BOSTON – The buzzword in the Canadiens family last night was "regroup," as in what the club must do in order to put the brakes on the momentum the Boston Bruins have built with a stronger Game 2 and an overtime victory in Game 3.
Snapped is Montreal’s 13-game winning streak over their Eastern Conference quarterfinal opponent. Restored is more than a little confidence in the Boston dressing room, a half-dozen Bruins having practised this morning at their facility in Wilmington. Audio gathered by Pat Hickey:
The Canadiens did not practice, instead holding a meeting before a few players and coach Guy Carbonneau met the media. Carbo said Saku Koivu will have another X-ray tomorrow. Francis Bouillon was skating today and if he was painfree afterward, and after tomorrow morning’s game-day skate, there was thought he might return to action. The coach’s lineup is not yet set. He said he’s thought about playing defenceman Ryan O’Byrne to provide muscle and size in an increasingly physical series.
Our audio begins with Carbo sitting behind a forest of microphones (the sound board for mic inputs not working), joking whether the assembled media had mistaken him for former Yankees and current Dodgers manager Joe Torre (hence the starting pitcher remark).