we see of Canadiens-Bruins in 2013-’14.
The postseason just won’t be the same unless these old playoff rivals hook up one more time.

And maybe, if they find themselves at the TD Garden in few weeks from now, your Montreal Canadiens will be able to use four forward lines.

Michel Therrien had a personnel crisis on his hands less than five minutes into Monday night’s game. Boston defenceman Kevan Miller ended Dale Weise’s night by crashing him into the boards, then KOed Travis Moen right out of the game in the subsequent punch-up.

As he is wont to do in moments of crisis, Therrien leaned on his veterans.

And man, did the geezers ever come up big – none bigger than the Canadiens captain.

Brian Gionta played 26:19 – more than any other forward on either team. The 35-year-old’s ToI was exceeded by only Andrei Markov’s 29:05 and Zdeno Chara’s 26:40.

Gionta’s ice time included seven minutes on the physically-demanding penalty-kill. Gionta assisted on the Alexei Emelin goal that gave the Canadiens an early lead, and he blocked four shots.

Tomas Plekanec played 23:42, including almost six minutes on the PK. Max pacioretty played 22:27, David Desharnais 19:42 and Thomas Vanek 17:38.

Despite a shortened bench, Shootout hero Alex Galchenyuk played only 12:28 through 65 minutes. Daniel Brière played 12:55 – five seconds less than Michäel Bournival.

Therrien relied on five defencemen. While Weaver earned major minutes, Douglas Murray played only 14:33, 5:21 of which was on the PK.

The list of bleu-blanc-rouge heroes begins, of course, with Peter Budaj.

Budaj hadn’t started a game since losing to Boston on March 12 at the Bell Centre. But he was 4-0 lifetime against the Bruins at TD Garden.

Therrien played a hunch. And as has been the case more often this season than the coach’s legion of detractors would admit, Therrien was right.

Through the first period and the beginning of the second, the Bruins looked like they were on a continuous power play. Budaj made 21 stops through 40 minutes, including a superb glove save on Milan Lucic.

And the goaltender got help from another hero, journeyman Mike Weaver. The defenceman played 20:12, blocked three shots and stood up to the pounding Boston inflicted en route to a 36-24 advantage in hits.

That’s nothing new. The Canadiens are outhit in every game, most recently a 37-18 pounding in Toronto.

They take a licking but keep on ticking. The team’s resilience speaks volumes about their character and, yes, Therrien’s ability to get a small roster to punch above its weight.

Despite losing Weise and watching Moen play Mike Komisarek to Miller’s Milan Lucic, the Canadiens refused to be intimidated. Alexei Emelin displayed particular valour and toughness. He was a target of the Bruins after landing a big hip check on Lucic less than two minutes into the game.

As has come to be the norm in the NHL, Emelin’s clean hit drew a retaliatory assault from Zdeno Chara. And late in the game, Lucic speared Emelin from behind – a cheap shot described as a “love tap” by the cretinous P.J. Stock, who is ruining L’Antichambre for me.

Of course, Emelin’s refusal to “answer the bell” will be highlighted this Saturday on Coach’s Corner – the more so because bashing a Russian will take Cherry’s increasingly enfeebled mind off the late-season collapse of his beloved Leafs.

Despite being outmuscled by a team that is, let’s be honest – better, at least on paper, the Canadiens beat the Bruins in three of their four meetings this year.

Spring just wouldn’t be spring without these teams hooking up in a playoff series.

But it won’t happen until the second round at the earliest.

 

 

636 Comments

  1. AliHaba says:

    I see the injury updates are out. Both Moen and Weise are listed as doubtful for tonight with upper body injuries. Big surprise there.

  2. I hope the next game the Booins play that the Rubber chickens start to fly on the ice! Some good old fashioned shaming!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  3. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I was, for some unknown reason, … oh yeah I’m a Habs fan … confident we’d end their streak. Had to put up with that idiot McGuire on NBC. I find him as insufferable as P.J. Stock. Starts out telling everyone how the Bruins are going to basically roll over us and, of course, has changed his tune by the end of the game as if he knew the outcome all along. Thinks that hip check should be outlawed. Not much to say about Lucic and his spear though. He’s either a clever Habs plant or a nincompoop. I choose the latter.

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

    • Nincompoop — good word. : )


      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      McGuire panders to his audience. Always has. He knows when he’s on NBC that he’s talking mainly to Americans– and Bruins’ fans on this night in particular–so tells them what they want to hear. Not very professional in my opinion. And I’m sure he’s not alone among his peers.

  4. It’s one thing to get back at a guy who laid you out. It’s another thing to be filthy about it. And it’s a whole different thing altogether to lie about it afterwards. For Lucic to say he didn’t low-blow Emelin, and in the same breath call him a chicken for his clean hit earlier in the game, that doesn’t show a lot of integrity… I can’t stand the Bruins any more than any other Habs fan, but I have always respected them — hard to respect this.

    Here’s that low-blow vid BTW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nssGVSiNYU


    Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

  5. Storman says:

    On the horizon,,Some 6’5 size with skill starting to develop and mature in London at the hands of the Hunter brothers,, Michael McCarron Spectacular Assist vs Windsor Game 2 OHL playoffs round 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMVDVTe6dBQ

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      We’ve got to be patient. The tide will turn is this Boston/Montreal rivalry. A few years down the road we’ll have guys like McCarron, Crisp and Tinordi teaching the Bruins a lesson.

      Chara ain’t going to be around forever. When he’s gone it’s going to be open season on the Bruins. As I said, the tide will turn.

    • Chris says:

      One worry I have with McCarron is that he was completely ineffective as a winger in the OHL earlier this year. His season only turned around when he was moved to center with skilled finishers in Gemel Smith and Brett Welychka.

      There is no way McCarron plays center in the NHL. His skating is nowhere near what it needs to be to play that position. I’m hoping that his recovered confidence after the end to this season will see him become effective as a winger next season for the Knights. They have some spots opening up all over the roster due to a lot of OHL graduations.

      In all likelihood, they will be losing Horvat, Domi, Tierney, Zadorov, Smith, and Anderson to the AHL and NHL. That is most of their top scorers from this season. I suspect at least one of the Ruperts will be kept as an overage player next season, as will Welychka. They probably have to look at keeping a defenceman as well, as they are losing Basso, Bell and Austin from their blue line.

      The Knights are going to struggle mightily next year, methinks, so it might be in the best interest of the Habs if McCarron is dealt to another team in the off-season to help them rebuild.

  6. HabsPooch says:

    I may be in the minority here but I have a big problem with Pacioretty not coming to PKs defense when Boychuk nearly decapitated him with a missed swing. A man the size of pacioretty can at least make the effort.

    • Mattyleg says:

      We got the powerplay, the refs were just dying to give one both ways.

      Patches doesn’t really stand up for anyone but Patches, unfortunately.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • truebeliever says:

        The refs were horrible, both ways. Habs were diving all over the place and the Bruins were getting dumb penalties. After the PK silliness, they must have gone back in the dressing room and decided to call 3 straight make up calls. The fourth, on which the Bruins finally scored with an agonizing 2 seconds left, was a legit call. I just wish Bouillon had done a little damage en route to the penalty box. The refs probably would have missed that one … just like the spear in Emelins crotch.

    • krob1000 says:

      That would be giving Boychuk what he wanted…a chance to take out a Habs Star…and give up the pp that PK earned.

    • Chris says:

      Pacioretty does not need to get involved in that crap. If Subban wants to start things, he needs to fight his own battles. He initiated that confrontation looking for penalties, so Pacioretty charging in would accomplish nothing.

  7. mrhabby says:

    Subban…love the guy. but one of the issues he has is.

    if your going to trash talk drop ur gloves and back it up. No wonder fans boo him in other rinks.

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      So your issue is that he won’t willingly break the rules and get the team’s best defenseman off the ice for 5 minutes…

    • krob1000 says:

      Why do you have to fight if you trash talk? It is called trash “talking”. What did he say? I saw Matchand doing a lot fo Talking, I saw Chara talking with Mabut no fight? where is this myth that talking equates to fightng coming from. Pleks was talking…is he expected to fight? You are only allowed to talk before a fight?

    • Dust says:

      Screw that. Why waste 5 min in the box. Fighting is pointless He needs to be on the ice to score.

    • crane says:

      Russian Prust = Radulov
      Sign him for play offs,need bodies,Markov and Emelin keep him in line,only Russian that played ballsy at Olympics.

    • Can’t say I agree about the need to drop the gloves, but the diving is really getting under my skin. He really needs to either knock it off and stick to being one of the world’s best defencemen, or else at least invest in some acting classes…


      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

    • The_Truth says:

      I don’t think Subban needs to fight, but he is kind of embarrassing sometimes.

      Giving Boychuck a shot when he was down and then with the arms in the air, and jumping backwards into the guy and all that. Doughty wouldn’t do that. Ray Bourque never did. Neither did Lidstrom. That’s Kadri type stuff.

  8. JUST ME says:

    From the Boston Herald this morning.

    Bruins let the Canadiens`antics get to them…

    It was all so familiar. The Canadiens getting under the Bruins’ skin with their customary cheap shots and whining, the B’s taking undisciplined penalties, and the Habs finding a way to eke out a win.

    Isn`t that just lovely ?

    Strangely in the comment section no one agrees with this assessment. I guess there are Habs fans everywhere even there !

  9. The_Truth says:

    Montreal doesn’t have fighters per se, but they have some very tough guys with courage.

    Weaver, Emelin, Murray, Bouillon, Gallagher, Gionta, Pleks, Weisse, Moen and even Markov, stood out to me as Courageous players. Gorges would have been there as well and of course Prust and White.

    The Dcore might not be super skilled and big, but they have a lot of heart. MT knows what he is doing playing these guys.

  10. Captain aHab says:

    Not hoping for a suspension but is the league even going to consider a fine for Lucic? Or are they simply going to believe that Emelin made it all up because he’s a Hab?

    —————-
    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

    • Luke says:

      Meh. A little spear to a guy’s junk is minor compared to the crosschecks to the face that Lupul and Neal have been unpunished for this year.

    • The league ought to get that stuff out of the game, but they likely won’t act, and I don’t think it’s just ’cause Emelin’s a Hab. The league brass loves that BS.


      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

  11. http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013021075&navid=sb:recap

    Check out who the Boston faithful picked as the third star! Is that not the most disgusting this you ever saw? 13 minutes in ice time, no points, one hit, and he gets third star. :lol:

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    • Kooch7800 says:

      Sadly it shows how little they actually know about the sport. This is extra sad considering they are an original six

      • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

        They don’t pick their lone goal scorer (y’know, they guy who got them a point in the standings), but the guy who put two Habs out of the game on the same play. Says a lot about their mentality.

    • Not sure our own fans would have been much classier, with roles reversed… : )


      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

      • I don’t think I ever saw our fans pick a star based on player injury on the ice.

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        • You may be right, but I don’t think we can claim the moral high ground for our fan base. If Murray had driven Marchand into the boards and and then KO-ed Lucic, lots of Habs fans would want to throw him a parade.


          Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

  12. Marcusman says:

    Weaver deserves mucho credit this morning..that was his best game as a Hab

  13. habsguru says:

    is there not a rule about fighting with a visor, or is it instigating with a visor? I might have my signals crossed with the QHL. as mentioned in another post, Miller had his helmet/visor on, and left his chin strap fastened when he “accepted” the fight. is that not rather Yellow for a big tough bruin?

  14. habs001 says:

    A solid character game for the Habs…but in the playoffs no s/o…and last 14 games only 3 regulation wins…so looks like the Habs will have to have a lot of o/t magic in the playoffs

  15. Mutt says:

    Things that are clear after last night’s game;
    • Bruins are one hell of a hockey team, best team I’ve seen all year.
    • Canadiens are a very good team but not in Boston’s league
    • But they are in their heads
    • Chara is a class act and if you listen to his post-game comments you see what leadership is
    • Licuc is not. He a cry baby that is easily, and legally, knocked off his game. Clean hit and he’s still crying after the game and calling the hitter a coward. What do you call a guy who spears a guy from behind?
    • From the useless stat file: Budaj is 5-0 in Boston and Rask is 3-11-2 in his career against Montreal, go figure.
    • From the useful stat file: The Canadiens are 31-0-3 when leading after the second period
    • I hope they meet in the playoffs, this would be a fun series.

    • likehoy says:

      dunno about best team.. those Blues and Sharks came and smoked us a few times this year.

      We can handle the Bruins.. but we can’t even tie the skates of the Sharks.

      • Mutt says:

        Agreed we match-up better against the Bruins than the Sharks but still think the Bruin have the best overall team I’ve seen this year.

        Well, when they are playing hockey instead of head hunting that is.

        • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

          You can’t call Chara a class act since he’s the one who jumped Emelin after his hit on Lucic. Oh, and that whole Pacioretty thing.

    • AliHaba says:

      Chara is a class act? More like a criminal.

    • Cal says:

      Remove the “cl” from that word and there is Chara described perfectly. Remember, this guy broke Patches’ neck. He was all class that night, too. Chara is a giant piece of sh*t.

    • habsguru says:

      Chara preys on the vulnurable, and is far from classy. he throws more sucker punches than ANYBODY in the league. remember Crosby in the playoffs last year? I could easily list double digit examples.

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

    Last night’s win bumped up the Habs’ chances of making the playoffs by 1.4%, to 99.4%.

    The idle Leafs dropped .2%, to 34.2%. At one point they were up to an 85% certainty. What a difference two weeks makes.

  17. likehoy says:

    did boychuk comment on Subban at all?
    just curious if he had any explanation of what happened…

  18. Mr_MacDougall says:

    For anyone on twitter, #Lucic and he’s getting ripped!!!

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  19. Storman says:

    By the by, it was a joy listening to Chris Cuthbert do play by play last night,, he is quite simply one of the best at his craft.

  20. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Was it just me, or was that as intense for a fan as a playoff game? I was on the edge of my seat all night.. I’m still butter about the 3 straight phantom calls.. That play by Gallagher was amazing, too bad it was ruined with a bogus penalty call.

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  21. Hobie Hansen says:

    Murray has been engaging Chara and Lucic every game the Habs and Bruins play. Murray has laid the lumber in their backs in front of the net, hit them and he flat out challenged Chara to a fight last night.

    If any other player on the Habs does that to one of those two they’d drop their gloves and go right after them. Since it’s Murray they don’t do squat.

    The Bruins do pick their spots I tell ya. They wouldn’t want to have chara or Lucic suffer a loss in a fight to a guy like Murray.

    I hope Murray is back as a 7th guy next year. I’d love to see him beat the crap out of Lucic or Chara, if they have the guts to fight him.

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      There’s a definite line between being tough and a bully. Bruins are bullies, can’t take a clean hit..

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • frontenac1 says:

      Agree Hobie. At $1.5 mill, he is a steal as a bottom pairing.

    • Dust says:

      Chara wouldn’t drop his gloves no matter who asked him. Why you ask. Because he is one of the best dman in the nhl and the bruins don’t want him wasting 5 min, at least, in the box for a stupid fight against the other teams plugs. When was the last time you saw him in a fight?
      Chara is valuable on the ice. He doesn’t need to fight, that is why boston has thorton and others. hell its the reason why the habs have paros and moen and prust. So a guy like subban doesn’t fight.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Chara doesn’t seem too interested in staying on the ice anytime someone on his team takes a clean hit. If he’s going to go and attack an opposing player in that circumstance and bully people he better damn well put his money where is mouth is.

      • Fansincebirth says:

        Chara won’t instigate a fight but he sure as Hell isn’t afraid to cheapshot the shit out of someone!

    • shiram says:

      Weaver standing up Paillé was good too, but the context between Emelin and Goochic makes that one all that better.

      • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

        That might be the best hip check I’ve seen all year, by anyone in the league. Punishable by a spear to the pills, of course.

    • Frank2468 says:

      Ya and Lucic calling Emilin a cheap or dirty player and a spear to guy where the sun doesn’t shine and from behind too and that’s not gutless no oh no. Typical Booins philosophy.

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

    Did Lucic hit Emelin with the blade of his stick as hard as he could? No, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that he skated behind a player and purposely hit him between the legs with the stick. And yet he’s calling Emelin a coward…

    • habsguru says:

      Poor Lucy had his feelings hurt. cry about a clean hit when you just speared a guy in the junk. that goes against any code of any hockey player anywhere.

      • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

        I like that he lied about it, figuring that he wouldn’t get caught. Hey Milan, how many cameras at a hockey game? What a f’n idiot…

  23. Marcusman says:

    Great night to be a Habs fan…..would of be fun to see it end 1-0 but seeing #27 end the game with “The move” was amazing.

    My guess is Blunden and Dumont get called up…

  24. The Dark Side says:

    We are winning

  25. Sportfan says:

    Whats the word on Weise and Moen for tonight?

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  26. shiram says:

    This does not happen often, but I have to give credit to Therrien and his coaching staff for last night.
    Playing a shortened bench, with a team that was probably reeling emotionally after seeing 2 team-mates hurt, and he pulled a win out of his hat!

    That’s not to take away from the vets that took on big minutes and played a very tough game against an extremely talented and balanced Bruins lineup.

    Also have to note that Emelin did not look scared or afraid or a shell of his former self, he was playing his game, no intimidation.
    That’s something for a guy with a plate in his face, and facing a team that takes liberties punching people.

    Weaver was also another standout for me, one whom I had barely noticed before last night’s game.

    And the much maligned captain, playing most likely his best game of the year.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Weaver the last couple games has started to shine. He looked good against Toronto as well.

      The team will be tired today though. I hope they do put in some of the kids tonight for some energy

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Emelin is crazy. He has no fear. He’s willing to take a beating from Chara or blow out his knee in order to nail someone on the Bruins.

    • Luke says:

      I think we are more afraid of the Bruins than the players are.

      These guys are all pros and have seen the worst of the worst.
      They’ve played against the bottom feeders of the hockey gene pool already.

      They’ve played for years against guys with no chance to ever make it, who cruise around in the minor leagues and juniors living out their glory days trying to hurt and fight whoever they can because it’s socially acceptable to do it on the ice, but illegal on the streets.

      • shiram says:

        Sure Luke,I agree with that, but it’s got to be emotionally jarring to see 2 team-mates injured like Moen and Weisse were last night.
        Especially Moen, who’s been on the team for a great number of years and has had concussion issues.

    • Sal from the Hammer says:

      Shiram u just summed up everything I would have said Saves me time. Thanks!

  27. CranbrookEd says:

    First a warning to those whose blood pressure may already be a tad too high . . . reading the following may add to your need for medication . . . that said, there is a great picture of “the hip check” if you follow the link that is below! BTW, the ability to throw a perfect hip check as this one was, is something that is very tough to execute and this one was indeed a thing of beauty and so much harder to “throw” than a straight pounding of someone into the boards. The rest of the game that culminated with the spear clearly (and I hate to bring this up again, but it I do believe, shows that the Chara and Max “thing” was pre-meditated – it just took a while for the right set of circumstances to make an appearance . . . Lucic spent the game looking to “get back” for the hip check . . .

    http://www.boston.com/blogs/sports/hockey/bruins/bruinsdaily/2014/03/bruins-canadiens_superlatives.html

    CranbrookEd
    Mr. Beliveau: “Pure Pak mais oui”! . . .

    • ArmyFan says:

      Actually a pretty balanced and well-written article, described the game well and gave both team credits where they were due, and offered up (albeit vaguely) that Lucic did indeed spear Emelin in the gonads. The quote from Lucic, however, does reinforce that he is a direct descendant of Neanderthals.

  28. Sportfan says:

    What a great game! Did everyone hear about what that little b@#($ Lucy said about Emelin after the game, he’s one to talk.

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    • arcosenate says:

      Too bad we don’t have anyone that could make Lucic cluck, spearing someone in the balls seems kind of a chickes**t move to me…

    • Ya ya… all over the net, but so what? If a Boston player says it, it’s just an honest opinion. Anyone else would be an ungrateful, pot-stirring moron. Hate that Daddy Campbell and Jacobs run the league and coddle the Booins. Amazing the billionaires on the other teams put up with it.

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

    • marvin20 says:

      Lucic can say and do what ever he wants to any Montreal player. Montreal has to much class to hold him accountable, and respond with authority. Every team knows this and are licking their chops hoping to play them in the first round. Because they are going to take out their star player with no response and pound the habs into submission just like last year.

  29. marvin20 says:

    Great win, but I wish Montreal could please get tougher and play tougher players. Montreal always just sits back and allows their best player to get attacked from behind, and one of their best defensemen to get speared. It will be a short playoff run if Montreal allows their best players to take cheap shots. They need to address those situations with authority and have some guys who back it up.

    • likehoy says:

      Prust, Moen, Wiese are/were injured

      Parros not playing was cause the 4th line of Moen – Bournival – Wiese was going to be a good 4th line for last night.

      but in retrospect, Parros playing could have helped a lot.

      Tinordi could have drawn in.. but we would have lost by a rookie mistake.

      • marvin20 says:

        still need more toughness, getting close to playoffs, and they are already starting to drop like flies. Teams can do what ever they want to the Habs star players and as usual Montreal has to much class to protect their best players. I hate kicking a dead horse after each tough game

    • habsguru says:

      why? they won, had the best hits of the night, and a dandy of a shoot out goal. aside from Moen going down to a Pu*&y with a helmet AND visor on, and oh yeah, his chin strap was still fastened even though he new he was going to fight, CH had the best hits in the game. 74, then 43 and 06 to top off the hit parade. BOS LOST the game because they were too worried about being tough guys, and lost in every department.

  30. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I was so happy I ordered RDS few years ago until I saw that windbag called PJ stock on the postgame show.

  31. 24 Cups says:

    Carey Price’s competition tonight will be either Matt Hackett or Nathan Lieuwen as the injury bug hits the hapless Sabres.

  32. Season series vs the Leafs goes to the Habs

    Season series vs the Bruins goes to the Habs

    What a great Season! :lol:

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    • frontenac1 says:

      Exactamundo amigo! Man I wish we would meet the Bruins first Round. We would win. Habs are so in their heads it is hilarious. They have no answer for the Mojo. Saludos!

  33. CJ says:

    Looking closer at the standings this morning, of those teams currently in a playoff position, only Colorado and LA have as balanced a record as Montreal home and away.

    IMO, you can shelter players and help control match ups on home ice, but that becomes increasingly difficult on the road. As a result, I’m suggesting it has a great deal to do with strong coaching. Therien and Roy, along with Babcock should be considered at the top of this category. Berube and Cooper deserve to be finalists for their work turning things around and overcoming the loss of their two best players respectfully, but Therien’s record speaks for itself.

    Our success flies directly against advanced statistics. Zone time last night was overwhelmingly in the Bruins favor, while our PP failed to capitalize and put the game away in the second. As much as I don’t think this is a sustainable model, I simply can’t argue with the results. Riding a hot goalie and an unreal PK can only carry you so far – or maybe once again I’m completely wrong. The most telling stat last night was shots on goal. When it was over, I thought it must have been 43-17. In fact it was 28-22. The boys did a great job of getting in the lanes and blocking shots.

    I don’t know what’s around the corner for this team, but I’m excited to find out. I will continue to eat humble pie on the Tinordi Frankie debate. Kinda tastes good anyway. Cheers, CJ

  34. JUST ME says:

    There is something about this rivalry that goes beyond a tale of two cities like MTL vs TO. It`s on the ice,in the stands,behind the bench,in the penalty box,in the medias,at work…

    We get under their skin as they do to us too. This morning in the papers and on radio in Boston you hear and read incredible versions of the facts that we see otherwise.

    It is far from being pretty but sure is entertaining though !
    Ever since the Ottawa game the guys got to a different level and are now in playoff pursuit. Yesterday for moi was another step towards getting the team concept ready for when it counts.

  35. Storman says:

    Next NHL exec Meetings before draft,, GM’s to discuss adding penalty for testicle tapping..

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      Or love tap as Stock called it.

      • Storman says:

        Stock was so bad last night on AC it was actually hard to watch but hilarious at the same time,, surely they will stop inviting him back,, his work on the smart board TV describing Habs offensive zone entrance was pitiful at best and of course he was taking another shot at PK on that analysis as well..

        • frontenac1 says:

          It could be the last we see of PJ on RDS? You could tell the guys have lost patience with him last night. It is beyond being the class clown, they stopped laughing at him.

          • Storman says:

            Yup i saw it that way as well, the guys were laughing at him this time with disgust and dis belief,, when he put his feet on the table and began to ramble off Habs players who he thought did not show up was another assmouth example of his Big Bad Bruins love clownishness stupidity .

        • bigjames says:

          I wrote to L’antichambre just now to complain about PJ Stock. just logged on to their website and found the comments page. wrote in my best French and told them he was an embarrassment. it is true..

  36. likehoy says:

    loved Weaver last night.
    That hit on Paille.. their 4th line was non-existent after that one.

    I wanted someone to put a good one in on Soderbergh, he’s kind of their Lars Eller out there.

    When Lucic gets hit, he doesn’t bother playing hockey anymore.. I wonder if everyone realizes that too.

  37. habs-fan-84 says:

    Wish I wasn’t so busy at work today.
    Regardless, I just want to say how happy I am with this team, its coach and its management team. Can’t wait for the Playoffs!

  38. Mattyleg says:

    I’m moving the line I set up last night to this thread:

    It’s the line for people to apologise for calling Therrien names (idiot, buffoon, etc) and saying that he doesn’t know what he’s doing before last night’s game.

    Once again, the Habs burst the Booins’ bubble – no ‘longest win-streak for you boys – and Claude “Le Crâne” Julien was outcoached.

    Please post your apologies below.
    Thanks.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I’ve backed him from day 1 buddy!

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      There wasn’t a sane person out there that did not question MT’s decision to start Budaj over Price. I give credit To Budaj & the team & not MT because I still think he’s an idiot, buffoon, etc…

      • habs-fan-84 says:

        I’m pretty sure Maritime Ronn provided some very good reasons why Budaj should start yesterday morning. I guess he must not be sane.

      • There were exactly three people who backed that decision…Matty, Claude Julien, and Therrien :lol:

        Trying to predict Therrien is impossible, even the players have no clue on a nightly basis who’s playing where. :)

        I hope Carey is writing a book on the Bruins from the side lines, because the road to the cup runs through Boston.

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      • Mattyleg says:

        So then perhaps you should question the importance of your version of ‘sanity’.

        And you thinking MT is still all those things says a lot about you.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Agree Windsor! Let’s not lose sight of reality. Boods is a great back-up who played lights out last night. Does MT know this for a Boston start as their coach? He should as opposed to all the arm-seat coaches on HIO, but he has made plenty more strange and frankly out-of-touch decisions this year and we have had painful losing streaks, one not long ago just after the Olympic break and let’s not forget the December to January swoon.

        It’s been said that a great coach will earn roughly five more wins out of a team and a bad coach will lose 5 games for a team. The team being the only constant in how wins and loses roll out and that is the truth. Sometimes les Habs show up and sometimes they don’t. We lost to a fast and attacking Columbus and beat the Booins. Go figure, since Columbus then went on to lose two in a row. Wish they’d play up for every team, but I know that isn’t possible.

        I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        Actually almost all the non-crazy posters on here understood the decision. The drama queens freaked out as usual.

        —–
        Moving. Forward.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      I approve of this post.

    • trolly says:

      No apology here, I didn’t call him an idiot I called him an idiot savant (=genius). On second thought I will apologize but only to any real idiot savants who I may have offended with my comment. Good call MT.

      • Mattyleg says:

        Very balanced.
        Thank you.

        Yours, etc.
        A. Nidiot
        Chairperson, FISCAL (Federation of Idiot Savants Canada Associated League)

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

  39. Steeltown Hab says:

    The officiating last night was downright hilarious. Always seems to be the case vs. Boston.

    Media sites MTL “getting under there skin” all I see is them just winning the game no tactics to get under people’s skin.

    NHL will always allow Boston to be like this because they’re desperate to sell the game in the US and redneck New York aka Boston eats that stupidity right up.

    ———————————

    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

  40. Mondou6 says:

    Not surprising, but I just have to point out the insanely hypocritical pro-Bruin ranting from Milbury on the NBC feed last night. Why he is allowed on TV is baffling to me…

    – Previous game, Lucic took 2-3 cheap shots on Emelin to start the game. This was cheered by the HNIC gang as “setting the tone”, replayed incessantly as the greatest thing ever.

    – Last night, Emelin nails Lucic with a clean hip check to start the game. Milbury loses his mind over it, yelling that Lucic will get even because they “provoked him”. Every time they replay it, they get more outraged that anyone would dare to hit Lucic, and what a horrible thing it is.

    – Later, Milbury adds that the NHL should “ban the hip check” because, you know, it’s so incredibly dirty to hip check a player. As opposed to the Bruins clean style of hockey.

    – Weise gets cross-checked into the boards, out of the game, Milbury tries to find a word to describe it, and ends up with saying it was a “push”.

    On and on, all night.

    Not that you’d expect anything different from the likes of Milbury or Cherry, but I can’t think of any other major sport where it is broadcast nationally this way (in both the US and Canada). With the Bruins and/or Leafs as held up as the shining examples of all that is good and pure in the sport, and every other team is a bunch of dirty cheating bastards, out to ruin the game.

    It’s disgusting to listen to, and bad for the sport of hockey. It’s like the WWE with good guys (Bruins/Leafs) and bad guys (Habs, and anyone playing the Bruins and Leafs).

    I ended up turning it off last night and watching the pirated RDS feed. Even though I only understood half of the broadcast, it was still 100 times better.

  41. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Watching “That’s hockey 2nite” on TSN. Dave Reid, a former Bruin, complimented the Habs & their play minus 2 forwards & criticized Lucic for calling Emelin a chicken after Lucic speared him. He thought Emelin’s hit was clean as well.

    • krob1000 says:

      The guys on the NHL netowrk are always impartial…Weekes and Dave Reid are great. Mike Johnosn is pretty good too but ocasionally you can still feel the fire in him though and he thinks he is playing still and gets a little too emotionally invested…at times…I like his commentary but sometimes he speaks with his heart instead of his head.

  42. boing007 says:

    Here’s one comment from today’s Boston Globe sports page:

    rhs77703/25/14 08:27 AM

    The Canadians are a disgrace to hockey with the style they play. Emelin and Subban are two of the cheap shot artist that hit and run and either hide behind the refs or other teammates. Subban needs a good beat down to prove to this loser once and for all that his actions aren’t a part of hockey.

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    • Shackles says:

      Ignorance at its best. Subban’s actions are not a part of hockey – well then; make room for stantions, spears and sucker punches because apparently, clean hits have no place in the new NHL.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Unfortunately we sometimes have posters on this site of at least equal ignroance.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Shackles says:

        A sad truth. However, I do get the impression that Habs fans can actually be more critical of their team than say, Bruins or Sens fans/media. We are more willing to call a spade a spade. I think most Bruins fans would be willing to throw themselves in front of a bus to save Lucic’s reputation as the boy next store.

    • Stimpy007 says:

      So I guess he is saying Emy should stand up and get the shit pounded out of him by both Lucic and Chara?? Yeah cuz that is smart??. They cant handle getting out muscled within the rules of the game.

  43. krob1000 says:

    2 weeks ago LEafs were 3 points ahead of Habs…everything was rosy in TO….now they are reeling, Habs are still winning, they blame the Habs/Ottawa game and the HAbs beating TO for their current position….no prob. Nobody ever said it would be easy and nobody said they have to like the HAbs….in fact I kind of like the underdog role and think it unites the team……and fans.

  44. knob says:

    I’ve changed my mind on Weaver. He is solid.

    I thought that the supposed “worst d-pair” was actually the best d-pair: Murray and Weaver. Good work men.

  45. Jimmy9Toes says:

    So was Lucic’s crafty stick work on Emelin in the third, just him trying to poke the bear?

  46. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I’d love nothing more than to compliment a talented team like the Bruins & give them credit for their recent streak but how could I or anyone in his right mind do that? They’re a team of thugs that break every rule in the book when they’re losing, frustrated or things don’t go their way. They’re collectively an embarrassment to hockey & when I say they I mean players, owner management & fans.

    Their Stanley cup win a couple of years ago was a gift by Buttman & the NHL officials as they cheated & cheap-shot every team on their way to Lord Stanley’s cup. If you’re a Bruins fan, you should be ashamed of their classless display last night & the whining that came from Lucic & company. Very proud of our team as every Habs fan & Canadian should be.

    • krob1000 says:

      Lucic’s whining was classic….Emelin hit hm clean, then Chara sticks up for him? Then Lucic and Emelin go at ech other the rest of the game…Emelin takes the hits…..but then Lucic spears in the bag from behind? Lucic should be embarassed…and the Bruins should be embarassed. Calling Emelin a “chicken” …that is the funny part….Emelin knows he is on his owon against one of the toughest players in the league. Emelin had his knee blown apart a year ago hitting him….did he hesitate? did he back down? No…he proved he is far from a chicken….I would like to know what LUcic woudl have done if there were three John Scott’s on the ice after him all game? heck I remember what he did when there was one Georges Laraques….and Emelin is a “chcken”…disgusting LUcic…

  47. krob1000 says:

    -Downright heroic play from Gionta,Budaj, Emelin, Markov, Weaver,etc last night.
    -Terrible refereeing in the third period….call on Galalgher was disgusting..was as textbook as could be…in fact was highlight of the night material if you like the defensive side of the game.
    -Would like to know why on the 5 on 3 Subban and Markov did not line up on their one timer sides…took almost the whole 5 on 3 before they switched?
    -Chara will fight Douglas Murray…but he sure as hell does not want to
    -Habs bailed on several stupid hits last ight…Buyrins were laughing at them on several occasions…but I couldn;t help but htink “why wouldd they take that hit”? When a hit was needed to be taken …tey did …but in the neutral zone,etc with nowhere to go? smart plays by Plkes, DD, Gionta,etc…not worth it in those situations.
    -The depth the HAbs acquired sure paid off…..Habs have more than 5 full NHL lines…and will need all of them. Weaver acquisiton and Vanek without losing players ….seemed like too many bodies…paid off.
    -Why is that even commentators are afraid to call out LUcic….if Subban, Emelin or any Hab for that matter pulled that Lucic spear crap they would have been all over it…..
    -They actually had the nerve to somewhat blame Subban for Boychuk going ballistic? Yes he backed into him but that was AFTER Boychuk was already out of control….
    -That was a character builder for sure…just need to hope that Weise and MOen not long term. Moen is likely a minimum of a couple weeks but I am not even sure what Weise injured. Is that suspension worthy? I find that much more dangerous then the play last week everyone was upset about where the player turned at the last second.

    • Even the Bruins fans on NHL.com were laughing at the Gallagher call, but calls were missed both ways for sure. PK nailed Boychuck in the back of the head and then made like he was going after Boychuck only to draw him into a penalty. It’s plays like that that gives PK a bad name. It’s pretty much the exact same thing Emelin did to Lucic, then Chara came over and nailed Emelin…..exact same scenerio. PK hasn’t done plays like that all season, so I guess the Bruins brought it out in him.

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    • Luke says:

      Re: The 5on3… I Tought the same, but reckon that they were trying to get the puck down low to one of the wingers, possible across the seam, so preferred to have them on the passing side as opposed to shooting side.

      Re: Gallagher call. Y’know, for all the penalties called I suppose an argument could be made. Even the Murray one. He did reach around the Bruin, and while not worthyIMO, some could argue for the call there.
      But that Gallagher call was brutal. It was 100% incorrect with no Grey area. The worst part is that the ref had a perfect view of this.

      Re: Subban/Boychuk. Yah, that’s Subban. He drove Boychuk mad. PK gave him the shot after the check (clean, but not as clean as Emelin’s). Boychuk sees this as his chance to throw punches at the annoying PK, PK dodges an absolute bullet (HOLY!) and then skates off. Frustrated Johnny cleans up his laundry and skates after PK, who gives him a ‘love bump’ and Frustrated Johnny loses it all over again.
      PK absolutely played Frustrated Johnny. Now, if it had been Kadri in PK’s role, doing that to Prust, we’d all be calling him (Kadri) a fink and a coward.

      Re: Chara/Murray: I’d put the money on Chara.

      Re: Bailing on the hits/Bruins chirping: That was avery visible sign, to me, that the Habs were in the Bruins heads. I think after the Emelin hit, and especially after the Weaver one, a portion of the Bruins population stopped worrying about Hockey and started trying to get even. And while it may hurt physically, it sure kept the Bruins off the score sheet. Some of their best players are the one’s who go looking to settle scores as opposed to back check and play the puck. Definitely helped the Habs hold that 1 goal lead for so long.

      Awesome win. Crazy stressful game.

      • krob1000 says:

        See I didn’t think that “shot” PK gave was anything more than a swat to shake Boychuk off of his legs as Boychuk was tangled around his legs still…that type of thing happens several times a game…there were 15 or 20 of those after whistles throughout the night. To me that was not an invitation to drop the gloves…you also have to ask yourself…why the dman was up there trying to make that hit on PK? he went out of his way and was trying to hit Subban low for their perceived interpretation of Emelin/Lucic. Boychuk had his gloves off immediately and was looking for that fight when he made the hit (that was not drity but he tried to go low and he went after SUbban with that mentality…he wanted to fight him). The BRuins wanted to get Subban off the ice…Marchand tried too….Gallagher stood in Marchands grill but Marchand wanted Subban off the ice and tried again later.
        What was hilarious is that their biggest guy was afraid to go Murray….I will admit Murray was the instigator there….he badly wnated to send a message and relive the pressure on his teammates…he gave Chara a huge slash in the back of the legs (dirty one…like they do)…Chara turned ready to lose it…saw who it was and quielty went about watching the game from the rafters..or wherever his head sits. Chara only wnated any part of Murray when Murray was tired…at teh beginning of shifts…he is afraid…personally I think he would probably beat Murray….but the fact he doesn’t want to fight because he MAY LOSE…is that any different than guys like Subban, Emelin,etc. If there is nothing to gain they do not fight….and neither do the Bruins….their toughest guys have shownt eh same reluctance as PK and Emelin against Murray and Laraques in the past….after them being willing to do similar things to Emelin and Subban. Emelin and Subban are not fighters…Lucic and Chara,etc are amog the top 5 in the NHL.

        • Luke says:

          Krob,

          I agree, PKs shot/shove/push to Boychuk was nothing out of the norm. Boychuk way overreacted. PK knew that’s how he’d react, that;s why he did it and why he didn’t fight him.

          That the call wasn’t made when Boychuk dropped gloves (Unsportsmanlike) and threw a bare knuckle punch at an unwilling opponent’s head (a Scott Moore anniversary punch?) is more concerning and indicitive of how the league would like it’s product presented.

  48. Jimmy9Toes says:

    Here is my comment from yesterday when I read that MT was starting Budaj, “By reading a lot of comments on here, the Habs might as well just come back home and not even bother going to the rink tonight. Hey, like most posters, I am not a big fan of MT, but you have to give him credit for some of his strange decisions this year. I tend to agree with the goalie assignments for the next 2 games. I think the team will play better defensively in front of Peter and hopefully Carey won’t be tested against Buf tomorrow night. As for the defense pairings, I would like to see Tiny in for either Cube or Dream Weaver, but hey they are paid to coach and we are not, so the decision is up to them. When the boys beat the big bad Bruins tonight, I hope to see what a lot of posters ate with there crow in the morning.”
    So I have to ask, just how did crow taste for breakfast?

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Speaking of crow. What did you think of Babcock’s performance in Sochi? ;)

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

      • Jimmy9Toes says:

        I will say the same thing a lot of posters on here say about MT, don’t like the way he coaches, but you can’t ignore the results. I still thought his player selections were garbage. So Chrisadiens, would you take the Pickle or Hamhuis over PK?

  49. Kooch7800 says:

    Was really impressed with Weaver last night. He was such a smart move by MB with Gorges down.

    Really sweet win by the team last night and they earned it.

    Watching Briere out there is really getting sickening. no compete in his game whatsoever. I would be happy if he never played another game with the CH.

    • He was like night and day from two games ago. That night he was flat footed, and players was walking around him. Last night he played like a player who knew what was going on (Bos vs Mtl rivalry) unlike three or four other players who did just enough to get the job done.

      Budja was amazing too.

      I had a feeling the Habs were going to end their streak (someone had to) and I made some coin on them. Thanks Budja!

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    • Phil C says:

      I was really glad when they signed Weaver, but then he didn’t look good in the first couple of games, so I was worried maybe he had lost a step. But I think he was just getting used to his new team because he played great last night.

      And it seemed like Murray was skating a little better than normal. Maybe my expectations are now sufficiently low, but I thought he had a little more spring in his step than usual.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        Could be he was rested as well. Boston isn’t a fast team either and he is made for playing teams like them.

        We need his toughness in front of the net.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      At least he didn’t make the sauce pass to emelin to score the first and only goal. Only getting 12-13 minutes a night and still putting up points is good for me. Thinking he’s stepped up his game of late and loves being the pivot on his line. Peaking at the right time going into the dance and producing in the dance is why MB brought him here. Cut him some slack till after the playoffs. Getting 13 min a night and constantly being the whipping boy for MT is not the best recipe for one players success, but danny b has demonstrated he’s way above all that in my opinion.

      Shaker out!

      • Kooch7800 says:

        Jimmy, I honestly think he would get more ice time if he was playing better but he just looks brutal in most games. He shows flashes once in a blue moon.

        He was getting the same type of ice time in Philly last year as I think they realized the same thing we are seeing.

  50. Storman says:

    Woke up so happy after last night’s tight team building gutty performance against Boston,, but for some reason my Bal.s are killing me..

  51. A big reason for Gionta’s defensive success as well as Pleks and Weaver was their use of the stick to disrupt and clear the puck on the PP especially and in transition as well. Haven’t seen them all have “active” sticks like that in a long time. Would like to see that continue.

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

    • krob1000 says:

      Weaver is great with his stick and so are the other guys you mentioned. They were outsmarting the pp too…taes a ton of trust in each other. Theywould give them a lane knowing that someone would pick it off…i honestly don;t remember so many clean cut interceptions of passes on penalty kill as last night. They must have picked off a dozen passes on the pk.

  52. DipsyDoodler says:

    You want a dirty rivalry. Sunday was El Classico in Spain: Barcelona vs Real Madrid. The poor refs in Spain are in a similar position to the NHL refs: call pens or red cards against the rich clubs and you can actually lose your job.

    What made this game hard is the amount of cheating by both teams (but more by Madrid). Fouling and diving in equal measure.

    The Madrileno Brad Marchand is Cristiano Ronaldo, albeit with much more skill. What a nasty little s**t that player is. Always diving and whining to the refs.

    Nonetheless it was fun to watch due to the incredible skill level of the players on both teams.
    —–
    Moving. Forward.

    • likehoy says:

      talking about diving.. that Neymar penalty was weak. A definite Eye Roller… not saying it’s not a penalty… just saying Neymar went to ground too easily and knew what he was doing (if he gets called for diving, it’s a yellow.. if he’s successful Ramos gets a red and also Barca gets a penalty.. that’s high risk high reward)

    • Cal says:

      They disrespect the game and each other and cheapen the sport. The skill level would be higher and the plays more spectacular if all the bs stops. But that’s forgetting that they’re soccer players. What is the Gooins excuse?

  53. Shackles says:

    I’d like someone to show Lucic the clip of the “non-existent” spear on that “chicken” Emelin. I’d love to hear his explanation.
    Do the Bruins really believe that they are truly so sweet and innocent? Even my 13 year old niece doesn’t play the victim card as much as they do.

  54. jimmy shaker says:

    Unless my computer is not working correctly….I actually think I got modded. I mean it was a scathing rant of the cubs with borderline language but true, and honest nonetheless. Oh well. It was good while it was up from 2am till 6am.

    Shaker out!

  55. Mr_MacDougall says:

    The article lost credibility after the first line.. Stopped reading.

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • Luke says:

      The first line isn’t about credibility. It’s the hook or the lead. It prompts further reading to seek an explaination for the comment.

      “They’ll probably lose…” he writes.
      “I wonder why he’d think that…” the reader should say.

      At which point he goes on to explain what the risks are playing a bottom feeder like Buffalo after playing a Top team and heated rival in an emotional game.
      Which is a fair observation.

      No credibility lost for Boone, but some questions raised regarding posters who make informed opinions yet admit to not reading things when the first sentance conflicts with their POV.

  56. showey47 says:

    If the habs are really in danger of having an emotional let down tonight and now show up to play then maybe it would be wise to give major minutes to guys who play small minutes or have been sitting like tinordi,bournival,galchenyuk and eller (if he is healthy). Give the minutes to guys who will be hungry. Maybe even recall a kid from Hamilton.

  57. Hobie Hansen says:

    Budaj is obviously the star last night and the reason we won the game. It could have been 5-1 if it’s night for him. No biggie, Habs have lost their share of those games as well, that’s hockey.

    Now onto the rough stuff. First off, Chara is a piece of s*&t! Emelin nails Lucic with a beautiful hit and Chara has to come in and toss down Emelin and deliver some punches to the back of the head. Chara actually looked like a complete idiot there so I can live with it.

    Moen had a bit of bad luck in his scrap and how it unfolded. He was tired, was just about to peel off and go for a change, when Weise was the victim of that cheap shot. Moen jumped in, was doing well, Miller was was on the way down and threw a wild hay maker that connected. It happens, good job Moen!

    Back to Chara, he’s definitely not eager to fight Murray. Last game in Boston they went nose to nose after Murray nailed Chara and Chara was reluctant to drop the gloves. Just as last night though, both the confrontations happened while the Bruins were on the PP.

    So last night, Chara and Murray line up at the face off circle, start bumping and pushing, you can clearly see Murray is asking him to go and Chara refuses. Chara stands in front of the net for 1:30 while Murray is working his tail of on the PK. As Murray is skating off, hunched over from being exhausted, Chara decides to skate up and cross check him and taunt him. What a cheap son of a…

    • Yup… and Chara is always in the conversation for best defenceman. Shows you where the leagues brain trust keep play heading. I’ll never forget Chara’s comments when he almost killed Max. “He jumped into the stanchion”, “he exaggerated”, etc… it’s amazing that even the Booins fans bought that sheeeite, mind you, those fans, most of them inebriated but the time the game turns on or slashing the tires of Habs fans (I had my car vandalized because I had a sock monkey hanging from my rear-view mirror with a Habs jersey on it” Too many Neanderthals in Boston. Once I asked a Boston cop why there were no street signs in the area I was in and his response says it all; “If you don’t like it, leave”. Garbage!

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      I’ll add Lucic, he speared Emelin in he testicle then called him a coward in a post game interview for “going after his knees” and later Lucic took a 75′ run at Weaver, jumped and rammed his head into the boards.

      Dangerous plays, both suspendable.

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

      • That was called a difference in “size” by Milbury last night. Another waste of human flesh with a mouth spewing garbage and trash that a mother wouldn’t even kiss.

        I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

    • tophab says:

      we would have shut them out if it wasn,t for the 4 phantom calls to start the third.

  58. 24 Cups says:

    “They take a licking but keep on ticking. The team’s resilience speaks volumes about their character and, yes, Therrien’s ability to get a small roster to punch above its weight.” (MB)

    Let’s give credit where credit is due.

  59. Ian Cobb says:

    Boston’s owner has more to do with the contracts of the referees in this league than most people know.

  60. Cal says:

    Habs win, Gooins lose and whine about it. Love it.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Yeah Cal, what’s up with the Whining in here? We BEAT the Bruins in their own barn amigos! I just wish we had a couple of healthy Heavyweight Enforcers in the system.
      Great, Gutsy game by Les Boys! Saludos!

  61. BriPro says:

    So Lug-head Lucic can now boast that he’s ballsy.
    Of all the goons on that team, he was one I respected because, like it or not, he played a tough but controlled game.
    This year? Not so much. Another dirty B.
    Is this his contract year?

  62. gmur says:

    The defence corps played very solidly last night. Murray, Emelin, Weaver, Markov, Bouillon played with grit and poise.

    On another note, yes PK suckered Bruins into two minor penalties, and tried to get into their heads, but that also caused him to get off his game. He spent large amounts of time with his head on a swivel and engaging punks like Marchand instead of controlling the hockey game like a Norris-winning defenceman should.

    At the start of the third I thought PK was going to be hunted and hurt. Therrien seemed to think the same. PK didn’t see a whole lot of ice time in the 3rd. Had they had the opportunity, the Bruins would have tried to put him out, à la Pacioretty. They play with intent to injure.

    • Phil C says:

      I think the four penalties hurt his ice time in the third as well as he is not used on the PK.

      It’s good that he drew the penalty on Boychuk, but I thought it was a little dangerous to turn back into Boychuk when he had his gloves off. PK is putting too much trust that a guy like Boychuk won’t sucker-punch him. I would rather see him defend himself there a little more. A sucker punch to the side of the head could end his season. And that is definitely in the Bruins’ playbook.

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      I agree with most of that. As long as Bruins loving assholes like Cherry, Milbury, Stock and Co. are a big part of the media no one will have the balls to say it like it is. Boston is a soft team because they can´t take a single, hard clean hit. They are dirty as hell and yes, they play with the intent to injure.

      I could really enjoy Emelin vs. Lucic if the latter was called for all his dirty bs and I mean not only yesterday´s spear. Last time at the Bell Centre almost all his hits were either from behind, late or both.

      What did I really like about yesterday´s game apart from the result? At least Emelin and Markov seem to hate the Bruins as much as I do.

  63. wings says:

    I don’t buy the game is too fast for the refs..they are told what to call and what not to call by the league..
    they are inconsistent and in my opinion calling all the wrong penalties..
    they let the dirty stuff slide..but call the tugs and Gally stick lift..
    the reffing has gone for a crap since two ZEBRAS decided they should takeover the game..game was better officiated with one referee IMO..

    GO HABS GO!!

    • Phil C says:

      I agree. The refs are given an impossible mandate by the league. If they were allowed to just call all infractions regardless of game situation, I think they would have less problems calling the game.

    • boing007 says:

      The refs also take up a lot of space and impede players. One ref, one lineman.

      Richard R

  64. 24 Cups says:

    It’s four hours until noon so maybe the question of the day should be who was right or wrong in terms of Budaj starting last night. I’ll begin by saying I was wrong about Budaj and so was the headmaster in his introductory notes. I believe Ronn was one of the first to say starting Budaj was a good idea. Talk about a player saving the day.

    I mentioned this last night but the Miller/Moen “fight” just shows the stupidity of such needless actions. There is Moen fighting without a helmet while the other guy still has his helmet and visor on. Moen has a history with concussions so I expect he’ll be gone for awhile.

    Glad to see Galchenyuk finally do something. Maybe this will help spark his subpar sophomore season.

    It’s going to be interesting to see who sits when Gorges finally returns. Based on last night, it won’t be the Dream Weaver.

    • Blade says:

      I thought MT should have started Price. It was a gut feel by MT…he deserves credit.

      • portle44 says:

        Agree with you on Moen.The larger question is why sign Parros if you are not going to dress him in a late season game in Boston? We know from past seasons that this is the game that the heroes in black and gold habitually use as a statement game to repeat that they are goons.

  65. boing007 says:

    All of us saw Lucic’s spear on Emelin. They showed a replay of it on TSN. What a lying bleep!

    Richard R

  66. CJ says:

    Good morning folks.

    It was certainly great to get the win. I hope we have imbedded a seed of doubt should we meet in the second round. A number of heroic performances last night. Echoing the commentariat, Weaver, Gionta, Budaj, Emelin, Markov and Pleks were at their best. IMO, that was Weaver’s best game, by a long shot. Admittedly I didn’t see much up to this point (regarding Weaver’s play). Now mind you, you usually don’t want to notice your 6/7 defenceman, so that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but last night was very impressive.

    Got to give full credit to the coaching staff for the lineup they iced. Bournival had jump and fit anywhere he was needed. Budaj was excellent, maybe the best I’ve seen him all year.

    Losing Moen and Weise stinks. The Weise injury likely could not have been prevented, but it drives me batty that Moen has to play the role of enforcer against a stacked team. I hate to be that guy, but so long as fighting is a part of the game, we need to have a legit top three heavyweight on our 23 man roster. Enough of the end of the career signings or trades. Let’s focus on a young buck, ready to prove his worth, not rest on his merits, or join us with a laundry list of injuries.

    As lopsided as the trade might be, I’d part with Bourque or Briere for Gadzic. Nothing burns me more than watching half effort. Sadly, that’s Briere, which is 25-40% more effort than Bourque. If these guys can’t get motivated to play the Bruins, then they can no longer play on this team. It’s a fairly telling stat line when you look at their respective ice time in the third period.

    The Bruins dominated for long stretches, yet we grab the two points. Smoke and mirrors, or rope a dope? I’ll leave that for those more educated than myself. In the interim, I tip my hat to Therien and look forward to the Sabres tonight.

    Best wishes, CJ

    • adamkennelly says:

      yup – totally agree CJ.

    • Habs1962 says:

      yes, Borque … tough one to figure out. When he gets puck on stick in crease he looks determined , but otherwise not so much.
      Briere… nice pass for the assist on Emelin goal.. think that is what we get there, a few nice plays and hopefully it leads to more production and the season and playoffs progress.. looks mor comfortable at center.
      Great Game ! Super to see the hands on Chucky!

    • jimmy shaker says:

      Didn’t see the lack of effort from danny b last night….Bourque on the other hand…..he was in and out of consciousness for me. As far as an enforcer goes, I’m with cherry on this one. If you wear a visor than take it off when your about to fight…..knuckles hitting hard plastic equals broken bones and blood. If you won’t take off the bonnet to dance, than at least take off the visor. Isn’t there something where the visor clips off the helmet in a second?

      Shaker out!

  67. Stanley Crap says:

    What a stinking pile of crap the nhl is.
    I’m being nice.

  68. Max says:

    I was hoping Iginla was going to get flattened last night by The Eliminator.Never liked the guy for some reason.

  69. Max says:

    Is there a better goalie than Pete Budaj in the shootout? They guy doesn’t flinch.He lets the shooters do all the work and then non- chalantly brushes the biscuit away and waits for the next guy.

  70. Fansincebirth says:

    A buddy of mine at work is a Leafs fan and he could never understand how I could go on and on about how much I hate and loath the Bucking Fruins until the Leafs played them in the playoffs. He got to see first hand just how dirty they play and how many times there was intent to injure behind a ‘hockey play’.

    I give kudos to the lads last night for hanging in there despite the onslaught of dirty hits, cheapshots and refs that seemed determined to hand the game to the Bruins in the 3rd period.

    Awesome way to win two points!

  71. jimmy shaker says:

    It’s 8AM where the freak are the injury updates on Eller, Moen, Weezy and heck even Gorges? Let’s go people, somebody is designated for this right? Booner, Stubber, hello! Rise and Shine sleepy heads!

    shaker out!

  72. Maritime Ronn says:

    The Integrity Of The Game:

    For the first time since the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, there is great concern from here about the possible compromise of the ‘Integrity Of The Game’.

    This isn’t a question about a specific penalty call for or against the Habs – that will always happen, yet it’s more about a ‘Sequence Of Events’ that should be very troubling at best.

    This poster has never been a referee complainer for any ‘individual’ call on its own.
    Referees are what they are in normal circumstances.
    They make and miss calls – are notorious for making a call to ” even it up” or when they have been “shown up” by a dive or fake from a player.
    That’s almost part of the game, yet what transpired last night should make even the non-believer a skeptic.

    After 2 periods, with the score 1-0 Habs, the Bruins had been called for 6 minor penalties (all warranted) while the Habs had been called for just 2 minors.

    The expectation from here was that 1 borderline minor penalty would be called against the Habs within the first 5-10 minutes…..I would have bet the house and everything else on that.
    Right or wrong, it’s just the way it is.

    What any hockey fan – not only a Habs fan, witnessed last night was a hockey travesty, and questions the Integrity Of The Game…or should it be said, the integrity of the Business of which Boston owner Jacobs is Chairman of the Board.

    The Sequence of Events:
    Within the first 12:36 of the third period, the Habs were called for 4 consecutive minor penalties, where only the 4th one was warranted.

    As mentioned, the expectation was for 1 borderline minor penalty, yet calling 3 within a VERY short span of 7:53 could be a sign that the Integrity of the Game has been compromised.

    If not, or if you disagree, then please explain how it could not be?

    • Ian Cobb says:

      The game today is all about the manufacturing of dollars for the league. This fact and attitude filters right down to the refereeing of the game itself.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Ian,
        I’m just disappointed and p*ssed.
        As you do, I love this game, yet last night crossed the line.

        Over and above what was mentioned, did you review the Boychuk Subban thing?
        That was an attempt to injure (knees) and if Boychuk would have caught Subban with that roundhouse right hand, the Habs would have incurred 2 concussions last night…and we won’t even get into Emelin almost losing his manhood

    • BriPro says:

      Good morning Ron. You’re bang on again this morning.
      After Gallagher’s so-called hooking call, I was looking to see if the refs were sporting Blue Shirts under the tiger stripes.

      I would have bet they were playing at Madison Square Gardens.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Hi Bri

        It’s not the individual calls that get me, yet once you put it all together, sadly the dots connect….
        The team-the ownership-the home ice-the Colin Campbell connection-the score-the chumminess of the refs with the Bruins bench during the time outs-then the nonstop group of calls.

    • Fansincebirth says:

      It’s so easy, as a Habs fan or any hockey fan for that matter, to get caught up in the blame game when it comes to refs but the 3rd period proved, in my mind anyways, that this is not a level playing field.

      Refs will have good and bad nights, as we have all witnessed. A goalie gets steam rolled by a player and the ref closest to the play, looking directly at the net doesn’t make a call. It’s the other ref who does. A player takes a harmless, one handed tap at another player and gets called for ‘hooking’. Phantom calls and non calls are the bain of a Habs fan’s existence. Unfortunately, unless something very serious were to happen, it seems as though refs and linesmen are untouchable.

      Pure and simple, the league has become a joke as far as reffing is concerned. Head hunting, intent to injure and goalie running is the norm and refs have become puppets of the owners with the most cashola. Players who deserve a year’s worth of suspension receive nothing but a slap whereas minor infractions and dealt with a heavy hand, no consistency.

    • D Mex says:

      Morning Ronn
      Add my name to the list of posters who are pleased to see criticism on officiating in the 3rd period of last night’s game. For a combination of reasons, I was unable to watch the game live, but did manage to view the sequence of events you describe on a muted TV with my son at a physio clinic.
      The call on Gallagher was an unqualified disgrace in my view, but seeing the entire sequence unfold led me to conclude the referees would not let up until Boston scored a goal, which they managed to do on the 4th PP attempt.
      What sickened / sickens me with this kind of nonsense is the belief that it is part of the show in a place like Beantown, and knowing that it has happened in the past and will happen again … , that, and the self-righteous look on Julien’s face as his ‘ students ‘ tarnished the game yet again.

      It was a p!ss poor showing by the officials.

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

  73. Old Bald Bird says:

    How sadly ironic that the whole fourth line that we were raving about a few games ago is injured. Every single one of them.


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