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NHL.com has preview pages set up for every series going into the second round.  Each one of the links below has its own selection of related multimedia archives (photos and video), the official media guides for each team and stories from various NHL.com writers.

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Briere At The Top Of The Canadiens List

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

There’s a very good reason for Canadiens fans to loathe Daniel Briere - and it’s not because he spurned Montreal’s courtship last July and signed an eight-year, $52-million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

It’s because Briere blithely flipped the final puck used during Carey Price’s first NHL shutout into the Bell Centre stands on Feb. 16.

Even for a non-collector like Price, the vulcanized souvenir from this milestone is a keeper. And even if Briere didn’t realize the significance of the Canadien rookie’s 34-save effort that night, he did a very bad thing.

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Spreading The Word

While John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin on Cheers) was being interviewed on the Today Show on NBC, a Habs fan decided to show his colors!

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Not Like The Good Old Days

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens, whose victory provided the backdrop for the disturbances, weighed in with regrets yesterday. Team president Pierre Boivin said: “We wish for celebrations to take place in the traditional spirit of happiness and respect of our sport that brings us together.”

But it was ironic that Boivin added: “We ask our fans to show the same public-spiritedness as they do in the Bell Centre.”

For the record, there was a distinct lack of civility at the Bell Centre Monday night as fans shouted and booed while Charles Prévost-Linton sang the U.S. national anthem.

It wasn’t like that in the good ol’ days.

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from Greg Wyshynski at Yahoo,

...it was rather embarrassing to see those same fans litter the ice with rally rags, food, beer and the whatever containers had housed said beer after the Capitals’ 3-2 overtime loss in Game 7 last night to the Philadelphia Flyers. We’re talking pools of overpriced brew that splashed on the ice near where the Flyers were celebrated Joffrey Lupul’s game-winner, and showers of concessionary debris that kept falling during the postgame handshake—and post-series interviews, like this one with Jeff Carter:

more and watch the video…

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Hey Montreal, Be More Like Calgary

from the Red Deer Advocate,

Real hockey fans celebrate their team’s victories by cheering loudly, singing in the streets, waving flags, or drinking themselves stupid. Real hockey fans don’t burn police cars.

Calgary’s famed Red Mile has been a shining example of how hockey fans should honour their home team — granted, I am a little bias as I am a Flames fan.

A little nudity and public drunkenness aside, (OK, a lot of nudity) thousands of Calgary fans have managed to celebrate the Flames’ playoff victories in peaceful fashion. When the Flames made their surprise playoff run in 2004, the insane parties on the Red Mile didn’t result in looted stores or burned police cars.

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It Was The Canadiens Stage

from Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins were props.

Their assigned role in this production last night was to play the part of the overwhelmed opposition. They were not to interfere with the plot line, which called for Montreal to reassert the superiority of a No. 1 seed against a No. 8. And your Bruins followed the script magnificently, right down to allowing a cherry-on-the-sundae goal with eight seconds remaining in a 5-0 celebration of Canadiens hockey.

The Bruins threatened to mess with the plot in the first period, when they had the preponderance of the legitimate scoring chances.

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Disgusting Display In Montreal

from the Montreal Post,

No matter how hard they tried, members of the mob could not tip the vacant police car on its side. They dented its doors, shattered its windows and, with nothing left to break, they sought to set it aflame.

So just after midnight, more than two hours after the Montreal Canadiens claimed victory in their National Hockey League playoff series, a group of young men shoved cardboard boxes into the cruiser a few blocks from the arena. A crowd watched as flames engulfed the empty car.

About a half-dozen Montreal police cruisers were already burning, or about to be burned, as post-game celebrations dissolved into rioting early Tuesday morning.

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added 7:29am, from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star at his Spin blog,

It was more a spasm of opportunistic vandalism than a hockey-related riot, yet it will leave an ugly mark on the city today.

From a sports point of view, no longer will Montrealers be able to mock Torontonians for the way in which they take to the streets with honking car horns after the Maple Leafs win a playoff round, if anyone in the GTA can actually remember back that far.

The Habs-Bruins series was a first rounder, yet the honking was there in the streets of Montreal, evidence, some would say, of the very different demographic that makes up the Montreal fan base these days.

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added 8:52am, from Elliotte Friedman of the CBC at his From the Pressbox blog,

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Habs Take Advantage Of Their Home Ice - Capitals Get Their Ice Back

Canadiens defeat Bruins 5-0.  Bruins put up a fight the whole series but the Canadiens had their number tonight.

Washington takes on Philadelphia tomorrow night in a game 7 after defeating the Flyers 4-2.  Ovechkin had the game winner early in the 3rd and put the game out of reach with another goal later in the 3rd period.

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A Comeback?

from Bill Simmons at ESPN Page 2,

Look, sometimes a sport can just evolve in the wrong direction. It happened to tennis, it happened to pro wrestling and it definitely happened to hockey. This was a sport that thrived on rivalries and feuds—Montreal and Boston, the Rangers and Islanders, Philly and Washington, Montreal and Toronto, Montreal and Quebec, Montreal and everybody—so by moving key franchises and adding too many other ones, fundamentally, they were killing the one thing that made the sport so great. As a Boston fan, how am I supposed to get fired up during the regular season for a steady stream of Nashville, Columbus, Carolina and Anaheim? It’s insane. It’s illogical. Hockey should never have more than 22 teams, and half those teams should be playing in Canada, where it’s the national sport and the citizens truly care about the game.

before you come to a conclusion, keep reading...

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All Eyes on Price

From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail,

All eyes will be focused on rookie Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price and how he deals with the pressure cooker of a game seven in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Price has been coddled by the Canadiens since he gave up five more goals in Montreal’s wild 5-4 loss to the Boston Bruins in game six on Saturday evening. He wasn’t made available for interviews yesterday and again this morning after the Canadiens skate.

Did this maneuvre to shield him only add to the anxiety he’s already experiencing in the hours leading up to tonight’s elimination game?

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