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The Montreal Atmosphere

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

All game analysis aside, though, the night was even more remarkable, at least to these aged eyes, for its sensational presentation and the fervor of the Montreal fans. The passion was astounding, pulsating, especially in the minutes leading up to the opening faceoff. As the sellout crowd of 21,273 roared in anticipation of the Canadiens skating out for introductions, I turned to a longtime pal in the press box and remarked that I’d forgotten how great the hockey environment can be, and this was before a single pass had been made or check thrown.

“The crowd, the noise, the music, everyone in the stands with their towels waving,” mused Bruins goalie Tim Thomas the next day. “When I came out, it was like being a Roman gladiator.”

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Chara A Marked Man

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The Canadiens are not hiding the fact that Chara is a marked man. Pancaked early in the game by the Habs hard-charging duo of Tom Kotsopoulos and Steve Begin, Chara did not look anything like the Norris Trophy candidate who was dominant at times during the regular season.

During the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast of the opener, there was speculation that Chara still might be nursing a nagging shoulder injury. Confronted with that idea yesterday, the hulking defenceman deflected away the suggestion with the same ease that Habs goalie Carey Price deflects away shots.

“That’s gone now,” he told the first wave of reporters when asked about a potential ailment. “Everything’s fine.”

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Canadiens Get Physical

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

“I think the players decided that they didn’t want to get outhit,” said Carbonneau, whose players delivered a dozen more hits at 37-25. “That wasn’t something I talked to them about.”...

The physical play from Canadiens such as Andrei Kostitsyn and Alex Kovalev filtered down the lineup. “When you see your star players on your team getting physical, it sets the tone,” Kostopoulos said.

“The knock on us has been that we’re a soft team,” Canadiens forward Christopher Higgins added. “But I just don’t see that. We have proven and proved again in this game that we can hit.”

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Bruins Take A Beating

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

It’s time to adjust, in a hurry, because the flat tire the Bruins hitched to their postseason bandwagon last night isn’t taking them anywhere but straight to the ditch.

There are beatings, and then there are total, all-out William Bendix what-a-revoltin’-development-this-is BEATINGS, such as the one the Bruins suffered inside Bell Centre. They came out tentatively, summarily had a pair of Kostitsyn goals (No. 1 Sergei, No. 2 Andrei) jammed into their net, then spent most of the remaining 57-plus minutes chasing the Canadiens without ever coming close to catching them.

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She Wants The Cup

from Jason Magder of the Montreal Gazette,

Her short-term memory fails her every so often, but Maria Sousa always seems to know when the Canadiens are playing.

The 76-year-old Toronto woman is suffering from inoperable liver cancer, and the drugs she takes have terrible side effects. But she’s always in a good mood when talking about the Habs.

“I hope they will go all the way - I think they have a good chance,” Sousa said from her daughter’s home yesterday.

“I hope I will be alive by then. That would make me feel great.”

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Keep It Clean Boys

from CBC,

Montreal firefighters with NHL playoff fever got a scolding from the City of Montreal for painting Habs logos and slogans on their station windows and walls.

At least two stations in the Ville-Marie and East-end boroughs spray-painted door windows and walls with the Canadiens’ signature red, white and blue hues in anticipation of the Habs’ first playoff game Thursday night.

But their fervour got a cold reception at city hall where officials ordered the department to wipe off what it called “graffiti.”

Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay said he would insist on keeping public property clean.

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Health Update For Bruins & Canadiens

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The Bruins did not skate this morning. But head coach Claude Julien said that Patrice Bergeron, who has been out with a grade 3 concussion since Oct. 27 and was cleared for contact on Monday, will not play. Whether Boston’s highest scorer, Marc Savard, will play won’t be determined until game time….

On the Canadiens side, captain Saku Koivu (fractured left foot) will remain on the sideline and defenceman Francis Bouillon (ankle) isn’t ready for action. Hard-hitting blueliner Mike Komisarek (hip) is fit and will play. Also in the Montreal lineup will be veteran Patrice Brisebois instead of rookie Ryan O’Byrne.

more on tonight’s game…

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Play The Games First

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

If I’m reading and hearing it correctly, the Canadiens tonight embark on their journey to a 25th Stanley Cup.

A slam dunk.

A walk in the park.

Men vs. boys.

Check your box, G. Carbonneau: the Boston Bruins already have mailed in their games.

Whoa! Have I missed something in the translation?

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Canadiens The Talk Of The Town

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The commute for Montreal Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau from his west-end home to the Bell Centre takes 45 minutes.

Along the way, he encounters plenty of well-wishers. “I get honked at 150 times,” he said on the eve of his team’s first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins.

To say the city of Montreal adores its Canadiens and has ratcheted that affection to a new level this season would be to state the obvious. That’s why Carbonneau has his players sequestered in a downtown hotel for home games as the storied franchise takes a run at a 25th Stanley Cup championship.

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Reviewing the Canadiens’ Finances

From Mike Boone at The Gazette,

Despite selling out every home game this season, the Canadiens say they didn’t make any money. Team president Pierre Boivin told La Presse the club’s playoff participation, which begins tomorrow night against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre, will allow the team to make a profit on the 2007-08 season.

Boivin would not reveal specific numbers. He doesn’t have to; the Canadiens are part of a privately held company owned by George Gillett and Molson Coors.

But even without access to the club’s allegedly red-ink-drenched books, I am skeptical of its purportedly precarious break-even financial position.

more… *a breakdown by Boone estimating the possible profits of the Habs

*hat-tip to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer

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