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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...
Good feature on a down to earth Canadian boy...
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