Teeing up a big one

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  1. HabFanSince72 says:

    A Tuesday Morning Bruins Quiz

    1. Who is your least favourite Bruin (currently playing)?

    2. Who is your least favourite Bruin (all-time)?

    3. Who is your least favourite ex-Bruin who is currently employed by the CBC?

    4. What is your favourite memory of a Habs-Bruins game (with video link if possible)?

    5. Name something more embarrassing then the time Ray Bourque brought the Stanley Cup to Boston after Patrick Roy had won it for him.

    6. If it was possible for a rat to mate with an gorilla, in which round  would Cam Neely draft their offspring?

  2. HalifaxHabs says:

    1) Lucic, no brainer

    2) Milbury

    3) Milbury

    4) I seem to remember a huge playoff goal by Saku the last time we bounced them in the playoffs(anyone else want to hook me up with the link?)

    5) Being related to Mike Milbury

    6) 1st round with a Leaf pick

  3. Haligonian-Hab says:

    A Tuesday Morning Bruins Quiz

    1. Who is your least favourite Bruin (currently playing)?    Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald

    2. Who is your least favourite Bruin (all-time)? Mike Milbury

    3. Who is your least favourite ex-Bruin who is currently employed by the CBC? Mike Milbury, then Stock

    4. What is your favourite memory of a Habs-Bruins game (with video link if possible)?

    Richard Zednik – 2004 – Game Winner. Series Winner.

    5. Name something more embarrassing then the time Ray Bourque brought the Stanley Cup to Boston after Patrick Roy had won it for him.

    The Don Cherry Movie

    6. If it was possible for a rat to mate with an gorilla, in which round  would Cam Neely draft their offspring?

    Yes.

  4. joshua94k says:

    Montreal (AP)

    The Canadiens and Bruins battled in a tough physical game last night. The Bell Centre crowd was rocking, excited about the Canadiens coming off a strong raod trip with three wins. The Montreal team came out flying getting some close chances, outshooting the Boston team by a 5-0 margin but at the 4 minute mark Lars Eller was called for interference. The Canadiens successfully killed the penalty but at the 8 minute mark PK Subban was called for roughing. The defence of Sopul, Hamrlik and Gill prevented the Bruins from getting any rebounds and both team battled hard with the Bruins getting the edge in shots on goal with 14 – 8 at the end of the first period.

    During the 2nd period both team played a fast paced game and Mike Cammalleri scored on a two-on-one rush one-timing a Plekanac pass. At the 10 minute mark, PK Subban scored on the powerplay and the Bell Centre crowd was noisy. The Canadiens controlled the play allowing Carey Price to have a easy job of stopping shots from the perimeter and nothing in close. At the 18 minute mark, Gill was called for interference. With the Bruins on the powerplay, Mara was called for holding and the Bell Centre crowd was booing the referees. It was so loud the PA announcer could not be heard. Coach Jacques Martin stood motionless with a suprised look on his face. The Canadiens killed the two-man advantage but a minute remained which carried over to the 3rd period.  

    Early in the 3rd period, the Bell Centre crowd cheered every puck that was dumped in the Bruins zone. The Canadiens killed the penalty and then played a solid defensive game. During the midway mark, Paccioretty was tripped but no penalty was called. The crowd booed. Chara nearly scored from the point and was booed. Desharnais was uphended near the Bruins net and again no penalty was called. The Bell Centre crowd was livid. Coach Martin was writing something on his notepad and said something to assitant Kirk Muller. With seven minutes remaining Scott Gomes was called for high sticking and a misconduct for arguing with the referee. Gomez claimed Ryder was holding his stick. Kaberle and Chara manned the four minute powerplay and Ryder scored on a rebound. The Bell Centre crowd threw debris on the ice. With two minites remaining, the Bruins pulled goalie Tim Thomas and Brian Gionta outraced Chara for a loose puck and scored in the empty net to seal the victory for the Canadiens.

    This has been the story thus far during this season.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  5. observer says:

    As Meat Loaf said “3 out of 4 ain’t bad”. NOT all the brains of these players today are the “same size” as the brains of the past.

  6. Chorske says:

    Roy MacGregor. Any time someone says “a well-known person said this but wants to remain anonymous because they are afraid of backlash”, I tend to think that what that someone really means is “I couldn’t get anyone to buy into my bullshit story so I’ll just invent an unverifiable source to support my views”.

    Especially when there would be NO backlash, no consequences. Burke is on the record complaining about wanting to go back to the olde days of clutch and grab, and there have been no consequences for him.

    So Roy: I’m calling BS.

  7. RGM says:

    Can you blame them, after what we did to them last year?

    Go Habs Go!

  8. CHsam says:

    Could be an epic night on HIO

  9. Wamsley01 says:

    4. Outside of the obvious Guy Lafleur in 1979 it would have to be Naslund potting the winner in the final minute of regulation in the deciding Game 5 in 1985.

    http://www.flyershistory.com/cgi-bin/poboxscore.cgi?O19850031

  10. adamkennelly says:

    unfortunately I will have to watch this game on NESN – so I’ll be fuming before the puck drops…I’ll get to listen to jackoff edwards and mike worst gm in history milbury…my only hope is Habs come out and pump em for 3 goals early and some Booin picks a fight and loses…anything short of that is going to make for a long aggravating night.

     

     

  11. joeybarrie says:

    The Washington Capitals have gone into overtime 17 times this season against Eastern Conf opponents. They are single handedly responsible for an addition 17 points in our conference. I am starting to think they are purposefully trying to ensure opposing teams get more points so we will be stuck in 6th at the end of the season.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  12. TheDagger says:

    I’ve got it then! The NHL needs to find a way to make bigger brains!

  13. davelecave says:

    1. Gregory Campbell, not only is he dirty as anyone, but he gets away with whatever he needs to because he’s daddy’s little scumbag.

    2. Probably Milbury, but more for his dumb comments as a “journalist”.

    3. Milbury

    4. Game 7 of the 2008 playoff series, I was in the 5th row along the Boston goal line.  I was 10 feet away when Mark Streit undressed Chara and put it home to make it 2-0 Habs on the way to a glorious victory (and insane riot).

    5. More embarassing?  Actually standing up for the Boston antics and tactics in the media (Claude Julien, Stock, Milbury, Cherry, etc.)

    6. 1st round, with the Leafs first rounder.  ZING!

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    Burke also tirelessly defended the short-lived “Skate in crease” rule when he was involved with NHL Officiating that demanded that the puck had to enter the goal crease before a player could.

    You want to make the game safer? No-touch icing, expand the ice surface (not even to INTL specs, just an extra 5-10 feet) and take away the battle armour padding.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  15. Chuck says:

    CNN reports: Gadhafi is a Bruins fan.

  16. LA Loyalist says:

    Did anyone float the idea of going to international ice size back when we first started building mega-rinks like ACC?

    That would have been the time to start, as it’s not like you can retrofit the current rinks. Can you imagine how great hockey would be now?

    My kid and I play at LA Kings practice rink which has 2 pads, one Olympic size and one NHL size, and there really is a difference in the flow of a game when there is room to move.

    But that would have taken vision, not what Gary “Satan” Bettman or the owners are known for.

    Sad, sad, sad.

  17. punkster says:

    Um…Marvin actually sang 2 out of 3.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  18. BeachHabFan says:

    after reading Stubbs’ article i can’t help but think of the old Bloom County comic quote: “No matter how thin you slice it, it’s still baloney”; don’t tell me that every single one of those guys would like to crank a B and make em struggle off the ice like Pyatt did last game, but i understand not wanting to stoke the fire. i hope they skate em into the ground and we see a big subBANG hit.

    Secretly hoping they mete out some pain with a Mardi Gras Massacre, but honestly expecting a Fat Tuesday Flop.

    FWIW my answers to A Tuesday Morning Bruins Quiz

    1. Milan OOchEEch, though Haligonian-Hab’s answer was the best possible

    2. Linesman/Milbury. tough call. dirty, despicable little instigators. where have i heard that…?

    3. we have to choose? stock

    4. Larry Robinson beating down Louis sleigher after he ran over Roy in that wild first game in first round of 86 playoffs; THAT is how you respond to guys crashing your goalie, even if you are the oldest guy on the team

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

    5. The B’s play-by-play for the past thirty years

    6. Is it permitted to draft your own offspring? Then yes and as soon as he could

  19. DearyLeary says:

    “Part of it was us sticking up for ourselves. They have a tendency to want to try to stir the pot and look innocent in those situations. We know what it’s all about and we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do.”

    Really, Claude?  

  20. observer says:

    Just wanted to see if anyone noticed.

  21. HabFanSince72 says:

    1. The Looch. Dirty player and a coward. Also he is only successful because the sucky brand of lunchpail hockey he plays  is in vogue right now.

    2. Many to choose from, but I’ll go with Terry O’Reilly.

    3.The Grande Dame of HNIC himself, the Quentin Crisp of Hockey, Don Cherry.

    4. Guy Lafleur, 1979.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12-x70nq0vI

    5. Farting in your office just before a new work colleague is brought in to be introduced.

    6. Round Two. In round one he’d pick the top ranked player still available and run him out of town Joe Thornton style.

  22. G-Man says:

    4. Robinson’s dismantling of Sleigher set the tone for the Habs that playoff season. It was a BIG reason the Habs won the Cup that season. (Aside from an awesome blend of vets and rookies)

  23. Hobie Hansen says:

    Ok so here we go! Huge game tonight! Definitely, as the saying goes, the biggest game of the year!

    Would it be nice to have a Quintal, Corson or Odelein in the lineup tonight, sure it would! However, we’ve got a good team and as much as everyone “with a pair” loves to see a good scrap, we’ve got to forget about that stuff and concentrate on scoring goals and winning the game.

    In saying that, hopefully the refs do their job and if Lucic or another Bruins player bumps Price, they make the damn call. Hall Gill or Roman Hamrlik is not going to protect Price so hopefully the refs do!  

    We can’t play a Bruins type of game. We’re one of the few teams in the NHL that doesn’t employ a couple of tough guys or at least a nasty power forward so we must concentrate on our strengths, speed and the power play.

    So until Jared Tinordi is ready to go in 4 years or we sign some muscle over the summer, speed and skill is the key to victory. Not a mixture of skill, toughness and speed.

    Two of the three isn’t bad…GO HABS GO!     

     

  24. adam76 says:

    Me thinks you people are putting way to much importance on tonights game.  Not like a loss would put us out of the playoffs, and not like a win would move us to top of the devision.

     

    Its a big game, but not a must win.  

  25. krob1000 says:

    On concussions….Brisson is rigth, players have gotten  bigger, faster, stronger,equipment has gotten harder…the part that sticks out to me is the equipment because it is so easily remedied.  I think more than just the pads playing a role is the sticks.  Nobody ever talks about the sticks anymore but I think that changed things more than anything myself.  The sticks are teh reason that goalies now wear equipemtn twice the size, the sticks are the reason that guys can lean on their stick from 40 feet and fire a snapperfaster than most slap shots 15 years ago with a simple lean (see Andrei Kostitsyn).  .

    You can’t ignore the hockey machines that are produced anymore, the amazing goaltending and attention to detail that has become to days game…but there are some simple adjustments that could help things out if they genuinely value safety….I would start with the sticks/equipment…and move backward. I look no further than baseball …they could improve their stats with aluminum bats….they don’t.  Even my Men’s  Baseball League we just outlawed aluminum bats for the upcoming season because pitchers were getting drilled with liners back to the mound, pop flies were homeruns, etc.  I think sticks are a factor in hockey as much as anything…they can’t ask guys to use softer equipment with an average NHl shooter now able to fire 90 mph slapshots and 75 mile an hour snappers.  It is ridiculous.  I reluctantly switched to a composite a couple of years back and the diff is night and day. 

    The obstruction….the most subjective4 inconsistent call in the game.  I liked the general concept and intent of the rule and while the old calling was subjective as well it really wasn;t that bad unless it was int he neutral zone  being implemented with a trap.  I think the one hand on a stick /parallel rule is fine but the non existence of stick checks anymore and calling of guys for tying up a stick in front of the net or just in general is ridiculous.  Also the way they have eliminated defenders ability to claim ice first is ridiculous.  You get to a space first it should be yours….clogging lanes is fine if done without actual clutching and grabbing and that alone would slow things down without really slowing things down. I am a fan of the bear hug rule if in motion….but they should not be allowed to hold the player after they make impact with the boards, this would be a very discretionary thing and would require refs to be vocal and say to let him go and asome sort of standard to be applied but I like it because it seems to be the glass more often than not causing the concussions.

    The head contact thing…zero tolerance.  I am not a fan of extreme discipline when intent is not there but penalties for all head infractions..I’m ok with that…who knows maybe if the other rules are in place it isn’t necessary but the height discrepancy (most notably between dmen and forwards) would bring back the hip chck…which I always loved.  The hip check was a hit or miss thing though….if it connected great, but the crafty guys who avoided them were off to the races as there is no recovering from a missed hip check.

    I don’t think the alrger ice surface would necessarily generate more scoring in the long run but it would definitely increase safety IMO.  The defenders will still defend the same interior space in their own zone…but the offensive players will simply have more room on the perimeter (where most of the inuuries occur against the boards)…and more room to break trps in the neutral zone….it may speed things up in the neutral zone..but if the equipement is changed, there is zero tolerance for headshots,etc  it may not matter from a safety perspective but maintain the pace of the game. I am not a fan of extending the length of the rink….just the width.

    There are some rules that have gotten ridiculous though on the defending side…the stick checking has never hurt anyone…and I don’t think it was a great factor in the slowing of the game….the trap , bigger, better goalies, the slowing of the neutral zone defensive attention to detail, bigger dmen with better positional play and longer sticks, etc all led to the demise of scoring.  It is amazing to see guys like Spezza and Tavares not be point per game guys..that to me is cause for concern. These are the skill guys that can make pucks do backflips ..yet their talent is not put to use.  I think more perimter space would allow them to be more creative int he ozne as well.

    Another glossed over reality is not just the speed of the skaters today but the incredible agility….guys today can ALL turn and stop on a dime, they can all transition with ease and at high speeds that make one on ones difficult for even guys like Ovechkin and Kovalchuk. The skating is so incredible now and I think more space is necessary to compensate. 

    The boards…why are all rinks not using the least rigid board and glass system possible…seriously…why are some rinks like concrete walls?  that is just plain stupid and I can’t believe that isn’t just a no brainer that getrs passed at first introduction. 

    For an offt he board suggsestion regarding the trap…how about a “three in the key” type rule…..where if the defending team does not send a forechecker past the opposing blueline for 3 seconds while the other team has the puck they are assessed a penalty? would bneed to see it in action to evaluate it but it is wortha  try as the trap is brutal

    that leads me to penalties….why in the world have they not come up with a one minute minor in all of these years….you see a guy get hammered from behind but not get a major…he gets 2 minutes…then you see a guy dump the puck over the glass accidentally and he gets the same 2 minutes…ridiculous.  Same goes for the hooking/holding…..if there were a one minute penalty….perhaps they could actually call the minor infractions with some consistency if they were allowed to distinguish between one and 2 minute penalties.  I know this could cause more delays int he play at first,etc…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  26. NightRyder says:

    If we get caught up in the whole trying to match them physically nonsense, it will be a long night. 

    I see a prototypical Habs win tonight. Get outshot 43-18, get a goal on the PP and another against the flow of play, ride the goalie to a 2-1 victoire.

  27. twocents says:

    “Its a big game, but not a must win.”

    I agree, there are no “must win” games in the regular season.

    Maybe a late season game that insures a favourable matchup, but that’s about it. And even then, if you have to have the favourable matchup and it’s a must, you ain’t going nowhere likely.


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