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Kevin Mio of Habs Inside/Out writes,
What’s Next: A summer full of questions and searching for answers as to what went wrong during the centennial season. The Canadiens have a long list of unrestricted free agents and the 2009-10 edition of the team could look vastly different.
added 10:34pm, from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
If the Canadiens were going to win this series, their hopes had to rest on goaltending but Carey Price never looked like the second coming of Patrick Roy or Ken Dryden.
Check that. Price did do a fair imitation of Roy when he stopped a shot by Mark Recchi from just across centre ice with a little more than four minutes remaining in the second period. The sellout crowd greeted the stop with an ovation that dripped with sarcasm and Price responded by throwing his arms in the air.
When coach Bob Gainey was asked why he didn’t use Jaroslav Halak, who was limited to 20 minutes of perfect relief work in Game 2, he suggested that it wouldn’t have been fair to the Slovak because he hadn’t started a game in 7-10 days and that it wouldn’t have been fair to Price, who had carried the load coming into the playoffs.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette (Wednesday edition),
Montrealers like to think of themselves as fair, classy people but there’s nothing classy about the disgraceful conduct of the fans at the Bell Centre who booed the singing of the United States national anthem prior to Monday’s game between the Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.
It was impossible to hear Charles Prévost-Linton’s rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner because most of the sellout crowd of 21,273 drowned out his voice with boos or chants of Go Habs Go….
There is no excuse for the current booing. It is a simple matter of bad manners.
Bob Gainey, the Canadiens’ coach and general manager, addressed the issue yesterday when he said the boorish behaviour stemmed from confusion on the part of the fans.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Somewhere, Guy Carbonneau must be having himself a chuckle.
Of all the playoff predictions made last week, not even a guy who thinks he was wrongly canned as coach of the Canadiens coach could have hoped for this.
What’s worse than a clean sweep?
Last night, the Habs were essentially eliminated by the Bruins in three.
“We think we can win a game,” Montreal winger Tom Kostopoulos said after a 4-2 dream-ending loss to the B’s. “We need to win one game. (Tomorrow) night. We think we can win one game, so that’s what we’ve got to concentrate on.”
from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,
Gather round, class: Professor Edwards wants to tell you about how the Bruins are like patriots who have thwarted the tyranny of the Habs. Or something like that. If you can remember the last hockey goal call that began “234 years ago yesterday, a bunch of rag-tag farmers stood up against the greatest fighting force in the world,” we’d like to hear it.
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
But tonight, Edwards crossed the line in our book.
He basically compared the Bruins 4-2 win in Montreal to war.
We assume Edwards has never had anyone in his life impacted directly by war. Because if he had, he would not have made such a stupid, ignorant statement.
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from the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,
Suspended Boston Bruins battering ram Milan Lucic was not necessarily disappointed in Colin Campbell’s decision to suspend him for Game 3 against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.
His disappointment lied elsewhere.
“I’m a little disappointed in myself,” Lucic said Monday in his first comments since the decision was handed down Sunday evening, “because our team’s done a really good job of being disciplined.”
Lucic, Bruins coach Claude Julien and general manager Peter Chiarelli all said they would have to live with Campbell’s decision, even if they don’t necessarily agree with it, and they each made a point of noting how difficult Campbell’s job can be.
continued with more Bruins and Canadiens talk…
TORONTO - Boston Bruins’ forward Milan Lucic has been suspended for one game as a result of a blow to the head in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series last night against the Montreal Canadiens.
Lucic was assessed a match penalty for highsticking Montreal forward Maxim Lapierre at 15:28 of the third period.
“While it is unclear whether Lucic’s glove or stick makes contact with Lapierre, what is clear is that he delivered a reckless and forceful blow to the head of his opponent,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
In case you missed the incident, watch it here...
Milan Lucic with a crosscheck to the head of Maxim Lapierre.
added 10:36am, According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Lucic has a hearing with the NHL today.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog,
Matt Hunwick has been transported from Ristuccia Arena via ambulance to an undisclosed hospital. Claude Julien said Hunwick has been hospitalized because of a spleen ailment.
Hunwick arrived at the rink this morning for a team meeting. Hunwick looked fine when he walked into the rink. According to Julien, Hunwick started feeling ill after he arrived, prompting the training staff to call for an ambulance. Two fire trucks and two police cars also arrived at Ristuccia.
“He didn’t feel very good, so our trainers did what was right and called an ambulance,” Julien said. “Hopefully we can get some good news here as we move on.”
added 12:14pm, via Elliotte Freidman at Twitter,
Hunwick taken to hospital with spleen injury. Julien says, “It appears to be under control.” Trainer wanted to take no chances.
added 7:45pm, Hunwick had his spleen removed and recovery is several months. Best wishes for a full recovery.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Mike Komisarek is not one of the Three Stooges.
The gritty Montreal Canadiens defenceman wants to make that clear to anyone who claims he gouged the eye of Boston Bruins’ Matt Hunwick after the final horn on Thursday night.
Informed that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had made that allegation and requested that the league review the incident, Komisarek broke into a sarcastic grin, the type that implied the message: “You’ve got to be (expletive) kidding me.”
On the record, Komisarek’s language was not quite as vulgar. But his response to Chiarelli was just as direct.
“It’s a bit of a ridiculous statement,” Komisarek said. “It’s the playoffs. Face-washes happen on every second shift in the playoffs. I don’t know if the kid (Hunwick) has soft skin. (But) I’m not Larry, Moe or Curly. I’m not trying to poke anyone’s eye out.”
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail (Saturday edition),
Statistics compiled by John Dellapina at NHL.com argue that the winner of Game 2 has a remarkable 381-150 record in the playoffs, a winning percentage of .718. Game 1 winners haven’t had quite the success, though the winning percentage there is still an impressive .691.
Game 2 victors who rebounded from a Game 1 defeat have gone on to a 127-113 record (.529). So if you only win one of the two opening matches, the odds are better if you can take the second….
“We’ve got to find a way to break the game open,” says Christopher Higgins, who scored one of the two Montreal goals last Thursday. Kovalev had the second.
How they do this is the question. The Canadiens played admirably, but it wasn’t enough. They checked hard, but Higgins would argue not hard enough.
“Don’t let ‘em breathe when they get the puck,” is his solution for fore-checking the deep and physical Boston defence led by Norris Trophy candidate Zdeno Chara.
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