Fan returns missing dogs to Habs goalie Price; Bourque misses practice with flu (with video)

Hockey wasn’t the only thing on Canadiens goalie Carey Price’s mind Monday morning.

Price sent out a Twitter message early Monday morning saying: “If anyone finds two labs running around Candiac they’re mine.”

The Canadian Press reported that TSN Radio 690 noted a caller who heard their report about the missing dogs found them and returned them to Price, who lives in Montreal’s South Shore suburb of Candiac. The person who found the dogs was reported to have received an autographed goalie stick from Price.

The Canadiens had a practice at 11 a.m. Monday in Brossard as they prepare for Game 3 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Bruins Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

After practice, Price told reporters his dogs escaped out of his garage, adding it wasn’t the first time and probably won’t be the last.

Rene Bourque missed practice because of the flu and coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Brossard “hopefully he’ll play tomorrow.”

Douglas Murray was paired with Mike Weaver on defence, taking Francis Bouillon’s spot, while Ryan White was on the fourth line with Dale Weise and Travis Moen. Brandon Prust and George Parros were the extra forwards.

After practice, Therrien said he would not talk about any lineup changes he might have planned for Game 3. The coach added that he is excited about playing Game 3 and 4 in front of the Bell Centre fans.

“Like Boston’s fans, our fans are very, very passionate about their team,” Therrien told reporters. “That’s why we’ve had success at home, the fact that we play in front of our fans. They can make the building that much more intimidating for our opponent. It’s a source of motivation for the home team.

“We’re excited to play at home. There’s no better place to play playoff hockey than the Bell Centre,” the coach added. “I am doing my best to ensure that we remain focused on good things. We’re looking forward to a good game in a charged up building. It will be great to be a part of that. I expect the guys to be excited.”

Alex Galchenyuk skated on his own before practice as he continues to recover from a lower-body injury.

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

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

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

The Bruins practised in Boston Monday before flying to Montreal. Bruins defencemen Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton told reporters they have uncovered the secret to beating Price, saying the goaltender leaves himself open to high shots when he drops down to see through traffic in front of his net.

“I’ve seen a lot of scouting reports on lots of goaltenders throughout the league and that’s pretty much the scouting report on everybody,” Price told reporters in Brossard after practice. “It’s the same for (Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask). It’s the same for me. It’s the same for (Tampa Bay’s) Ben Bishop. It’s the same for (Chicago’s) Corey Crawford. It’s a pretty irrelevant comment.”

Therrien said it’s part of the Bruins’ strategy.

“It’s something we’ve seen time and again,” Therrien said after practice. “I talked to (goaltender coach) Stephane Waite and he said in the Stanley Cup finals, there was a lot of talk about Crawford and a lot of goals being scored on his glove side. It’s a part of the Bruins’ strategy.”

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

Game 3 Preview, NHL.com

Habs play down trash talk as they prepare for Game 3, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Playoff notebook, Canadiens.com

Post-practice interviews (video), Canadiens.com

Price recovers missing dogs, NHL.com

Habs accentuating the positives after Game 2 loss, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Habs put Game 2 loss behind them, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Sports world still fighting ugliness of racism, by Jack Todd for The Gazette

Bruins fans praise Subban’s class in response to racist remarks, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Canadiens focused on keeping third-period leads, NHL.com

Bournival forcing way into Habs’ lineup, NHL.com

Subban causing problems for Bruins’ penalty kill, NHL.com

City on alert for hockey mayhem, montrealgazette.com

Bring on the Bell Centre (video), bostonbruins.com

Bruins ready to face challenges of Bell Centre, NHL.com

Bruins, Habs series playing out true to form, Boston Herald

Bruins can’t play into Canadiens’ hands in Montreal, Boston Globe

Logic disproves Therrien’s comments about officiating, Boston.com

Comeback overshadows Bruins’ issues, Boston.com

Bruins remain confident in struggling power play, NHL.com

Feeding Habs fans: Playoff party tips, by The Gazette’s Denise Duguay

Former Hab Muller fired as Hurricanes coach, NHL.com

734 Comments

  1. Psycho29 says:

    TSN to expand to 5 channels next year

    http://www.tsn.ca/

    TSN1 Maple Leafs 24/7
    TSN2 Raptors 24/7
    TSN3 Blue Jays 24/7
    TSN4 Foster Hewitt 24/7
    TSN5 Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour just
    sitting around talking 24/7

  2. youngwun says:

    Time for patches to get a goal or 2 tonight. He’s gotta step up.

  3. habsfan0 says:

    Has it been confirmed that Ginette Reno will be singing the national anthem tonight?

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

    Tony Marinaro on TSN690 just had a good phone prank with a zoo in Boston regarding the traits of brown bears. I had no idea that the Marchand Bear was such a good diver, but it was backed up the zoologist.

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  5. shiram says:

    Babcock, Cooper, Roy voted Adams Award finalists

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Babcock – team barely finished 7th in the week Eastern conference.

      Cooper – hot goalie.

      Roy – coach of the year.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        So Varlamov who was hot all season leading them to a great finish, who then sucked in the playoffs had nothing to do with the record?

        I have no issue with Roy winning coach of the year, but your rationale seems conveniently biased to fit the winner you want.

        • DipsyDoodler says:

          Why do you say “biased”?

          Why couldn’t I have made a judgement based on the evidence?

          —–
          Moving. Forward.

          • bwoar says:

            Your dismissal of Cooper could easily be used to dismiss Roy too. So yeah, biased is the word.

      • Paz says:

        Babcock played without his best players for week after week and still managed to make the playoffs. That is why he is nominated.

        Cooper has quickly earned his reputation as one of the sharpest young hockey coaches in the game. Minus Stamkos that team did not skip a beat.

        Roy did a terrific job and he will certainly win the award, hands down.

        • Chris says:

          Roy will win going away, but this season was probably Babcock’s best coaching job of his stellar career.

        • DipsyDoodler says:

          Nothing against Babcock but his team lost its best players and finished below what it was last year. Not bad but not great either. They finished ahead of Toronto, Carolina and Washington. Big deal.

          It’s like the Walrus last year.

          You don’t deserve an award for finishing 7th out of 15.

          —–
          Moving. Forward.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          My thought as well Ed. Babcock probably won’t win but he’s certainly a deserving candidate.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Roy joined the Avs at the absolute perfect time.
        He knew EXACTLY what he was getting into and the reason why he declined the job 2-3-4 years ago.
        He would never put himself in a position of failure

        • Cal says:

          Wait until Varlamov starts having a full season of normal .900 to .910 goaltending. That coach of the year award will be a distant memory.
          This season’s .927 is an anomaly. He is usually between .900 and .913.

  6. Say Ash says:

    Game 2 ain’t got nothing on Liverpool’s match yesterday. Up three goals (soccer goals!) and 10 minutes away from their first title in 24 years, only to blow it. Now THAT is a collapse.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      In fairness they weren’t assured the title. They had an outside chance at best (needed City to drop points at home against two midlevel teams with nothing to play for).

      They threw away an outside chance at the title.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

  7. Habshire says:

    I just noticed Saturday’s game at 7pm

    Edit: 2nd

    • Strummer says:

      PGA rules the day

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

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Arguably the best golf tournament of the season, fantastic course, fantastic field and Johnny Miller providing the critiques.

        Love watching this tournament. Saturday will be a Cornucopia of Sports Viewing on TV.

        • Paz says:

          Miller is terrific. He teaches the game while you watch the tournament. Outstanding!

          And he calls it as he sees it, criticizing club selection and strategy.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Sat
        The Golf Channel:12-2PM
        NBC: 2-7 PM

  8. DipsyDoodler says:

    Poll of the day.

    Which group is most reprehnesible?

    1. The Boston Bruins.

    2. The fans of the Boston bruins.

    3. The media that cover the Boston Bruins.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  9. shiram says:

    Kevin Paul DupontVerified account ‏@GlobeKPD

    NHL confirms 7 pm start for Game 5 #Habs at #Bruins. Sat at TD Garden.

  10. jimmy shaker says:

    Patch needs to get on the board, when he scores the habs have a great W’s vs L’s record. So to sum it up. Patch scores at least 1 goal, he scores the first goal of the game and the Habs go into the 3rd period up 1-0 or 3-0. No more 2 goal leads….they have been lethal in this playoffs. And I think the habs will want to get back to their winning ways when leading after 2 periods. That last game was their first loss of the entire season when leading after 2 periods. Crazy!

    Shaker out!

  11. shiram says:

    How petty do you have to be to pour water in another plater’s glove?
    http://twitpic.com/e31jd4

  12. jimmy shaker says:

    Bourque skating right now and Betterman not screwing the boys for game 5 back in boston…..it will be a 7:30pm start, not another 12:30 ridiculous matinee. NBC must have shuffled it’s roller derby finals coverage.

    Shaker out!

    • Strummer says:

      NBC is is broadcasting the PGA Players Championship which is also known as the “5th Major”.
      It’s a marquee event, hardly roller derby.
      Ratings -wise it will dwarf NHL hockey

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

  13. mdp2011 says:

    It is going to be an amazing Stanley Cup final this year with Chicago Black Hawks vs Montreal Canadiens!!!!

  14. Whitey Whitey Whitey!

    GAME DAYS BOYS, YELL AT THE BELL!

    GO HABS GO

    Shane Oliver
    @sholi2000
    http://www.sholi2000.com
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Brandon Predators

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

    The Cup needs to come back to Canada. The NHL looks at the Canadian teams as their bankroll while the Cup is used to sell hockey south of the border. It’s time for Stanley to come back home.

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  16. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Yet again, all the number crunching, stats guys, and advanced analysis are proven to be useless when up against a heroic goaltender.. Quick leads the Kings to their 6th straight win while being outplayed…

    With the exception of Chicago, all cup champs post lockout have had all world goaltending… Performances that rank among the best all time…

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      I still think the Hawks Dominate if they meet in the WCF

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • doc359 says:

      You do realize that according to the advanced Stats the Kings are one of the best in the league right?

    • Chris says:

      At some point, we have to stop claiming that the performance rank among the best of all time. Maybe the better statement is that goaltending on the whole is simply many orders of magnitude better than it was even 20 years ago, and the gap between the best goalies and the average goalies isn’t wide enough to slide a tooth-pick.

      Jonathan Quick, Marc-Andre Fleury, Henrik Lundqvist, Tuuka Rask, Carey Price, Corey Crawford…all of them are playing at the highest level. In last night’s game, Hiller gave up two goals: a breakaway 30 seconds in against one of the best goal-scorers in the NHL (Marian Gaborik), and an unstoppable rocket slapshot from the top of the circle that deflected off the defenceman.

      In last year’s final, Corey Crawford was phenomenal conceding 15 goals while stopping 93.3% of the shots he faced. But Rask was also exceptional, conceding 16 goals while stopping 93.2% of the 234 shots he faced in the 6 game series.

      If you go back to the conference semifinals, Tomas Vokoun wasn’t outstanding in the first two losses, but in Games 3 and 4 he absolutely stood on his head, stopping 95.3% of the 64 shots, and giving up just 3 goals. Yet he still had two losses hung on him by the Bruins.

      Henrik Lundqvist is a great example…he’s given up 2 or fewer goals in 8 of his team’s 10 games. Yet the Rangers are just 5-3 in those games because the other teams have been getting elite goaltending.

      I’m not disagreeing with you that you need hot goaltending. But the teams that have been winning the Stanley Cup aren’t doing it purely on goaltending. Chicago was 6th in the playoffs in goals per game last season, while the Kings were 3rd in the year they won. Boston featured a very balanced and powerful offence in 2011, as did Chicacog in 2010, Pittsburgh in 2009, Detroit in 2008, Anaheim in 2007 and Carolina in 2006.

      You can’t win the Stanley Cup without good goaltending. But you also can’t win without a great offence in the playoffs.

  17. third generation haber says:

    What would damage the loud mouth Bruins more than anything would be a shut-out in game 3. Even if it’s just 1-0 (goal by White!), Price shutting them out for 60 minutes would cause so much frustration, stick squeezing, and second-guessing that they’d completely lose their composure in game 4. Especially if Price in the post-game presser comments that he doesn’t “recall facing any difficult shots”.

    I feel, even though they are a superior team, the pressure is entirely on them and they could lose this series.

    If we score the first goal in game 3, the sweat will start to build on the back of their necks.

    j.p. murray

    • Kooch7800 says:

      If the habs can get a lead and hold the lead the entire game and not collapse in the 3rd I think that will be a big cause of frustration to the Bruins. The habs have to play smart and capitalize on their chances as well as the PP.

      Tuuka should be distracted enough with the new baby they need to be all over him

      • Shackles says:

        Agreed. The Bruins are more resilient with their constant pressure but are more proned to losing their composure and getting rattled than the Habs. I think if the Habs get a good lead and are actually able to keep the pressure on during the latter part of the game, the B’s will get off their game and Rask will have a little Bryzgalov moment where his confidence sinks.

      • Just a Habs Fan says:

        Yes I am sure Rask will be thinking of his new baby all game long. What kind of mind works this way. Habs will win only if they play lights out and Carey is brilliant. The Bruins are a superior team and we need to play flawless to beat them. Why can’t most fans see that our Habs are not ready yet to take a serious playoff run especially against the bog physical teams. It just isn’t going to happen…..yet

      • boing007 says:

        Rask got out of Boston just in time. No sleep deprivation from a crying baby.

        Richard R

  18. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Watched off the record last night and a guest blamed Don Cherry for the Subban haters.. Said he showed his celebrations and questions whether teammates liked him many times and said Canadian media jumped on board…

    I am actually entertained by Don, more of a comedy act, but does he have that much influence?

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Hockey Night in Canada were the epicentre of that disease – no doubt about it. Not just Cherry – the whole lot of them.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        I find Kypreos the biggest anti Hab in all sports media in Canada.

        Doug Maclean loves the Habs, but that might be because our fellow Islander Gerard Gallant is there… He does mention him ever time he gets all gushy over the Habs!

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

        • CH Marshall says:

          Interesting- because apparently he’s close buddies with PK and hangs out with him inthe summers

        • Strummer says:

          I listen to Hockey Central regularly and I dont see any anti-Hab bias in Kypreos.
          Do you have examples or are you just biased yourself regarding Toronto based broadcasters?

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

    • third generation haber says:

      Yes, but Cherry isn’t trying to be funny; he comes by his idiocy honestly.

      j.p. murray

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        I dunno, on the Grapeline he was always so much more calm than Coaches Corner.. He’d pronounce names properly.. It was like Saturday nights he gets so revved up he speaks nonsense (but he is better than Denny Potvin at least)

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • mdp2011 says:

      Unfortunately, he does. There are people who watch him and take every word as gospel, no matter how dumb, racist or stupid it is.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        I couldn’t imagine taking him seriously.. He makes great points sometimes, but he is so biased.. How could he be taken seriously by anyone? I suppose that’s why people don’t like him, because despite his ridiculousness he does get taken seriously.. Me and the GF laugh pretty hard.. She called him a cartoon version of himself.

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

      • Ozmodiar says:

        Cherry’s message is a simple one, and is often repeated, so it appeals to the broadest audience. The simpler the message, the more widely it is accepted.

        … kinda like how surveys are written for a grade 6 audience.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Was the old Forum smaller or was Lafleur that fast? He looks 2014 fast on the classic goal…

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

        • Chris says:

          Lafleur was quick, and it helped that most of the other guys were brutal skaters by today’s standards.

          The thing that always gets me when I watch clips pre-1990: watch how few of the skaters are skating backwards with any competency. When you see guys rushing through the neutral zone, the forwards are usually skating with them, instead of skating backwards sweeping at the puck over and over.

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            Always looks to have ‘light legs’ (not really sure how to explain it) ya know, effortless skating, a little half stride by Guy is as powerful as,2-3 strides from other players.. That’s the best I can explain it hahha

            Ahhhh the days of optional backchecking and trading 3 on 2’s all game long…

            ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • Chris says:

      Don Cherry taking anybody to task for discriminating comments is basically akin to Keith Richards running anti-drug spots. Let’s be serious…the guy is the biggest offender of them all. And a significant number of Canadians absolutely lap up his offensive drivel.

    • Coach K says:

      In my opinion, Don Cherry is a hypocrite – period.

      The fact is, there is no bigger self-promoter in all of hockey than ‘ole Don himself. Yet, he has the nerve to call out P.K.Subban for allegedly “hot-dogging” (self-promoting for lack of a better term)! I once had respect for what Don had to say but now I see him for what he is.

      Time for the old man to go away and be quiet.

      —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  19. FormalWare says:

    3.0 THOUGHTS
    =========

    1.0: This lent me a reassuring perspective, when it occurred to me, this morning: The Habs come into Game 3 of the Bruins series much as they came into Game 3 of the Lightning series. They didn’t play particularly well in the first two games, in the other team’s barn, and everyone agrees they must make some adjustments.

    2.0: The key adjustment the Habs made vs. Tampa in Games 3 & 4 involved the neutralization of the Stamkos line. That was fairly straightforward to achieve, with the luxury of last change. Vs. Bruins, the key adjustment is to shut down (or cut down) the scoring opportunities of their defense corps. This won’t be easy, as the Boston D-men who can hurt them are dispersed over several pairings: Krug, Boychuk, Chara and (most particularly) Hamilton.

    3.0: I dislike Don Cherry, but he’s right about at least one thing: “Cover the points, boys! Whaddaya doin’? You’re leavin’ ‘em wide open!”


    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  20. habsguru says:

    all this crazy “Habs were badly outplayed” …….

    what’s the opposite of rose coloured glasses?

    Badly outplayed enough to win in double OT….

    Badly outplayed enough to have a two goal lead through 2 1/2 periods…..

    I’m not one to be over optomistic, but THEY WON THE FIRST GAME, and lost a 12:30 start that the controlled at least half of. A REASON not an excuse, how many 12:30 starts did they play in this year? think about it.

    • third generation haber says:

      The stats don’t lie. The Bruins direct far more shot attempts at our net than we do at theirs (blocked, missed, otherwise). This is explained by more possession, which is easily explained by their winning puck battles through brute force. They are, the rest of the league knows this, the beasts of the east.

      The long-range stats for teams that get out-chanced and out-possessed regularly are telling (see Toronto Maple-Leafs).

      Therrien knows this and wisely coaches this team to not lose: clog the neutral zone, collapse to our net, stay out of the box, and hope for PP chances.

      The good news is we could still win this series despite being outplayed, Toronto nearly did it last year.

      I think our team deserves an A+ so far for overcoming the obvious disadvantages we face against this big Bruins team, all guts no glory (except a bit for PK maybe).

      j.p. murray

      • Habies says:

        The stats usually lie. Don’t be a nerd fan, be a heart fan.

      • habsguru says:

        shots directed doesn’t qualify them as high percentage shots, and doesn’t mean they won a puck battle (could have been from a face off win, or a line change dump in). explain how lobbing random muffins towards Price dictates dominance?

  21. CJ says:

    Good morning folks.

    Not sure if anyone else had trouble sleeping last night, but I sure did. I can’t believe, at 35, that someone could be this nervous/excited for a hockey game. I feel like a kid on the last day of school. At 2:00 pm, I’m out the door, picking up my buddy and heading east bound and down.

    I am a creature of habit and have almost always grabbed pints at the ye olde orchard pub before the game. I don’t think I want to change this routine, as it is generally successful. I was thinking about the Irish Embassy, but who can afford to take the chance. This is the playoffs afterall.

    Looking forward to puck drop. Everything, until that point, will only be a blur….. Cheers, CJ

  22. Ozmodiar says:

    Not sure if this has been asked, but did anyone see the hit where Bourque received his “flu”?

  23. Maritime Ronn says:

    No word on how Subban’s right hand is doing.
    He was in obvious distress.

    What’s the over/under for Bruins slashing on PK’s hand?
    22 seconds?
    Less?

  24. shiram says:

    I’ll be having veggie soup tonight.
    Boring uh?
    Here’s hoping the game provides the excitement.

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      Not boring at all. For health reasons I had to eliminate dairy and refined sugar.. and likely reduced meat, possibly eliminate… Discovering lots of great foods, feeling much better too.

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

      • shiram says:

        It’s pretty boring to me, as a meal, but for digestion it’s great!
        Compromises are to be made, as we get older.

        • Mr_MacDougall says:

          If you enjoy chili, there are some amazing recipes (I assume, I don’t micromanage her cooking lol) online. Instead of a chicken wrap use black beans… Oats for breakfast (as much protein as chicken, so I’m told) Restaurants are the toughest

          ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

          • frontenac1 says:

            Hey amigo! I’ve heard a strict diet of Bourbon and Beef does wonders for your health. Just don’t go Bass fishing without a lifejacket. Saludos!

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            Someday I’ll be back, with blood red AAA steak and room temperature Weisers Deluxe.

            ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

        • Mr_MacDougall says:

          Sloppy ‘chick pea’ Joe hahhaha I had that last week.. Not bad, I guess..

          ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Just call it minestrone and it won’t sound so boring.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

  25. ooder says:

    does anybody know if they are showing the game at metropolis again?

  26. HabinBurlington says:

    Chrisadiens, not sure if you are online this morning but Happy Birthday today bud! Let’s hope the Canadiens gift wrap for you a big win tonight!

    CHeers!

  27. arcosenate says:

    Just a brief not of condolence for Boone’s Liverpool side, on a positive note, they made the Habs melt down seem positively trivial…

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Caught the last 20 minutes of that game and couldn’t believe what I saw. Unbelievable. Man. City plays Aston Villa tomorrow, perhaps there is still a chance that Villa provide an equal shocker to City.

  28. rhino514 says:

    You can only get so many breaks.
    Habs were dominated in game one, and still thoroughly outplayed 5 on 5 in game 2, but their special teams made it close.
    They really should be down 2-0, so in essence, we are getting more of the breaks so far.
    If we can simply stay close to them 5 on 5 the way we showed we could do in the regular season, we already have an extra game won which we shouldn´t have; if the breaks don´t start tilting to their side, we have a chance.
    I personally think that to REALLY have a chance we have to win the next two games at home. They are just too strong in Boston.

    I still feel two things have to happen: We need to go at least +2 in overtime games, and Price has to equal or better Rask´s stats.
    You can bet that if we are to have a chance, there needs to be at least one more overtime game and we need to win it.

    Not down on our guys at all; they are playing against the best hockey team in the league. I think we wouldn´t be getting dominated by any other team in the league given the character we have on this team. But the Bruins have a great hockey team.

  29. Paz says:

    It seems to me that we need to get the puck deep, use our speed, and pressure the Bruins defence.

    Of course we keep 1 man high at all times, but the forecheck has to have some bite to it.

    Once we switched over to a 1 man forecheck last game, the Bruins exited their zone with ease, got the puck deep on us, and their forecheck game took over.

    You can not beat the Bruins if they are the ones getting most of the forechecking time in your zone.

    I think we can get this done. I think we have been doing it all year on them and the Habs know they can do it again.

    I also think that the Habs energy will be very high tonight, obviously, and it was severely lacking the last 10 minutes in Boston.

    Look for an aggressive forechecking scheme from the good guys.

    That is the Simple Man’s key to a Habs victory.

    • Forum Dog says:

      A good and effective forecheck is definitely key IMO. They are not pressuring the Boston D enough, and making it pretty easy for them to exit the zone. Each line needs to have one big body that can get in there and threaten the Bruins D physically. Moen, Weise, Eller, Bourque, Pacioretty (right?). Make them take a hit to make a play. Eventually, it will result in turnovers. That is basically what the Bruins are doing to the Habs….

    • Chris says:

      I will add two other requirements:

      1) Regardless of whether people want to blame Price (silly), the defence (equally silly) or the team (the smart choice), the Habs need to give up two goals or fewer. No breakdowns. The Bruins are too good to not score, but Montreal has to find a way to keep that to a minimum, because Rask is settling into his groove, as are the Bruins’ defence corps. And that is one heck of a groove to try to get them out of.

      2) Whatever mysterious malady has been affecting the other lines, they’ve got to get skating. Thus far in this series, the Eller line has been the only consistent offensive threat. If that doesn’t change, Montreal’s going to exit with a whimper. If the forecheck you mention is what is required to get them going, so be it. But now would be a great time for Pacioretty to start another of his patented hot streaks. And I wouldn’t mind seeing some more offensive zone time from the Plekanec line.

      • Paz says:

        Agreed on all your points. It’s time for Max and Vanek to get their feet moving, bring some sustained energy and LEADERSHIP to the ice. They can’t afford to stop moving their feet against the Bruins.

        Plekanec? He seems so committed to his defensive game that offence has become a secondary priority. I agree. We need Plekanec chipping in 5 on 5.

        • Chris says:

          That was my fear going into the series, the secondary scoring war between Bergeron and Plekanec. Both are elite defensive forwards, but Bergeron has always seemed to find a way to keep scoring in the playoffs while Plekanec’s scoring seems to slump when he’s forced into shutting down the best players.

          He did well in the Tampa series, but he hasn’t generated much in the way of offence in this series. Meanwhile, Bergeron has a goal and 3 points in 2 games, and he is now +5. His line is the one that is doing all the damage to the Habs, yet again.

        • Forum Dog says:

          I’d like to see Plekanec stay assigned to Bergeron’s line, but get up-sized on the wing(s). Weise and/or Moen are bigger guys who can skate and play both ends of the ice. Be interesting to see how effective a line like that could be in a shutdown role. Something like:

          Moen/Bournival-Plekanec-Gionta/Weise

          If Moen on the LW, put Gionta on the RW. If Bournival on the LW, put Weise on the RW. Give them one job – pester Bergeron, Marchand and Reilly, and put the body on them whenever the opportunity presents itself.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I have no idea but Hamilton’s goal resulted from a 2-man forecheck gone wrong.

      Bourque beat the icing, and Eller went in behind the net as well.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

      • Forum Dog says:

        That is true. Eller is actually a bit prone to that (overaggressive) and needs to be smarter.

        Some of the other lines do need to demonstrate a greater willingness to initiate contact though. You won’t beat the Bruins if you’re afraid to take the puck from them.

  30. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    A little Double Trouble tonight!
    GO Habs GO!
    GO HABS GO!!

  31. 24AW says:

    Habs may win couple more games, but I can’t see them winning the series unless Boston has a melt down.
    earlier in the year I said the Habs are two 20 goal scores away from winning the Cup, that’s how close they are …

    • Le Jadester says:

      I’m hoping for some spark/moment where the series changes momentum and we start taking it to them and they’re on their heels ?

      Don’t know if that will happen or not ?

      Habs, OLE !

  32. Strummer says:

    600th!

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

  33. boing007 says:

    Mats Naslund on TSN 690 in the next two minutes.

    Richard R

  34. habs-fan-84 says:

    I get this weird sense fans have already given up on the team, or lost hope. No doubt, it was a tough loss on Saturday and we blew an opportunity to go up 2-0 in the series. That said, I liked what I saw from player interviews yesterday as well as Therrien’s press conference. The boys look loose and that’s a very good thing.

    Bell Centre will be insane tonight, let’s hope the boys can pot an early one! This thing ain’t over yet. Habs in 6!

    GO HABS GO

  35. Storman says:

    Some Clam Chara,, with Steamed Torey Krug legs, definitely have to finish off all my Claude Julienne vegetables,, followed up with finishing what’s left of the Boston Cream Pie,,

  36. Luke says:

    Good Morning Folks!

    I’ve got my fancy coffee which, at 5 & 1, has a better Habs record than Matty does.

  37. Ozmodiar says:

    just a small pet peeve….

    Why is it that when practice lines are provided in HiO blogs, the wingers are placed randomly on either side of the center. RW, LW? Doesn’t matter.

  38. DipsyDoodler says:

    OK folks, game day meals.

    List yours here.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  39. Ozmodiar says:

    I hope the Habs sneak someone into Murray’s sleeping quarters to whisper this refrain while he sleeps:

    “it’s okay to commit a suspendable offense,
    it’s okay to commit a suspendable offense,
    …”

  40. Ozmodiar says:

    I’ve got a feeling we’re going to see a Rask meltdown sometime soon.

  41. Prop says:

    Price’s weakness… shoot high.
    Rask’s weakness… shoot it at the net.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  42. JF says:

    I like that the Habs are giving the Bruins and the media nothing in this series, that they’re not responding to Julien’s complaints about the officiating and the Habs getting away with things or to Hamilton’s and Krug’s sallies about Price’s “weakness” high glove side. They just need to keep focused on the task in hand, let the Bruins say whatever they want and possibly distract themselves with trash-talking. It looks like both Therrien and the players learned from last year’s series with Ottawa.

  43. 24 Cups says:

    Flashback to Saturday afternoon. Shawn Thornton’s ability to come back in the third period of game two after sustaining a twisted knee may have just ended Montreal’s playoff drive. His return to the bench helped rally his teammates. This was followed up by a major pep talk along the front of the bench during a TV commercial break. Boston caught it’s second wind and then went on to score three unanswered goals in half a dozen minutes. That was all she wrote for the Habs.

    I’m certainly not a half miler or a quitter, but you somehow get the feeling that the momentum shift in favour of the Bruins may just have given Boston what they needed to take back the series. All because a 4th line plugger made an inspirational return to the ice to revive his team’s wounded spirit.

    That was three days ago after s stunning defeat. What about now, after a few days of reflection? Two thoughts come to mind. The Habs must find a way to stifle Boston’s ability to move through all three zones with little effort or resistance. Stop all the tic-tack-to passes and criss cross puck movement that allows Boston to spend so much time in Montreal’s end. Secondly, Montreal has to stop playing in their end like they were on the penalty kill for a full 60 minutes. No goalie, whether it be Price or Roy, can handle that kind of action on a consistent basis for seven games.

    In a nutshell, Montreal has to find a way to level the playing field.

    24.4 Cups

    • JF says:

      Steve – The Habs have demonstrated a lot of character and resilience this season, and Therrien has been able to make adjustments after losses. He has last change tonight, so he should be able to get match-ups that give our players a bit more room. Saturday was a tough loss, but other teams have shown the ability to rebound. Look at the Black Hawks, losing their first two games against St. Louis in OT when they were leading in both with only seconds to play. Or the Kings. I think our team also will find an answer.

      • 24 Cups says:

        I agree, Jane. I just feel the Habs must find a way to even out the time spent in each team’s zone, the shots on net and scoring opportunities. The series may be split right now but Boston has held the edge in both games. Montreal has to turn that tide and reverse the momentum shift.

        24.4 Cups

    • HabinBurlington says:

      When I saw Thornton return, I turned to my Bruin buddy and said that it is big for you guys, he just responded with a grin and said Yup. May have not seemed like much, but he is a big part of the leadership group on that team, and his return was indeed noteworthy.

      • Cal says:

        He’s such a “leader” he charged PK from behind and missed. Buck the Fruins.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Didn’t say I liked him Cal, but he is indeed a big part of their group. His presence keeps Lucic from having to answer for much of his actions. I don’t like it, but I do think he has influence.

          • Luke says:

            Yah, Thornton is an important player for them.

            He sort of embodies what the Bruin psyche is. The tough as nails 4th line underdog who gets by on hard work, not skill.

            Everyone looks at him and feeds off of it. Skill guys start adding a little sandpaper to their game etc…

            Of course, guys like Marchand ratchet up the Ratness knowing that Thornton won’t back down from anyone, and will go out seeking revenge for any slight regardless of who started it.
            (You pushed Marchand after he cross checked you from behind? That’s a paddlin’).

            That said, the guy is only likeable if he is on your team or away from hockey. (I’m sure he is a pretty pleasant fellow)

          • frontenac1 says:

            He is more of a myth since Scott tuned him last year. He has had 10 fights this year and won only one against Krys Barch back in Nov. It was a narrow win also. He is 36 yrs old and clearly not an intimidating force anymore in Enforcement circles.Murray could give him a good go imo. Saludos!

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Cups

      It’s almost hockey human nature to sit back and be careful when there is a 2 goal lead.

      First, the players know full well the refs are just looking to even things up. No one wants to be the goat and get called for a penalty.

      Secondly, no player wants to go deep – get caught up the ice and be responsible for an odd man rush leading to a goal.

      So the supposed ‘safe play’ is to sit back and be careful
      That stuff must drive a coach crazy.

    • Cal says:

      I don’t think a 4th liner changes the game all that much, besides splatting himself while attempting to injure PK from behind. 1 assist in 7 games does not indicate an impact player. But, he does have the intangibles. EDIT- SHAWN Thornton is a first class a-hole.


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