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

 

 

 

578 Comments

  1. The Jackal says:

    What was that BS call? Detroit got jobbed.

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  2. Un Canadien errant says:

    Zdeno Chara can crosscheck with the best of them, but he’s so useless otherwise. What a joke that goon is.

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  3. Danno says:

    Zetter-Beard!!!

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  4. CHicoHab says:

    Hold up please. 3-2

  5. johnnylarue says:

    You know, I’m not sure it would even hurt Boston any if the refs called all of their garbage.

    Their PK and D-zone play is, I begrudgingly concede, god-like.

  6. trolly says:

    The way Marchand complains every time he gets a penalty, you would think he was paying the refs out of his own pocket.

  7. Un Canadien errant says:

    Any idea how the Canadiens are going to run their practices for the next week? I was thinking that with the ten Black Aces that were called up from the Bulldogs, that they can run a couple of very spirited scrimmages, like during a training camp, to stay sharp. Or will they run ‘regular’ practices, not do anything different, keep it business as usual?

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  8. CHicoHab says:

    Marchand repeatedly keeps knocking guys down plus extra nudges and is in constant disbelief he’s going to the box. Give him some cheese with that whine

  9. Butterface says:

    Detroit !!!

    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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  10. L Elle says:

    I don’t want to waste a wish for a miraculous Wings’ win. So, looks like we’re going to be living through a pile of BS for the next couple of weeks.

    It might be a good idea to start some yoga, or have those valiums handy, just in case. :)

    Butterface, the Jackie Mason of HIO. I have been lol-ing.

  11. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I am extremely excited to play the Bruins

    …it’s a potential legend in the making that would be talked about in reverence for years in the future

    …no doubt it can turn out bad too, but I have faith something ‘special’ is happening
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  12. Danno says:

    I’ve seen fakes who fake.

    But the Bruins are the fakiest fakes who ever faked.

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  13. rljmartin says:

    Of course Boston crowd would applaud this official.

  14. johnnylarue says:

    Rask is still 3-10-2 in career games at the Bell Centre… If we can steal one of the first two in Boston, anything is possible.

  15. hansolo says:

    For me, this is like watching a car-crash. You really don’t want to watch but there’s such a morbid fascination with it that you can’t help yourself.

    I guess we can presume that’s the dagger – scored by as unworthy an individual as you’ll find. The NHL must be one big OMEN movie, with Chara and Lucic alternating roles as Damien, and everyone else being their enablers.

  16. johnnylarue says:

    Bah. Looks like Boston are getting a week off too…

  17. Butterface says:

    Garbutt only got $1500 for his spear……. So Lucic’s twinking of Dekeyser and Emelin’s boychuks is considered the less classy.

    I guess Perry was able to see Garbutt coming and Lucic was riding dirty from behind.

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  18. 1010 says:

    We need MacLean to do some investigative journalism and find out where these douche bag refs are from.

    GO HABS…

  19. The Jackal says:

    Refs 2, Wings 1 – total BS calls there against the Wings… how the hell do teams not call this out?

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    • johnnylarue says:

      Bruins get away with murder, but they also had the fewest powerplays in the league during the regular season…

      Basically what this tells me is that refs tend to put their whistles away altogether in games involving Boston. Lowest common denominator.

      • The Jackal says:

        It’s unbelievable. The refs do such an incompetent job reffing playoff games because they don’t know what to call and what not to call, and the players do so much dirty crap. But Boston takes it to another level and it’s become fine for them to do so. It’s disgusting.

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        • johnnylarue says:

          It is what it is. Might not always be this way, but other teams need to find a way to win in spite of it.

          A lot of the BS that BS-ton does after this whistle is just stupid, harmless, juvenile schoolyard intimidation crap which the Habs seem to be capable of handling just fine.

  20. Mavid says:

    Got home from shopping flicked on the game just in time to see the Chawda heads cheating..yet again..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  21. Danno says:

    Montreal can take some solace in the fact that the refs don’t only favour the Bruins only when they are playing the Habs. They give the Bruins all the breaks all the time no matter who they play.

    Corruption by Bettman’s game-fixing refs.

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  22. 1010 says:

    You can rest assured that Claude is blasting Boychuk for his embellishment on that call. As he continues his one man crusade to stop diving in the league. You tell him Claude…I know you will.

    GO HABS…

  23. Butterface says:

    Marchant can smell the popcorn in section 324. He just tweeted for them to add more butter… and ordered a bag of hot nuts for Lucic.

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  24. Ozmodiar says:

    Poor officiating. Shocking!!

    Call on franzen was terrible. Ended a PP.

  25. Danno says:

    Hey look!

    Claude Julien now has his own brand of Embellish Mints

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  26. AceMagnum says:

    The worst part of this is that wonderful naked lady at watchersweb.com (April 12 in the Pro-Amateurs section) is such a big Red Wings fan. She’s going to be so disappointed. When ladies are sad they stop getting naked :(

  27. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    What a cheapass penalty on Detroit’s Smith. Chara does the same thing (x-checking) 20 times a game and never gets called. Damn, I hate that team.

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  28. Butterface says:

    Most big kids from Canada grew up on a farm outside Saskatoon. In Slovakia, Chara grew up under a bridge eating children.

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  29. 1010 says:

    Apparently cross checking is a penalty again. I didn`t know they brought that back.

    GO HABS…

  30. Un Canadien errant says:

    Pierre Maguire stating that Johnny Boychuk sold a call, but Claude Julien assures us that his team doesn’t embellish to draw penalties.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6IxtxfsNWg

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  31. Danno says:

    Give all the Bruins an Oscar for their role in Embellishment Machine

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  32. Butterface says:

    Marchant is claustrophobic. He needs room to breathe……..like an entire room.

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  33. Butterface says:

    Boston players don’t wear jocks. Montreal has all the cups.

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  34. Ozmodiar says:

    Mr. Peanut – “Rask has the best rebound control in NHL.”

    Detroit scores after terrible rebound.

    The key to comedy is timing.

  35. Fansincebirth says:

    Luchump is applauded and encouraged to play the way he does from his coach, fans and media in Boston.

  36. Un Canadien errant says:

    Datsyukian goal by Pavel Datsyuk there, but judging by Milan Lucic’s expression as he skated to the penalty box, that penalty was clearly not deserved.

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  37. Clay says:

    Awesome. Naked to goons pay for gooning.

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  38. Butterface says:

    Skate to bench with shame Lucic… it is 1-1

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  39. Butterface says:

    Last year a Boston trainer died while trying to fix Marchant’s visor at the bench. Apparently he got sucked up into the exhaust.

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  40. hansolo says:

    Although Det is outshooting Bos this period according to nhl.com, that’s not one’s eyes see. Bruins are at the right place at the right time, Wings always seem just step behind.

    How does a smurf like Krug make the the Bruins? And succeed?

    I’m sure we can take the Bruins. But we’ll have to play to our strengths, not theirs.

  41. rljmartin says:

    Now we all know that Mavid could have coached Team Canada to gold.

  42. Butterface says:

    When Lucic missed that open net I think I heard him say, “Ah nuts !!”

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  43. habfaninottawa says:

    Individual awards don’t matter. Only one trophy matters.

  44. sweetmad says:

    Of course Carey is all about the team,as all of our players are even Vanek,seems to have embraced that mentality.It is one of the reasons he might want to stay,he is enjoying his hockey more than he has done for years,he said it was the winning mentality that makes it so great,I hope he stays.But I think he will see what he is offered by other teams and take a look at the teams,then make up his mind,I don’t think MB will get into bidding war for his services or anyone else’s come to that.
    GO HABS GO ALL THE WAY

  45. Butterface says:

    Breathe Right Nasal Strips were to custom build some of their product for Marchant, but they cancelled due to cost over-runs.

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  46. jols says:

    NBC announcer re: Marchand. He has a ” nose over the puck mentality”.
    Lol. Perfect.

  47. Clay says:

    Hard to believe How solid the Bruins team defence is. Fearless prediction: round two will be much more difficult than round one.

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  48. Butterface says:

    Did he just say nose over the puck mentality when discussing Marchant ?

    Dirty.

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  49. Lafleurguy says:

    Eighteen years ago, Milan saw his parents gift-wrapping a Tickle-Me-Elmo doll for his kid sister, but when no one was looking, Milan couldn’t resist giving the gift two test tickles.

  50. Butterface says:

    Marchant:

    What kind of air does he feed that thing ?

    That nose must run on some kind of new enriched diesel air.

    Regular air wouldn’t be able to keep it breathing.

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  51. Butterface says:

    Marchant is what you get when you breed a nose with an ass.

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  52. rljmartin says:

    Seen it all now, NBC sports does a spot to compare a horse to the Bruins!!!!!! Should have been more like a horses ass….WTF

    • Clay says:

      Rats would have made for a better comparison for sure.

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  53. Butterface says:

    How does Marchant keep that honker under his visor. Looks like a tapir stuck in an aquarium.

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  54. 24 Cups says:

    It’s been awhile since Montreal won a playoff series and had Galchenyuk, Moen, White, Murray and two good defensive prospects sitting in the press box. Bournival, Weise and Weaver have been nice surprises this year.

    24.4 Cups

  55. Butterface says:

    Marchant spent $13,000 on Dristan last year…. a new NHL record. Previous record holder: Tim Hunter

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  56. Butterface says:

    Yeah I guess I hit a soft spot with the moderator …

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  57. DipsyDoodler says:

    Is Babcock injured?

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  58. Dulljerk says:

    My money says if it is Boston, Tinordi and Murray dress.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  59. Butterface says:

    I really enjoyed Chara’s portrayal of Grendel in the movie “Beowulf”.

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  60. Butterface says:

    Emelin said that in the last game versus Boston, Lucic drove him nuts. (Galchenyuk said that joke was funnier in Russian)

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  61. Danno says:

    Somebody has to shish khebob the Nutcracker Lucic. He’s just asking for it.

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  62. sweetmad says:

    Was waiting for the new thread before I posted,always seem to be the last one to post on the old thread.

    We are definatly in the Gooins head,
    Even the mention of the HABS makes CJ see red
    We beat them three times this season out of four,
    Even with Peter in nets they couldn’t score.

    If any changes are made to our team
    The Gooins will think we’re scared,see what I mean,
    Got to keep the line ups just the same,
    This will put them off their game.

    We are on their minds of that there is no doubt,
    Keep getting in their heads to creat a route,
    We have to get CJ mad with our poise,
    The Bell centre will supply the noise.

    Just have to keep playing the way we can,
    The Gooins will be the “also ran”
    Just remember to skate away,
    Then we will get to play another day.

    Read through the last thread,some people suggesting making changes,I do not agree,keeping the lines the same shows confidence,playing the Gooins is mind games,especially with CJ.I also think MT has shown he knows what he is doing,so let him decide.

    Changing the subject,Weed Whacker said she grew up never knowing any difference about people, the same way I did,there is only one race on this earth and that is the human race,some one else said that some people think they are superior,thats true,I believe that there is no one on earth better than me,but I am just as sure I am no better than any of them,I will talk to any body,no matter how down and out they seem,but I am not afraid to tell a Lord or a CEO that they are being obnoxious,which I have done before now.You must all realise by now this is one of my soap box subjects,and I hope it doesn’t bore you,but if I can make just one person look at how they treat others,then I have done some good with my life.

    I am going very loudly out of my mind waiting for the next round,can’t sleep or eat or get anything done.
    GO HABS GO ALL THE WAY

    • Lafleurguy says:

      I would walk across that swinging rope bridge at Capilano Valley. Then hang out at Granville Island and take the kids on that mini-tugboat shuttle, but no more than five times, well, six max.

  63. Butterface says:

    Lucic said he gets a little testy around playoff time.

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  64. The Jackal says:

    Red Wings are looking like a very downtrodden and beaten team. Their inexperience is showing and so are their injuries – Hank and Datsyuk are looking worn and so are the other vets on that squad. It was tough for them to even make the playoffs and the team looks like it has nothing left in the tank. I hope they can pull it off today and then regroup for game 6, but they really look like they are running on fumes.

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    • frontenac1 says:

      Like watching Men playing girls. Jeesh.

      • The Jackal says:

        It’s not even close right now. Hank looks like he came back way too soon from that injury and the rookies on the Wings look shocked at the physicality of the series… they’re in their heads – they need to use their speed and skill aggressively but they have been intimidated into playing scared.

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    • jctremblay says:

      Detroit has officially left the elite level of NHL teams. Need to find another Henry and Datsyuk and that’ isn’t easy. Soft squad..jeez…hate to use that term but even their coach seems peeved at how little they were engaged physically in this series. I remember when our Big 3 started to wind down and the REd Wings look like they aren’t the same team at all without Lidstrom playing QB…they’ll be a good team but not a SC contender for a few years.

  65. Mark C says:

    Painful watching Detroit right now. They don’t even look like a playoff team.

    Now Pierre says Hamilton is starting to remind him of Larry Robinson. C’mon man.

  66. naweed235 says:

    Did I just hear McGuire say that Dougie Hamilton reminds him a lot of Larry Robinson??!?!?!?! My ears are bleeding

  67. Butterface says:

    Emelin was quoted as saying about Lucic’s stick work. “He got a lot of balls doing dat.”

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  68. gumper says:

    So I’m watching Abdelkader hooking Lucic and drawing a minor and I’m thinking it would have only cost hom 5 000 bucks to hook him in the crotch and make it worthwhile. Afterall the precedent has been set.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
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  69. Butterface says:

    Lucic admitted his new nickname around the locker room is “The Nutty Professor”.
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  70. Habcouver says:

    Pricey’s attitude is perfect. He is such a team guy and will not parade with individual accolades. Parades on St. Catherine’s will be his ultimate goal.

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  71. stevieray says:

    Re Price Vezina snub ..although a big fan of him he did have that bad spell just before or after the Olympics which probably. Hurt his GA/save percent. Nothing wrong being a top 5 in my books. he has been more consistent this year so that,s a good thing. Rask should win it..Bishop over Price..not sure about that..the other guy, pure scum..alleged to have assaulted his girl friend/wife..doesn’t deserve sh-t….except a tuning up !

  72. sheds88 says:

    The comment by Patrick doesn’t even make any sense. I have never heard that expression before. I’ve heard ” …..cards on the table” and ” balls to the wall”,….. but never ” balls on the table “.
    Anyone else hear that one before ?

  73. Butterface says:

    Referring to Roy’s statement that it was time for the Avalanche to “put our balls on the table”, Lucic said, “If we end up playing Colorado in the finals, I will really stick it to them.”

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    • B says:

      I saw the clip of Roy saying that on TSN and found it funny when they bleeped out the word “balls”. If I hadn’t read to quote in numerous other places I wouldn’t have been sure what he was talking about (of course it couldn’t have been John… oh never mind).

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        Then Lucic said, “I want me some table balls.”

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  74. B says:

    The media seems to be really trying to play this up. Good on Price to just shrug it off and move on. It was close, but not a slam dunk that he should have been among the three.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  75. Clay says:

    How do you know it was made up? That’s a pretty sexist comment, if you ask me.

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  76. The Jackal says:

    Seriously! What a bad attitude regarding that issue.

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  77. Clay says:

    Ah, replies to comments without context. Got to love it…

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  78. Lafleurguy says:

    Still FIRST! Whoops, hit the post!

  79. Lafleurguy says:

    Not sure why the Claude kept benching him then.

  80. The Jackal says:

    Well, you’re first now!
    Sorry CJ.
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  81. Clay says:

    We could just keep building downwards…

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  82. Butterface says:

    He likes them hot and salty.

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  83. Butterface says:

    And wet.

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  84. Clay says:

    I agree wholeheartedly.

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  85. rljmartin says:

    They are Boston fans remember so questioning the motive would seem reasonable….

  86. johnnylarue says:

    The Habs are basically the human race’s only hope at this point.

  87. johnnylarue says:

    He wasn’t in the original 10 call-ups…

  88. Un Canadien errant says:

    No, he wasn’t called up.

    The Montreal Canadiens announced Sunday night that goaltenders Devan Dubnyk and Dustin Tokarski, defensemen Nathan Beaulieu, Davis Drewiske and Greg Pateryn, as well as forwards Sven Andrighetto, Michael Blunden, Gabriel Dumont, Louis Leblanc and Christian Thomas have been recalled from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=715690

  89. johnnylarue says:

    By then Boston’s premier players will be decidedly… old. Might be a moot point.

  90. johnnylarue says:

    Agreed. Philly would be tough. Colorado would likely have Barrie and Duchene back… But I still like our chances against anyone in the West apart from St. Louis and San Jose.

  91. johnnylarue says:

    Right! I forgot about them. As did the Pens, apparently. ;)

  92. rljmartin says:

    In favor of Alfredsson….Babcock error.

  93. JF says:

    Bertuzzi took a penalty in Game four that produced a Bruins goal, making the score 2-1 Wings. Without that penalty, that would have been the final score.

  94. johnnylarue says:

    It’s true. Even Kronwall is more buffing pad than sandpaper at this point…

  95. Paz says:

    Funny story. So several years back I was having dinner in Moishes and we were down 3-1 to the Bruins. Wouldn’t you know it, but Harry Sinden sits down at the table next to me.

    At another table 3 or 4 guys start chirping at him. “Ay, Harry, how many Cups you won since 72?”, and along those lines.

    But Sinden was in fine form, leading 3-1 in the series, so he took the high road and didn’t say a word.

    The guys were finally getting ready to leave and then I saw the waiter show up with drinks for Sinden’s table. Sinden turns to the guys, thanks them for the drinks and says, “glad you’re such good sports even as your team goes down in the series, boys”.

    Habs stormed back and won that series in 7 games!

    It was like Sinden’s own words put a curse on his team.

  96. Hugh Jass says:

    Oh, yes. You’re right. Here’s proof.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi0mOtQOr80

  97. CJ says:

    Hi Mike.

    The Bruins have a great team. I’m not a fan, however it’s impossible not to acknowledge the talent and depth that has been cultivated. Miller and Bartowski have proven capable, while Iggy has been very good. I agree about Bergeron and Rask, but respectfully don’t see Chara as even top three in the league, let alone the best. Despite being a physical freak in top condition, Father Time is starting to chip away at what was once the premier defender in the league.

    My biggest concern is that Detroit did nothing to soften the Bear. Nothing. At no point during that series would I say that I felt Boston was challenged. Not even following game one.

    I’m looking forward to what I’m hoping is a 6/7 game series. This is the last chance to knock off Boston. Nobody else in the East is capable.

  98. CJ says:

    2002, 2004, 2008, and 2011 were all great series. I’m expecting the trend to continue.

  99. UnkleGary says:

    We are happy being just the best hockey city. But good luck to you, should be a dandy. If anyone is gonna knock off the Bruins in the east it’s us.

    CH-eers!

  100. AceMagnum says:

    New Jersey let Julien go.

    You went to Harvard

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  101. Mark C says:

    Don’t they have Bruins websites, troll?

  102. Danno says:

    Don’t get too cocky Mikebos1 or Lucic with stab you in the crotch!

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  103. DominicanHab says:

    I was actually thinking about what to have for dinner tonight

  104. CJ says:

    Enjoy it today Mike. The Bruins, Sox and Pats might be great today, but it wasn’t so long ago that all three franchises were afterthoughts. It wasn’t so much that Boston was a great sports city, as it is the New England sports fan has proven to be both patient and resilient. It was only five years ago that I was able to sit in loge seats, second row from the glass on a Saturday night (against the Flyers) for $80 for the pair.

    My brother lives in the City (Brookline), so I’ve been at least 10 times. Its amazing how sections of the city support certain teams. Everyone loves the Sox, and a winner, so the Pats and Bruins popularity has grown exponentially over the past ten years.

  105. DipsyDoodler says:

    Hey Mike – Boston is also one of the great university towns in America – but I guess that’s of no use to you.

    And remember: even when your teams win, you remain a loser.

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  106. The Jackal says:

    A literate Bruins fan? Holy crap!

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  107. chesterfiled says:

    Cheers! I will fill in the blanks for the good news. OT for the CH!

  108. RJ says:

    Best all around team? Like the Undefeated Patriots who got beat in the only game that mattered that season by the Giants.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  109. johnnylarue says:

    In glorious black and white!

  110. trolly says:

    The sales-girl at Value Village.

  111. The Jackal says:

    Yes, I’m sure the international student community in Boston is full of Bruins fans. Last I checked, Harvard and MIT were not really brimming with philistine boors. Those other unis on the other hand…. BC? Really? In the same breath as two top institutions?

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  112. The Jackal says:

    Lol ok, rub it in. Good old trash talk.
    Boston is a nice place with good schools, as is Montreal. But it doesn’t matter in terms of hockey or sports, and citing whatever other things Boston has to offer does not enhance the few virtues of being a Bruins fan – I’m sure most students at Harvard at smart enough to cheer for other teams ;)

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  113. Bigdawg says:

    Roofdaddy ain’t no fan. At least not a HAB fan. My guess is roofdaddy is no daddy at all but a low-social-IQ- single-loser-with-no real-friends-who-trolls-”others”-boards-because-he-has-low-self-esteem-and-feels-the-need-to-act-out-like-a-big-baby!

    Roofdaddy is also pissed he lost his horse and cart betting on the TB series.

  114. CJ says:

    I agree with everything except your inclusion of Hammer. I always thought he was unfairly criticized in this community. That guy was a war horse who was simply asked to do too much.

    Again, your overall point is entirely valid.

  115. Mavid says:

    Pretty hard to answer to stupidity..and just plain BS..should not have to I agree with Errant..get rid of them..gotta go I have a team to coach..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  116. Captain aHab says:

    Sure but at least there won’t be any false sense of security that we have enough size if that happens. I’m sure that Andrighetto and Reway are swell guys but they are tiny and with Gallagher and DD, I’m not sure I want more of that size. How Gallagher fares going forward will also be a good indication..he’s about to get mauled repeatedly and with little consequence.

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  117. JUST ME says:

    You cannot simply ignore because you still read the crap and do not want or wish to be involved in trash talk. It`s not necessarely about being attacked personnaly but just being part of a quality debate with minimum respect towards the others. Ah yes canadians are known for their over politeness i know but i`d rather be polite and respectfull than rude and offensive.

    As it is for our group of fans, the undesirables are a loud minority and if we let them thrive we will not be able to have a reasonable good time debating about our favorite sport.

  118. CJ says:

    They are not a great pair because Gorges is a number 5/6 on almost any other team in the league.

  119. Cal says:

    Your support of any team other than the Habs knows no bounds.

  120. JUST ME says:

    How soon we forget when we are trying to be negative ! Gionta,Prust ,Price and Eller were on the injured list remember ? Of course you don`t.
    Why do you conveniently forget to mention that we played Blunden, Dumont,Armstrong,Diaz,Halpern,Ryder .
    So i guess it`s no need to mention that we replaced them with the useless Weise,Briere,Vanek,Bournival or Weaver right ?

    I tought so. See ? i too can make a point with the same point and be positive . Wonder what you are doing on such a weak team`s fan site ?

  121. CJ says:

    Moen took Bournival’s spot on the fourth line at practice today. We may not like it, but he has a Stanley Cup, and if 100% healthy, will find a way into the lineup.


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