Bring on the Sabres

After beating the Bruins 2-1 in a shootout Monday night in Boston, the Canadiens didn’t have a morning skate Tuesday and there was no media availability before their game against the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens against the Sabres after Peter Budaj earned the victory in Boston by making 28 saves and stopping all four shooters in the shootout. Budaj improved his lifetime record against the Bruins to 5-2 and he is 5-0 in Boston.

Travis Moen and Dale Weise, both injured during the Boston game, are doubtful to face the Sabres, meaning Ryan White, George Parros and Lars Eller would be possible replacements.

“It’s fun to play here,” Budaj told reporters after the game in Boston. “There’s no secret to my success. The atmosphere is good and I just try to stop every puck.”

Said Brendan Gallagher: “(Budaj) was obviously awesome for us. There were stretches where they pinned us in and they had a lot of momentum and he was making save after save. Sitting on the bench, you’d turn to the guy next to you and say: ‘How did he do that?’ But we knew he had that in him and we had confidence playing in front of him.”

Alex Galchenyuk, who had been 0-for-6 in shootouts, ended his slump by scoring the winning goal.

“I thought if I didn’t score, I’d never get another chance,” he said after the game.

The Canadiens snapped the Bruins’ 12-game winning streak and are tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning with 87 points. The Lightning, who lost 4-3 to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout Monday night, hold down second place in the Atlantic Division because they have played one less game than the Canadiens.

Tuesday’s game will be the fourth and final meeting between the Canadiens and Sabres this season. Montreal won the first three games by a combined score of 8-3.

After Tuesday’s game the Canadiens hit the road for four games with stops in Detroit Thursday, Florida Saturday, Tampa Bay next Tuesday and Ottawa next Friday.

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Habs vs. Sabres preview, NHL.com

Game Notes

Habs end Bruins’ winning streak in shootout, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Budaj says it’s fun to play in Boston, by The Pat Hickey

Desharnais saves his season with Habs, Sportsnet.ca

A visit to Budaj’s hometown (video), Canadiens.com

Habs vs. Bruins photos, montrealgazette.com

Highlight of the Night: Emelin sends Lucic flying, The Hockey News

Canadiens end Bruins streak at 12, NHL.com

Bruins go down fighting, Boston.com

Streak snappers, Canadiens.com

Sabres playing musical chairs in goal, Buffalo News

Sabres Edge, Buffalo News

366 Comments

  1. …and finally Lucic telling the press he “does everything in his power to keep it clean out there” Love this Colbert follow-up to Jon Stewart. Clearly, it’s no secret that the Booins are THE biggest hypocrites out there.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfzQVVB10QE

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  2. Here’s the masterful Jon Stewart review of just how disgusting the Bruins franchise is with special credits to the master of dick-foo, brad the rat Marchand (or Marshaan as they say it here in the USA)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbShxQyu1gM

    Enjoy! Need to play parts of this every night across the NHL arenas to shame these beyotches…

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

    Campaign to Retire Toe Blake’s Number 6 !!!

    …and, last, but not least:

    Mike Boone MARCH 25, 2014 AT 7:54 AM

    ‘Finding every way to stir up sh.. is pretty much my job description.’

    Mike Boone
    Hockey Inside/Out blogger

  4. Amazing that the entire league doesn’t just tell everyone associated with the Bruins to just STFU. Remember this compilation of some of the finest Bruins dives and dumps? We should play it on the jumbo-tron before every Boston away game across the league!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi0mOtQOr80

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  5. bel33 says:

    Might be fun to see (but it would suck as it means the Habs don’t make it all the way) a Bruins/Blues Matchup.

    Ryan Miller with a BIG team in front of him. Think he might put some money on the board for some of their big wingers to hit Lucic a time or two?

    Just thinking out loud.. as my distaste for Lu-chicken and the rest of the Bruins continues to grow. I don’t think I have a saturation point with my hate for that team.

    - I’d buy that for a dollar! -

  6. Un Canadien errant says:

    After being handed a win, or at least a very good opportunity to win, by the referees on Saturday night against the Leafs, the Canadiens stole a Halakian win against the Bruins on Monday night, beating them 2-1 in a hotly-contested game that ended in a four-round shootout.

    Michel Therrien, who draws more than his fair share of critics, has on occasion taken some puzzling lineup decisions these past two seasons, and often he comes up smelling of roses. More often than not, these fortunate calls regard his use of his goalies. He has regularly used Peter Budaj in less-than-obvious circumstances, and has been rewarded. In Mr. Budaj’s recent weak spell in Carey Price’s absence, Coach Therrien played a hunch and threw Dustin Tokarski out against the Sabres and was rewarded with a shutout win.

    His call to start Peter Budaj in Boston wasn’t as unconventional as it might seem. With Carey Price freshly back from a lower body injury, it made sense to rest him on one of two back-to-back games, and since the backup has had success against the Gooins, the harder road contest was Peter’s to deal with. He made 28 saves, the only puck skittering past him caused by a tipped shot.

    One decision which Coach Therrien can revisit is the toughness quotient in his lineup. With Jarred Tinordi, Ryan White and George Parros scratched, and Brandon Prust injured, the only available First Responders to thwart Bruin thuggery were Douglas Murray and Travis Moen. Travis did his job early in the first in trying to stick up for his linemate Dale Weise, who was cross-checked in the back into the boards by Bruin defenceman Kevan Miller. Unfortunately, Travis caught one flush early in the bout, went down, but got back up and gamely continued the fight, until a second one on the button ended the tilt. Travis got up with Bambi-legs and was escorted to the dressing room with the help of teammates.

    I’m concerned about Travis’ health, his career, and his ability to contribute to the Canadiens’ success in the future. Last season, he was often the target of pointed questions on l’Antichambre and on social media, with his near $2M cap hit not equivalent to his production. The thing is, he’d suffered a serious concussion the previous season, and seemed unwilling to match up against heavyweights night in, night out. This year, maybe feeling healthier and more confident, and maybe thinking he had more support with George Parros and Douglas Murray aboard, he took on more of a load in that aspect of the game.

    For this specific game, the Bruins took untold liberties, and it was hard not to think of the previous game, when the lineup was loaded with tough guys, and the Bruins meekly concentrated on hockey. Which only confirms the fact that the Bruins aren’t tough as much as they’re bullies. They’re tough against Andrei Markov and Tom Pyatt, but don’t push the issue against Brandon Prust and Douglas Murray.

    How will Travis feel about mixing it up in the future? Like it or not, his value comes not only from his forechecking and ability to kill penalties, or from his veteranship. A big part of his appeal is that he can bring a physical presence, and negate some of the pugilistic aspirations from opponents. He’s a big boy who inspires respect. If he retrenches from that part of the game, he’s markedly less valuable, less useful.

    Speaking of valuable players, our first line of Pacioretty, Desharnais and Vanek were not first-rate. They were rarely threatening, and when they were, they seemed to try to get too cute, attempting one too many passes instead of getting a shot off. It’s great that they seem to get along, but now they’re almost too deferential to each other. On one occasion, David tried to pass to Max through the crease past two checkers, when he had an open lane to the net. I skipped back a few times and imagined him faking the pass and then dekeing Tuukka Rask, who was already expecting the pass to Max and cheating to his left. From now on, I want Max and Thomas to be a little more selfish, and pull the trigger when they get the puck, not look for each other for a pretty pass.

    Alexei Emelin continued his war with Milan Lucic, and as usual the Bruins were petulant and dangerous in the worst sense of the word. Alex started the game with a great hip check in open ice on Mr. Lucic, and the Bruins’ thug-in-chief Zdeno Chara immediately retaliated and drew a minor penalty. Milan Lucic and Alexei hit each other through the rest of the game, until the Bruin decided he didn’t like it anymore, and speared Alexei in the groin region.

    Of course, in the grand lying tradition of Chara, Ference, Julien et al., Mr. Lucic blithely stated to reporters after the game that “he didn’t spear” Alexei. Which is hogwash, and is clearly seen on video of the game.

    NHL rules are also quite clear that he did in fact spear him.

    Rule 62 – Spearing

    62.1 Spearing – Spearing shall mean stabbing an opponent with the point of the stick blade, whether contact is made or not.
    62.2 Double-minor Penalty – A double-minor penalty will be imposed on a player who spears an opponent and does not make contact.
    62.3 Major Penalty – A major penalty shall be imposed on a player who spears an opponent (see 62.5).
    62.4 Match Penalty – A match penalty shall be imposed on a player who injures an opponent as a result of a spear.
    62.5 Game Misconduct Penalty – Whenever a major penalty is assessed for spearing, a game misconduct penalty must also be imposed.
    62.6 Fines and Suspensions – There are no specified fines or suspensions for spearing, however, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion (refer to Rule 28).

    Of course, Mr. Lucic has a black and yellow ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card that he can hand in to Daddy Campbell, and that’s just par for the course for the NHL, run as it is by Mike Milbury and Don Cherry.

    We saw an illustration of the lunacy of the NHL in how the refs, after handing out a number of penalties to the Bruins, needed to even things out in the third and called four straight minors on the Canadiens, while the Bruins kept running Canadiens seconds after they’d moved the puck. Pierre Houde pointed out that the game ended with both team receiving seven minors each, and scoring a powerplay goal each. Which is ‘fairness’ in the NHL, even though Boston commits three infractions for every one the average team makes.

    P.K. had an uneven game, which is understandable considering what a marked man he is in Boston. I’m going to hold him to a very high standard, but I wish he’d stop the mugging and appeals to the refs, and the attempts at instigation and retaliation, and just focused on the game, like Raymond Bourque and Chris Chelios used to. Both were physical defencemen who were central to their team’s success, who were targets for fourth-liners and cheap-shot artists, but they just kept their cool and played hard. There’s a tendency for histrionics in P.K.’s game that I wish he would phase out, though I’m not sure if that’s ever going to happen.

    So a big two points in the bank, on a night when Tampa only picked up a single, and the Buffalo Cream Puffs at the New Forum tonight. That’s another two points guaranteed, right?

    ———————————————————————–
    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  7. Timo says:

    I predict a day off after tonight.

    • Luke says:

      I predict senseless whinging about things that don’t matter.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      hi TIMO.

      We agree…as do so many others about a day off tomorrow.
      Happy to see you understand that rest is needed for the next game @ Detroit Thursday after 4 games in 7 nights.

      Your prophetic talents know no bounds – no limits.
      Simply fascinating how you get it right.

      By the way TIMO, Michel Therrien is still coach of the..now tied for 3rd place Eastern Conference Habs…or did he get fired in the last 15 minutes?
      What a coach, eh?
      What a decision to play Budaj last night, eh?
      Many from HIO were so happy you were on board with all the Coach MT choices.
      :-)

  8. Danno says:

    I hate how the last convos from the previous page which are still in progress get chopped off with a new page.

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    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      I HATE HOT THE COMMENT BOX ISN’T AT THE TOP OF THE THREAD, FORCING YOU TO SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING WITTY TO SAY. AND I DON’T KNOW WHY I’M SHOUTING. THIS MUST REALLY BUG ME.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Yeah, that’s annoying. It’s like a new thread gets started every time a mod arbitrarily decides a page is long enough.

      (With all due respect to the mods, who are outstanding in every way.)

  9. Luke says:

    Well, folks, enjoy the game.

    Go Habs Go! Here’s hoping the can keep the intensity up.
    And to my Icedogs… a hearty Go Dogs Go! to you as well.

    Have a good one!


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