Bring on the Bruins! Habs head to Boston for Game 1 (with practice video)

The Canadiens-Bruins series hasn’t started yet, but the cheap shots are flying already.

In a Boston Herald column, Stephen Harris described the Canadiens’ P.K. Subban as “despicably villainous” and teammate Alexei Emelin as “a dangerous foe” and “a guy who may be trying deliberately to hurt people.”

The Canadiens practised Wednesday morning in Brossard before flying to Boston for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series Thursday night (7:30 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Alex Galchenyuk, who suffered a lower-body injury (knee) in Chicago on April 9, skated briefly Wednesday morning for the first time since being injured.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters after practice that any lineup changes for Game 1 will be announced on Thursday in Boston.

The NHL only announced late Tuesday night that Game 1 of the series would be played Thursday. After Wednesday’s practice, the Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty was asked if it was difficult learning so late about the date for Game 1.

“We found out last night,” Pacioretty said, “and for myself, personally, I like it a little bit better that way.  Now it’s a little bit less time to think and just jumping right back into the action. I’ve said it a bunch of times, I think that’s when I play my best hockey is when I’m not thinking and this can help that.”

As for the Canadiens-Bruins rivalry, Pacioretty said it’s “always fun” playing against Boston.

“It’s definitely a physical game, but we know the way we want to play to make it successful,” Pacioretty said. “They play a completely different sytle of game than us and we can’t get caught up in that. We’ve got to stick to the game that made us successful in the first round. And if we do that, I think we’re staying away from the stuff after the whistles.”

The Canadiens had a 3-1 record against the Bruins this season and are 6-2 over the past two seasons with Michel Therrien as coach. Pacioretty said discipline has been the key to the Habs’ success against Boston.

“They’re a big team, they like to play real physical,” Pacioretty said. “Obviously, we want to play physical, but when we just worry about our game and don’t let the stuff after the whistle affect us. When we walk away from that and stay disciplined, I think we’ve had good opportunities to win games against them. And obviously they’re going to be smart, too, in the playoffs. Obviously, they’re not going to be taking as many penalties as if it was just a regular game. But we’ve just got to focus on our game and not worry about them.”

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice:

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek
Prust-Plekanec-Gallagher
Bourque-Eller -Gionta
Moen-Briere-Weise
Bournival-White-Parros

Gorges-Subban
Markov-Emelin
Bouillon-Weaver
Tinordi-Murray

Below is raw video by The Gazette’s John Mahoney from Habs practice Wednesday:

Series Preview, NHL.com

Game 1 Preview, NHL.com

Habs, Bruins finally set to drop puck, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Habs vs. Bruins doesn’t need promotion, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Canadiens eager for series to start, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Team dentist keeps Canadiens smiling, by Brenda Branswell

Bruins best play it cool when Canadiens act up, by Stephen Harris of Boston Herald

Bruins have edge if they keep their cool, Boston Globe

Bruins eye Game 1, bostonbruins.com

Olympics showed why Bruins’ Bergeron is elite, montrealgazette.com

Reaction time, Canadiens.com

Lucic, Gallagher shelve bond for playoff warfare, montrealgazette.com

Habs look for momentum on power play, montrealgazette.com

Three Game 7s on schedule Wednesday night, NHL.com

 

163 Comments

  1. silverfox says:

    Hudson Hab

    The point of my post was that if you are looking to add some toughness or edge for this series that it makes more sense to add Moen than Murray. As a coach you can’t hide a weak (slow) defenseman like you can use a forward in situations where Moen can have success like in killing penalties.

  2. WVHabsfan says:

    Patty you are living one of my dreams brother. Never been to Montreal but cheers to your wife for allowing you to go!

  3. Pattyice says:

    Ok people . Just woke up in lovely Montreal after a long day of travelling from Calgary . We are staying in Montreal again tonight downtown then driving to boston tomorrow to watch the Saturday game then coming back to watch the game at the more friendly confines of the bell centre on Tuesday ! This is a dream trip for me that my wife has graciously ok’d !! So I pose this question … Where is the absolute best place to have a blast and watch the game tonight ??? It needs great food , beautiful servers , and an awesome atmosphere! Thoughts?

  4. WVHabsfan says:

    Thanks Teacher!!

  5. The Teacher says:

    Otherwise go to. Habsonlinetv.com

  6. The Teacher says:

    CBC does yes free streaming if you’re in Canada.

  7. WVHabsfan says:

    Hey All. Stuck at mother in laws and she doesn’t have cable channel for the game( in the US). Any free web sites show it? CBC? Thanks!

  8. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …so, WHAT ??? have I been doin’ these past 9 dayz ?

    …it sointinly hasn’t been watchin’ hackey

    …when My Habs ain’t playin, I ain’t watchin’

    …accidentally turned on tv to see Neidereiter scoring winning goal to eliminate Patrick …which only interested Me ’cause I had hoped Our Habbies to be playin’ Colorado in the Cup Final

    …but, there goes that dream

    …TSN tells Me that LA came back from 3-nothing deficit to win the series bs the Sharks

    …wow, what a great trade da Beans made years ago getting rid of Thornton …eh ?

    …ok, ENOUGH of this filler shite .. Let’s Get It On !!! …Booins and Habbies !!! …this is when REAL hockey begins !

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …so, both Cowan and Boone sayin’ Beans win in 6

    …WHO’s ??? paying’ Cowan’s and Boone’s salaries nowadayz …The Boston Globe or the Montreal Gazette ??? …fer crips sake

  10. JohnBellyful says:

    I feel pretty confident about Montreal prevailing in this series. Boston hasn’t a chance.
    Was it not foretold in the Bible that Sodom and Begorrah, collectively known as the Gahden of Evil, would be destroyed in a great blaze that covered the land in smoke, to erase the sins of its people?
    And that CHerubs bearing torches would serve as the instruments of justice, at the behest of the greatest Referee-in-Chief the world has ever known?
    Yes, He has fewer rules to enforce – or Commandments, as He likes to call them – but He upholds every one of them, from start to finish, doesn’t matter if it’s the first millennium or the third.
    Lucicfer, take heed: Prepare to meet your Maker.
    The end is nigh. Seven games at most.
    (I’m thinking six.)

  11. punkster says:

    Since the league won’t do us a favour
    From a 12:30 start they won’t waver.
    We’ll just buckle down.
    And wipe off that frown
    ‘Cause a 2-0 series lead we will savour.

    We’ll head back home on a high
    Feeling frisky and healthy and spry.
    And through the force of Ginette
    We will fill Tuukka’s net.
    At the Bell we will certainly fly

    Yes it’s down to the Habs and the br00nz
    And one will leave the other in ruins.
    They’ll both kick some butts,
    Maybe target some nuts.
    But in the end the Habs are the shoo-ins.

    Release the Subbang!!!

  12. boing007 says:

    Dear Stephen Harris:
    You are an arsehole.

    Richard R

  13. habsonly says:

    The Habs Goons series needs to be the breaking out party for both Price and Suban…bring them to next next level of stardom, also taking notice to the arrival of Eller, Gally and that new guy bork.
    Strong team effort boys, crash this party and we ain’t gonna be serving tea!!!
    Party on lads,
    Go Habs Go!!!

  14. Say Ash says:

    OK. Do I have to say Bouillon or “The Bouillon”?

  15. zephyr says:

    max hit the nail on the head. play our game & ignore the rest. we’re a more balanced team than last year & we have some depth options like murray & tinordi if needed. we’ve got 4 power fwds on our top 2 lines. I like our chances if price plays well.

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

    While we’re in a prognosticating mood…

    Game 1: Boston
    Game 2: Montreal
    Game 3: Montreal
    Game 4: Boston
    Game 5: Montreal
    Game 6: Montreal

    X X X X 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

  17. JUST ME says:

    For once, i think that the title of this thread is right on the bullseye. Bring on the Bruins !

    We should be confident about the team we have and i have no fear to think that we will meet. We know what to expect from the Bruins but this time we have a totally different recipe to offer them .

    I have not read any unreasonnable comment about this best of 7 here and that is the spirit we should have.
    They have some huge upsides but so do we. They were the best in our division by far but we know we can put up a battle with them. We will be able to make adjustments to our game thanks to the depth of our roster but on their side they have one successfull way of doing things that i am sure they will not change.

    Oh yes they get under our skin but i also know that we mess with their mind and can get them out of their game so it evens out.

    A long serie but i like our chances. Just for the fun of it. Our guys in 6.

  18. mdp2011 says:

    The Habs twitter account is challenging Conan O’Brien to a playoff bet, does anyone know the origin behind the challenge? Is Conan a Bruins fan?

    Canadiens Montréal ‏@CanadiensMTL 23h
    Playoff bet, @ConanOBrien? Habs win series, you wear our jersey for a monologue. Bruins win, your face becomes our Twitter avatar for a day.

  19. Biggest_Greek_HABSfun says:

    Big challenge vs a really good team ! Bring on the Bruins and believe ! PK mvp in these series

  20. CynicalHabsfan says:

    Reading some of the stuff in the Boston media is almost as infuriating as watching fox news. If you repeat a lie enough times (Obama is a socialist, the habs are a dirty team), eventually a whole bunch of dumb Americans will start to believe it.

    • zephyr says:

      fox news will report things the mainstream media won’t. heck, the national enquirer even won a Pulitzer for breaking the story that john ‘mr. fidelity’ Edwards had a child with his pr mgr. while his wife was fighting cancer. if u don’t know that Obama is a socialist, then u’ll fit in nicely with ur ‘dumb americans’.
      as far as the sports writers, I’ve been in boston for a while & there are many rude people there. the writers are prob just a reflection of the city as a whole. take it with a grain of salt.

      • Chris says:

        “fox news will report things the mainstream media won’t.”

        If only most of them were actually true… ;)

        Sorry, couldn’t resist.

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        I don’t think a lot of people have a clue about what a socialist is. (not saying you btw)

      • myron.selby says:

        If you think Obama is a socialist its only because you’ve never actually met one. 30 years ago Obama’s policies would have been too far right for the Republicans. It’s just that the agenda just keeps moving to the right (who could have imagined the tea party 30 years ago).

        • zephyr says:

          holy cow. the scope of ur ignorance is breathtaking. there is so much liberal propaganda in this country that we’re exposed to it’s like asking a fish to describe water. what water? according to his voting record in the senate, he was the most left wing senator there. not to mention his policies.
          it’s tragic that nobody seems to know that Ontario’s debt level is twice California’s & cal. has long been the poster child for fiscal mismanagement. pq’s debt level is even worse on a per capita basis. go to the fraser inst.’s website for details.
          too many of these ignorant people actually vote & that’s why we get this mess.

  21. TwoTonTony says:

    Game 1: Habs 3 Bruins 2 (OT)
    Game 2: Bruins 4 Habs 2
    Game 3: Habs 6 Bruins 3
    Game 4: Habs 1 Bruins 0
    Game 5: Bruins 4 Habs 3 (OT)
    Game 6 Habs 5 Bruins 3

    Book it.

  22. 24 Cups says:

    Here are the odds for tonight’s games.

    Flyers: +140 (7/5)
    Rangers: -160 (5/8)

    Wild: +120 (6/5)
    Avalanche: -140 (5/7)

    Kings: +120 (6/5)
    Sharks: -140 (5/7)

    24.4 Cups

  23. Danno says:

    Only 28 hours and 37 minutes to go!

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  24. Timo says:

    Hmm… so what to do for the Saturday 10:30 am game? Stay home (kid will be out with the wife), got for a breakie at the bar, just go to the bar and have breakfast earlier? Decisions, decisions.

    • Mavid says:

      my wife…not the wife..grrrr

      Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

      • Timo says:

        For some one who no speaka english, what’s the difference? Did you think it was someone else’s wife?

      • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

        Right with you on that one Mavid and for exactly the same reason … and to be flat out snobbish, it’s really, really low class – something you would read in the Boston Herald for example.

        “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

    • mrhabby says:

      what wrong with The Wife???????..lol

    • habstrinifan says:

      Let me help you out here Timo:

      Wife of under 7 years or common law wife… you use first name.
      … as in Mavid and I or “this is Mavid”… she still views you as a loser…. that she may ditch.

      Wife of between 7 years and 20 years.. you say
      …. ‘my better half’ or ‘the boss’ …

      Wife of over 20 years…
      … ‘the wife’ is absolutely the only term of introduction. Mavid is wrong .. this is not referring to her as ‘furniture’. It just establishes boundaries right off the bat. Questions/decisions/what we talk about/plans…. you must frame them with the understanding that this person next to me is judge jury and goaler. She is ‘The Wife’ and my life may depend on you understanding that.

      Another term Mavid once gave me hell for is ‘wifey’. It is perfectly legitimate to say for instance “Sorry I can’t watch the game on Saturday at 12:30… wifey wants me to vacuum”. It shows endearment and establishes proof that you ‘harboured’ no murderous thoughts should she turn up … well nuff said.

      Other terms you need to know…

      Never ‘my missus’…. always ‘the missus’ cause you can bet your bottom dollar she is also someone else’s missus too.

      And last but not least… if you are that Sterling guy then feel free to use the B-word to describe her.

      Only time ‘wife’ is technically 100 percent correct is at the altar.. when you ‘take her to be your WIFE’

      Hope that helps.

  25. krob1000 says:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=4013134

    http://thenosebleeds.com/2011/11/tuukka-rask-has-meltdown-at-bruins-practice/

    We all remember TRask freaking after Gallagher goal….he aslo did it in PRovidence and has twice thrown tantrums at Bruins practices…Michael Ryder fired a puck at his ass as he left last season! Maybe the key is getting to Rask ….get in his and Chara’s grill and they forget all about hcokey.

  26. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    Habs in 4,Marchand blows a knee,the asian girl sitting behind Julien becomes a habs fan and Lucys testicles finally drop.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHj_jwVKczc

  27. The Jackal says:

    Some comments about how Price has not been very good so far, based on TB series – kind of loaded TBH, how has Price not been good? That’s based of his numbers rather than how he actually played.

    Price had ONE bad game, game 1. TB got some very flukey goals in games 3 and 4 and that has deflated Price’s stats. He shut them down and was clutch when it mattered. Can’t say Price has not been good or great because of some coincidentally mediocre numbers. He’ll be a big difference maker for us in this upcoming series – in a good way.

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Of course you’re right.
      The record shows 4-0.

      The big test has arrived.
      He’s not a rookie anymore.
      This is his 7th year in the NHL and 6th time to the playoffs.

      Time for him to stand up – be consistent, and post big numbers such as an SP of over .930 and a GAA of 2.
      That’s what the last 3 Cup winning goalies have done against the toughest competition.

      • TwoTonTony says:

        This will be more of a test of the Habs’ D supporting their goalie. Yes, cup-winning goalies tend to have.930+ sv % and sub-2 GAA, but they also tend to have tight defensive cohesion on the back end. I am not too concerned with the Habs’ top pairings, but there are some question marks once you get to 5-6 and 7-8 on the D pairings.

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          The same goes for all teams.
          You’ll never see a Norris candidate on a 3rd pair, and let’s not forget that team D is a 5 man unit….perhaps the reason of Moen over Bournival

    • Mavid says:

      I think he was good, but now he needs to be very good..I believe he is capable of this..

      Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  28. habcertain says:

    @mavid- Montrealers have done their fair share of trashing St. Catherine’s St after games.

    • Mavid says:

      I know that..but they tend to trash their own stuff, or cop cars..not property of the media..I thought that was pretty low..and even if we were to do the same thing, it still does not make it right

      Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  29. Bad Digestion says:

    Going to play for Boston is like walking into Mordor. Young normal men when they arrive, they quickly turn evil and the usual physical transformation ensues, hook nose, hunch back, caveman brow, ect.

  30. Butterface says:

    Lucic sometimes likes chicken or pasta before a big game…. during the Detroit series he started consuming a diet of cashews.

    When asked what he was going to eat prior to Montreal series, Lucic said he would, “Stick to the nuts.”

    ***********************
    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..
    ***********************

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  32. silverfox says:

    Why change up defense when you just swept series v TB. I can see moen there to use sparingly. He can kill penalties and provide some toughness.

    • HUDSONHAB says:

      We were running four lines, it makes no sense to put in a player to play sparingly. Omen has to be effective in what he does or he should be replaced. Why sacrifice a complete line for a guy that ” might ” provide toughness?

      ….Hab4life….

  33. HabinBurlington says:

    Given we will have Habs hockey to watch when Cinco de Mayo rolls around, here is a pretty good ranking of Mexican Beers, from worst (11th) to first.

    http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/mexican-beers-ranked-1568735733/+robharvilla

  34. habsfan0 says:

    I hope that prior to Game 3 at the Bell Centre, Ron Maclean and Don Cherry will both have the gonads to go out onto the ice to do their pre-game rant.
    The reception for both of them should be rather heartwarming, particularly if Cherry is again wearing that audacious Bruins tie and stomach turning gold coloured suit.
    An additional nice touch would be if, as Cherry is gazing into the throng of 21,000 plus people, he’ll notice that they’re ALL wearing white tee shirts with bold black lettering across the front: TOO MANY MEN ON THE ICE!

    • Paz says:

      Canada has so much to offer. Free, universal medical coverage, free education until grade 12, relatively low crime rate, high minimum wage, low unemployment, low interest rates, freedoms that no country can surpass, a mosaic of multiculturalism where everyone is considered Canadian, and the list goes on and on and on……

      And then the clowns who run the CBC conduct a poll that has Don Cherry listed as one of the 10 greatest Canadians of all time!

      Oh the humanity!

    • reddog24 says:

      Don’t think Cherry has shown his face in Montreal at a Habs Game since his remarks about Europeans, and French players hiding behind masks. Everything is now done in Hog Town where they can hide and insult people. At least the NBA has balls to take strong action against racism, but NHL and CBC/HNIC has NO Balls to fire their chosen clowns. They put them on a pedestal to be honoured. Hope Sportsnet gets many problems for jumping on their bandwagon and hiring them for their broadcasts. They may regret it.

  35. bwoar says:

    So far, B’s have given up a bit o’ bulletin board material (c’mon, who wouldn’t want a huge PK smiley face with the caption “despicably villainous”, or Emelin’s giant donkey teeth with “a dangerous foe”).

    Habs are keeping it tight on that front, which is expected.

  36. JuventusHab says:

    Just realised that no matter how this series turns out, the Habs will have a .500 or higher recond in these playoffs.

  37. Black Horse says:

    Well then, since Budaj is 5-0 @ the TD Gardens?

    ” and the fun begins” – Carey Price

    • bwoar says:

      I may be crazy, but, I’d put him in for Game 1. Of course that’s easy to say when my job’s not on the line.

    • BJ says:

      Too tough a decision. Can you imagine MT starting Budaj? I can’t, although there is a strong argument to do so.

      • bwoar says:

        I can, but he’d have to have massive balls.

        • johnnylarue says:

          It’d be a MAJOR mindf@ck of a move, in a series that could very well be won or lost on the psychological battlefield…

          That said, we’ve seen that Budaj in high-pressure games is not the same goalie as he is when subbing in for a random, mid-week road game in the regular season.

          • Paz says:

            If Budaj wins game 1 he would have to play game 2, and then the comedy of horrors in net begins.

            If Budaj loses game 1 who wouldn’t second guess the coach.

            No. That is not a move that makes sense when Price is the Olympic champion goalie and he’s just won 4 straight playoff games.

            That’s a PlayStation move.

        • Timo says:

          I hope that Therrien has these massive balls if Price gives a couple of so so goals to pull him before the game is out of hand. I know we all want to see Price perform in the playoffs, but so far, even after Tampa series, I can’t say I have huge confidence in him.

  38. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Phuck the Pruins! Any team with Lucic the ball stabber and Chara the spine crusher should just STFU about anyone else being dirty or trying to deliberately hurt anyone. Go Habs!

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

  39. 44har48 says:

    I’m not as worried about our guys playing our game and staying disciplined. I think they get it and our Coach is better than most give him credit for now (not years ago :)). I’m more concerned about the clowns I will have to deal with in the bars and if I will be as disciplined…history is not on my side.

  40. krob1000 says:

    Wow…..Marvel and DC Universe have nothing on this list of villains…..

    Brad Marchand
    Milan Lucic
    Zdeno Chara
    Colin Campbell
    Claude Julien
    Mark Recchi
    Cam Neely
    Jeremy Jacobs
    Shawn Thornton
    PJ Stock
    Mike Milbury
    Ken Linseman
    Don Cherry
    Tuuka Rask
    Tim Thomas

  41. Timo says:

    I don’t like the 4th line. There is no speed there and only Weise actually finishes checks. With Bournival on that line Bruins had to look over their shoulder.

    • BJ says:

      I think depending on the results of game one, there will be changes in game two. I would like Bournival in as well as Murray.

      • Timo says:

        You didn’t get the memo… Francis Bouillon will save us all.

        • BJ says:

          He will have to save himself. One game where he makes a negative difference and he’s out (I hope).

          • Timo says:

            This is what I have a problem with. Why waste a game? Habs only can lose 4 and their are out so why waste it when it is plain obvious that Bouillon is a wrong choice to play against bruins.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            As usual MT is purposely trying to lose games thus ensuring he is fired pronto. You have him figured out to a T!

            I can’t believe he didn’t lose 4 straight to Tampa, he was trying the same crap in that series. Heck he was doing this same shite all season and fricking almost cost us a playoff spot.

            Someone needs to teach MT a lesson, I say you are the man for the job Timo, go get him!

            Edit(For the record, I never like Bouillon in lineup, but it’s working)

          • Andy and the habs says:

            Yes, that’s exactly what the couches do in the NHL HabinBurlington, they purposely loose games for, I don’t know, entertainment?

          • HabinBurlington says:

            @Andy, my sarcasm towards Timo must not have been in the correct font. Apologies.

  42. Storman says:

    Full Metal Jacket says Go Habs Go
    Me so hockey,, me love you long time Habbies,, Bruins sucky sucky

  43. HUDSONHAB says:

    The Refs are always the X-factor.
    What they let the B’s do and the cheap calls they make on the Habs. Everything being equal, the Habs should prevail. Their game gives the Bruins fits. Go Habs!

  44. GrimJim says:

    @Dunboyne Mike
    Your turn of phrase was so good, I made it my new signature…

    So now we turn on our televisions, expel anyone who asks what icing is, and watch.

  45. HabsKid says:

    Wow! The paranoia has set in in Beantown! The big bad Habs are headed their way to leave them bruised and bloody. The article only provides proof that the Canadiens dwell rent free in the minds of not just the Bruins but their fans. Let’s hope our lease is a long one.

  46. Black Horse says:

    Are these douche bags for real?

    Bring on the pucking Chawdar Head Broons …

    ” and the fun begins” – Carey Price

  47. naweed235 says:

    Unlike most people, what worries me most about this series is the goal-tending. Everyone is just saying that it’ll be a wash, but the reality of the situation is that this is arguably Carey’s most important playoff round in his career. This is the year that a lot of people actually have hope in a Montreal squad that finished with over 100 points in the regular season and went all out at the trade deadline to acquire the best forward available to push for a deep run.
    Price will be the first one to tell you that he needs to be MUCH better than he was against Tampa if we have any hopes of advancing. He was good, but not great. He made some saves, but he didn’t stop a dominated Tampa team from keeping it close in most of the games.
    The elite goalie that Carey is, it is expected that he be the difference maker in games of this importance just like Quick and Crawford have been in the last couple of years.
    Here’s to hoping that we are in Rask’s head and that Carey can handle the pressure better than he did in game 1 of the Tampa series.

    • Black Horse says:

      So what if Carey limits Bawston to 2 goals a game like in 2011. Will they still say Carey should have been better?

      The Habs just need to score, score & score some more …

      ” and the fun begins” – Carey Price

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Carey had a good series, yet if you break it down, it wasn’t consistent.

        In the first 2 games in Boston, he was brilliant with a shutout, then a 1 goal against win.

        The next 5 games were a different story.
        He gave up 15 goals in those 5 games and posted poor SPs in 3 of those games being .882-.875-.857.
        A team does not win a series with numbers like that.

        As for overtime, you win or lose as a team.
        When you lose, it is a combination of the goal the team didn’t score, snd the shot the goalie didn’t stop.

        The Habs lost 3 of the last 4 games in OT…

    • habsonly says:

      Agreed that Price needs to step it up and outplay Rask, but we will need that best forward available at the deadline to step it up as well as everyone on the team, crank it up to the next level. Play our game beat the Goons and play through the reffing

      GO HABS GO!!!

    • Mavid says:

      You are correct..like Sochi this his his time to bring his A game..and show us what he is made of..

      Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  48. BriPro says:

    Maritime Ron’s post (in the previous thread) regarding the Boston Herald’s article on our Habs forced me to google and read it.

    These two teams are as similar as the cities they represent. Boston for a long time, has been considered Montreal’s sister city. And at risk of public effigy, I have to say that I love that city. It does in fact remind me of ours.

    That being said, you could almost take that article and replace the names, and the hatred would cross-dock.

    Quote 1: “It’s just one of those teams that you want to hit.” ….author? The rat! Potential author…. anyone on either team.

    Quote 2: Do (they) try to goad (our team) into penalties? Boychuk, but again, it could have been anybody.

    Quote 3: “Another carryover from that (X) game, for (such and such), is the knowledge that (opponent) can be a dangerous foe. Not merely a cheap-shot hitter like, for instance, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, but dangerous — a guy who may be trying deliberately to hurt people. …..

    Are they talking about Chara on Max? Lucic on Emelin?
    Nope. Emelin on Lucic.

    From Goons (Chara, Lucic) to cheap-shot artists (March…rat), both sides are calling out the other. And as PK likes to put it, “at the end of the day…..”
    all I want to do is stand in front of my flat screen doing the hoola while Chara is weeping, and turned my back to him to show him the moon.

    That in itself will be like a mini Stanley, for me.

  49. habsonly says:

    Go Habs Go!!!
    Bring on the spring bear hunt!

  50. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    Go Habs Go

  51. Luke says:

    When the Canadiens act up?

    I have to assume that some of these people… these Boston writers and journalists… aren’t this myopic. That they are instead catering to the lowest common denominator. Feeding into the mob frenzy to get the emotional reactions (Comments and page views) that drive revenue as opposed offering well thought out analysis.

    At least Krejci, in this article, mentions that they have guys who like to do the same thing (try and goad people onto penalties).

    “They have some guys, we have some guys, who like to do that. That’s their game. Some guys are best when they’re hitting; some guys are best when, you know, they’re chatting with guys. That’s just part of the game, part of the player.

  52. jimmy shaker says:

    I see the reporters and most of the fans have visited or enrolled in the university of edwards in bean town……majoring in pukecology101. What a bunch of duchebags. How do you like those apples?

    Suck a wrench, all of you cub lovers!

    Can they even spell hockey there?

    Shaker out!

  53. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Normand, je voudrai dire que la tendence ne se maintiendra pas. Qu’elle ne POURRA pas! Parce que c’est les eliminatoires.

    I don’t believe extrapolation is actually possible. We throw out the form book. If it were Boston vs Buffalo — given their relative positions at season’s end — maybe. But not Boston-Montreal!

    Also agree, however, that merely waiting to see could be dull for the website!

    But here’s a non-prediction question:

    Who, apart from Emelin, should make it his business to lay some nice big hits on Lucic?

  54. Say Ash says:

    You guys like that cute Asian that always sits behind Julien? I know, I know, no dating within the division but still…

  55. naweed235 says:

    Buck The Fruins

  56. bjmmn says:

    Bring ‘em on.

  57. myron.selby says:

    First? Well now that that’s done, I might as well try to add something deep and interesting and fraught with meaning. Uh, uh – damn, I thought I had something to say but I guess not.

    Oh well – First!!!

  58. Hobie says:

    I hope he does!


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