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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.
from the CP at TSN,
With tensions already running high between the hometown Canadiens and their arch rival Boston Bruins, city officials say they're staying vigilant to ensure the passion doesn't morph into mayhem on Montreal streets.
The city has garnered a reputation during recent NHL playoff runs for its jubilant, spontaneous celebrations that occasionally deteriorate into rampages highlighted by vandalism, looting and violence.
In the only Canadian city hosting playoff hockey this year and with the team's biggest rivals in town, authorities say they're ready for anything with the series tied 1-1 heading back to Montreal.
Anie Samson, a member of the city's executive committee, said the administration is prepared ahead of Tuesday's Game 3 at the Bell Centre.
"We are concerned about (potential problems), but we are working with the police and we have a plan," said the city councillor in charge of public security. "We are ready and we hope it's going to work."
“First things first, the Boston Bruins are an Original Six franchise, they have been around a long time, they are respected. It’s completely unfair for anybody to point the finger at the organization of the fan base. They have passionate fans here, a great fan base and since I’ve been in the league, it’s been awesome."
“I’ve come to Boston many times, my family has come here and it’s been great. What people may say on Twitter or social media is not a reflection by any means of the league or the Boston Bruins.”
-P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens on the recent remarks made about him on social media. More from Subban by Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun.
added 6:44pm, You can watch some of the remarks Subban made below, via Soortsnet...
Saturday afternoon games are tough to watch for some people so in case you want to catch up on what you missed or want to review the action again...
from the CP at CBC,
Reilly Smith scored with 3:32 remaining and Milan Lucic added an empty-net goal to cap a remarkable four-goal Boston comeback in the third period as the Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 to even their second-round series at one game apiece.
Torey Krug found Smith cruising in towards goal and the Bruins forward rifled a shot past Carey Price for Boston's third goal in five minutes 28 seconds. Lucic's empty-net goal came with 66 seconds remaining.
"They were playing desperate at the end of the game and they found a way to put it in the net," Price said. "We've just got to regroup, realize what the situation we're in, we're in a good spot, and move forward."
Trailing 3-1 midway through the third period, Boston had pulled even on goals by Dougie Hamilton at 10:56 and Patrice Bergeron at 14:17.
continued and watch the highlights below...
Boston certainly does not want to head to Montreal down 0-2, so look for the Bruins to win today.
But, have the Habs found a way to beat Rask?
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from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,
This was a kick to the stomach. The most-hated guy on the most-hated team came into our town and won it with a blazing slap shot in the early seconds of a power play. The Bruins had outplayed the hated Habs for almost all of the third and fourth periods, outshooting Montreal, 28-12, in that 40-minute stretch. But they were beaten after Patrice Bergeron lost a faceoff in the Boston zone at the start of a penalty kill.
Watching Subban hit the winner was like watching Bill Laimbeer beat the Celtics with a 3-pointer at the buzzer. It was like watching A-Rod beat the Red Sox with a homer in extra innings.
The rational part of us remembers that the Bruins also lost Game 1 at home in their first-round series against the Red Wings, then went on to beat Detroit four straight times.
“This is just Game No. 1 here,’’ said ever-measured Bruins coach Claude Julien. “You don’t get frustrated after one game.’’
Right. But it’s hard to be rational when the Bruins play the Canadiens in the playoffs. There’s too much history. Too much emotion. Too many ghosts.
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