In yer face: Boston’s Milan Lucic taunts a Canadiens fan after scoring the Bruins’ fifth goal.
Adam Hunger, Reuters
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…