Game 14 (adds audio): Bruins toy with Habs

In yer face: Boston’s Milan Lucic taunts a Canadiens fan after scoring the Bruins’ fifth goal.
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RAW AUDIO:    Koivu   Price   Kovalev

Dr. Jekyll? May we introduce you to Mr. Hyde?

A horrible game by the Canadiens against Toronto last Saturday. A brilliant game against Ottawa on Tuesday. A brutal game against Boston tonight.

So we’ll have a brilliant effort by the Habs Saturday at home against Philadelphia, then a rotten game Sunday in St. Louis.

Will the real Canadiens please stand up?

Or at least, show up?

The Boston Bruins, playing their second game in less than 24 hours, made mincemeat out of the rested Canadiens at TD Banknorth Garden, outskating their visitors and pretty much humiliating them with a 6-1 victory.

Below: Bruins’ Milan Lucic and Canadiens’ Mike Komisarek fight, with decidedly partial Bruins commentary.



The good news, you ask? Well, Michael Ryder didn’t score… but he did have an assist. And they’re very happy in Kahnawake on Montreal’s south shore, where Bruins fans outnumber Habs supporters by a healthy number.

The Bruins (10-3-3) were the steamroller and the Canadiens (9-3-2) the grape.

Boston jumped out to a 4-0 lead on goals by Shawn Thornton, Stéphane Yelle and two by Marco Sturm before Montreal captain Saku Koivu took advantage of a little sloppy work by Boston goalie Manny Fernandez to score on a wraparound and put Montreal on the board late in the second period.

Any momentum (don’t laugh) that Koivu’s goal generated evaporated less than five minutes into the third when human battleship Milan Lucic made it 5-1.

A very peeved Mike Komisarek took on Lucic without gloves not long afterward, the two players having scrapped long and hard throughout the Eastern Conference quarterfinal last season. And the Bruins came out on the long end of tonight’s battle, too, Lucic badly bloodying his right fist likely on Komo’s helmet.

Then 6-1, Yelle bagging his second of the night on a frigid Carey Price.

If Tuesday’s 4-0 whitewash of Ottawa was nearly perfect, in the words of head coach Guy Carbonneau, this one was perfectly ghastly, start to finish.

Hoo boy, it could be a fun practice Friday…


  1. REB says:

    Damn global warming!

  2. 24 Cups says:

    I just saw the long range weather forecast for the rest of November. You better get your snow tires on asap – it’s going to snow like hell this winter up in Sutton!

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  3. habsguy says:

    I’ve been here long enough to know you are a huge hab fan..I was kidding although I think you knew that !!!!!!

  4. B says:

    Ryder has 2 goals and 6 assists in 15 games.

  5. Mr.Hazard says:

    No, it tells you when it didn’t work 🙂

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  6. ebk says:

    nice pregame post, Mr. Kerley.

  7. Hockey11 says:

    If only. We would be a better team.

  8. santeri says:

    I don’t think he can hear you with the three Cup rings in his ears.

  9. DMAN says:

    How do you change history again? Gimme some tips I could use some for my own life!
    Individual records are nice to get, but before the season starts, you want to play to win the Stanley Cup! ~ Guy Lafleur

  10. gauvinator says:

    I heard somebody say (it may have been one of those goofy TSN Sportscentre guys) that Boston should lose it’s “Original Six” status when they screwed up the lines at the garden earlier this year. I agree.

    Mind you, as I think of it, wasn’t it the Bell Centre guys who screwed up the boards, allowing a crazy rebound and a terrible goal on Price? Actually, even though it was weeks after her performances, I blame Celine Dion for that one.

  11. 24 Cups says:

    habsguy – lol. No need to worry, I’m a Canadiens’ fan first, and a lover of the game second. However, it’s always best to analyze your opponent before you go into combat. Just being totally honest about how I view the Bruins (or any other team) right now. There’s more to being a Habs’ fan than just chanting Go Habs Go!

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  12. Ian Cobb says:

    Your right 24 and that little shit disturber Savard that they call the weasel from the Oshawa Generals can put the puck in the net, he is there main threat if we don’t use the body on him tonight.

    If we show up with the same attitude tonight as in Ottawa, we will be alright. If not we will get smoked.

  13. Andrew Sharpe says:

    I wonder if Gainey’s buddy Carbo hadn’t been available, would Julien still be the coach of the Montreal Canadiens?

  14. Ian Cobb says:

    OK what the heck is this, I try to vote on the site and no cigar!!!How do you vote on this all star page. Not the sharpest tack on the floor, but I can not figure this out.

  15. habsguy says:

    Ummmmmm, I thought to site was for hab fans ????

  16. Moey says:

    I heard on the radio this morning that Ryder only has three goals so far, not great for 4 mil a year. I wish him the best, but not tonight!

  17. RetroMikey says:

    This match will see if we really are a good team as everyone labels us.
    I always have this fear when our team plays in Beantown and it goes back to the 70’s.
    You got to give credit to Boston, grit and character on this team.
    They are a good team and will be up there to contend with us in the Eastern Conference.
    A tough original six old fashioned match.
    Claude Julien should be applauded for turning Boston to a contender the past couple of years.
    Boston plays hard game in and out and let this be a lesson to our Habs, that other teams are waiting in the wings to dethrone us as Eastern Conference champions as well as our division.
    Good luck guys and no whining, no stupid penalties.
    Play hard tonight and you will be rewarded.

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  18. nightmare_49 says:

    Steve – Impressive pre-game and i’m glad you have changed your mind on Wheeler and i see you have read Dupont.

  19. moser17 says:

    Good post, but the spoiler for Boston is Thomas: as amazing as he can be, he has always seemed to fold against the Habs, allowing 4 or 5 goals. We’ll see tonight …

  20. nightmare_49 says:

    The NHL Morning Papers (Thursday Edition) : Vandermeer out 6 to 8 weeks, Briere out Again with Groin this Time and Jim Matheson .. By Richard Pollock ….. ………………………….. Last Nights Puck Daddy’s NHL Three Stars : 1 – Alexander Semin/ Caps 2 – Tim Thomas/Bruins 3 – Marek Svatos/Avs …………. and honorable mention to 24 Cups for his great Bruin Summary. …………………………… The Empty Netters : Jeff Drouin-Deslaurier has been Overnight Sensation, Garth Murray showing Grit for the Yotes and Eric Staal off to Slow Start .. by Seth Rorabaugh …..

  21. Habs4Me says:

    you mean the 20+ votes i’ve done so far were for nothing?

  22. 24 Cups says:

    It sure looks like the Bruins have turned the corner – these guys are now for real. Boston’s record is very similar to ours so far this year. They have a great blend of young and experience – only way they could improve would be if Brian Burke was to become President and GM:-)

    – Boston’s talent base in moving in the right direction. Their young forwards are as good if not better than ours
    – team is off to a great start and have a harmonious atmosphere under the guidance of coach Julien
    – lots of good kids in the system: Rask, Hamill, Marchand, Colburne, Sobotka, Nelson
    – they have three well balanced lines and a checking line comprised of Thornton,/Yelle/Kobasew
    – Ryder could soon find himself at #3 on the depth chart for RW
    – I’ve never been a big Marco Sturm fan, but he’s the real deal
    – Chara is arguably the best Dman in the east. Only Markov and Green are close. Along with Wideman, they both log over 25 minutes a game
    – the Bruins defense doesn’t look awesome on paper (depth drops off) but have been great so far on the ice
    – Thomas is on fire and Fernandez has bounced back – he could be great trade bait at the deadline
    – Boston has a decent PP (Bergeron is back) but their PK is subpar – good chance for the Habs to break through in that department (BTW, the rules allow a team to shoot as well as pass on a PP)
    – still on the hook for Schaefer ($2.1 mil) and Murray ($1.38 mil) for two more years on cap buyouts, although the money spent on Savard and Chara seems to be a good investment by today’s new standards
    – Bruins will come ready to rumble, I’d dress Begin if I were Carbo. Laraque will get a chance to shine here as well. Komi and O’Byrne will have to stop the Bruins from running Price and invading/parking in the crease
    – Lucic is really turning into a clutch player – skates, hits, scores, and terrorizes the opposition (remember last year’s playoffs)
    – Wheeler looks like a great free agent pickup, sure wish he had signed with us
    – Axelsson, of all people, scored the winner in last night’s shootout in Chicago
    – the days of Boston being Montreal’s doormat may be coming to an end. If the goaltending holds up, they should be able to make the playoffs and then possibly kick up some dust

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  23. Mr.Hazard says:

    Just an FYI: you can’t vote more than once per minute… Don’t ask how I learned that, you know the answer 🙂

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  24. Steve C. says:

    looks like there’s a group stuffing ballots for Dallas as well. All the Stars players have either taken over their positions or are closing in. Turco now leads, Ribeiro (ugh, i don’t want to see him start at the all-star game) and Morrow are 1-2, with Modano closing in fast on the 3rd spot. Robidas is closing in extremely fast on Lidstrom, and Zubov is getting more and more momentum.

  25. Bugs says:

    Oops, wrong page.
    Bruinies? Be prepared. Think the Boys still got more to give after Ottawer spanking. Just a feeling.
    Link still pertinent though.
    Peace Out
    Lord Bugs Potter, esq. Earl of Fluppitburg, Baron of Flopshlupshire and Knight of the Flannel Republic.

  26. Bugs says:

    Seeing all Habs in starting lineup at the All Star game would drive the place completely bonkers. Hey, I’m all for bonkers.
    More on Hab Superiority as “Canadiens pull themselves out of the mire”
    Read below for +/- on the Priceberg.
    Peace Out
    Lord Bugs Potter, esq. Earl of Fluppitburg, Baron of Flopshlupshire and Knight of the Flannel Republic.

  27. JF says:

    RDS reported that at practice yesterday the team was very focused and serious, not joking around the way you might expect after a big win. This means that Carbo’s message got through, and it’ll be a while before they take any team lightly. They’d better be ready for tonight’s game, because this year’s Bruins are at least as good as they are. The only advantage the Habs have is that Boston played in another city less than 24 hours ago (not that it helped them against Anaheim). The Bruins’ defense is stifling, so it should be a close, low-scoring game.

  28. Mike from Ktown says:

    That is so dirty,

    only a few more steps to make it completely automated

  29. says:

    Yes, I just got my 20 votes in for each Canadien. I guess no one is awake at 4 in the morning, NOICE!
    God Bless Our Infantry

  30. Steve C. says:

    well that’s my point, that it is indeed possible to get all 6 Red Wings players along with all 6 Canadiens players

  31. Steve C. says:

    you never know. Rory Fitzpatrick almost made it to the game 2 years ago.

  32. SlovakHab says:

    There will be no such thing in the All Stars game as Habs 6 vs Wings 6, because Osgood will not make it there.
    He’s not a good goalie..

    Anyway, thank you very much for that, I vote early and vote often!!

  33. originalsix says:

    Ok guys, one of the awesome posters over at (Tom Kostopolous) has written a little javascript, that when pasted into the voting page, will automatically choose All the habs players and all of the Wings players for the West – and it will automatically submit your choices. Then you just go back and repeat.

    1) Create your account for the All Star Ballot Page.
    2) Sign into the page.
    3) At the voting page, delete the current address in the address bar and enter the following:

    javascript:players=new Array(8459442,8458529,8467338,8469460,8467496,8471679);for (x in players){p=player_info[players[x]];p.nhl_id=players[x];addPlayerToBallot(player_info[players[x]], ‘eastern’);}players=new Array(8467514,8466148,8468083,8457063,8467856,8458568);for (x in players){p=player_info[players[x]];p.nhl_id=players[x];addPlayerToBallot(player_info[players[x]], ‘western’);}document.getElementById(‘edit-vote-button’).click();

    Hit enter, it will auto-populate the players we want (All habs and Wings)
    And it will submit your choices automatically

    4) Go back to vote again and repeat (with that same code above)

    Vote Early Folks, and Vote Often!

  34. Steve C. says:

    thanks for the support.

    Habies, you might want to check out my idea about Habs vs. Wings. it could make history. Mikko Koivu will play either way. The coaches are bound to select him.

  35. Kaptain K says:

    Dont think theyre blocking nething, ive voted like 20 times in a row just now…..


    lets make history

    “Dont make Kovy angry… wont like him when hes angry”

  36. Habies says:

    Note to all who think there’s an NHL (Bettman infested) conspiracy to block the Habs getting all six spots from banning MTL-rooted computers.
    I’ve voted two times from here in KABUL :11am here, 1:30am in Montreal.
    Pas de problemes! It’s actually the fastest thing I’ve been able to do online while out here in quite a while…

    Idea: I say we try to get Hamrlik up there into spot#3 and Mikko Koivu as the starting center for the West. That should be the way to go.

    Keep on Rocking in the Free World,

  37. Steve C. says:

    vote for the Red Wings and we can have a historic Habs vs. Wings start to the game!

  38. Habs2win says:

    now is the best time to vote. very fast. I voted 6 times, all my habs, yes all 6 of the habs on the ballot are going to start the game. habs vs western conference!

  39. JIMVINNY says:

    have some confidence, man. In case you missed it, last night we played our own little game of shut-down against much more talent than we’ll face against the bruins. In a game where the Habs skate hard for 60 minutes, and play the game according to plan, the bruins have no chance.

    Geez, what I would give to see some optimism out of habs fans once in a while. We’re a good team!!!!

  40. TOEmastro says:

    say what you want about Montrealers, we were able to vote ourselves into the #1 spot in the world edition of Monopoly. I’m pretty sure we have it bagged for getting our boys on the starting lineup

  41. JF says:

    Help! When I try and vote, submit my email address etc., the site tells me “The username is not a valid authentification ID”. WTF?

  42. Habs2win says:

    just finished watching the bruins hawks game, which Boston won in a shootout. guys, the Bruins are for real. They look fantastic in this game, and their defence is awesome! I know some of you will be upset when I say this, but I believe the Bruins will be the team to finish first in the eastern conference. it pains me to say this, but their D is by far the best in the east. Tomorrow they will play the trap game, and they won’t give the habs any space to skate. I don’t think the habs will win tomorrow night, tho I hope they do.

  43. bigjames says:

    yup boston had some great chances but khabibulin stood on his head. i think boston had 39 shots. not to be taken lightly at all! we really need to win tomorrow to keep our division lead!

  44. Dennis says:

    Jarkko Ruutu takes a good picture. Have a look.

    Geez I’m glad he’s not on our team.

  45. doug says:

    Wheeler with an unbelievable SO goal: adding him and Bergeron (and the more quiet Ryder) to last year’s team. . . makes sense they’re solid.

    Coming down to the last two shooters right now tied 1-1 after Kane tied it up.

    Axelsson wins it IN Chicago. Impressive. This team will be with us all season. Damn.

  46. CHsam says:

    Im going to be positive from now. Yay go Lats! Go Breezer!

  47. doug says:

    Just watching end of OT in Bruins/Blackhawks game. . . going for SO.

    Man these two teams played well. The Bruins play a smothering defense, Thomas is surprisingly solid, and their offense is immensely improved. This team is for real. We’re lucky to catch them tired and after a flight tomorrow: they look every bit as good as we did last night albeit with less finesse. Extremely solid team.

  48. Mr.Hazard says:

    When did D’Agostini become (tied for) 8th in the AHL in scoring? I hope he gets a chance with us sometime soon… Deserves it.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  49. HABZ24 says:

    gotta crush the beantown bumms.embarrassed after losing to the laffs, we are back on track baby.gunna be a good game, ok time to go stuff the box,than vote for the allstar game!

  50. JIMVINNY says:

    Now’s a good time to stuff the ballot box, the site’s working pretty quickly.

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