Habs vs. Bruins in Eastern Conference semifinals

It’s official: the Canadiens will meet Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals after the Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Bruins won the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series in five games.

The Canadiens and Bruins met four times during the regular season with Montreal winning three times. In their last meeting on March 24 in Boston, the Canadiens won 2-1 in a shootout, ending the Bruins’ 12-game winning streak.

This marks the 34th time the Canadiens and Bruins will meet in NHL playoff history, with the Canadiens winning 24 of the previous 33 series and 102 of 170 postseason games between the teams.

“Fourth time now since 2008 that we faced them here in the playoffs; first time that it isn’t a first-round matchup,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic told reporters in Boston after the game. “So another Original Six battle that we get to be a part of, and a lot of hatred between the teams, the fans, the cities when it comes to this kind of rivalry. So we expect them to bring their best. We saw what they were able to do in the first series (against the Lightning), and like I said we’ve got to be prepared to come out and elevate our game as the playoffs move on.”

The Canadiens practised Saturday morning in Brossard and then had a chance to return home to watch the Bruins play the Red Wings in a 3 p.m. start.

Saturday marked the second straight day the Canadiens practised in Brossard following two days off. The lines were the same as they were Friday.

“It’s not so much like training camp, but it is definitely stranger than most playoffs we’ve been through,” defenceman Josh Gorges told reporters in Brossard after practice. “I think it’s a good opportunity for us to get a couple of days off; to get away from the rink. Today, there was really good energy out there. The guys were flying. You get so amped up this time of year to compete and to get out there every day, but it’s a good thing for us to get the additional rest.”

Captain Brian Gionta said that rest is a good thing for the Canadiens.

“Rest is always a good thing,” he told reporters. “You don’t get that much of it throughout the course of the season and you got to take advantage of it. It’s never a bad thing to have.”

Carey Price, who didn’t speak with the media on Friday, spoke Saturday about not being among the three finalists for the Vézina Trophy, which goes to the NHL’s top goaltender. The finalists are Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop, Boston’s Tuukka Rask and Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov. The 30 NHL general managers vote on the award.

“The three guys that were nominated 100 per cent deserve those accolades,” Price told reporters. “Those three guys really deserve to be there and you can’t take anything away from them.”

Price added: “Every year you play, you try to play your best, but an individual award isn’t going to make or break me.”

When asked if being snubbed for the Vézina would give him extra motivation, Price said: “Water off the duck. I don’t necessarily think that I had a better season than those three guys. I think those three individuals really are deserving of that.”

The Canadiens will practise again at 11 a.m. Sunday in Brossard.

Here’s how the Habs’ lines and defence pairings looked Saturday:

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek
Prust-Plekanec-Gallagher
Bourque-Eller -Gionta
Bournival-Briere-Weise
Moen-White-Parros

Gorges-Subban
Markov-Emelin
Bouillon-Weaver
Tinordi-Murray

(Gazette file photo)

Bruins win Game 5, advance to face Canadiens, NHL.com

Bruins-Canadiens to meet in 34th playoff series, NHL.com

HI/O Show: Nilan weighs in on Habs-Bruins rivalry

Something special is happening with Habs, by Gazette Sports Editor Stu Cowan

Playoff fever, Canadiens.com

Post-practice interviews (video), Canadiens.com

RDS’s Machabee celebrates 25 years on the job, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

No individual trophies for Habs? by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

 

 

 

566 Comments

  1. WVHabsfan says:

    Just saw a Habs fan catch a homer in the Pittsburgh vs St. Louis baseball game

  2. frontenac1 says:

    Bickle draws first blood. 1-0 Hawks.

  3. ABHabsfan says:

    3 times in the last week or so I have checked in here to find the comment counter at 666. Eerie

    “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  4. AndyF says:

    Great game going on Flyers-Rangers!

  5. 25insight says:

    http://i.imgur.com/n3SE40n.gif

    God I hate commenting and making lengthy replies to posts right before they start a new thread. We need user-submitted content. without the users this website would be so bland.

  6. The Teacher says:

    lol price is on par with Martin Brodeur as a puck handler extraordinaire. Whoever says otherwise is just plain off their rocker.

  7. Danno says:

    Big Hal Gill is minus 2 now…

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  8. 5wings says:

    the HABS vs BRUINS is a dream matchup again..we are rolling and so are the Bruins..best rivalry in hockey..they will goon it up and we have to ready for it..go with the lineup we used in the regular season aganst the Bruins..bigger and tougher..Murray in and Tiny on standby..Whitey maybe but who comes out..Bourny looks great with Weisy and Briere..nice to have options at this time of year..
    wish the series was starting Monday or Tuesday..

    GO HABS GO!!

  9. IgnatiusJReilly says:

    The Detroit series was actually the best warm-up for the Bruins to play the Habs. A speedy, soft team with a weak defense (like the Habs) – the only difference between the Red Wings and Habs is Price. If he is on then this goes 6 or 7. If not this could be 4 or 5 for the Bruins.

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  10. Andy and the habs says:

    So when is the puck drop for Canadiens/Boston?

  11. Danno says:

    NBC guy is wrong. That puck was visible from the ref’s angle behind the Flyers’ net.

    The NHL refs sh!t show continues

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  12. Butterface says:

    Boston had more goals for….less against during season…. yada yada yada…

    That was without Vanek and Weaver and even without these two we beat them in the regular season series… with our back-up goalie most of the time. (Though Budaj did play off his ass in those games… great work Budaj !!)

    I don’t think Boston is looking forward to their match-up with the Habs at all.

    It means they will have to worry about 4 lines and not one or two.

    It means they have to contain a very strong line in Vanek, DD and Patches.

    It means they have to worry about the body checks of PK and Emelin.

    And then there is the overall foot speed of the Habs…. it means for the Bruins to beat us, they will have to out hustle, mark tight and goon it up.

    For our part, we will have to make good exit passes from our zone, keep our feet moving to draw penalties, watch out for their big body forecheck, and keep the Krejci line under a tight watch.

    We will also need the same balanced scoring and timely goals.

    If we can do all that, it will come down to a Rask vs Price showdown.

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    • IgnatiusJReilly says:

      Speed is overrated (see: Red Wings, Detroit).

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      • Butterface says:

        Speed is absolutely NOT over-rated. In fact it is a necessity in this NHL. If you have speed and size you can dominate.

        Detroit no longer has top end speed….or size.

        Montreal has killer speed. Boston has some speed but not like Montreal’s. If we can get after them with an aggressive forecheck and cause some turnovers and then when they do their dump and crash we can exit our zone with minimum damage, we will win this series…….if we can get the puck past Rask.

        I really think Rask is Boston’s best player.

        We need to be HIGH ON SPEED.

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        • IgnatiusJReilly says:

          I would say the Red Wings speed up front is as good as the Habs. Last meeting — if I recall — the B’s were laughing at the Habs being afraid to get hit. How will that work out in this series?

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      • LizardKing12 says:

        That’s a weak argument. Top to bottom the Habs and Wings have very different players. Just because they are two teams that like to use their speed does not mean they will suffer the same fate. The Wings were missing their captain and second best forward for most of the series and the games he played he wasn’t 100%. They were relying heavily on contributions from young inexperienced players (Tatar, Sheahan, Miller, Jurco, Nyquist, DeKeyser) and those guys didn’t come through for them. Not to mention that other than Kronwall the Wings are very thin and inexperienced on D.

        The Habs on the other hand have a much better balance of youth and experience. They are going to need Patches, Eller, Gally and Bournival to perform well but those guys are surrounded by Vanek, Pleks, Gionta and Briere amongst others. We also have a norris caliber dman in PK which Detroit did not and Markov is equivalent to Kronwall. Beyond those two the Habs are much more experienced on d, Gorges, Weaver, Boullion and Murray are seasoned vets and much more reliable in the postseason than guys like DeKeyser, Smith and Kindl. Finally there is the fact that Carey Price is a far better goaltender than Jimmy Howard. Howard is an above average goalie who can play very well for stretches, Price is elite and is one of the best in the world and will negate the advantage the Bruins had in nets in the first round.

        • Butterface says:

          Ooooooooooooo, I like your stance LK….. Giddy Up !

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  13. habsfan0 says:

    If the Habs beat the Bruins, they will be 25-9 in all-time playoff series vs Boston.
    25 does seem to be a magic number for the Habs this year.

  14. naweed235 says:

    I am really NOT OK with taking Bournival out of the line up. HE is exactly the type of player that we need to win this series. The kid has speed to burn and one gear to operate on.


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