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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Daniel Brière says the Canadiens aren’t going to beat Boston by playing the Bruins game.
“You can’t beat the Bruins playing like the Bruins, they’re probably the best at it,” Brière said Tuesday before the Canadiens left for Boston, where they will face the Bruins in the deciding Game 7 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series Wednesday night. “We have to be smarter. We’ll have to take punches, we’ll have to take slashes. We have to get hurt at times. And that’s when we’re most successful, when we play our game.”
The Canadiens played their game Monday night in Game 6 at the Bell Centre, using their speed and skill to stave off elimination with a 4-0 victory.
“We played a helluva game,” coach Michel Therrien said Tuesday after the team held an optional practice in Brossard. “The only thing that we got to do now is reset the focus and make sure we get another good game tomorrow.”
from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,
Call me a homer. Call me predictable. Call me Eddie Mush from “A Bronx Tale,’’ or call me a cab. I don’t care.
But I love the Bruins in Game 7 Wednesday night. At home. Against the Montreal Canadiens.
And yes, I’m secretly glad the thing went seven. This makes Wednesday that much sweeter. As long as . . . you know. . . the Bruins win. Losing this game is simply unacceptable....
We keep telling ourselves the Bruins are better. They control the puck. They hit posts and crossbars. They have bad luck. But they are the better team.
It will be hard to keep saying the Bruins are the better team if they go into this weekend spitting out pieces of their broken luck while P.K. Subban and friends skate into the conference finals. But that won’t happen.
This will be a night when the Bruins score the first goal to remind the Canadiens that it’s hard to play from behind. The Bruins finally will wear down the annoying, risk-taking, indefatigable Canadiens. The top line will remember how to finish, and Boston’s young defenders won’t be wowed as they were Monday night on the road.
In slow motion...
Before last night's game, Dick Irvin gave us a history lesson on the rivalry between Montreal and Boston.
from Matt Kalman of the Boston Herald,
After Andrei Markov tripped Chara in the corner of the Canadiens zone, Chara got up and slashed the Montreal defenseman back. With the officials stepping in, Mike Weaver tried to get at the 6-foot-9 Chara, but instead the Canadiens blueliner was on the receiving end of a shove and a right-handed punch from the captain.
When the penalties for both sides were handed out, Chara was called for slashing and roughing.
“Just a battle,” Chara said.
While there was plenty of blame to go around, had Chara battled more during earlier parts of the contest the score might have at least been a bit more respectable. The normally physical Chara finished the night with one hit. When he had a chance to really make a statement and put the body to Max Pacioretty on a breakaway in the second period, Chara instead opened up the toll gate and let the Canadiens forward score his first goal of the series.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
It’s an elimination game for the Canadiens, who trail the best-of-seven series 3-2 after dropping a 4-2 decision to the Bruins Saturday night at Boston’s TD Garden.
“We knew what we’re getting into in this series,” captain Brian Gionta said Sunday after the team held an optional workout in Brossard. “They’re a good team. We’re playing at home. For the most part of the series we’ve outplayed them and we feel comfortable.”
“Some of our guys have done this before,” added David Desharnais, who was referring to the last playoff meeting between these teams in 2011, when the Canadiens won Game 6 at home and then lost in overtime in Boston in Game 7. “We’re in front of our fans and we like the way we play at home.”
The confidence in the Canadiens’ dressing room might stem from the fact they never trailed in this series until the loss Saturday gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead. There’s an argument to be made the Canadiens could have swept this series — they had a late two-goal lead in Game 2 and a Boston bounce produced a 1-0 overtime win for the Bruins in Game 4.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Rarely have the Bruins gone to Montreal in the postseason with house money jingling in their pocket. That’s where they will be Monday, smack in the middle of what long was their city of playoff horrors, with a one-win cushion in the best-of-seven series.
Even if they lose, they still have Wednesday night at home to try to clinch the series, a chance to play in the Cup semis for a third time in four seasons. Rare ground. What the Bruins don’t need Monday night is for their emotions — be they anger or comedic — to get the best of them. Habs fans will file in with memories of the Ference Finger and the Thornton Facewash both refreshed and fresh in their memories. Our heroes are their hated. That’s not new. But right now, Monday night in Montreal is going to be about Saturday night in Boston.
With Mother’s Day weekend many were out with family. I, myself, spent yesterday at my mom’s house getting asked by my family for hockey updates and being asked to recap the playoffs thus far. Here are some hockey highlights (or low lights depending on what way you look at it).
In case you missed it Friday kicked off the start of the preliminary round for the IIHF World Championship taking place in Minsk, Belarus.
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NEW YORK (May 11, 2014) – Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has been fined $2820.52, the maximum permitted under the CBA, for unsportsmanlike conduct during Game 5 of the teams’ Second Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in Boston on Saturday, May 10, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 19:13 of the third period. No penalty was assessed on the play.
If you missed the incident, watch it here...
A few reports stating Thornton may get fined by the NHL for this...
Subban's reaction post-game can be watched below...
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