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Habs on a two game roll

The Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Thursday night, with Boston’s only goal coming off a misguided faceoff win by Tomas Plekanec (for those who have not seen it, he won the face-off clean…so clean it went right behind Carey Price). This coming after Wednesday’s 5-1 defeat of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Quick hits from the game? Well, PK Subban and Brad Marchand had an epic battle all night, which resulted in one of the most absurd fights I’ve seen of late. Regardless, Marchand and Subban each spent 9 minutes in the penalty box between each scrap - a huge success, I might add, for Brad Marchand. His goal was to get Subban in there for 5 minutes, and he almost doubled it. I’m sure Jacques Martin will be having words with his precocious defenceman.

Otherwise, Carey Price made some phenomenal saves, Erik Cole played like a man on fire, and Raphael Diaz did a great Hal Gill impression, lying down across the goal line to stop a sure goal.

At 3-5-2, these aren’t the Flying Frenchmen, but the Habs appear to be back. Was Perry Pearn the problem? No (and the way he was dismissed was opprobrious at best, but I’ll leave that for another day). But the Canadiens are finally clicking.

Saturday’s tilt against the Bruins back in Montreal will be a must-watch. Now, we all just have to get through Friday and the fun begins.

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Admit it, you were dying for a chance to use “opprobrious”

Posted by Jamphone on 10/27/11 at 11:11 PM ET

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This was a much needed turn around. Without it, the play-offs would have been a right off. Carey Price continues to provide excellent goaltending, but his teammates have to get their act together and keep up this level of play. Let’s hope this continues. And let’s hope Scott Gomez remembers he is Scott Gomez.

Posted by BlackXinu on 10/27/11 at 11:26 PM ET

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We’ll take it but the ship won’t be right until we down the Bruins again at home and keep chugging along.

I’m liking the chances Cole is generating. I hope the boys can keep it together until the prodigal return of St Andrei…

Posted by Marc10 from Sydney, Oz on 10/28/11 at 09:37 AM ET

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