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Montreal Wants To Return To Boston One More Time

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

There will be an Airbus A320 charter jet fuelled and ready to fly from Trudeau airport to Logan International late Tuesday night. Montreal Canadiens players, coaches and management will have arrived at the Bell Centre late in the afternoon with suitcases packed for an overnight trip, a motorcoach parked at the arena awaiting its flight-bound passengers.

Just one thing must be accomplished for a team to buckle in: defeat the Boston Bruins.

“No one’s going to leave anything behind,” Canadiens centre Scott Gomez was saying after the club’s Monday practice, speaking not of luggage but of effort.

Game 6 of the Canadiens-Bruins NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final at the Bell will either send this remarkable playoff series back to Boston for a seventh and deciding game on Wednesday, or it will be a brick-wall finish to the Canadiens’ season, the victorious Bruins moving on to the conference semifinals with a 4-2 series win.

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The “Little” Rat

from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,

Moments after Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand erased a scoreless tie with his first career playoff goal Saturday night, former Bruin agitator Kenny “Rat” Linseman was spotted on the press level at TD Garden.

Marchand’s style of play has been compared to the way Linseman played during his career. There’s a reason why he was nicknamed the “Rat”—because he would annoy the heck out of the opposition and played with such tenacity, it would enraged the other team. Basically, he was the type of player you wanted on your team but hated to play against.

Marchand’s the same way, and Linseman appreciates the comparison.

“It’s a compliment because I think he’s a good player,” Linseman said. “I get sick of hearing people talk about somebody playing like me that might not have that good of skills, so when I see [Marchand], it’s nice.”

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Bruins Waiting for Lucic to Step Up

From Chris Stevenson via the Toronto Sun:

He’s gone 14 games now since scoring his last goal.

It’s a bit of a story that the Bruins could be tied in the series with nothing from their big gun.

“We’ve won the last two games and in the playoffs, the only thing that matters is wins and losses,” said Lucic. “I’m not happy with the way I’m playing and I know I can bring a lot more. For now, I have to stop thinking negatively about what I’ve done wrong and think about what I can do right.

“I’ve always put pressure on myself and never had a problem dealing with pressure in the playoffs. I’ve just got to go out there and bring what I can bring.”

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In Montreal, the questions all surround Carey Price: “It’s Price vs. Thomas. Best of three. Could we ask for a better end to this series?”

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Some Tim Thomas History

From Yvonne Marton at Wheels.ca:

As a teen, he says he was shooting for the Olympics (he ultimately won silver at the 2010 Games) and “still had the dream to play pro hockey.” But his immediate goal was to get a college scholarship. Attending college would be a family first.

With the auto industry in decline, well-paying jobs with GM were scarce (made famous in Michael Moore’s 1989 documentary Roger and Me, which illustrated the impact of GM’s plant closures and subsequent job losses on Flint).

“Unless you had somebody who was in the union leadership, you weren’t getting in so that was never a goal of mine. And I didn’t know if I was going to end up a car salesman, because my dad was in it and my uncles were in it,” Thomas says.

“Actually, I wanted to go to college so bad because I didn’t want to be a car salesman and that was really the only option that you could see from Flint, Mich.”

And a scholarship was the only way Thomas said he could afford to go to college: money was tight. In addition to buying and reselling cars, he also pitched products door-to-door; exhibiting a lot of initiative for a teenage boy.

continued… with some hockey, some automobile talk

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Ference Fined

NEW YORK (April 22, 2011) – Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been fined $2,500 for an obscene gesture made during Game 4 of the team’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

The incident was reviewed by NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy. The fine was levied for violation of Rule 75.5 (ii) of the National Hockey League’s Official Rules. No penalty was assessed for the infraction.

The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Video- Glenn Healy Not Impressed With Ference Goal Salute

What do you think?

added 11:44pm, from the CP at The Hockey News,

Such a gesture usually incurs fine or even a suspension from the NHL, but Ference said it was unintentional.

‘‘I just saw it and I know it looks really bad, but I can assure you that is not part of who I am,’’ said Ference. ‘‘I apologize.

‘‘That is not part of my repertoire. My glove got caught up there.’‘

more

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Ryder With The OT Winner

The Canadiens had a 3-1 lead in the game only to see Boston win in OT.

The visiting team has won every game so far, will the pattern continue?

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Kaberle Needs To Up His Game

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

Tomas Kaberle could be looking for his third NHL team this summer.

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was asked about the veteran defenceman’s performance so far with his team yesterday and didn’t exactly paint a picture of a player with a long career as a Bruin ahead of him.

“Has he been a disappointment? He hasn’t played up to the level that we expected,” Chiarelli told 98.5 The Sports Hub. “There have been parts of his game where he hasn’t played in the playoffs for a while and some of those [bad] habits have stuck with him. We expected better.”

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How Would You Feel If Jack Edwards Was Your Home Play-By-Play Man?

Video via PuckDaddy...

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Chara Looks Likely for Game 3

From Arpon Basu at NHL.com:

Chara did not speak to the media after taking part in the entire skate, leading his teammates in the post-practice stretch, but Bruins coach Claude Julien suggested the chances his captain will play Monday night are strong.

“As of right now he’s looking good,” Julien said. “But I can’t stand here and say he’s definitely in.”

read on

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