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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
The Bruins, it seems, we’re always going to play the role of Abdullah the Butcher and the Canadiens were always going to be Edouard Carpentier. The Bruins were favourites. The Habs were underdogs. The Bruins were big and bad. The Habs relied on speed and finesse. The Bruins were the team of Chara and Lucic. The Habs were the team of Brendan Gallagher and Brian Gionta.
On top of everything else, the Bruins had Brad Marchand. Even Bruins head coach Claude Julien understood the court of public opinion was sitting in judgment of his team.
“We’re perceived like the bad guys and they’re the good guys,” Julien groused after the Habs’ 3-1 win in Game 6.
OK, it over-simplified things to an illogical degree and seldom have the lines been drawn as sharply as they were for the Eastern Conference semifinal. But, if it was unfair to the Bruins, who cares? All great stories need good guys and bad guys, guys in black hats and white hats. And no matter your rooting interest, this was hockey, and theatre, of the highest order.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
The Montreal Canadiens want respect, but this isn’t how to get it – whining about how the pundits didn’t pick them, complaining about how the Boston Bruins treated them, acting like they accomplished something substantial by winning a second-round series. The Habs beat the Bruins. Congrats to them for the way they played. But the way they acted Wednesday night after their 3-1 victory in Game 7 showed not how far they have come, but how far they still have to go.
“Listen, it comes down to respect,” said Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban. “I think we’ve done a lot of great things in this league since I’ve been here. Our team’s done a lot. But we failed to get the respect that I think we deserve, and I think we earned that.”
Really? What great things have the Canadiens done in recent years? What respect do they deserve? What have they earned?
The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 3-1 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers.
Here is the winning goal from Max Pacioretty.
Scott Oake of HNIC with the feature...
Just to add a little flavor to the question...
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
If anything, the home team might have to adjust its sandpaper game on Wednesday and perhaps play, as best it can, a smoother, swifter style, that being the Canadiens’ calling card.
One penalty, dumb or otherwise, could spell the difference between advancing to the Eastern final or packing up for the summer.
“Both teams are in that situation,” Prust suggested. “We’re an in-your-face team as well. We’ve got to be careful with penalties. We’re not worried about what they’re going to be doing or what they’ll be bringing. It’s all about us in this dressing room and what we’re all going to do to bring the same kind of performance we brought (Monday) night.”
So who do you think will win? I've stated Montreal will some how pull out a close victory but that's from my heart, not my head...
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.
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