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from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
The most antagonizing, annoying player in the series so far?
The most reckless and physically punishing player?
The most surprising physical force?
The nastiest hit?
Travis Moen on Jarome Iginla late in Game 4.
The Habs aren't the NHL's most physical or intimidating team, and let's remember, they're just a season away from being rag-dolled by the Maple Leafs one sad night on home ice.
But they have showed up with an edge in these playoffs, a Michel Therrien-inspired edge, and haven't backed off an inch.
read on and below, watch two examples of the Habs pushing back...
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
The Bruins have dominated much of this series. They’re outshooting the Habs 114-87; they’ve had 76 additional pucks blocked with 38 having missed the target, compared to the 48 and 30 by Montreal. The Bruins hold a 54-46 per cent edge on faceoffs and they’ve been lethal in the third period, having scored eight of their 10 goals, one into an empty net, in the final frame.
But goalie Carey Price, with a .912 save percentage, has largely outplayed Rask, who’s at .874. Lars Eller has come alive in a big way with a goal and two assists and big plays all over the ice. The Habs’ Tomas Plekanec has a goal and two assists, while countryman David Krejci, with an assist, has been almost invisible for Boston.
Forward Dale Weise and defenceman Mike Weaver? Two inspired late-season acquisitions by Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.
And then there’s Subban, who has pretty much grabbed this series by the scruff of the neck and given it a good shake.
The larger-than-life defenceman has three goals and three assists vs. the Bruins, another five assists to show for the Habs’ four-game sweep of Tampa Bay.
Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon panel believes he is...
from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins are the better team. This is what the hockey folks keep saying. This is what the regular-season record shows. The Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy, earning home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Bruins are better than the Canadiens at the five-on-five game. The Bruins play a heavy game. They will overwhelm Montreal with Maximum Heaviosity....
So why did Montreal win, 4-2, Tuesday night? Why are the Bruins trailing this series, 2-1? In three playoff games, why have the Canadiens led for 107 minutes, while the Bruins have led for only 11½ minutes? When do the Hub’s Heavy Hitters take control of this series? Where is the Bruins first line? Where in the world is David Krejci?
Sorry for asking. I guess this is the time to have faith in the battle-tested Bruins. They trailed the Canadiens in the first round of the magical Cup run in 2011. They trailed Toronto by a couple of goals late in the third in Game 7 last year. They know how to handle this situation.
Still, there is something nagging about this series. If not for three goals in six minutes of the third period Saturday, the Bruins would be staring down the barrel of a 0-3 deficit going into Thursday night’s game at the Bell Centre.
Montreal Canadiens forward and Boston Bruins forward both played for the Vancouver Giants but at different times.
No update on Vanek who went to the dressing room after the hit.
update 8:12pm, Vanek has returned.
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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
There will be noise. That the Boston Bruins know.
But with their second-round series against the Montreal Canadiens shifting to the Bell Centre on Tuesday night there will also likely be a shuffling of the in-game matchups. Michel Therrien owns the last line change in Game 3 and is expected to try and keep his top line – and most notably winger Max Pacioretty – away from Zdeno Chara.
However, both coaches indicated that they might not engage in aggressive matching. It’s a tempting thing to do, especially in a playoff series, but Therrien and Claude Julien each worry about it potentially disrupting the flow of the game.
“You can try and do the hard matchups, which sometimes can take away from your team’s momentum, or you can live with (what happens),” Julien said after the Bruins morning skate. “Those are things you kind of gauge as the game goes on.”
There hasn’t been very much in the way of offence from either team’s top line at even strength in this series. However, Therrien highlighted the potential downside of putting Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Thomas Vanek out every time Chara steps off the ice.
from Michael Hurley of CBS Boston,
Michel Therrien was asked Monday for his thoughts on such complaints about officiating as well as Dougie Hamilton’s assessment of some vulnerabilities of goaltender Carey Price, and the Montreal head coach pulled no punches.
“It’s the same thing with Claude. He’s not happy with all that ‘crap,’” Therrien said, regarding Julien’s colorful reference to the officiating in Game 2. “They try to influence referees. That’s the way they are. That’s not going to change. That’s the way that they like to do their things. … But we all know what they try to do.”
With those comments, the gloves are officially off.
To be fair, Julien did say before the series began that he hated Boston when he coached Montreal, and now that he’s coaching Boston, he hates Montreal. Still, even during his mid-game tirade that drew a penalty, Julien never expressed any issue with the Canadiens or their organization.
“The referee — I kind of told him that I didn’t agree with his calls,” was all that a wryly smiling Julien told the media after the Game 2 win.
By Tom Murray,
It was a night to remember for defenseman P.K. Subban last Thursday in Game 1 of the series between his Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. He was the best player on the ice for the entire game and he capped a brilliant performance by scoring his second goal of the evening in double overtime.
And that’s when P.K.’s night to remember became one to forget for the city of Boston where, it was determined by a social media company, over 17,000 tweets exploded soon after P.K.’s winning goal, every one of them featuring the simultaneous use of the terms Subban and the N-word.
The perpetrators of this garbage don’t even deserve the time and space it takes to identify them en masse for who and what they are—gutless, hate-spewing cretins who wrap themselves in the insidious cloak of anonymity that Twitter handles can provide.
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