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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Under the divisional playoff format, it’s possible that the Bruins could repeatedly clash with Montreal and Detroit. Both teams emphasize skill and speed. The Bruins have to get faster and quicker to avoid future hiccups. They spent too much time chasing the Canadiens instead of controlling the pace, and lost to them in seven games.
The best way to defend is to spend minimal time in the defensive zone. Dougie Hamilton is good at triggering the transition with a seam pass or a puck-pushing rush. Torey Krug can do it, too. The Bruins require another defenseman with a similar tool kit.
Keith Yandle and Alex Edler are two who fit the profile.
Yandle led Phoenix in scoring with 8 goals and 45 assists for 53 points. The 27-year-old Milton native likes to push the pace.
Edler is coming off a down season in Vancouver. He had 7 goals and 15 assists in 63 games under one-and-done coach John Tortorella. If Jim Benning, Chiarelli’s assistant, lands the Vancouver GM job as Mike Gillis’s replacement, his knowledge of the Bruins system could make a deal easier.
So it was once again Wednesday evening, the Bruins minced to pieces by Les Glorieux in a Game 7, their nerves frayed from the opening faceoff, their bumbling newbie defensemen dripping rivulets behind the ears, their top two lines frozen in time and in the futility of their goal-scoring ineptitude.
The final sight was a brutish, agitated Milan Lucic (0-0—0 in the final four games) jawing his way through the sacrosanct handshake line. The perturbed big man was a fright, not only in the utter incompetence of his production, but also his inability to abide politely by the time-honored code of respecting one’s conqueror in the goodbye line at center ice.
-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe where you can read more on the Bruins/Canadiens...
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...
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