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from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
It’s cardiac time in Montreal. Grab the heart pills, Mabel, make sure Daddy has taken his Valium, pull up a seat within dialing distance of your 50-inch HDTV and get ready to sweat 50-calibre bullets.
Game 7. And how many of you had already made other plans for tonight, assuming the blue-blood Montreal Canadiens would have taken care of the upstart Boston Bruins long before now?
They’re running the marathon in Boston today and this postseason already seems like a marathon - not for the teams, but for the fans who are home chewing their lips off. It’s so bad, Jewish guys are saying Hail Marys at Passover and Catholics are bowing to Mecca. Down on Crescent St., Milan Lucic is the new Darcy Tucker.
from Scott Morrison at his Viewpoint Blog at CBC,
Funny, but wasn’t this the kind of scenario supporters of the Montreal Canadiens had always worried about…
- Having a rookie goaltender and dealing with the pressure of the playoffs. After giving up five goals in the first four games of the series, Carey Price has now been beaten five times on consecutive nights by the Boston Bruins, though he was hardly solely to blame for the latest defensive collapse.
Included in that total, was in each of the past two games, with a chance to put the Bruins out of their misery, the Canadiens gave up four goals in both third periods. Not good.
from Amy Luft of the Montreal Gazette,
First came the high fives, then the expletives, as Habs fans at home watched their team lose a hard-fought Game 6 against Boston last night.
“I don’t (expletive) believe it,” said Joel Beaulé, 34, who remained calm throughout the third period while cheers and chanting gave way to sweaty brows and nervous faces at the Peel Pub on Peel St.
“We can’t just expect (Boston) to lie down and die for us,” said David Soares, 22, who watched last night’s away game at McLean’s Pub on Peel St. Soares showed his support for the team by wrapping the cast on his broken left arm in red, blue and white.
from the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog at CBC,
And then there was one.
One game nobody believed would ever happen. One game where this extraordinary Boston Bruins hockey season orchestrated by head coach Claude Julien can maybe continue into the second round of the NHL playoffs.
One game where the Montreal Canadiens’ “dream season,” as it was described by coach Guy Carbonneau, can come to a crashing, devastating halt.
That game will come Monday night at the Bell Centre, as the Canadiens and Bruins will play an improbable Game 7 in this series that has featured just about anything anyone can want out of playoff hockey.
How does that game grab you (NHL box score) hockey fans?
Six goals in the 3rd, five in a little over 7 minutes!
Bruins force a game 7 against Montreal with a 5-4 victory.
And for all of those supposed fans that can’t find Versus, you lost out, big time!
added 10:09pm, from Kevin Mio at Habs Inside/Out,
For their first time in their history, the Boston Bruins have forced a Game 7 after trailing a series 3-1 after the defeated the Canadiens 5-4 in Game 6 on Saturday night in Boston.
For the second straight game, the Bruins have scored five goals against the Canadiens and rookie goaltender Carey Price.
from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,
Passover begins on the 15th day of the first month of the ancient Hebrew calendar. Back in the day when the Canadiens routinely either won the Cup or advanced deep into the playoffs, the celebratory Passover meal often would coincide with a playoff game. With an 8 p.m. start, however, and a seder supervisor who knew how to read through the ritual prayers at a fairly brisk clip, you could usually catch most of the second and all of the third periods. But when the puck drops at 7 this evening, Passover celebrants will be just warming up.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
If the Montreal Canadiens are so sure rookie netminder Carey Price will rebound from his Game 5 gaffe in Saturday’s Game 6 in Boston, why did the team keep him from the media Friday? Only in the NHL can one of the bright young stars of the game be shielded from the cruel pokings and proddings of the media the day before a big game. We’re not even talking morning skate here—we’re talking a full day and a half before the actual contest. But no, there was precious (and now presumably fragile) Price being kept under wraps.
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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
I believe Guy Carbonneau when he says he has no hesitation coming back with Price, that he’s confident the 20-year-old will find his game again.
On his part, Price told reporters after the game: “I won’t think about it again after I leave this dressing room.”
Hmph! It could be Price is strong enough to block it from his mind, which would be the right thing to do, but you can be sure Boston fans will be reminding him about the meltdown tonight.
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from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
While everyone else is enjoying balmy temperatures near 80 degrees, the Bruins are trying to prolong their winter and force that seventh and deciding game on Monday up in the Great White North. To do so, they’ll have to weather what is expected to be another frenzied start by a raw-meat-eating Montreal team that’s averaging an incredible 35.6 hits a game (to Boston’s 29.0).
“We know they’re going to come hard,” said center Glen Metropolit, who potted the game-winner in Thursday night’s stunning 5-1 rout of the Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
“We’ve got to have a better first (period) than we did (Thursday) night. The first five minutes set the tone.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Boxers who take a lot of body shots lose their legs first. Likewise, the Habs haven’t been the same skating team in the past two games that they were in the regular season and at the start of this series, which means gradually the competition has become more familiar and comfortable for the Bruins.
In turn, the Montreal power play has slowed as well, leading to the frustration expressed by Markov in Game 5.
Can the Habs fix it? Well, the return of Koivu might help, and Guy Carbonneau could shuffle his lines a bit, or even insert speedy Mikhael Grabovski. Without injured defenceman Mark Streit, the Habs are missing an underrated, smart and mobile blueliner.
Puck movement can replace lost team speed, but it requires confidence and cohesiveness, both of which seem to have gone missing from the Montreal attack.
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