About last night …

PKBoston

How’s this for irony?
On the day Jaroslav Halak was traded for the third time this season, Carey Price made 48 saves to beat the Bruins.
Price turned in the best playoff performance by a Canadiens goaltender since Halak stoned Washington and Pittsburgh.
That was in 2010.
A lot has happened since.
Halak has bounced from St. Louis to Buffalo to Washington to the Islanders.
And Price has pushed his record, in the Olympic Games and the 2014 playoffs, to 10-0.

Getting number 11, on Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden, might be problematic if Price’s teammates don’t play better.

In his postgame press conference, Michel Therrien stressed what he saw as the Canadiens’ positives in their 4-3 overtime conquest of the Bruins:

• Price’s extraordinary performance

• a power-play that produced two goals

• the “very productive game” of P.K. Subban, who scored both PP goals, including the OT winner.

• Lars Eller and Rene Bourque, both of whom the coach praised for their forechecking tenacity and ability to protect the puck.

• a reconstituted fourth line of Brandon Prust, Dale Weise and Travis Moen drew the OT penalty on Matt Bartkowski that opened the way for P.K.’s winner.

It’s a short list. Therrien could have added the defensive pairing of Francis Bouillon and Mike Weaver, the game-saving defensive play of Brendan Gallagher and the courage of david Desharnais, who spent the game crashing into and bouncing off of Zdeno Chara.

The Eller-Bourque-Brian Gionta continued the fine play that began in the Tampa Bay series. They were the Canadiens’ best line – by a lot.

Another positive: The Canadiens played with discipline, taking just three minor penalties. And they killed off two shorthanded situations against a Boston power play that was deadly against Detroit.

Therrien acknowledged, however, that the Canadiens had played “like a team that hadn’t played in 10 days.”

Maybe it took 80 minutes to shake the rust off. After being dominated for long stretches of the game, the Canadiens outshot Boston 4-1 in the first four minutes of the second OT period, leading up to P.K.’s game-winner.

But the full-game possession stats told a grim story:

In addition to the 51 shots they had on Price, the Bruins missed the net 17 times. The Canadiens blocked 30 shots. That adds up to 98 shot attempts for the rampaging home team.

The Canadiens had 33 shots on Tuukka Rask, whose save percentage was .879, to Price’s .941. The Canadiens had 11 misses, and Boston blocked 14 shots. The total attempts: 58.

98-58? That’s the final score when the harlem Globetrotters play the Washington Generals.

The Bruins hit the goalpost twice. A puck behind Price miraculously glided along the line and stayed out.

The Bruins had innumerable excellent looks at goal from uncontested slot positions. They skated freely through the neutral zone and exerted long periods of pressure against feeble backchecking in the Canadiens’ zone.

Boston won 58 per cent of faceoffs (51-37) and outhit the Canadiens 56-45. They Bruins effectively bottled up the Canadiens’ (theoretically) top line to the extent that Thomas Vanek was bumped down to the fourth line – a demotion Therrien would not discuss during his postgame remarks. Max Pacioretty was also invisible for most of the game.

The Andrei Markov-Alexei Emelin pairing struggled against the Bruins aggressive forecheck. They were better, however, in OT.

The Canadiens, as a team, will have to better on Saturday.

But they’ve retaken home-ice advantage.

And Price is looking positively Halakian.

• Interesting stat from my man Mike Ziegler: Daniel Brière has assisted on both of the OT goals the Canadiens have scored in these playoffs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

543 Comments

  1. habs-fan-84 says:

    I really hope this doesn’t become a distracting side story, i.e. Subban having to answer reporters questions about this.

  2. twilighthours says:

    Ah well… back to work. Catch up with you cats in another few days.

  3. JUST ME says:

    This P.K story is really getting bigger and bigger by the minute. Not being on Twitter or any engine following it`s trends, i learned here and on the radio the unfortunate reality that strikes the Bruins fans. Cause let it be known that fortunately as it is the case in every situation like this, those comments come from a minority of fans and how ever few or many they are, i think that the Bruins`organization has to distance itself from any racist comments.

    It is sad and will probably end up as being the Habs`fault because they are divers,winners and so on and so on…

    I am sick of this honestly and the current events are reaching another level to so many shamefull events that has nothing to do with a great game and an historic rivalry. Unfortunately in 2014 anything goes and anyone can say what he wants when he wants with no liability …With this week`s event in L.A. in the NBA one has to do anything possible to stop the fire now.

    • D Mex says:

      What makes zero sense to me, and I mean zee-ro, is how – in proximity to some of the world’s greatest centres of knowledge, so many ignorant, two-legged dumb mutts can exist, and propagate. And, for clarity, I view Jack Edwards as an alpha dog in that pack.

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

    • Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

      All this nonsense will be the bruins downfall.
      It will effect the team after awhile.
      Bonus for us.

      • D Mex says:

        I can’t imagine Iginla is too impressed, ditto a certain goaltending prospect in their organization. Dumb mutts.

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

  4. Mattyleg says:

    Thought it was great to see Bourque and Eller playing so well alongside one another, like two menacing and effective power forwards!

    It’s like a movie script: two unloved misfits who can’t believe in themselves find themselves on the same line in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs! It’s the Mighty Habs!

    A springtime blockbuster!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  5. Maritime Ronn says:

    There seems to be some concern about Vanek, yet this series has only begun.
    No concern from here.

    Vanek is what he is – a non spectacular, ‘lumbering’ skater that sometimes looks lazy and not interested…from a TV screen.

    In reality, this guy is one of the smartest players around the game.
    If you ever had the chance to see him live for at least a few games, you would notice his great anticipation and game vision.

    It may look like nothing is going on, then all of a sudden – Boom. Goal.
    Cut him, and his line some slack.
    Sooner or later, they’ll find a way.

    They are playing against the Bruins shut down specialists that held Crosby-Malkin-Neal without a goal last year in their sweep series against the Pens

    …by the way, how many goals did these guys score last night?
    Bergeron-Krejci-Lucic-Iginla-Marchand-Ericsson-Soderberg-Paille….ya, thought so.

    • Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

      I disagree. Somethings up. What who knows. Could be flu like virus or injury they won’t disclose. Something ain’t right.

    • D Mex says:

      @ Ronn
      Perhaps a re-post (below) from the previous page is appropriate here :

      TSN desk reports he was not playing hurt.
      It took him a while to get traction after the trade deadline, altho that might be attributed to the myriad line combinations he / we saw until finding a ‘ home ‘ with DD and MaxPac.

      I take the view that, even if / when that line is not scoring, they are into the opposing coach’s head – big time – and there is value in that. I also think there is high value in him getting a look at the team and vice-versa before any potential contract talks commence.

      When all is said and done, Vanek is an elite talent, but he is not the only elite talent out there at the $$ he will command, and I’m sure MB is well aware of this every time he does a dance, errr, evaluates the players he currently has under contract.

      My take is that MB will ensure this situation works out in the team’s best interest, all in due course …

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

      • Chris says:

        Sadly, he is the only talent that is a great fit for the Habs.

        Iginla is too old and I would be surprised if he ever played in Canada again (unless it was a return and retirement with the Flames).

        Paul Stastny is a player I’ve liked for a long time, but he is also a centre on a team that already has a log-jam at that position. While he is scoring nicely this spring and is only 28, he’s a 20-25 goal scorer that is going to get $7 million or more from somebody this off-season. I don’t think Bergevin will go after him.

        After that, you’ve got Matt Moulson and then a whole bunch of mediocre players that are going to make far more money this off-season than they should. Probably the weakest free agent class in recent memory.

        • D Mex says:

          Valid comments and, if it turns out that Vanek is not the piece that fits going forward, so be it. MB may have no choice but to be patient and hire another short-term band-aid.

          One positive I see from the Vanek presence here, whether he stays or not, is what I would describe as parallel to the Erik Cole ‘ effect ‘ in that others like MaxPac, maybe even DD and hopefully the entire team, will be left with residual knowledge of what is possible. Maybe there is a TV out there waiting to happen – that’s where MB and his entire scouting staff (pro and amateur) would have their work cut out for them.

          ALWAYS Habs –
          D Mex

    • ianism says:

      “…by the way, how many goals did these guys score last night?
      Bergeron-Krejci-Lucic-Iginla-Marchand-Ericsson-Soderberg-Paille….ya, thought so.”
      as far as i’m concerned, it is irrelevant who scores for boston, as long as they score less than us. we need the whole team to step up to give us the best chance of beating them. if vanek is not playing to his potential, then that affects the team right on down (since he’s at the top).

  6. Storman says:

    I remember this song being played to death during Habs 1993 run to the cup
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka7Mjrp078k
    she is kind of easy on the eyes as well.

  7. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    ” Interesting stat from my man Mike Ziegler: Daniel Brière has assisted on both of the OT goals the Canadiens have scored in these playoffs. ”

    It’s usually because he has not played most of the game and by the time OT rolls around, he’s fresher than most.
    Otherwise not living up to playoff reputation.

  8. Hobie says:

    New Annakin Slayd Habs song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwJWbwG8BUw&feature=youtu.be

    **warning to the softies, there are some fights**

  9. D Mex says:

    TSN’s report on the game last night points out that the winner was deflected by Marchand’s stick and, as we could see, Chara provided his best screen of the night.

    Nice that he did it in front of Rask, and what a great pair (sending this pun to Lucic) to see credited with the game winner. BTW – and at risk of offending any readers in these parts, Marchand is a little pr!ck IMHO.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

    • twilighthours says:

      Hey Mex,

      congrats on your son getting drafted! Very cool.

    • Habilis says:

      You saw a report on the game on TSN? I was under the impression that they only showed Raptor highlights now…

      Of course, if the Loafs were in round 2 and had just beaten Boston in game 1, they’d be live from that stinky square for 48 hours straight.

      • D Mex says:

        They don’t have much choice from what I can see – the Laffs took care of that for us – LOL.
        And, speaking of spending time in Bah-stin, the gang of Maclean, Kypreos ‘ et al ‘ did a broadcast yesterday from the mezzanine level at TD Centre which, now that I think of it … WHAT the he!! is Bah-stin doing with a rink called the TD Centre ??

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

  10. mdp2011 says:

    Just saw this stat on twitter, didn’t realize how hot Price has been.

    Jason Gold ‏@JayGold85 8m
    Carey Price’s personal record since January 28th: 17-4-1
    Including the Olympics: 22-4-1 #Habs #NHL

  11. Habfan10912 says:

    I was sickened once again by what I read on twitter and other blogs by fans of the Boston Bruins. I understand that the hideous behavior we once again witness from these idiots are a minority of Bruin fans. If the truth be known there are probably an equal amount of idiot Hab fans, some we’ve seen on our very own HIO site, as well as fans of other teams. Perhaps the best way to describe them is that they are just plain awful people.
    These idiots hide behind the safety of the anonymity of the internet to spew such hateful and divisive garbage that takes us all back to the days of the KKK in the US south. Nowhere in our two countries is that considered civil behavior. In fact in the US it is against the law.

    Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing. It allows all of us an opportunity to speak freely about our governments, elected officials and leaders in our communities without fear of retribution. With that freedom comes some responsibility. Most of us take this responsibility seriously and behave like civil human being. It’s disturbing as all hell when I see others abuse it.
    We all take our sports too seriously. I’m as guilty as the next guy. My moods can be impacted by how my team’s performance was the night before. I get angry. I get upset. I say things that are stupid. What I don’t do, like the overwhelming majority of sports fans, is to behave in an uncivil way. I don’t get it!

    These racist punks would never have the nerve to publically behave the way they do behind the safety of their computer. Their screen persona takes on a kind of sick sociopathic characteristic. I’m saddened by the fact we have to share the planet with them.

    The recent events in LA with their racist sick son of a gun owner has started a conversation across my country that most of us had assumed did not need to take place. Obviously as much as the good hearted people of this world had hoped that the KKK type of racisim had been pushed so far out of our society its painstakingly obvious that we have much work to do.

    The people in Boston, the good people of Boston of which I believe are the overwhelming majority, should speak loud and clear against these idiots. It’s time we put this kind of garbage to end. Let’s hope twitter, facebook and other venues pursue lifetime bans, criminal charges where applicable, and a zero policy of this time of intolerance and racist, hateful behavior. I’m sick. Just sick.

    I wish I had the writing talents of a UcE or Irish Mike to be more elegant and meaningful. I love this game. I love our freedoms more.

    Sorry for the rant.

  12. Strummer says:

    Quebec beer store angers Boston Bruins fans with sticker joke

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/quebec-beer-store-angers-boston-bruins-fans-with-sticker-joke-1.2628897

    ____________________________________________________
    “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  13. Gerry H says:

    Repost from earlier, with an added clarification – this was written in response to the news that, following PKs overtime goal last night, the volume of racist Tweets from Bruins fans was so great that the N-word was trending in Boston last night:

    Are we going to learn something about our game here? What’s the difference between the NBA and its fans and the NHL and its fans?

    An NBA owner expresses racist sentiments and his fans and players (essentially) drive him out of the league. An NHL team’s fans erupt with racist sentiments against an opposing player and…?

    Never mind that Subban’s brother is in the Bruins’ system. That organization has a chance and a moral imperative to show its colours in a way that reflects on ALL hockey fans.


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