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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...
from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,
There comes a point in almost every playoff series involving the Boston Bruins where somebody is asked what’s going wrong. It’s an opposing player, and it’s always a star forward of some kind. Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, whoever you’ve got....
Now, it’s Max Pacioretty’s turn, and the answer is being given as Zdeno Chara, because that is a looming part of the answer every year. Chara blots out both sun and stars, more often than not. (Patrice Bergeron, too, but Chara tends to overshadow him.) And so when Montreal’s 40-goal man faced the media for the first time in the series, he was asked how the Slovak giant is causing him problems.
“Yeah, Chara’s been really good this series,” said Pacioretty, who had one assist in the first four games, and one goal in eight playoff games. “He goes into battles not worrying about someone playing the body on him. He’s so big, he doesn’t worry about that. He’s got a long reach. Obviously it’s difficult to play against, but it’s a great challenge for me. First four games, I’ll give him the edge. He was the better of the two players. But I can just worry about the future. There’s three games left. Enough for me to prove myself. This is real gut-check time.”
from Stan Grossfeld of the Boston Globe,
DERBY LINE, Vt. — The lines are clearly drawn in this small, quiet town, starting with the border between the United States and Canada that runs through the town’s library and even through the home of Derek and Jaime Wells. In the Wells house, the kitchen and bathroom are in Quebec and the living room and bedrooms are in Vermont.
The dividing lines don’t end there, however.
Derek is a wicked Bruins fan. Jaime and her stepson are diehard Canadiens fans. On this day, Derek is wearing a green Bruins t-shirt with a shamrock on it; Jaime is wearing a red “Canadiens Hockey’’ T-shirt. Therein is the biggest divide, especially during Bruins-Canadiens playoff games.
“Yeah, I scream,’’ says Jaime. “Oh yeah, we wear our shirts and we scream.’’
Here at the tippy-top of the Northeast Kingdom, it’s definitely not all Bruins fans. Montreal is a just a 90-minute drive away, while Boston is 3½ hours south.
“My guess is that there’s more Canadiens fans here, regardless of which side of the border you’re on,” says Nancy Rumery, library director of the Haskell Free Library and Op-era House, which straddles the border.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Max Pacioretty, one of hockey’s true concussion survivors, sat on the Montreal Canadiens’ bench looking out through the fog. His head had just been bounced off the Bell Centre glass by a Jarome Iginla check and after lying prone on the ice for a while, a member of the training staff had led him woozily to the Canadiens bench.
We do not know that Pacioretty was concussed, but that is not the issue.
Here is the real issue: The Canadiens didn’t know either.
Head coach Michel Therrien did not know. Head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend did not know. Head team physician Dr. Vincent J. Lacroix did not know of the severity of Pacioretty’s condition, nor was he granted an opportunity to assess the player before Pacioretty hopped the boards for another shift.
If you missed the hit last night, watch it below...
1 1/2 minutes of game highlights, all in slow motion...
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
... the much bigger focus was getting back to the style of play that has seen this organization reach the Stanley Cup Final two of the last three seasons. More physical, more focused. There was every reason to expect it to happen.
“Keeping things simple (is important) in life, guys,” said Julien. “Last time I looked I think it was 2-1 in the series and there’s hockey to be played here. We’re not overconfident, we’re just saying we’re in a good series here – we’re in a big series – and we do things our way that we feel is right for our team.”
There has been a much different mood around the Habs this spring. They are unburdened; a team without too many expectations, at least as few as you can have while playing in Montreal. And they have played great while compiling a 6-1 record and seldom even trailing in a game.
For them, Game 4 offers an important opportunity. They could put the Bruins on the ropes.
“I’m convinced one of their goals was to win a game at the Bell Centre,” Habs coach Michel Therrien said Thursday morning. “So the game tonight is important for them, but for us as well. We want to continue on our roll.
from Allan Muir ofSports Illustrated,
I can’t help but think this is a series that Jarome Iginla will take to his grave if the B’s don’t pull it out.
It might not eat away at him quite like Calgary’s seven-game loss to Tampa Bay in the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, but he probably had a sense back then that there was still plenty of time to get his name on the mug.
There’s no way he’s feeling that security now. Iginla has to know that this could be his last chance for a ring.
So where’s the urgency? He scored a late goal in Game 3 on the deflection of an Andrei Meszaros point blast, but that was his only shot on net in the contest, matching his total from Game 2. He’s been ineffective because he’s chasing the puck instead of winning the battles and daring Montreal’s overmatched defense to stop him. Iginla has more to give…but he’s running out of time to give it.
more on both the games tonight, Boston/Montreal and Anaheim/LA....
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