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:

Bourque-Eller -Gionta


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

Series Preview,

Game 1 Preview,

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,

Olympics showed why Bruins’ Bergeron is elite,

Reaction time,

Lucic, Gallagher shelve bond for playoff warfare,

Habs look for momentum on power play,

Three Game 7s on schedule Wednesday night,


  1. myron.selby, 30 April, 2014

    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!!!

  2. bjmmn, 30 April, 2014

    Bring ‘em on.

  3. naweed235, 30 April, 2014

    Buck The Fruins

  4. Say Ash, 30 April, 2014

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

  5. Dunboyne Mike, 30 April, 2014

    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?

  6. BJ, 30 April, 2014

    Mike how were your performances in London? Are you staying up for the games or catching them in the AM. What do you view the games from?

  7. Hobie, 30 April, 2014

    I hope he does!

  8. jimmy shaker, 30 April, 2014

    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!

  9. habsonly, 30 April, 2014

    Mr Murray if he gets to play

  10. Luke, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  11. Stanley Cup or Bust !, 30 April, 2014

    Go Habs Go

  12. BJ, 30 April, 2014

    MT has to find a way to get him into the games.

  13. habsonly, 30 April, 2014

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

  14. BriPro, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  15. naweed235, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  16. Black Horse, 30 April, 2014

    Are these douche bags for real?

    Bring on the pucking Chawdar Head Broons …

    ” and the fun begins” – Carey Price

  17. Black Horse, 30 April, 2014

    Hawckey ….

    ” and the fun begins” – Carey Price

  18. Black Horse, 30 April, 2014

    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

  19. HabsKid, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  20. GrimJim, 30 April, 2014

    @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.

  21. Un Canadien errant, 30 April, 2014

    No one. We don’t really have a horse who can hurt Lucic with a clean hit.

    Last spring the Leafs sicced Colton Orr on Zdeno Chara, and I thought it was a shrewd deployment, since the Leaf can’t do anything but be big and strong and fight. So might as well focus on getting a few hits on the Bruins morlock.

    Since we don’t have this kind of player, unless Douglas Murray is in the lineup, we shouldn’t waste our time trying to hit Milan Lucic and expecting it to have an effect. Bob Gainey, Larry Robinson, those guys used to be able to hurt someone with a clean check, but unfortunately they’re no longer ours to cherish.

    So we skate away from these guys, capitalize on their slow or inexperienced d-men, and hopefully cash in some powerplays to dampen the Bruins enthusiasm for casual brutality.

  22. habsonly, 30 April, 2014

    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!!!

  23. Kooch7800, 30 April, 2014

    After seeing this ……Go Rangers

  24. BJ, 30 April, 2014

    And if somehow you are athletic enough you can swing your moon parallel to the ground you can even smile at him.

  25. HUDSONHAB, 30 April, 2014

    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!

  26. Storman, 30 April, 2014

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

  27. Stanley Cup or Bust !, 30 April, 2014

    Fun photos

    Stop whining!

  28. Maritime Ronn, 30 April, 2014

    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…

  29. Timo, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  30. HabinBurlington, 30 April, 2014

    Philly being philly eh Kooch?

  31. BJ, 30 April, 2014

    Planet of the Apes with cell phones. I can do without this kind of stupidity. Its only a game.

  32. krob1000, 30 April, 2014

    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

  33. BJ, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  34. 44har48, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  35. Timo, 30 April, 2014

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

  36. Maritime Ronn, 30 April, 2014

    Subban has no fear of hitting Lucic

  37. BJ, 30 April, 2014

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

  38. Kooch7800, 30 April, 2014

    Just brutal. Never been a fan of the Flyers but really don’t like their fans. There is no place for that crap

  39. WindsorHab-10, 30 April, 2014

    Disgusting. One reason I stopped going to games a long time ago.

  40. Kooch7800, 30 April, 2014

    100% agree. No need for that type. I remember going to see the Sens vs Sabres in Buffalo in the playoffs probably close to a decade ago now and some guy showed up in Sens gear. Poor guy was taking punches as he was walking and getting beer tossed on him. No need for that garbage

  41. Timo, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  42. Kooch7800, 30 April, 2014

    I have been heckled in Toronto for wearing habs gear which I am ok with but physical violence and beer dumping that isn’t right. US sports fans seem to take it to another level.

  43. habsfan0, 30 April, 2014

    Who’s this PJ Stock?

  44. Thomas Le Fan, 30 April, 2014

    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!

  45. HabinBurlington, 30 April, 2014

    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)

  46. Black Horse, 30 April, 2014

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

    ” and the fun begins” – Carey Price

  47. Thomas Le Fan, 30 April, 2014

    Ranger fans must be idiots, however. Taunting Philly fans in Philly? These guys boo Santa Claus.

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

  48. BJ, 30 April, 2014

    I’ve covered hockey events for 45 years and I’ve been witness to only one soccer type hooligan show in Lugano for the final game of the Swiss league (not a pretty scene) and I was hoping this kind of crap did not exist in North America but I guess it does. For the most part here in Europe the fans and visiting fans can have a good time together and will often knock a few back together.

  49. The Jackal, 30 April, 2014

    Yeah no need, but I’d be pretty angry if I had to live in Buffalo :(

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  50. Maritime Ronn, 30 April, 2014

    How bad are Philly fans?
    they once booed Santa Claus and threw snowballs at him at an Eagles game.

  51. BJ, 30 April, 2014

    Its a violent society, too much Hollywood type bravado. With a country that has military bases in over 100 countries and export violence, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

  52. JuventusHab, 30 April, 2014

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

  53. Maritime Ronn, 30 April, 2014

    An NHL allstar.
    He scored 5 goals in 235 NHL career games

  54. bwoar, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  55. bwoar, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  56. bwoar, 30 April, 2014

    You badman you

  57. BJ, 30 April, 2014

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

  58. habsfan0, 30 April, 2014

    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!

  59. 24 Cups, 30 April, 2014


    24.4 Cups

  60. Timo, 30 April, 2014

    Therrien’s job is not on the line. No matter what he does the rest of the playoffs (and it won’t be much) he is good for another year and most likely will get an extension.

  61. habsguru, 30 April, 2014

    he was a 4th line centre for St. fx otherwise know as a grocery stick.

  62. bwoar, 30 April, 2014

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

  63. bwoar, 30 April, 2014

    A situation that pleases you, I am sure.

  64. bwoar, 30 April, 2014

    GROCERY STICK man I loved that bit. It’s a great insult.

  65. Mavid, 30 April, 2014

    Remember when we played them in the ECF..they trashed the media trucks and cars after the game..bunch of total A holes..I have never cheered for them since them..I was hoping the Rangers did away with them but no luck, hopefully tonight..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  66. HabinBurlington, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  67. silverfox, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  68. Mavid, 30 April, 2014

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

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  69. Sportfan, 30 April, 2014

    That Voodoo doll needs more pins

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  70. 24 Cups, 30 April, 2014

    24.4 Cups

  71. Un Canadien errant, 30 April, 2014

    I agree, I’m not stating that the Canadiens are afraid to hit the Bruins, just that for our team to focus on that would not be ideal, we’d be playing their game. When a bodycheck opportunity presents itself, the boys will take it, but if they run around looking to hit Milan Lucic or Zdeno Chara, I don’t think we’ll stand a chance.

  72. johnnylarue, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  73. Paz, 30 April, 2014

    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!

  74. Butterface, 30 April, 2014

    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…..

  75. Andy and the habs, 30 April, 2014

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

  76. Timo, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  77. Bad Digestion, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  78. BriPro, 30 April, 2014

    Seriously ….. What kind of a world???
    I guess the intelligence gene never made it into the waters of Philly.

  79. krob1000, 30 April, 2014

    That tantrum after Gallagher goal was the clincher for me…he has a history of temper tantrums…one of the worst among goalies I can remember. Wow…I just googled Rask and tantrum….goes back to Providence, even at practice, in the NHL…you name it he hashad a tantrum everywhere.

  80. Paz, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  81. habcertain, 30 April, 2014

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

  82. Luke, 30 April, 2014

    I have enjoyed a Negra Modelo or two in my time.

    You can find them at the Beer Store… under the layer of dust.

  83. The Jackal, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  84. Buzz Lightbeer, 30 April, 2014

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

  85. Kooch7800, 30 April, 2014

    Thanks for that lol

  86. Kooch7800, 30 April, 2014

    no comment :)

  87. TwoTonTony, 30 April, 2014

    You forgot Marchand the tear-jerker…

  88. krob1000, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  89. BriPro, 30 April, 2014

    What they didn’t tell you is that the poll was run between the 401 and Lakeshore, between University Ave and Yonge St. in dowtown Toronto.

  90. Timo, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  91. Kooch7800, 30 April, 2014

    True enough. I believe there was a fan killed at a baseball game in San Fran a couple years ago. Baseball of all sports in California you think would be pretty relaxed …

  92. habsfan0, 30 April, 2014


  93. Timo, 30 April, 2014

    Sorry… couldn’t watch. As soon as I saw Edward’s face I started to violently throw up.

  94. Danno, 30 April, 2014

    Only 28 hours and 37 minutes to go!


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  95. Maritime Ronn, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  96. Un Canadien errant, 30 April, 2014

    Nevin Markwart
    Linden Byers
    John Wensink
    Terry O’Reilly
    Bobby Schmautz
    Jay Miller
    Keith Crowder
    John Blum
    Brian Curran
    Dave Baumgartner

  97. Luke, 30 April, 2014

    (Do I say?
    Is anyone else going to say it?
    Oh, Ok. Fine. I’ll say it).

    One does not simply walk into Mordor.

  98. 24 Cups, 30 April, 2014

    My favourite player in action.

    24.4 Cups

  99. 24 Cups, 30 April, 2014

    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

  100. krob1000, 30 April, 2014

    That is a list of tough cutomers….I don’t consider many of them as villains…many were just resident tough guys. I didn;t get to see enough games back tehn to say for sure but I ahve watched many of those guys fights and they are usually toe to toe and were not fussyaor guys who “picked their spots”.

  101. HUDSONHAB, 30 April, 2014

    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?


  102. Mavid, 30 April, 2014

    my wife…not the wife..grrrr

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  103. Danno, 30 April, 2014

    Cigarette burn marks too


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  104. Mavid, 30 April, 2014

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

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  105. TwoTonTony, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  106. Mavid, 30 April, 2014

    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

  107. CynicalHabsfan, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  108. BJ, 30 April, 2014

    I’ll check in on you for round three predictions and call Las Vegas.

  109. mrhabby, 30 April, 2014

    what wrong with The Wife???????

  110. Timo, 30 April, 2014

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

  111. Say Ash, 30 April, 2014

    Big crowd.

  112. Mavid, 30 April, 2014

    No..its a pet peeve of mine….sort of like you and makes it sound like she is a piece of furniture….the couch..the fridge..the wife…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  113. Biggest_Greek_HABSfun, 30 April, 2014

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

  114. BJ, 30 April, 2014

    Kiss and make up at the next summit.

  115. Timo, 30 April, 2014

    So… should I from now on say “my Bouillon”?

  116. mdp2011, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  117. JUST ME, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  118. TwoTonTony, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  119. Mavid, 30 April, 2014

    meh…I don’t care what you call Boullion just don’t call him late for dinner….but it should be my wife..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  120. TwoTonTony, 30 April, 2014

    Those picks are GUARANTEED*.

    *not a guarantee

  121. CynicalHabsfan, 30 April, 2014

    And various stains

  122. Luke, 30 April, 2014

    The “Habs head to Boston for Game 1″ portion of the headline is also fairly accurate.


  123. Butterface, 30 April, 2014

    Yeah Bad Digestion… you have to take a bus.

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

  124. Mavid, 30 April, 2014

    can never get enough of this picture

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  125. Stanley Cup or Bust !, 30 April, 2014

    Stop whining.

  126. BJ, 30 April, 2014

    I can’t seem to read the fine print?

  127. BJ, 30 April, 2014

    Funny stuff. Great shot of the goal celebration in Columbus. Bishop and Pang one is also funny.

  128. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey’d On, 30 April, 2014

    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

  129. Maritime Ronn, 30 April, 2014

    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

  130. zephyr, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  131. zephyr, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  132. 2mins4lookinsooogood, 30 April, 2014

    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”

  133. Say Ash, 30 April, 2014

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

  134. habsonly, 30 April, 2014

    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!!!

  135. boing007, 30 April, 2014

    Dear Stephen Harris:
    You are an arsehole.

    Richard R

  136. HabinBurlington, 30 April, 2014

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

  137. Mavid, 30 April, 2014

    Only if your married to him…geez it’s not that hard. :evil:

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  138. Strummer, 30 April, 2014

    He is a native Bostonian and Harvard grad

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

  139. Say Ash, 30 April, 2014


    pet peeve of mine

  140. Mavid, 30 April, 2014

    fair enough…your’re a ….. LOL

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  141. mdp2011, 30 April, 2014


  142. habstrinifan, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  143. punkster, 30 April, 2014

    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!!!

  144. reddog24, 30 April, 2014

    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.

  145. Danno, 30 April, 2014

    Bravo Punkster!


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  146. Danno, 30 April, 2014

    Game 1: Montreal
    Game 2: Montreal
    Game 3: Montreal
    Game 4: Montreal

    Book it baby!


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  147. Chris, 30 April, 2014

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

    If only most of them were actually true… ;)

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  148. Old Bald Bird, 30 April, 2014

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

  149. JohnBellyful, 30 April, 2014

    Rhyme and reason!

  150. JohnBellyful, 30 April, 2014

    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.)

  151. myron.selby, 30 April, 2014

    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).

  152. Mavid, 30 April, 2014

    sorry but you guys don’t get to make the “wife” rules..we do..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  153. Habitant in Surrey, 01 May, 2014

    …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

  154. Habitant in Surrey, 01 May, 2014

    …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 !

  155. zephyr, 01 May, 2014

    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.

  156. zephyr, 01 May, 2014

    more a reflection on you than anything else.

  157. WVHabsfan, 01 May, 2014

    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!

  158. The Teacher, 01 May, 2014

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

  159. The Teacher, 01 May, 2014

    Otherwise go to.

  160. WVHabsfan, 01 May, 2014

    Thanks Teacher!!

  161. Pattyice, 01 May, 2014

    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?

  162. WVHabsfan, 01 May, 2014

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

  163. silverfox, 01 May, 2014

    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.

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