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

When it comes to hockey rivalries today, there are none better than Canadiens vs. Bruins.

Chris Nilan knows all about the rivalry, having grown up in Boston before playing for the Canadiens and then the Bruins.

Nilan joins Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs and sports editor/host Stu Cowan on this week’s HI/O Show, which is focused entirely on the Boston-Montreal rivalry.

While Nilan wears the CH on his heart, he talks about where he would stick a Bruins logo on his body.

Other topics of discussion include what it was like for Nilan growing up in Boston as a Bruins fan, who his childhood hockey hero was, and which Boston player he hated to play against the most.

Stubbs digs into his hockey history books and tells the story about how the Bruins got their name — it has a Montreal angle to it — and Nilan recalls what triggered a bench-clearing brawl he was involved in at Boston Garden during the Canadiens’ 1985-86 Stanley Cup-winning season.

(Photo by Sterling Agres / HI/O Show)


  1. theflukester says:

    Yes oh we are all looking for a Montreal vs Boston, NOT. Why? So they can injure our players and lower our chances of moving on? You know if we start beating them they will get away with bloody murder by the reffs. Screw that, I’d rather play someone else more chance of moving on with the players/roster.

    Play every game as if it is your last one. Guy Lafleur

    • 1010 says:

      While I agree with what you`re saying I am not so sure the Sens or Leafs wouldn`t pull the same crap. Ottawa players admitted the game plan was to get in the face of Price because he was just getting back from injury. Translation: run him and try to re-injure him. That crap comes from McLean to the players and Carlyle is an even bigger ass when it comes to that stuff.

      GO HABS…

  2. Kaitlin says:

    Flight home was canceled… Stuck in Toronto tonight. Does anyone know a good website for streaming tonight’s game

    • http://habsonlinetv.blogspot.ca/ usually posts some links — best to install adblock before you head to any of those sites though.

      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

    • theflukester says:

      Search for stream2watch. Habsonlinetv is an annoying site that is NEVER updated. You can always catch up to 7 different streams on stream2watch. That is my main source for habs games. 99.9% of the time it has the habs games.

      Play every game as if it is your last one. Guy Lafleur

  3. Mavid says:

    Phillip Phillips better appreciate what I am missing for him tonight

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  4. scrotchland says:

    I have a feeling that tonite we will be very disapointed. remember that boston beatdown a few years ago.,well tonight will be a carbon copy of that. bruins will be wanting to show who is the master in the jungle, and it wont be pretty.
    Heard aron ward on TSN before, he called josh jorges “the glue that keeps the montreal defence together”. give me a freaking break. jorges is glorified cheerleader. rah rah

  5. Paz says:

    Wow! StevenO below discusses the Plekanec, Gionta, Briere, line, and I have to say those are very compelling numbers.

    170 minutes is roughly 340 shifts 5 on 5 only.

    10 goals scored, only 1 goal scored against.

    5 on 5 the Habs give up a goal every 17 minutes.

  6. 24 Cups says:

    Tonight’s probable line-up.

    Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Jarome Iginla
    Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Reilly Smith
    Carl Soderberg – Chris Kelly – Loui Eriksson
    Shawn Thornton – Gregory Campbell – Jordan Caron

    Zdeno Chara – Andrej Meszaros
    Matt Bartkowski – Johnny Boychuk
    Torey Krug – Kevan Miller

    Tuukka Rask
    Chad Johnson

    • shiram says:

      How many Bruins fans are complaing about having a goal scorer like Eriksson the third line?? :p

    • Their top nine looks great, but that blue line leaves a lot to be desired.

      Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

  7. Ian Cobb says:

    Snow coming down very steady here. They are calling for 25 cm. It is very fine snow, and getting colder.
    Should be crazy around here after the game, but we will be very cosey a the pub!
    Wish the kid was in between the pipes tonight.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Firing Julien was a huge mistake. He could have stayed in Montreal and given the franchise consistency. Just like some of the other coaches around the league such as Babcock or Trotz. None of the coaches who have replaced Julien in Montreal have been any better.

      Have a great time, Ian. It’s rather fitting that the president of HI/O is at the game tonight against the Bruins. If you get the chance, please tell Brad Marchand to f’ off courtesy of 24 Cups.

      • B says:

        Other than interim Cunneyworth, every Hab’s coach that has followed Julien had or has a better points% than Julien’s .531 as the Hab’s coach.

        Therrien’s .614 in his 2nd stint as Hab’s coach so far is the highest points% since Claude Ruel’s .648%. To be fair, Therrien was a 500 coach in his first stint and is a .543% overall as a Hab’s coach (still higher than Julien). Therrien’s record is much better this time around.

        –Go Habs Go!–

    • frontenac1 says:

      It’s pretty warm at Wandas right around the corner amigo. Enjoy the game Ian!

  8. ProHabs says:

    I thought Parros was playing tonight. Is he not??

    • johnnylarue says:

      I think that perception was the result of a slightly misleading sentence in the write-up for the last thread:

      “Forward Brandon Prust, who has recovered from an upper-body injury, also returns to the lineup with George Parros, Dale Weise and Rene Bourque being the healthy scratches. ”

      As you can see, Parros is a healthy scratch.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Not happy to see Parros in Press Box. Last game Bruins avoided him like the plague. At least we’ve still got Murray and Tinordi for some crease cleaning muscle. Yeah, White’s not his usual “feisty” self these days.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

        • mark-ID says:

          That’s because White is a goal scorer now lol

          “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

        • frontenac1 says:

          I got a feeling Stache might not be A-ok.

          • frontenac1 says:

            Also the threat of Thornton ain’t what it was before John Scott tuned him last season.

        • johnnylarue says:

          I’m really not worried about that angle. Thornton is a junior-league pugilist at best nowadays, and with all of Tiny, Murray, Prust and Moen in the lineup I very much doubt the Broons will go overboard with the monkey business tonight.

          • jlgib1019 says:

            Unfortunately,Thornton can handle any Hab in tonights lineup ,most pretty easily


  9. Ian Cobb says:

    Hi Snowing pretty good here now!HIO gang! We are at the hotel now. Just finished a great sit down conversation with Claude Jullian. He is still a very fun fella to talk with. But my last parting words were, great talking with you Claude, but you had better not give us a dirty game tonight. He laughed and said that he was still a HAB fan but they didn’t want him anymore! It was a great half hour. My son and I are going to enjoy this win, and going to Hurley’s after the game.

  10. Mavid says:

    Habs-Bruins rivalry is the best/worse depending on how you look at it. Does anyone remember Bruin Hilda? In 71 they had her on the radio, she would cast spells on the Bruins players..like Derek Sandersons mustache will grow and tangle in his skates..We eleminated the Bruins that year, my parents packed us in the car and drove to the airport to meet the players. There at the airport was Bruin Hilda..I met Jean Beliveau, Ken Dryden, Frank Mahovolich, and Guy Lapointe..got their autographs..it was so exciting..to this day I love playing and beating the Bruins..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  11. Maritime Ronn says:

    To Stu and Bow-Tie

    Love Nilan – Love the way he played and learned the game from so many great Habs – Love his Habs story – Always loved his honesty – Loved the way he battled the most ‘Evil Demons’ life could throw at him…and how somewhere, somehow, found the inner courage to fight his way back to Life…

    Yet, from the past, did not love his way about going about things believing he was bigger than the team-turned on a coach, then forced Serge to trade him.

    There is no doubt that Nilan is fun to listen to – he has a great way about himself, yet perhaps HIO could do better that featuring Nilan ALL the time.

    There are many GREAT former Habs players living in Montreal.
    It would be fun and interesting to get some other greats on the show once in a while, instead of the same old-same old.

    • jlgib1019 says:

      Geez,if you love the guy, after that post I would like to see what you say about someone you don’t like . He was the last person who thought he was above the team


      • Maritime Ronn says:

        If a guy doesn’t like a coach, there are ways around that.
        You don’t go ‘Stupid-Public’ to prove a point.

        Bob Gainey/Robinson/Carbonneau/Ryan Walter, Bobby Smith, and the rest of the leadership group proved that, when they basically took over the 1986 team from idiot Jean Perron.

  12. johnnylarue says:

    You think you poor mopes in the East have it bad? Have a look at this live webcam to see what we Vancouverites are dealing with right now:


    Seriously, the sun’s been completely snuffed out by clouds for almost an hour now!

  13. Psycho29 says:

    Since Tortorella’s blowup in Calgary, Canucks are 4-12-1, not counting the shootout win that night…

    • johnnylarue says:

      To Torts’ credit, it usually takes him at least a couple of seasons to completely drain the morale from his entire roster…

      Seems like he’s really got it down to an art now.

  14. Timo says:

    I need to stop listening to Therrien’s press conferences. I feel dirty and even dumber than I already am. 60+ games into the season he is still talking about finding chemistry. Unreal.

    • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

      He’s a joke

      • Psycho29 says:

        Yes a 4th place, 35-24-7 joke.

        • jlgib1019 says:

          We’re # 4,we’re #4,we’re #4 .Yay


        • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

          Let’s see how they do the rest of the way and in the playoffs (if we get there).

        • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

          Honestly, I can’t believe they got Serge Savard on board and spent months interviewing and considering potential candidates and decided to go with Therrien (again). Scary

          • B says:

            Savard helped Molson in his search for a GM. The new GM then hired a coach (not Savard).

            –Go Habs Go!–

        • Donkey Hoat says:

          We may be in 4th place, but Therrien’s lack of long-term vision is harmful to the team and to individual players’ growth.
          His methods go against what the team previously announced in terms of player development, and that’s what rankles most here.
          This is quite evident when watching the on-ice product: there’s only one line producing, the rest are either playing a mostly defensive style or are almost useless in their roles.

          • sane hockey fan says:

            Coaches don’t operate long-term. That’s the GMs job. The coach’s job is to win the next game. Their “vision” shouldn’t extend past this season.

          • jlgib1019 says:

            I’d give him credit,grudgingly,to have us in playoffs,but you’re 100% right. His handling of PK,Galch,Bournival and Eller has been awful.

          • SteverenO says:

            I disagree..

            The “one line producing” that cannot be broken up (Patch/DD/Gallagher) have played together at even strength for 477 minutes and the team has scored a a total of 24 goals during that span. The problem is that while these three are on the ice together the opponents have scored 25 goals.
            The team averages one goal for every 20 minutes and allows one goal every 19 minutes when this line is on the ice. (even strength)

            It would not be any great risk for this line to be dismantled.

            Compare to the line of Briere/Plek/Gionta who have played together for 170 minutes at even strength during which time the team has scored 10 goals and allowed only one .

            The team averages one goal for every 17 minutes and allows one goal every 170 minutes when this line is on the ice. (even strength).

            The ONLY line that should never be broken up on this team is the line of Briere , Plekanec and Gionta.

            I posted a short blog/article called
            “Douglas Murray (& Habs Management) Exposed”.

            There is no way that Murray should ever be in the lineup UNLESS he is playing with Beaulieu at his side.
            read the full article here: http://www.hockeydata-central.com/blog/


            Steve O.

    • johnnylarue says:

      I got your back on this one, Tim. It seems like Therrien has resorted to obsessive compulsive line tinkering as a means of validating himself as a coach.

      God forbid he should, I dunno, re-evaluate his team’s headless-chicken defensive structure or devise a planned break-out play to beat the neutral zone trap every team uses against us…

    • jlgib1019 says:

      The problem with him as well as Habs mgmnt,is that they think they’re smarter than everyone else. How do you explain having 6 players 5’10 and under when the entire Western conference has 5. And leaving Parros out of the lineup vs an angry B’s team,even though we’ve beaten them both times this season and even handled them physically.This isn’t Pollock and Bowman


    • Mavid says:

      Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  15. Bash says:

    I have a signed photo from Chris laying a flush nose shot on a Boston player 🙂

    “To Brian. Buck Foston!”

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  16. Hobie Hansen says:

    OK I’m having second thoughts about stopping at the LCBO on my way home to pick up a few refreshments before the game. Yikes, this snow is crazy!

  17. Mattyleg says:

    Really second.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  18. habcertain says:

    first really

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