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The Canadiens Are Pushing Back

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

The most antagonizing, annoying player in the series so far?

Brendan Gallagher.

The most reckless and physically punishing player?

P.K. Subban.

The most surprising physical force?

Rene Bourque.

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...

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Most punishing hit will be subbans on iginla late in game 4?  Talk about calling your hit.

Strange I haven’t heard anything about “no one better piss us off” this round.  Almost like they knew Detroit would buy into the the schoolyard bully shit which they did by conceding all the territory to the Bs they wanted

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/08/14 at 09:52 AM ET

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Calls into question -maybe- Detroits game plan to concede the physical game and try to out-speed the Bruins. Or maybe it just points out that the rookies needed another year of competition to become more physical next time.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/08/14 at 10:07 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

If you watched Paul’s preplayoff redwing hits clip ud see we were dynamic.  Not just fast or physical but both in the right sense.  We let the threat of a fight inhibit our play.  Vets didn’t counter it and youngsters weren’t strong enough between the ears to not take the shit froknbullies.  Seems no one understands the difference between fighting and being physical

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/08/14 at 10:15 AM ET

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The Wings don’t have ANYONE who can match up against the B’s, or even the Habs in terms of physical play.  I was so disappointed that when Brendan Smith showed some moxy and went after Chara, Babcock essentially made fun of him in the press not a great morale booster.  The Wings just seem to enjoy turning the other cheek and I have no idea why, it just does not benefit them.  Their power play is awful, the league office is indifferent, so the Wings continue to get intimidated and manhandled.  Their last few drafts have shown that they finally get it, they need to be bigger, but keeping guys like Andersson around at the expense of a Callahan shows that they don’t get it.

Posted by bababooey on 05/08/14 at 11:55 AM ET

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The Wings don’t have ANYONE who can match up against the B’s, or even the Habs in terms of physical play.  I was so disappointed that when Brendan Smith showed some moxy and went after Chara, Babcock essentially made fun of him in the press not a great morale booster.  The Wings just seem to enjoy turning the other cheek and I have no idea why, it just does not benefit them.  Their power play is awful, the league office is indifferent, so the Wings continue to get intimidated and manhandled.  Their last few drafts have shown that they finally get it, they need to be bigger, but keeping guys like Andersson around at the expense of a Callahan shows that they don’t get it.
   
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      on 05/08/14 at 11:55 AM ET

This^^^
And when people say that the Wings just need to fix the powerplay and then they can make teams pay don’t understand the tolls players take by being beat on constantlyover a series, let alone a playoff run. And the opposing teams don’t have to worry about paying the price physically when they play the Wings. Back in the day (from the beginning of time until around ‘09) when the Wings did make other teams pay for “the rough stuff” by burning them on the p.p. they also had some snarl to counter as well. Last few years they’ve had neither and I understand Holland wants to build a skilled, all be it soft team but I don’t understand why Babcock is okay with it. He’s a bit of a hypocrite in that he always talks about loving guys with “snarl” and players who will “keep the flies off” his stars but he won’t ever play said guys.
God, I miss Bowman… and Drake….and Shanahan…. and Lapointe…. and

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/08/14 at 12:58 PM ET

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I was so disappointed that when Brendan Smith showed some moxy and went after Chara, Babcock essentially made fun of him in the press not a great morale booster.

What would’ve been worse though, to have his feelings hurt by his coach for attempting to do a stupid thing or to have Chara fold him in half?

True, the Wings don’t match up physically to the Bruins, but the answer isn’t to have their guys try to pick fights with a monster who can literally break someone’s face.  This is the same reason why I don’t understand people who wish Tootoo had played in the playoffs.  Why?  Because he’s going to make the Wings a better physical matchup?

I’m all for Smith being physical and not being afraid to drop the gloves, but it would also be pretty cool if he showed some ability to pick his battles.  Did he, or anyone, think that if he got stomped flat by Chara it would cause the Bruins to back off physically?

Posted by Garth on 05/08/14 at 02:31 PM ET

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quote]What would’ve been worse though, to have his feelings hurt by his coach for attempting to do a stupid thing or to have Chara fold him in half?

True, the Wings don’t match up physically to the Bruins, but the answer isn’t to have their guys try to pick fights with a monster who can literally break someone’s face.  This is the same reason why I don’t understand people who wish Tootoo had played in the playoffs.  Why?  Because he’s going to make the Wings a better physical matchup?

I’m all for Smith being physical and not being afraid to drop the gloves, but it would also be pretty cool if he showed some ability to pick his battles.  Did he, or anyone, think that if he got stomped flat by Chara it would cause the Bruins to back off physically?

Smith was standing up for himself and his teammates, he doesn’t need his coach to emasculate him in the press.  Everyone understands that Smith would have gotten wrecked by Chara, but at least he was willing to stand up for himself which is not what can be said for any of his teammates.  I don’t fault him though, that is on management as to why this team is always physically manhandled and doesn’t have the players that are willing to at least push back.

Posted by bababooey on 05/08/14 at 03:40 PM ET

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Smith was standing up for himself and his teammates, he doesn’t need his coach to emasculate him in the press.  Everyone understands that Smith would have gotten wrecked by Chara, but at least he was willing to stand up for himself which is not what can be said for any of his teammates.  I don’t fault him though, that is on management as to why this team is always physically manhandled and doesn’t have the players that are willing to at least push back.

Posted by bababooey on 05/08/14 at 03:40 PM ET

Couldn’t have said it better myself

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/08/14 at 04:21 PM ET

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