One day before the Canadiens and Boston Bruins face off in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference best-of-seven quarterfinal. Expect the 142nd consecutive sellout of the Bell Centre to be vocal in its support of the Habs, and disapproving of all things black and gold.
Montreal head coach Guy Carbonneau meets the media mid-afternoon today prior to his team’s Bell Centre practice.
Claude Julien’s Bruins skate in Boston, then arrive in Montreal late afternoon or early evening. We’ll have updates along the way today. But to start you off, here’s a roundup of some of the day’s coverage:
• Dave Stubbs: Getting inside Bruins captain Zdeno Chara’s head a key for Canadiens
• Stubbs: Christopher Higgins on how the playoffs absorb a player in and out of uniform
• Pat Hickey: Baptism of fire for Habs’ young guns
• Hickey: Boston coach Julien the underdog once more
• Mike Boone: Bleu, blanc, rouge in the red? I don’t think so
• The Gazette’s Bill Brownstein: Too little, too late for Toronto Broadcasting Corp.
• The Gazette’s Brendan Kelly: CBC looks to Habs for ratings boost
• Canoe.ca: Journal de Montréal coverage en français
• Cyberpresse.ca: La Presse coverage en français
• Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe: No more three-point games
• Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe: Thomas, Price new to playoff wars
• Shinzawa: Bruins notebook
• Steve Conroy, Boston Herald: ‘Old man’ Thomas ready to rumble
• Conroy: Bergeron OK at full speed
• Stephen Harris, Boston Herald: Bruins report card
• Harris: Controlling pace of play key for Bruins
• The Hockey News (Bill Beacon, CP): Bruins should beware Habs’ fearsome power play